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Graduate Studies Calendar 2018-2019 Program Descriptions Education Graduate Programs Educational Research (EDER) Master of Education (MEd) Master of Education: Specialist Route
Master of Education: Specialist Route
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Education: Specialist Route

The MEd, Specialist Route, is a course-based degree program which provides students with a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice in one specialization area.

For current specialization areas being offered and program delivery format, please consult the website werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/med-specialist.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, 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) A written statement indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs in Education.

d) Candidates will be expected to have a minimum of two years of teaching experience OR alternative professional experience.

e) For students required to prove proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), an IELTS score of 7.0 (Academic version), or a MELAB score of 83 is required. 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.

f) Two reference letters.

Relevant Prior Learning Considerations

In exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievements may be considered for admission to the program. The candidates must provide the relevant graduate program with evidence demonstrating a potential to undertake successfully the proposed program of studies. Such candidates are advised to make early contact with Graduate Programs in Education, and supply additional supporting documents as part of their application package, such as:

a) Evidence of personal continuing education/training.

b) Results in these continuing education efforts.

c) Experience in a field related to the aspired degree.

d) Evidence of successful management of people, resources, finances, situations.

e) Increasing or varying responsible positions in organizations related to the aspired degree.

f) Work-related products, e.g. reports, programs of learning or training, handbooks, videos, manuals, workshops, seminars.

g) Evidence of personal growth in knowledge, understanding, management skills, and intellectual resources.

h) Evidence of innovation.

i) Evidence of leadership or co-ordination responsibilities.

3. Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of complete applications is available on the Future Students website: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/educational-research-master-education-specialist-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

The MEd Specialist route is a two or three-year, cohort-based, course-based program.

a) A minimum of three research courses consisting of: Educational Research 603.21, 603.24, and 603.23; and

b) Twenty-seven units (4.5 full-course equivalents) as outlined in the student's area of Specialization.

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

Expected completion time is two or three years, per admission cohort. Maximum completion time is six years for a course-based master’s program. Students taking more than three years to complete the twelve 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. 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 he posted deadline dates for individual awards as noted at werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/graduate-programs-education-award-opportunities.