Department of Educational Psychology

Program Details

The MEd in HSE program is offered through the Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Health Sciences Council.

This program supports health professionals to study while remaining in their full-time employment. It also supports the concurrent application and sharing of new knowledge and skills with other educators and practitioners in the workplace.


The program is designed to be taken part-time through a blended, flexible delivery format consisting of a small number of face-to-face classes combined with synchronous and asynchronous online sessions. Each blended delivery course is eight weeks long. The course instructor(s) determine when the face-to-face and synchronous sessions occur. Please note: EDPY 597 Curriculum Studies in the Health Sciences (*3) is 5 days in a row, face-to-face.

Course-based and Thesis-based

Students have a choice of completing either a course-based or a thesis-based MEd in HSE.

All students will be admitted to the course-based route; however, students may change to a thesis route after completion of *6 to *9 of required coursework and in consultation with their advisor(s).

  • The course-based consists of *30 in coursework (*24 from required courses, *6 from elective courses) and a *3 capping project.
  • The thesis-based consists of *24 of required coursework and a thesis (equivalent to *9).

Regardless of the route selected, students are expected to author or co-author a project that will be presented and submitted for publication.


Students meet with the Program Advisor from the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education upon entry to the program.

In the course-based route, a co-supervisor will be chosen from a health science faculty and will act as a second reader in the capping exercise.

Students who choose the thesis-based route will be assigned a co-supervisor a health science faculty.  

Academic Components

Six academic components serve as a foundation for the program:

  1. Philosophy of Teaching & Learning
  2. Pedagogy of Adult Learning
  3. Pedagogy of Technology Integration
  4. Theories of Curriculum
  5. Research Design
  6. Assessment & Evaluation

Elective Courses

Elective courses are selected in consultation with each student's advisor/supervisor(s).

Length of Program

The program is designed to be completed in two years. However,

  • Course-based students must complete all the requirements within six years of the term in which they first register.
  • Thesis-based students must complete all the requirements within four years of the term in which they first register. 


Each required course in the program is assessed a fee of $1600.00.

Click here for information on fees for elective courses and non-instructional fees.

Program fees are due at the start of each term.