Master of Education in Educational Studies

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Educational professionals at all levels can be change agents who support robust learning communities and empower a culture of informed practice. The course-based Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES) invites you to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with leading educational improvement and develop your research skills, while focusing on and integrating your area(s) of educational interest.

This part-time program is designed for working educators who want to pursue graduate studies without taking a leave from their careers. With the exception of our three-week summer residencies, all courses are presented asynchronously online. Highly qualified, enthusiastic faculty ensure exceptional levels of individualized support for students.

To optimize the learning experience, the program is cohort-based, with a typical cohort of between 20 and 25 students.

The Program

The MES consists of ten graduate-level, 3-credit courses. Eight core courses are completed in sequence with your cohort. The remaining two courses are approved electives, taken at your discretion. Four of the eight core courses are delivered face-to-face during two 3-week summer residencies; the remaining four core courses are delivered online in the fall and winter semesters.

Year 1

Summer Residency (first three weeks of July)
EDU 511 and EDU 512 - in-person, full-time on campus

Fall Term (September - December)
EDU 503 - asynchronous, online learning

Winter Term (January - April)
EDU 510 - asynchronous, online learning

Spring Term (May - June)
Approved Elective; 3-credit, graduate-level

Year 2

Summer Residency (first three weeks of July)
EDU 513 and EDU 514 - in-person, full-time on campus

Fall Term (September - December)
EDU 515 - asynchronous, online learning

Winter Term (January - April)
EDU 900 - asynchronous, online learning

Spring Term (May - June)
Approved Elective - 3-credit, graduate-level


  • If you are an Alberta K-12 educator, the MES can be applied as 1.25 years of education toward your TQS.
  • Pending sufficient enrollment, MES summer residencies may be offered in a variety of locations in the province and beyond.
  • Electives can be completed at the University of Alberta or any other accredited university. All electives must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR).

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Who enrolls in the MES?
MES students have a wide range of professional experiences in education: a typical cohort has educational practitioners from K-12 and higher education classroom, administration, and leadership; some with the required two years of experience and some with considerably more years. This diversity supports rich learning conversations, where students routinely share experiences, ask tough questions, and collaboratively build new insights about educational improvement.

MES students also have a wide range of professional educational interests: to ensure a personally relevant learning experience, students integrate their own areas of interest in educational leadership and/or school improvement into their coursework. If you choose to join us, you will enjoy a rigorous synthesis of study, discourse, educational research applications, and reflections on implications for professional practice as you build knowledge in your area of educational interest.
What if I'm not interested in formal leadership?

Educational improvement is the result of influence at every level of practice: for instance, the teacher who inventively increases student engagement is no less a leader in educational improvement than is the principal who ignites a renewed school-wide commitment to informed practice. So, whether you are already in leadership, have aspirations of formal leadership, or want to lead educational change from within the classroom, the MES is designed with educational professionals like you in mind. The MES provides you with opportunities to integrate your areas of educational interest into your coursework as you:

  • explore emergent, evidence-based research findings in educational improvement
  • consider the challenges and opportunities implicit in research findings
  • discuss the implications for practice and future research
  • plan and execute research to inform educational improvement
Can I really work full-time and succeed in the MES?

Yes. The program is structured to allow you to work full-time and study part-time.

The only full-time study takes place during the first three weeks of July, during a summer residency. Our graduates tell us that the open discussions, deep thinking, and new insights are invigorating and worth the investment of time during the summer. There's something quite wonderful about spending three weeks with a group of people similarly interested in and committed to being educational practitioners-actively involved in the art, science, inquiry, and reflection that is professional practice.

During your online studies, you can expect about 10 hours per week of coursework, so you do need to set aside weekly study time. Our graduates tell us that the support of family, friends, and colleagues is helpful. Let your circle of people know what getting an M.Ed. means to you and let them know, specifically, how they can support you. Talk with your educational leader(s) to determine whether accommodations can be made to support your studies. Lastly, keep your instructors in the loop; if you encounter scheduling difficulties let them know sooner rather than later so that you can collaboratively determine a solution. To optimize your learning experience, we endeavour to accommodate regional K-12 schedules.

Can I stay on-campus during the Summer Residency?

Some students stay with friends or family members over the three-week period. If you require paid accommodation, a number of options are available, including nearby hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. Should you wish to stay on campus--only steps away from your classes, there are two options:

Our Partnerships

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.

Grande Prairie Regional College

Our partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, provides MES students in Northern Alberta the convenience of completing their summer residencies close to home. GPRC has graciously donated its campus, with full access to study space, wifi, and numerous amenities. Cohorts are offered at GPRC when there is sufficient enrollment.

Read an article about one of our MES, GPRC graduates!

Red Deer College
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Our partnership with Red Deer College, in Red Deer, Alberta, allows MES students in Central Alberta the convenience of completing their summer residencies closer to home. RDC has graciously donated its campus--with full access to study spaces, wifi, and numerous amenities. Cohorts are offered at RDC when there is sufficient enrollment.