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.

MEd Program Application Information

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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September is the only point of entry into the program.

In the 2018-19 year courses will be offered at the St. Catharines Campus and at Appleby College in Oakville. Courses are offered on an occasional basis at Brock’s Hamilton Campus.

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 offered during the day, evenings, and on Saturdays. Face-to-face courses are available at both the Brock campus in St. Catharines and an Oakville campus. Limited course offerings are available in Hamilton. Online and blended courses (online/face-to-face) are offered on a regular basis. We do not offer an online MEd.

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 February 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.

In their application, students are asked to select a Campus location: Brock or Oakville. The location selected is where students will take their FOS core course(s). Elective courses can be taken at any location. Although courses are offered in Oakville, the St. Catharines Campus offers more course electives and study space as well as opportunities for professional development, employment, and student engagement.

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. There is an error on the application site. If Thesis Based is selected, students will be placed into the Research Based option by the program.

Admissions information is on the Master of Education link in Brock Next Step. It outlines requirements for grade point average (GPA) and language proficiency scores, and required documentation.

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. 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 receive Fellowship Funding from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This funding is applied directly to tuition. Students also receive funding through graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships usually take the form of teaching assistantships (TA), research assistantships (RA), and advanced education tutor (AET) positions. Students must apply for graduate assistantships. The main sources and amounts of graduate student funding for full-time students are outlined on under Financial Information on Brock Next Step.

Full-time students in the Research Pathway, MRP option, can receive fellowship funding and graduate assistantships for up to 4 terms.  Full-time students in the Research Pathway, thesis option, can receive fellowship funding and graduate assistantships for up to 6 terms.

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: September-December), Winter (Duration 3: January-April) and Spring (April-August). Please note that the Spring term has multiple durations.

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