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Graduate Studies Calendar 2018-2019 Program Descriptions Education Graduate Programs Educational Psychology (EDPS) School and Applied Child Psychology (MEd)
School and Applied Child Psychology (MEd)
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Education (MEd) with specialization in School and Applied Child Psychology (SACP) – blended delivery: online and blended courses with some face-to-face/on-campus meeting times at the University of Calgary main campus.

Applicants considering the field of school psychology should keep in mind that a master's degree is only the first step to obtaining the credentials necessary for professional practice. To practice, graduates register with the regulatory body in their own jurisdiction (i.e. province, state, or territory). Registration is a process independent from completing the MEd program. The registration options available differ depending on: a) the jurisdiction in which graduates reside, b) the level of education required for registration, and c) the regulatory body with which they register. Students are encouraged to review the registration requirements in their own jurisdiction prior to enrolling in the program.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, entry requirements include:

a) A completed bachelor’s degree in Education or Psychology with a grade point average of 3.00 (equivalent to a "B" or 70 per cent in many universities) over the courses taken during the last two years of study.

b) A minimum of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) completed in psychology is required prior to application. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "B-" or above.

c) A curriculum vitae and a concise rationale for the application (500 words or less).

d) Two letters of reference.

e) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), an IELTS score of 7.0 (Academic version), or a MELAB score of 83. The test must have been taken within the last two years. When requesting that official TOEFL test scores are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813. Proficiency may also be met by completion of Tier III of the International Foundations Program (IFP) with minimum grades of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency.

3. Application Deadline

The deadline for the submission of complete applications is available on the Future Students website: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/school-applied-child-psychology-master-education-course-based.

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission 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

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the MEd SACP program requires a total of 51 units (8.5 full-course equivalents), inclusive of a minimum of 400 practicum hours and a 1200-hour internship:

a) SACP specialization courses: Educational Psychology 614, one of Educational Psychology 650 or 688, Educational Psychology 652, 653, 654, 681, 687, 689, 690, 696.

b) Practicum courses: Educational Psychology 676, 697. Note section 6 Police Information Check below.

c) Two required research courses: Educational Psychology 612.01, 612.04.

d) Final Project Portfolio: Educational Psychology 684 is the students' capstone course and is evaluated as an exit portfolio. Educational Psychology 684 must be taken as the final course (or concurrently with final courses) prior to the internship.

e) Internship: Educational Psychology 698 – equivalent to 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent). Note section 6. Police Information Check below.

Detailed information on core course requirements can be obtained from Graduate Programs in Education website werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/programs/master-education-school-amp-applied-child-psychology.

6. Additional Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology should have reasonable computer literacy as portions of the programs are delivered online.

Police Information Check

All successful applicants to the Werklund School of Education School and Applied Child Psychology program are required to provide a current Police Information Check which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. All successful applicants will also be required to acknowledge the requirement for a Police Information Check by submitting a "Notice Regarding Requirement for Police Information Check" declaration form prior to the start of the program. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a Police Information Check through their nearest police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside. In order to be considered "current", the Police Information Check must be completed no earlier than April 30 and students will be required to request a new Police Information Check every 12 months. The original Police Information Check must be presented in person to the administration in the Graduate Program Office in the Werklund School of Education during the first summer residency and to the organization hosting the student on or before the first day of the practicum or internship (Educational Psychology 676, 697, 698).

Students who are concerned about the presence of a criminal record should contact the police department to discuss the process for eliminating or erasing such a record.

A current Police Information Check is required for all third-party and University of Calgary practicum placements. Failure to present a Police Information Check may result in the student being unable to complete their Practicum. Successful completion of Practicum is required for graduation.

Students are obligated to inform the Faculty immediately of any change in status of their criminal record.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

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

8. Time Limit

The Master of Education School and Applied Child Psychology program can be completed in three years of full-time study but students may take up to six years to complete the degree on a part-time basis.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The Academic Program Coordinator serves as students' academic advisor.

10. 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 for September admission must submit their scholarship applications to the Graduate Programs in Education office by the posted deadline dates for individual awards as noted at werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/graduate-programs-education-award-opportunities.