Master of Education International Student Program (MEd ISP)

The Master of Education International Student Program (MEd ISP) is designed for educators and administrators in K-12 and post-secondary education, and professionals in public and private organizations.

Program outline

International students will become familiar with the Canadian educational system, theoretical perspectives and research foundations. Specializations available are Administration & Leadership, or Teaching, Learning & Development.  These course-based programs both offer the opportunity to, if approved, complete two electives outside of the program or undertake a Major Research Paper (recommended for those who would like to pursue doctoral studies). Scholarships are available for exceptional incoming students. Ongoing-student and Graduate Awards are given to recognize high-achieving students.

The MEd ISP consists of 11 half-credit courses. This is a cohort program, with students taking classes together in a prescribed sequence and assigned to specific classes to enhance their learning experience. The program is structured over four terms fit into one calendar year and includes academic tutoring, ongoing orientations, career development and is designed to move the student towards successful graduation.

Note that neither specialization leads to the Ontario Certificate for Teaching. The MEd ISP is currently available only at the St. Catharines campus.

Course descriptions

Students will take core courses and specialization courses as follows:

Required Courses for both Specializations:

Education as a field of study and multiple ways of knowing. Review of current educational theories, trends, and issues. Provides a foundation for research literacy.

A non-credit graduate seminar that focuses on issues in graduate studies and educational research student’s encounter while developing their programs of study and preparing their proposals, projects and theses. Note: This course is a required course for all full-time students.

Interdisciplinary analysis of research methods used in education with an emphasis on basic research concepts and their application. Note: this is a required course for all students; failure to obtain a minimum grade of 70% in this course could result in withdrawal from the program.

A one-semester field experience for the International Student Program. Students visit elementary and secondary schools to observe school practices and to reflect on coursework theories and concepts.

Cross-disciplinary study of international and intercultural issues in social context. Exploration of the implications for curriculum and pedagogical strategies in associated areas including Multicultural, Comparative, Global and Development Education.

Analysis of mandated and emergent change in educational institutions. Focus on developing informed responses that balance stability and change for sustainable improvement.

Culminating seminar integrating theory and accumulated knowledge related to fields of specialization and to practice. Exit paper must be approved by course instructor.

Required Courses for the specialization in Administration and Leadership:

Analysis of organizational theories as they relate to educational institutions. Emphasis on how people shape and are shaped by organizations and how reciprocal processes affect administrative and professional practice.

Exploration of purposes and assumptions of leadership in educational contexts. Examining tensions and connections between leadership and management in administrative and professional practice.

Examination of policymaking as a political process. Focus on the actors who negotiate educational policy and their conflicting and shared interests.

Exploration of the notions of reflective practice and reflective scholarship, including self-study narratives and practical action research. Personal forms of inquiry involve reflection in, on, for, and about practice.

Required Courses for the specialization in Teaching, Learning and Development

Required Courses for the specialization in Teaching, Learning and Development:

Overview and application of basic educational foundational theory to the types of decisions educators make before, during and after contact with students, colleagues, administrators and community members. Emphasis on a variety of perspectives for critical and personal analysis of current issues in the field. Note: Failure to obtain a minimum grade of 70% in EDUC 5P30 may result in required withdrawal from the program.

Examination of contemporary theoretical and methodological perspectives that emphasize the social construction of learning and knowing. How these perspectives influence the ways that we understand the content and process of learning in individual and group settings.

Examination of contemporary practices that bridge accountability and relevance based on learning/teaching principles. Exploration of curriculum alignment with an emphasis on assessment into instructional strategies.

Seminar for students wishing to study a specific problem area Teaching, Learning, and Development.


Admission Requirements

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university. Three-year bachelor’s degree will be considered.
  • 75 percent academic average (B/second class) in last two years of study (Canadian equivalent)
  • Minimum English Language Proficiency score for those from countries not on the Brock exempt countries list:
    • TOEFL: IBT 80 minimum (no section under 19)
    • Academic IELTS: 6.5 minimum (no section under 6.0)
    • Other pathways as listed on the Graduate Studies website. Please be advised that the MEd ISP rarely considers requests for English waivers.
  • Work experience is preferred but is not required.
  • A degree in Education is not required, but further explanation should be provided (see process below).

