Professional Learning

Whether you're looking to expand your teaching or leadership knowledge through a graduate certificate, master's degree or Open Studies course, we have a wide variety of offerings designed to help enhance your professional practice. Check them out below.

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Edmonton River Valley near the U of A


The Summer Institute offers professional learning for in-service teachers and school leaders supporting your growth as more effective teachers by deepening your understanding of First Nation, Métis and Inuit ways of being, knowing and doing. Courses can be taken through Open Studies, or as part of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies - Indigenous Education.

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Mentor Teachers... join us on a journey for the enhancement of your professional learning. Through non-credit modules and graduate courses, you will learn how to better share your experience and expertise with the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. Choose your path and take it all the way to your Master of Education!

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Study anywhere, any time!

Professional Learning offers a variety of electives each term, combining theory and practice. Most are offered fully online, some with synchronous components, so you can take your courses with you wherever you go.

We offer the two courses required for Alberta leadership certification (EDU 520 and 521) and superintendent certification (EDU 523), along with a variety of other courses - Early Childhood Education, Indigenous Education and more.

List of Electives

Pathways to a Master's Degree

There are two pathways to complete the Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES) program or the Master of Education in Health Science Education (MHSE) program. Students can come directly into the MES or the MHSE with a bachelor's degree. Alternatively, students can complete a graduate certificate and then ladder that certificate into the M.Ed. program.

A Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES) or Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (GCSL) provides students with up to 12 credits in advanced standing in the Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES) program*. The certificate pathway to the MES will be available starting in Fall 2023 (pending sufficient enrolment). The certificate pathway to the Master of Education in Health Sciences Education is in development.

*The GCES and GCSL can ladder in to the M.Ed. Elementary Education - Curriculum and Pedagogy. Contact for more information.

Additionally, the GCSL can ladder into the M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership. Contact for more information.

Note: Completion of a GCES or GCSL does not guarantee acceptance into any Master's program.

Printable Information Sheet (.pdf)

Professional Learning Staff

Dr. Scott Key, Director
Strategic leadership & program planning; financial and budget administration; program oversight; human resources management; team leadership; communications & public relations; relationship building

Rae Beaumont, Graduate Administrator
General program inquiries; prospective and current student support; help with online application process; financial & HR support

Lynnell Prediger, Program Coordinator
Instructor support; course scheduling; student assistance with eClass platform; website; program promotions


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