Master of Education in Educational Studies

MES Program

 Are you a working educational professional who has been thinking about getting a Master of Education degree?

If so, the MES program might be for you! In just two years of part-time study, you can complete an M.Ed., build knowledge in an area of education that is of particular interest to you, and enhance your ability to support educational improvement.  

The MES premise is that educational professionals at all levels can be change agents who support robust learning communities and empower a culture of informed practice. To that end, the MES provides you with opportunities to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with leading educational improvement.

  • Who are our students?

    MES students have a wide range of professional experiences in education: a typical cohort has educational practitioners from the 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 am 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. While you might initially think, Gosh, I'm not sure I want to give up three weeks of my summer holidays to study, our graduates tell us that the open discussions, deep thinking, and new insights are invigorating. 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 me-and-my-mes-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, every effort is made to accommodate regional K-12 schedules.

  • How is the program delivered?

    The Masters of Education in Educational Studies (MES) consists of ten graduate level 3-credit courses. Eight core courses are completed in sequence with a cohort. The remaining two courses are approved electives, taken at the student's discretion.

    The core course sequence is as follows:

    - EDU511 & EDU 512 completed in Year 1 summer residency on the University of Alberta campus or a Regional Site (face-to face delivery)
    - EDU503 completed during fall term (online)
    - EDU510 completed during winter term (online)
    - EDU513 & EDU 514 completed in Year 2 summer residency on the University of Alberta campus or a Regional Site (face-to face delivery)
    - EDU515 completed during fall term (online)
    - EDU900 completed during winter term (online)

    For descriptions of the above courses, please go to CORE COURSES.