Secondary Education

Graduate Programs

The Department of Secondary Education is widely recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding graduate programs and regularly attracts students from around the world. Doctoral students from Secondary Education have been highly successful in winning prestigious Killam and SSHRC doctoral fellowships during their programs and in gaining academic appointments in leading universities following graduation. Students enrolled in graduate programs in the department master’s and doctoral level express very high levels of satisfaction. 

Why Graduate Studies in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta

  • Strong and active graduate community comprised of Canadian and international students, many of whom are in residence.
  • Commitment to providing doctoral students with experiences in all three areas of academic life: research, teaching and service.
  • Opportunity to interact with all of the internationally renowned scholars in the department.
  • Graduates leave with strong curriculum vitae which position them well for employment in academic and professional contexts.
  • Graduates hold faculty and leadership positions in universities, ministries of education and school districts in Canada and around the world. 

Our Program

Led by internationally renowned scholars, the Department of Secondary Education offers classes, seminars, discussion groups and supervision which provide graduate students with extensive opportunities to engage in thoughtful and critical scholarship into curriculum and pedagogy.

We offer programs leading to the Master of Education (MEd), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Education (EdD). Graduate instruction in these programs develops scholarship and inquiry in curriculum theory and pedagogical subject specific disciplines. Graduate programs in the department typically involve advanced study in one or more of the following areas:


Our Degrees

Program Typical Length Typical Entry
MEd (course-based) 2-4 years Fall (September), Summer (July)
MEd (thesis-based) 2-4 years Fall (September), Summer (July)
EdD 4-6 years Fall (September), Summer (July)
PhD 4-6 years Fall (September), Summer (July)