Master of Education

The Master of Education (MEd) program is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and occupations who have an interest in advancing their knowledge of education.

Please note the MEd degree does not qualify students for OCT (Ontario College of Teachers) certification required to teach in Ontario.

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Program Description

The Master of Education (MEd) program is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and occupations who have an interest in advancing their knowledge of education. It provides foundational knowledge in three areas of specialization:

  • Administration and Leadership in Education
  • Teaching, Learning and Development
  • Social and Cultural Contexts in Education

We offer full and part-time study options with three degree pathways: course-based, Major Research Paper (MRP) and thesis. Courses are offered face-to-face, online and in blended formats. Full-time students in the research pathway are eligible for funding.

September is the entry into the program.

Both full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) study is available. The number of FT students accepted into the research pathway is capped each year due to funding obligations. We offer face-to-face, blended, and on-line courses.

To accommodate both full and part time study, courses are mostly offered during the evenings. Online and blended courses (online/face-to-face) are offered on a regular basis. We do not offer an online MEd.

As of Fall 2020, MEd courses will be offered at the St. Catharines and Hamilton campuses. Instructors, administrators and support staff are working to ensure all students impacted by the Oakville campus closure will have course options. We will continue to offer face-to-face and blended courses out of the St. Catharines and Hamilton campuses, in addition to an enhanced online collection. Above all, the program’s primary focus is to maintain high quality learning experiences, while meeting student and programming requirements.

Students develop foundational knowledge in three Fields of Specialization (FOS): Administration and Leadership in Education, Teaching Learning and Development, and Social and Cultural Contexts in Education. A description of each FOS and a list of its core and elective courses can be found on the Graduate Calendar.

  • Administration and Leadership in Education: Engages students in theories that influence administrative practice with the aim of understanding, creating, and sustaining ethical educational institutions and developing an informed administrative identity.
  • Teaching Learning and Development: Considers educational and discipline-related theories and practices related to the cognitive, social, emotional, psychological, and behavioral development of learners across the lifespan.
  • Social and Cultural Contexts in Education: Engages students in critical exploration of ideological, sociological, and literary influences on educational experiences, curriculum, and pedagogical practices.

Students register in either a Course Pathway or a Research Pathway. Students in the Research Pathway make the decision to complete either a Major Research Paper (MRP) or a thesis after the program has started– normally in January for FT students, and once course work is completed for PT students. Students in the Research Pathway select a Research Supervisor after they have entered the program. Full-time students in the research pathway receive funding through fellowships and employment opportunities

Full time students have up to 3 years to complete their program, but may complete sooner. Full time students must be registered in at least 1 course per term but may be registered in up to 4.

  • Course Pathway Option: Minimum 1 year (3 terms)
  • Major Research Paper (MRP) Option: Minimum 16 months (4 terms)
  • Thesis Pathway Option: Minimum 2 Years (6 Terms)

In order to complete the program in 1 year (3 terms) FT students in the Course Pathway must complete 4 courses in the fall term, 4 courses in the winter term, and 2 courses in the spring term.

In order to complete the program in 16 months (4 terms) students in the MRP option should complete 4 courses in the fall term, 3 courses in the winter term, and begin their MRP in the spring term.

Part-time students have 5 years to complete their program.  They must register in 1 course per term but may be registered in up to 2.

The initial deadline for applications is January 15, however, applications continue to be accepted until the program is full.

To apply, follow instructions on Brock University Next Step. Applications are processed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Complete applications are reviewed by the appropriate FOS Admissions Committee starting in March.

Students must select a Field of Specialization 1 and Field of Specialization 2. In their Statement of Intent students must clearly indicate their preferred FOS and a rationale for selecting it.

Students are asked to select a Type of Program. Students should select either a Course Based or a Research Based program. If admitted into the Research Based pathway, students will identify an MRP or Thesis after they have started the program. Students applying to the Research Pathway do not need to identify a supervisor.

Admissions information is on the Master of Education link in Brock Next Step. It outlines requirements for grade point average (GPA) and required documentation. International students are required to have an IELTS score of 7.5 (no bands below 7.0). Other acceptable English Proficiency tests are listed on the Faculty of Graduates Studies website.

 

Students are advised to review Frequently Asked Questions related to the admissions process as well as official information on Application & Admissions in the Graduate Calendar.

Tuition and related fees change every year. Please visit the Student Accounts & Financial Aid site for more information. Students in the Research Pathway pay tuition on a per term basis. Students in the Course Pathway pay tuition on a per course basis (all courses are worth .5 credit). Students are also charged ancillary fees set by the university and the Graduate Student Association.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides financial information to assist students estimate their cost of living while in the program. Information related to funding sources such as awards, scholarships and bursaries is also included, as well as information for international students.

Full-time students in the Research Pathway, MRP option, may receive fellowship funding for up to 4 terms.  Full-time students in the Research Pathway, thesis option, may receive fellowship funding for up to 6 terms. Full-time research based students will receive preferential hiring for all Graduate Assistantships if positions are available.

Full-time students in the Research Pathway may apply for Faculty of Education fellowships and other university scholarships and awards. Students who travel to present conference papers can apply to receive Conference Funding Assistance. Full-time students may be eligible for bursaries once they have successfully completed one term in the program.

Students must remain registered in at least 1 course during each of the University’s 3 academic terms: Fall (Duration 2 or 10: September-December), Winter (Duration 3 or 11: January-April) and Spring (Multiple durations between April-August).

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Contact

For further program information contact med@brocku.ca.