Master of Education Internationally-educated, Student Pathway (MEd ISP)

The Master of Education Internationally-educated, Student Pathway (MEd ISP)

COVID UPDATE:  Please visit the Faculty of Education COVID-19 page for updates and FAQs about your program.

The MEd ISP program has been discontinued and is no longer accepting applications. Instead, International students are encouraged to apply for the MEd Course- or Research-based pathways: Master of Education Course-Based and Research Pathways – Faculty of Education (

Why Graduate Education? Graduate studies in education is an opportunity to deepen and broaden your understanding of education, gain greater awareness of pressing debates facing educators every day, and gain greater clarity about what you think makes education important and worthwhile.

Program outline

Internationally-educated students will become familiar with the Canadian educational system, theoretical perspectives and research foundations. Specializations available are Administration & Leadership, or Teaching, Learning & Development.  Incoming, ongoing 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. This accelerated program is structured over four terms which are taken consecutively. As a result, the program is academically equivalent to a 16-month program. It includes academic tutoring, ongoing orientations, career development and is designed to move the student towards successful graduation.

Note that neither specialization leads to the OCT designation (Ontario Certificate Teacher), which is required to teach in public K-12 schools in the province of Ontario. The MEd ISP is 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 MEd ISP. Students will observe and/or volunteer in a number of different community settings.

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 consequential nature of decision making. Analysis of the impacts of discretionary power, ethical frameworks and decision-making models on administrative practice.

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.

Tuition & Awards

Tuition (2021-22): $31,337 CAD Tuition is a flat fee for the entire program (11 courses/4 terms) and includes academic tutoring and professional development. Refer to Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid website for more details and official information.

Deposit: A minimum $3000 deposit is required within one month of the offer of admission. Information will be included with the offer of admission. The deposit can be refunded if you do not successfully obtain a Canadian study permit. If you are applying via the Student Direct Stream see the attached. See MEd Deposit & 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.  You can estimate an additional $1800 for fees during the course of your program. These fees include a bus pass from September to April of each year and health insurance.

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

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 ISP Graduate Achievement Award (value varies): Awarded to MEd ISP students with the highest academic overall average. Recipients must have a grade-point average of 80% or higher. Awarded at Fall Convocation. 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 $900 to $1100 per month for food, rent and personal expenses (living frugally). Read more helpful information on budgeting for your expenses.

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 and scheduled events.

Brock departments, such as Brock International and the Graduate Student Union, provide social and cultural activities for international students. We encourage your participation as you will learn about Canadian education, culture and history. There are many opportunities for students to enjoy the state-of-art sports facilities.

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. View our Career Education offices Degree Guide for the Master of Education.

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. 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:

The home-stay services is operated by our ESL department, and ESL students are given priority.  Please follow the link to learn more about how you can acquire the service and any other home stay related information.   If you are comfortable with arranging your own off-campus accommodation, Brock University’s Off-Campus Housing Services is an informative site to visit. On-campus housing fills up quickly.

The MEd ISP is a “cohort” 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, but is included as a mandatory Ancillary 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. Please see our refund policy posted under the tuition information.

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.  Full-time employment can be considered during regularly scheduled breaks.

Yes, Immigration Canada requires a visa for any visit that is longer than six months.  Please visit our Brock International Services website for helpful information for international students, including visas. In addition, please see the information on our Faculty of Education RCIC Service below.

Yes, in the Master of Education ISP program’s EDUC 5P96 class you will have the opportunity to volunteer in an assigned field experience which could be in a school, non-profit or community setting.

Master of Education is the degree conferred upon completion of the Program. Your diploma will also list your Field of Specialization. Your diploma does not indicate “Internationally-educated, Structure pathway.”

International Programs Office

Welcome to our corner of the world! The Faculty of Education has its own International Programs office that provides services for international students. 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 inquiries
  • New Student Arrival Guide
  • Orientation at the beginning and at midpoints of your program
  • Academic support
  • Assistance with volunteer placements
  • Professional Development

Immigration advising with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) are available to Faculty of Education international students. Please email Susan Virtue, RCIC, at for more information. If you are using a paid consultant to help you file an immigration application make sure that they are registered on the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council’s website. Also refer to Brock International’s immigration information page.

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 Virtue, MEd, RCIC
Manager, International Programs in the Faculty of Education,

Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) #R518747.

*Immigration information on this page is provided by this consultant.