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

Master of Science (MSc) in Educational Psychology with specialization in School and Applied Child Psychology - on campus

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Education requirements, entry requirements  include:

a) Honours degree in Psychology (or equivalent) is preferred; applicants with a degree in Psychology, previous experience in the Psychological field, and a grade point average of 3.00 (equivalent to a "B" or 70 per cent average) over the courses taken during the last two years of study will be considered.

b) Normally, a minimum of 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) in Educational Psychology or Psychology. This must include:

i. One undergraduate course in statistics
ii. One senior undergraduate Psychology or Educational Psychology course in each of (1) cognitive-affective bases of behaviour and (2) social bases of behavior.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B-” or above.

c) Curriculum Vitae.

d) Two academic references, one of which is normally from the undergraduate honours supervisor, if applicable.

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.

Additional Requirements:

f) A short statement of intent (approximately 500 words) of your research and professional interest in school psychology (e.g., expected contribution to the field; understanding of school psychology) indicating your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate work in this degree.

g) A list of any academic awards, achievements, honours or other distinctions you have received. Itemize the monetary amount and the total.

h) A list of all publications and conference presentations you have on your résumé and specify whether the work was peer reviewed or non-peer reviewed.

i) Information about any financial support for your degree in the form of an award, sponsorship, or other. Please indicate the dollar amount and duration of the support, and when it is to start.

j) A list of any professional school psychology experience you have had (employment or volunteer). Please specify full-time or part-time and for how long. If part-time, please specify how many hours per week.

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-science-thesis-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 and Education requirements, the MSc SACP degree program requires the following:

a) Forty-two units (7.0 full-course equivalents) including a minimum of 400 practicum hours comprised of 36 units (6.0 full-course equivalents) of content courses and 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) of practicum courses.

Content courses:
Educational Psychology 609, 614, 618, 651, 653, 654, 655, 659, 665, 669, 683, 685.

Practicum Courses:
Educational Psychology 662, 663. Note section 6 Police Information Check below.

b) A thesis.

6. Additional Requirements

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 be also 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 June 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 before the start of classes (September 1) and to the organization hosting the student on or before the first day of the practicum course (Educational Psychology 662, 663).

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 Science requires two years of full-time study to complete. Maximum completion time is four years.

9. Supervisory Assignments

An interim advisor is assigned to each first-year student in a thesis-based program. Students are responsible for initiating discussions with potential permanent supervisors and are expected to have finalized supervisory arrangements by their second annual registration.

A supervisory committee, approved by the Graduate Program Director, is required for MSc students choosing the manuscript based thesis route. Normally, the committee will consist of the supervisor and two members (see Academic Regulations - Supervision).

10. Required Examinations

Thesis Examination

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations for thesis examinations, the program requires:

Scheduling of the Examination
All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student’s draft thesis document before an examination can be scheduled.

Composition of the Committee
The Internal Examiner may be internal to the home program.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Information on research proposals is available through the interim advisor/supervisor.

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. 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 by the posted deadline dates for individual awards as noted at werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/graduate-programs-education-award-opportunities.

Graduate Programs in Education also provides assistance for students through teaching assistantships, graduate research scholarships and other scholarships. Application forms and deadline information for these awards can be obtained from Graduate Programs in Education.