Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES)

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Why Choose UAlberta’s Faculty of Education?

Your credentials will be recognized worldwide, and you will learn with and from the best! Consistently ranked among the top four faculties of education in Canada, UAlberta’s Faculty of Education is home to award-winning teachers, internationally recognized researchers, educational innovators, and community leaders.

Why Choose the MES?

You can complete your M.Ed. in two years of part-time, blended study—without taking a leave from your career. You can integrate your area(s) of educational interest throughout your studies while you explore the challenges and opportunities associated with facilitating educational improvement. Highly qualified, enthusiastic faculty ensure exceptional levels of individualized support for all students. The cohort model supports high levels of student engagement and program completion.

Who Are Our Students?

A typical cohort includes educational practitioners from K-12 and higher education classrooms, administration, and leadership—some with the required two years of teaching experience and some with considerably more. Some have aspirations of formal leadership while others want to lead educational improvement from the front of the classroom. This diversity supports rich learning conversations, where students routinely share experiences, ask tough questions, and collaboratively build new insights about educational improvement.

International Baccalaureate Educators

The University of Alberta is one of only four Canadian universities that is IBO recognized to offer programs of graduate-level study leading to an IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research and one of only two Canadian universities authorized to offer programs of graduate-level study leading to an IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research. IB educators who complete the MES are eligible to register with IBO to obtain one of these two certificates.