Master of Education in Educational Studies


The Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES) is designed for teachers, educational administrators, and educational leaders who want to enhance their knowledge and practice in the areas of leadership and school improvement.

  • It is a part-time, course-based program for working educators that facilitates pursuing graduate studies without taking time off work.
  • To optimize the learning experience, the program is cohort-based.
  • You will work with educators from a range of backgrounds, with varied experiences and interests.


Pathways to the MES

There are two pathways to complete the MES program. Students can come directly into the MES program with a bachelor's degree and two years of teaching experience. Alternatively, students can complete a graduate certificate and then ladder those courses into the MES 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 program*. The certificate pathway to the MES will be available starting in Summer 2023 (pending sufficient enrollment).

Pathways to MES

*The GCES and GCSL can ladder in to the M.Ed. Elementary Education - Curriculum and Pedagogy. Additionally, the GCSL can ladder into the M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership. For more information, contact educgrad@ualberta.ca.


Our Partnerships

Fort Vermilion School District

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Our partnership with the Fort Vermilion School Division (FVSD) provides staff with opportunities including the MES program with a focus on literacy and numeracy as well as the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership which meets the academic requirements for LQS certification with Alberta Education. Both programs were developed to meet FVSD's identified needs.

International Baccalaureate Organization

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Our partnership with the International Baccalaureate Organization provides MES students affiliated with an IB school to fulfill the academic requirements for an IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research OR an IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research. An Advanced Certificate credential acknowledges your profound understandings of evidence-based practices in the IB context and offers you a competitive advantage to prospective employers. Please note that additional requirements set by the IB must be satisfied; please check the IBO website for current requirements. For more information on IB Advanced Certificates, click here.

Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Educational Authority (KTCEA)

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Our partnership with the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Educational Authority (KTCEA) provided staff with the opportunity to complete the MES program in the areas of Indigenous teacher education, leadership, and school improvement. To optimize the learning experience, students in this cohort were taught primarily by Indigenous faculty, focusing on Indigenous pedagogies and research methodologies.

Maple Leaf Schools

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Our partnership with the Maple Leaf Educational Systems World School Program provides their staff with the opportunity to complete the MES program with a focus on leadership and international education. This partnership includes collaboration between the Maple Leaf staff and University of Alberta instructors and ensures that teachers are able to complete the program without leaving China as they continue to work.