Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES)

MES graduates are leading and supporting educational improvement in Alberta, across Canada, and around the world. 

Staying close to her family was very important to Jen Clevette when selecting a master’s program. She wanted a program that would allow her to stay at home with her children for the summer rather than having a residency away from Grande Prairie...Her closest classmates in the MES program were from the three districts around Grande Prairie. “That allowed us to talk about things that we had in common,” said Clevette. “We could work on some of the real problems and real issues that we have from being a rural Alberta school board.” ...Having graduated from the program, Clevette said, “I gained a wealth of knowledge, I became a much better writer and reader, and I expanded my connections with those in the field of educational research that I’m interested in. I think the biggest thing for me is that there are many more opportunities available to you once you have your master’s.”

~Jen ClevettePrincipal, Helen E. Taylor School 
GPRC. (2018, January 30). GPRC and University of Alberta partner to deliver online Master of Education program. para. 4-7.

Read more about Jen's experiences in the MES cohort at Grande Prairie Regional College

 

The MES encouraged high levels of inquiry and research in a supportive, collaborative environment. With each course, I developed further insights in my professional inquiries that connected to the most current research in leadership and highly effective practices in IB world schools. Since graduation, I have been able to apply my new understandings about the unique qualities needed of IB educators and leaders in the Alberta context.
  ~Rosanne Boutin, President, Alberta Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools 

 

A dozen Tanzanian students who graduated from the MES program couldn’t travel to Edmonton to collect their parchment, so the university went to them. 

We used to think that teacher professional development could only take place through things like seminars and workshops. It has enabled us to focus on what brings teachers into active learning and how teachers can create a culture of continuous improvement [in school].
~Illuminata Paschal

 The knowledge of research acquired will enable me to conduct small education researches, which in turn will lead to improved teaching and learning processes, hence school improvement.
~Paul Majani

Read more about our Tanzania graduates

 

 The professional connections of our cohort leaders were invaluable in exposing us to others in our field, some of whom now mentor. As a 3-time graduate of uAlberta, the MES did a thorough job of challenging my cognitive paradigms and exponentially increasing contextual intelligence. If you are willing to open up to novel ways of seeing education, the MES will deliver that to you, changing you and the world you engage with professionally and personally. I'm now an International Admissions Consultant at MacEwan University wherein my understanding of the world of PSE/HE around the world has been invaluable. 
~Ena Chaisson, International Admissions Consultant, MacEwan University