Application Procedures

  1. A completed online application. Apply via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.
  2. When completing this step you will be asked for professional emails for your 2 references. If your reference does not have an institutional or professional email, you may provide their personal email instead.
  3. After you have completed the online application and paid the application fee, within one week you will receive an email from Brock University with information on how to set up your mybrock account and upload your documents. Read more at How to Apply

Completing your application and uploading documents on the mybrock site:

  1. Upload digital copies of original official university transcripts to date. You may apply during your last year of undergraduate studies.
  2. Upload a 500-800 word Statement of Intent indicating study interests and reasons for applying to the program. If you do not have a background in education please include your rationale for making this educational and/or career shift.
  3. Upload a copy of your resume detailing professional and educational experience.
  4. English Proficiency Scores (cannot be more than two years old). Note that the MEd ISP Admissions Committee rarely considers English test waiver requests.
  5. Open the Graduate Award form and indicate “no” if you are not interested in being considered for scholarships. Otherwise, complete the questions on the form.

After your application has been completed and reviewed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, it will be reviewed by the Faculty of Education and, if qualified, you will be invited to participate in an interview (via ZOOM). Currently from the time your application is complete, to the time we contact you for an interview, will take approximately two weeks. The interview will be approximately 10-15 minutes long and you will be asked questions similar to what you would be asked in a job interview. During the interview we will also collect a writing sample. The writing sample question will be provided at that time and is based on your opinion.

Fully-completed MEd ISP applications must be received by February 15th of each year to be considered for admission. Offers of admission are made by mid-March. Orientation will be on July 4, 2019. Late applications are rarely considered due to the volume of applications received.

Tuition & Awards

Tuition (2018-19): $27,080 Tuition is a flat fee for the entire program (11 courses/4 terms) and includes textbooks, academic tutoring, and professional development. Tuition is billed on an instalment plan as noted on our Tuition Installment Plan and Refund Policy.

Deposit: A $5000 deposit is required within one month of the offer of admission. Western Union is the approved method for paying the deposit. Information will be included with the offer of admission. The deposit can be refunded if you do not successfully obtain a Canadian study permit. Read our Tuition Installment Plan and Refund Policy.

Additional Fees: Mandatory Ancillary fees are not included in the tuition. For current fee information, including health insurance, visit Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid. Material fees, living expenses, transportation, and health insurance are the sole responsibility of the student. You can estimate an additional $1500 for fees during the course of your program. These fees include a bus pass from September to April of each year.

Master of Education ISP Entrance Awards ($2000): Awarded to Master of Education students in the International Students Program whose home country represents an emerging market.  Recipients with high academic standing will be given priority. Recipients are notified in August by letter and awards are posted to their student account during September (Fall term) of their program. During the application process complete the Graduate Award Form to be considered.

Master of Education ISP Leadership Award (value varies): An annual award to MEd ISP students who are demonstrating consistent academic excellence, leadership potential and collegiality. The students will be involved in extra-curricular activities that enhance their learning experience, Brock University, and/or community. A one-page resume, that includes a statement outlining their Brock and/or community experience, serves as the application. Invitation to apply is emailed in early January with deadline of January 31. Posted to student account by the end of March.

Master of Education IS Graduate Achievement Award (value varies based on number of eligible recipients): Awarded to Master of Education students in the International Students Program with the highest academic overall average. Recipients must have a grade-point average of 80% or higher. Awarded at Fall Convocation. Average award $850 to $1000 based on the number of eligible recipients in the graduating class. No application is required. Award is posted to the student account on or before Convocation.

Personal Expenses: The cost of living in St. Catharines is affordable. You should estimate $1200 per month for food, rent and personal expenses (living frugally). Read more helpful information on budgeting for your expenses.

MEd ISP comparison with MEd non-ISP

If you are interested in both pathways, you will have to complete two applications (and pay two application fees). Your references will need to complete a form for each pathway as well.

