Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed within two years.

What do I need to qualify for admission?

Like other master's degree programs at the University of Alberta, this MEd program requires a bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (6.5 on the old 9 point scale) on the last 60 credits of graded coursework. Additional information for admission to a specific department in the Faculty of Education can be found via the link to that department on the left side of this page.

What is the difference between a thesis route and a course based route?

The thesis route requires the completion of a research thesis that adheres to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies which includes an oral examination. Students who are considering furthering their academic studies by pursuing a PhD are advised to register in the thesis-route Masters program.

The course-based route does not have the requirement of a thesis and subsequent oral examination. Instead you must complete additional courses and a final capping project.

What courses will I take in the program?

The courses you are required to take will be dependent on the departmental stream in which you are enrolled. The core courses are listed for each stream under the link to each department. Beyond the core courses, you are required to take additional option courses. These options can be chosen from approved courses within your department or can be chosen from the core courses listed in the other department streams.

What if I have already completed some graduate level courses?

Approval of transfer credit depends upon several factors, and therefore must be assessed by each department's program admissions staff and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, however, approved options for transfer into the program are:

  • graduate-level courses completed at an accredited university;
  • courses that have been completed within the last 3-4 years; and
  • courses that are relevant and complementary to your program.

How will this MEd degree affect my TQS?

The ATA has informed us that a graduate degree of 30 units of course weight is the equivalent of 1.25 years of education toward your TQS. This is a standard assessment for course-based graduate degree programs.

What grading system does the program use?

The program uses the University of Alberta's 4 point scale grading system. For more information about the University of Alberta grading system, see the grading system explained at the site of the Office of the Registrar.

For general information about the program, please contact:

Graduate Coordinator, M.Ed. Technology in Education Specialization

Dr. Mike Carbonaro
mike.carbonaro@ualberta.ca
780.492.2646

For more specific program information, please contact the individual departments:

Graduate Program Administrator, Elementary Education

Antonella Scaccia-DeWitt
elemgrad@ualberta.ca
780.492.2177

Graduate Program Administrator, Secondary Education

Ms. Anita Theroux
edsegrad@ualberta.ca
780.492.2688

Graduate Program Administrator, Educational Psychology

Graduate Student Services Administrator 
edpygrad@ualberta.ca
780.492.1149