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Graduate Studies Calendar 2017-2018 Program Descriptions Education Graduate Programs Educational Research (EDER) Master of Education (MEd) Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Route
Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Route
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Route
Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master of Education (CCDP)

For current topic areas and program delivery format, please consult the website werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe.

This degree consists of a three-stage laddering structure: Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and the Master of Education. That is, it may be possible for students to "ladder" with full academic and fee credit from a 12 unit (2.0 full-course equivalents) Graduate Certificate into a Graduate Diploma requiring an additional 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents), and from there into a Master of Education program requiring another 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents). A direct entry into a 24 unit (4.0 full-course equivalents) Graduate Diploma may be possible with the approval of Graduate Programs in Education.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, the Office of Graduate Programs in Education requires:

a) A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.

b) A minimum GPA of 3.00 (on the University of Calgary four-point system). This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 units (10 full-course equivalents).

c) For students required to prove proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), an IELTS score of 7.0, or a MELAB score of 83 is required. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Proficiency may also be met by successful graduation from Level III of the International Foundations Program (IFP).

3. Application Deadline

Normally March 15 for a July start date; however, please note that there may be instances that vary from these dates. Students should consult the Graduate Program in Education website werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe for specific application deadlines and start dates. Students following the MEd Interdisciplinary laddered structure route must apply at each stage; first, to the Graduate Certificate, then to the Graduate Diploma and finally to the MEd, within 5 years between each stage.

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the application process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma, or for courses taken to bring grade point average to a required level for admission.

5. Program/Course Requirements

Topics for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses are designed in response to the professional community and therefore change year to year. For topics being offered for Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas, please consult the Graduate Programs in Education website werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/interdisciplinary-med.

The final year of the Interdisciplinary MEd is a prescribed one-year course-based program consisting of:

a) Nine units (1.5 full-course equivalents) in research, consisting of: Educational Research 603.21, 603.24, and 603.23; and

b) Three units (0.5 full-course equivalents), Educational Research 692.

6. Additional Requirements

None.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Programs in Education does not normally accept undergraduate courses for credit toward graduate degrees.

8. Time Limit

The expected completion time is one year for each of the program components in the laddering structure to a maximum of two years for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Education. Students taking more than one year to complete the four courses within a topic area will be required to pay continuing fees.

9. Supervisory Assignments

An academic advisor is assigned to students in the course-based Master of Education program.

10. Required Examinations

None.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Information on course-based research is available through the Academic Co-ordinator.

Ethics approval is required for all research projects involving the use of human subjects before data collection begins. In order to submit an ethics application, students are required to complete the TCPS2 tutorial and upload the certificate of completion into their Researcher Profile in IRISS. Register on the TCPS2 website at tcps2core.ca/register.

To initiate the ethics approval process, the student, in consultation with the supervisor, must submit an application to either the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board or the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board. Applications to the CFREB or CHREB are created and submitted online using IRISS ucalgary.ca/iriss.

12. Special Registration Information

None.

13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

Students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to Graduate Programs in Education by February 1.

14. Other Information

For further information contact Graduate Programs in Education, werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

Current faculty members and their areas of interest can be found in Specializations Offered section.