MEd International Student Program (MEd ISP)MEd non-ISP Program
Specializations1) Administration and Leadership in Education. 2) Teaching, Learning and Development.1) Administration and Leadership in Education. 2) Teaching, Learning and Development. 3) Social and Cultural Contexts of Education.
Program ContentCourses are the same as the non-ISP MEd, however more time is given to reviewing the Canadian educational system. Academic tutoring, textbooks and professional development are included in the tuition fees. Workshops are provided on career development. Fee-based immigration services are available.You can apply to take elective classes or do a Major Research Paper.Same courses as in the MEd ISP, taught at a faster pace and with the assumption that you already have knowledge of the Canadian educational system. You are able to apply to take elective classes in the MEd ISP or do a Major Research Paper.
LengthFor immigration purposes is considered a 2 year program, which qualifies you to apply for the 3-year Post Graduate Work Permit. Program is accelerated and four terms are scheduled into one calendar year. Begins in July of each year. Most classes are held during the day.3 Terms. You may take longer to complete the program if needed. For immigration purposes it is considered a 1-year program. Immigration may or may not grant approval for the 3-year Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). Begins in September of each year. Most classes are held in the evening.
Demographics100% international students from a variety of countries. The 2018-2019 cohort consisted of 51% of our students from China and 49% of our students from Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kosovo, Pakistan, South Korea and Vietnam.95% Canadian students, 5% international
Tuition (2018)$27,080 for 2018-2019. Rates for 2019-20 will be published soon.$7,834.83 per term. On average an international student takes 4 terms to complete the degree (however this does not increase the length of the PGWP).
AdmissionsMinimum IELTS of 6.5 (no subset below 6.0) Writing sample and interview required Admissions decisions are usually made in March for a July program start dateMinimum IELTS of 7.0 Admissions decisions are usually made in March for a September program start date

Frequently asked questions

Normally, class size is capped at 15-20 students to provide opportunities to interact with the professor and other classmates.

You have a total of 11 courses throughout the program. You will receive 36 instructional hours for each course. In addition to the instructional hours, you also have extra after-class readings and assignments.

The MEd ISP encourages you to interact with other students and the community by getting involved in volunteer activities. During the Winter and Spring terms you may apply to take elective courses in classes with Canadian students.

There are activities such as school visits and Thanksgiving, Halloween and other Canadian holidays, where you will learn about Canadian education, culture and history. There are many opportunities for students to enjoy the state-of-art sports facilities and to participate in activities with graduate students.

Our students seek jobs in private schools as teachers or administrators, in non-profit organizations, as corporate or community trainers, translators, and educational consultants. During your MEd ISP program we encourage you to (and provide opportunities for) volunteer activities, internships and part-time work on or off campus. If you plan to stay in Canada to work, this Canadian experience is important.

No, the MEd ISP does not lead to the Ontario Certified Teachers designation, which is required to teach in public schools in Ontario. For that you would need to complete the Bachelor of Education, which Brock’s Faculty of Education also offers. Some things to consider:

  • An IELTS score with a minimum score of 7.0 and a minimum writing score of 7.0 (TOEFL of 100) is required for direct entry.
  • The employment rate for teachers is very competitive, and depends on the content area of the subject you would like to teach as well the schoolboard to which you apply.
  • Your application will be stronger if some of the volunteer experience that makes up the 200 hours required for the Experience Profile is in Canada. This is, of course, a challenge for an international student to obtain.
  • You can read more about Brock’s programs at, and more about the certification of teachers in the province of Ontario at the Ontario College of Teachers website:

Yes, as long as your final score is uploaded before the deadline of February 1th. However, your application will not be reviewed until all documents, including an English Proficiency test score, has been unloaded. If you do not yet have the scores required, you may consider our Master Preparation Certificate in Education, which has a score requirement of IELTS 5.0 or iBT 61.

You may apply now with your up-to-date transcript and a school letter certifying that you are a 4th year university student. You may get a conditional offer of admission from Brock University but you must submit a notarized certificate of the bachelor’s degree and a notarized transcript before you can register at Brock University.

No. The MEd ISP has only one intake, in July of each year.

No. All academic disciplines of studies are welcome to apply.

All completed applications will be reviewed in March, and a first round of offers are made at that time. Some applicants may be put on a waitlist.

No, you must use the online application system for the MEd ISP which is processed through our Faculty of Graduate Studies online system.

The University offers strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary degree programs that include co-op and other experiential learning opportunities to a student population of more than 19,000.

Brock University graduates continue to enjoy one of the highest employment rates of all Ontario universities at 96.5%. Brock students can expect the close, personal attention of a dedicated faculty and the opportunity to explore their academic interests.

