MEd Course-Based

The Master of Education (Course-based) program is an advanced degree for educators who are concerned with professional matters of curriculum, teaching, and pedagogy. It is designed to develop competencies as master teachers, educators in specific disciplines, and curriculum and instruction specialists. The program is especially suited for professionals who want to expand their knowledge base in relation to their current practices, leadership roles, and future responsibilities. The course program is flexible and provides opportunities for combining periods of scholarly reflection with practical involvement and self-initiated field work and study projects.

The MEd program is relevant to a broad range of interests such as school-based professional practice, educational technology, curriculum development, pedagogical programs and practices, and teaching in a variety of contexts in subject matter specializations. Please see our Research Areas for further information.

Study towards a course-based MEd degree with a focus in the area of curriculum, teaching, and pedagogy is eminently suited to be undertaken by individuals who are currently teaching or who are planning to take a sabbatical or personal leave. A wide variety of courses applicable to this degree are available late afternoons or evenings. Selected courses are offered during Spring and Summer sessions. Please check BearTracks for the most up-to-date course offerings.


  • Each course-based MEd is an individual program structured to meet the needs of the individual student. Students are required to complete *27 of graduate-level courses (the equivalent of nine 3-credit courses) and a final project (equivalent to 3 credits).
  • EDSE 503: Curriculum Foundations, EDSE 504: Curriculum Inquiry, EDSE 510: Research Methods and EDSE 900 (final project) are required as part of the program.
  • Other courses to be taken by the student will be determined in consultation with the advisor with due consideration for the student's general academic background and the requirements of the proposed project. The number of Individual Study (EDSE 502) courses is limited to 3 credits per semester and 6 credits per program.
  • Students have an opportunity to include in their programs courses offered by other Departments and Faculties that are related to their field.
  • Ethics Requirement: Completion of ethics training hours. Department Ethics component (equivalent to 8 hours) through successful completion of EDSE 510 and EDSE 900 plus FGSR Ethics component (equivalent to 5 hours) through successful completion of the online Graduate Ethics Training (GET) Course.
  • Research Ethics Review: Not applicable to course-based MEd students. Final projects cannot involve research with human participants. Exceptions are possible on the recommendation of the student's advisor.
  • This is normally a two-year program but part-time students have up to six years to complete.
  • There is no residence requirement for the course-based MEd program.


Upon admission, all MEd course-based students are assigned a program advisor by the Department in their area of study.


Normally, each candidate for the course-based MEd will present their project in a public forum.

Graduate Program Fees

For tuition and sample fee assessments, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research - Tuition & Cost of Living Estimates.

Graduate Program Administrator

Phone: 780-492-2688
Fax: 780-492-7622