Department of Elementary Education

Admissions and Deadlines

Admission to the graduate programs is competitive. We encourage early submission of applications.

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Admission requirements

Minimum qualifications for eligibility

The following represents the minimum qualifications for eligibility:

Masters Programs

  1. an undergraduate degree equivalent to a University of Alberta Bachelor of Education degree (BEd);
  2. teaching certification;
  3. a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point grading system (if you wish to apply to the MEd program and your GPA is less than 3.0, please contact the department before applying);
  4. at least one year of successful teaching experience at the early childhood, elementary or middle classroom level (student teaching and substitute teaching does not qualify).

Doctoral Program

  1. a master’s degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta;
  2. a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on most 4 point grading systems, based on your most two years of full-time study is required;
  3. at least one year of successful teaching experience at the early childhood, elementary or middle classroom level (student teaching and substitute teaching does not qualify).

Application documents

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) requires all documents to be uploaded to the application system in PDF format. All documentation uploaded must not be older than six months.

Applicants are not required to mail copies of documents to the Department of Elementary Education. We do recommend you compile all supporting documents before starting your application.

The following represents the documents needed by the application submission deadline:

Master or Doctoral Programs

  1. University transcripts and/or marksheets (degree certificates from non-Canadian universities must also be submitted);
    • The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires all transcripts and marksheets to meet specific guidelines.
    • Students should order two copies of each transcript, and they must be dated no older than six months:
      • One copy sent to the student to upload to the application portal. Front and back of the transcript is required.
      • One official or certified copy is required from all accredited post-secondary institutions attended, sent directly to FGSR from the issuing institution. The transcript should be up-to-date within six months. Transcripts older than six months will not be accepted.
    • The transcripts should include all courses taken, with grades received, for all years attended, and must be complete to the last date of attendance.
    • Transcripts/marksheets and degree certificates must show the imprint of the official seal of the institution and signature of the responsible officer on the document.
    • All documents submitted must be in the original language as well as translated into English.
    • You do not need to order or submit transcripts for courses/degrees from the University of Alberta.
    • Do not upload degree parchments or certificates-- only transcripts with grades.
  2. Current curriculum vitae (resumé) portraying scholarly studies and professional educational activities, such as teaching, curriculum development, consulting, etc. (we recommend that you do NOT use the template provided by FGSR because it does not allow you the space to highlight your experiences);
  3. Statement of intent carefully and thoughtfully prepared, describing one's interest in graduate study in this Department and reasons for wanting to pursue advanced study in Elementary Education (500 words approximately);
  4. Three letters of reference from persons qualified to comment on the applicant's academic work and potential for graduate study. It is highly recommended that one or more letters be from persons at the institution last attended. Student sends link to their referees directly from the application portal. Referees need to send their letters to the student's application portal.
  5. Sample of student's writing 20 pages, maximum, doctoral applicants only. Please send the writing sample as a PDF.

English language proficiency (ELP)

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) requires all applicants to demonstrate English language proficiency. Applicants with degrees/qualifications in a language other than English need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency by completing an approved English language exam.

To be admitted to the Department of Elementary Education, applicants must meet the minimum exam scores as outlined below:
  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), or a total score of 93 with a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing and 20 on reading and listening (internet-based)
  • MELAB: minimum score of 90
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 on each band
  • CAEL: overall minimum score of 70, with at least 60 on each subtest
  • PTE (Academic): overall minimum score of 64

Note: Applicants with qualifications from certain countries and international universities are exempt from the English language requirements.

Application deadlines

Canadian citizen, permanent resident, landed immigrant

Program Admission Department Deadline
Masters Programs September, January, July March 1
Doctoral Program September December 1


Program Admission Department Deadline
Masters Programs September March 1
Doctoral Program September December 1