Master of Education Course-Based and Research Pathways

The Master of Education Course-based or Research Pathways are 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 publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario. Applicants will not be admissible to the Master of Education degree program at Brock University if they have previously obtained a similar or identical degree.

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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. We offer full and part-time study options with a Course-based Pathway (CBP) and two Research pathways: Major Research Paper (MRP) or Thesis. While some courses are offered face-to-face, online and in blended formats the MEd program is a campus-based face-to-face program and cannot be completed entirely online. Students are required to come to campus. Full-time students in the Research pathways are eligible for funding.

For students in the CBP or Research Pathways, the option to complete up to two concentrations in areas of interest is available. Options include:

  • Administration, Leadership and Policy
  • Adult and Postsecondary Education
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Educational Psychology: Teaching, Learning and Wellness
  • Pedagogy
  • Social Justice, Power and Politics in Education

International students coming into Canada on a study permit are required to pay a deposit to reserve their space in the program. Details will be provided with your Letter of Admission. Also see: MEd Deposit & Refund Policy. International students can contact our Faculty of Education’s International Programs office for deposit or study permit questions.

Applicants who have not completed their undergraduate degree at a university where English was the primary language of instruction are required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency. These may be different than what the Faculty of Graduate Studies accepts (we do not accept the Duolingo; nor are requests for English language proficiency waivers considered). The Master of Education Course-based and Research Pathways accept:

  • IELTS Academic: 7.5 overall with no section under 7.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 102 overall with no section under 27

If you do not have the above scores, you may want to consider the Canadian Culture in Education Studies (IELTS 6.0) or the Leadership in Community-based Education (IELTS 6.5) certificate programs. Both also accept Duolingo.

The information provided on this page is subject to change without notice. Information published on the website of the Office of the Registrar supersedes the information published here.

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For further program information contact med@brocku.ca.

FAQs

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.

To accommodate both full-time and part-time study courses are offered at a variety of times, including evenings and weekends, throughout the academic year. A few online and blended courses (online/face-to-face) are offered on a regular basis but we do not offer a fully-online MEd program. Students will be expected to attend courses face-to-face on campus.

For students in the CBP or Research Pathways, the option to complete up to two concentrations in areas of interest is available. Options include:

  • Administration, Leadership and Policy
  • Adult and Postsecondary Education
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Educational Psychology: Teaching, Learning and Wellness
  • Pedagogy
  • Social Justice, Power and Politics in Education

More information can be found in the Graduate Calendar.

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 one year, 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 (3 terms).

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.

Applications for the 2023/2024 academic year will begin to be accepted in October of 2022. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2023. Applications are no longer being accepted for 2022-23.

To apply, follow instructions on Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Applications are processed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Complete applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee starting in January.

Admissions information is on the Master of Education (CBP and Research) link in the Faculty of Graduate Studies programs page. 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. Duolingo, however, is not accepted for entry into the MEd.

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 May-August).