The Department of Recreation Services operates the facilities in the Walker Complex, including 3 gymnasia, a recreational 200m track, and squash courts, the Zone fitness centre, the Eleanor Misener Aquatic Centre (50 m pool) and the Leo LeBlanc Rowing Centre. Outdoors, there are 4 tennis courts and 7 playing fields. Memberships to the various facilities are available to Brock students, staff, faculty, and community members. Non-credit instructional programs offered to Brock students, staff, faculty and the community include aquatics, fitness, dance, coaching, wellness, and first aid, Pilates, children’s gym programs and much more! Intramural Sport programs for Brock University students include over 60 leagues and involve over 6100 participants.

Your registration in the MEd ISP includes a library membership at Brock University and entitles you to all the privileges from borrowing books, audio and visual resources to research materials. You can also use the computer facilities at the library. Located in the Faculty of Education is the Instructional Resource Centre which houses materials of particular interest to those in education.

You may access to Brock’s wireless internet service using your own laptop computer anywhere on campus or choose to use any computer labs situated across Brock campus. Every Brock student has a unique logon ID for accessing the Brock computing network. The Faculty of Education has two computer labs and a research lab for students.

You may click on the following link to see Brock’s map of campus layout. The following link takes to the Faculty of Education building – ROBERT S.K. WELCH HALL  where many of your classes are held.

Yes. Please follow the link to learn more about how you can acquire the service and any other home stay related information. Note that the homestay program gives priority to students in the ESL program. We recommend that all MEd ISP students find their own suitable home stay or apartment accommodation. If you are comfortable with arranging your own off-campus accommodation, Brock University’s Off-Campus Housing Services is an informative site to visit.

Textbooks are included as part of the tuition fees and are ordered for you each term.

The MEd ISP is a “co-hort” program which means that the enrollment of each class is predetermined by placing students in groups to enhance their educational experience and class dynamic. This model of education provides the opportunity for greater student success and support.

No. Local transportation is not included in your tuition fee. All full-time students will be charged to receive a U-pass. The U-pass is a sticker that will be placed on your student ID card. The U-pass gives you unlimited travel on city buses from September to April of each year. More information here.

Yes. The University Health Insurance Plan is mandatory for all international students.

UHIP is a form of insurance as efficient as standard Ontario health insurance.  You must present your card when the medical staff requests it.  If you have not received your card, you must provide your temporary documentation.  You must have proof of insurance with you at the time of medical attendance.

In the event that the service you seek is not covered by UHIP, you will have to pay for the service with your own finances and will not be reimbursed.

UHIP covers the cost of hospital and medical services for non-resident students while in Canada.  Such services include hospitalization, doctor visits, and selected benefits, wheelchairs, and additional medical equipment.

Health insurance is mandatory in Ontario, regardless of your quality of health.  You must be prepared for unexpected illness or injury.

Visit the UHIP website to gain a proper understanding of how to utilize your insurance.

International Students can work on or off-campus part-time as long as they are studying full-time at a recognized institution.  At Brock, students must be registered in three credits for the Fall/Winter semester to be recognized as full-time.  Courses taken during the spring or summer semesters do not apply.  Full-time employment can be considered during the summer months (May-August) and during the winter “reading week”.

Yes. Immigration Canada requires a visa for any visit that is longer than six-months in duration. The MEd ISP is a 14-month long program and you will need a Student Visa. Please consult with the Canadian Embassy or High Commission in your area for specific details.

Yes, in the Master of Education ISP program you will have the opportunity to visit Canadian public schools as a field experience.

Master of Education is the degree conferred upon completion of the Program. Your diploma does not indicate “International Student Program.” It will also list your area of specialization.

International Programs Office

Welcome to our corner of the world! The Faculty of Education has its own International Programs office that provides services for the Master of Education International Student Program. From your first admissions inquiry to congratulating you at graduation, we look forward to supporting you during your educational journey. We are located on the ground level of Welch Hall, Offices 9DEF.

Services include:

  • Admissions inquires and scheduling of writing sample collection and interviews
  • Orientation at the beginning and at midpoints of your program
  • Academic tutoring
  • Assistance with volunteer placements
  • Immigration advising and fee-based services with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)
  • Professional Development and alumni networking

Our International Programs Office works closely with other campus services, such as Brock International, Career Education, ExperienceBU, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Services Association, Residences at Brock and Student Health Services to ensure that you have the resources that you need.


Susan Melnichuk, MEd, RCIC
Manager, International Programs in the Faculty of Education,

Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) #518747
01 905 688 5550 x6084