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MEd Interdisciplinary Program Route

Submitted by msoos on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 4:01pm

The Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route is a course-based pathway 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 two topic areas.

In this degree pathway, students may choose to complete a topic (4 courses, 12 units) each year and may continue to stack two topics towards a Master of Education (MEd), in Interdisciplinary Studies. Topics are offered in face-to-face, fully online and blended formats, which combine both face-to-face and online delivery throughout the program.

Three step pathway:

Step 1: Students earn a graduate certificate after completing the first topic.

Step 2: Students earn a graduate diploma after completing a second topic.

Step 3: Students earn the MEd, Interdisciplinary Studies degree after completing the third, and culminating, required educational Research topic.  

Different topics are offered each year in the  educational research study areas noted in the table below.  The certificate and diploma parchments will include the name of the educational research study area.  Students may select topics from any of the five educational research study areas when working towards a certificate or diploma.  The third, and culminating, educational research topic is necessary to fulfill requirements for the MEd, Interdisciplinary degree.  

Programs inviting applications for 2017

Curriculum & Learning

Interdisciplinary Studies

Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities (Blended)

Early Childhood Education (Fully online)

Educating Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Fully online)

Foundations in School & Counselling Psychology (Fully online)

Supporting and Enhancing Children's Mental Health (Fully online)

Inclusive Education (Fully online)

Indigenous Education: A Call to Action (Blended) 

Poo’miikapii: Niitsitapii Approaches to Wellness (Off-Campus)

Language & Literacy


Learning Sciences

Perspectives pédagogiques en langues secondes (Fully online)

Teaching English as a Second Language (Fully online)

Teaching and Learning Languages (Fully online)

Instructional Leadership (Fully online)

Post-Secondary Leadership and Learning (Blended)

Design Thinking for Innovation (Blended) 

Knowing and Learning in STEM (K-12 and Post-Secondary), (Fully online)

Leading and Learning in a Digital Age (Fully online)

NEW Teaching and Learning Mathematics (Blended)

For information regarding on-campus accommodation for Summer 2017 please click here.
Please check back for additional topics.

Note: Topics are offered yearly in each educational research study area and subject to change based on enrolment and stakeholder consultations. If there is insufficient enrolment in a topic, applicants will be notified prior to the commencement of the cohort and provided with an option to select an alternate topic.

Click here for more information about the  research courses offered in (Step 3)  that is guaranteed to be offered each year for students completing the final requirements for the MEd Interdisciplinary degree.

To explore other specialization topics that have been previously offered and may be offered again in future please click on the gray bar below.

Current programs - Topic areas now in progress for 2016-2017

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma applications open November 1, 2015.
Application deadline March 15, 2016.
Adult Learning Focus
Curriculum & Learning Focus
Interdisciplinary Studies Focus

Language & Literacy Focus

Leadership Focus

Learning Sciences Focus
Step 3 - MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies 
    • Research - Note: the online application for this program is currently open; application deadline February 1, 2016.

Program Delivery

Topics are offered in different formats including face-to-face, blended and online options. Many topics begin with face-to-face classes at the University of Calgary, during the first part of July, with online follow up. Courses 2 (Fall), 3 (Winter), and 4 (Spring) are delivered fully online. Check each topic to confirm format for delivery.

The fully online courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Adobe Connect) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. There are typically no more than 5 sessions over a 13-week term (Fall and Winter) and fewer over a 6-week term (Spring and Summer). For additional information regarding online delivery, please refer to the Online Delivery link under the Student Resources tab on the GPE website as well as the information found on the eLearning website.

Program Requirements

In this stackable degree pathway, topics may be used towards a graduate certificate (Step 1), followed by a graduate diploma (Step 2).  The educational research topic is the final step (Step 3) toward completion of the Interdisciplinary MEd.

Each topic consists of a total of 12 credits (four half-courses). Graduate students are required to complete the courses within each topic in a prescribed sequence.  Please refer to the table above and click on the individual topic links for more information about program delivery options including face-to-face, blended and online options.

Students are expected to complete all program requirements for each topic within one year.  The stackable degree pathway is designed to be completed in three years. 

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements include:

  • 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.
  • 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 10 full-course equivalents.
  • A written statement indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs in Education.
    The statement of intent should include answers to the questions below: (Suggested length 300 words).

    • Please identify your reasons for applying to this graduate program.
    • Please outline the particular topics or questions that you plan to pursue in your specialization.
    • In what way is this program related to your desired career path or employment objectives? 
  • For applicants required to prove proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), or a MELAB score of 83, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher is required. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Proficiency may also be met by successful completion of Level III of the International Foundations Program.

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, coordination.

Admission to all graduate programs is highly competitive due to limited enrollment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

All graduate programs are governed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In the case of any conflict, regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar take precedence over material on this website. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for University of Calgary graduate admission requirements.

Offers of admission are valid only for the term to which applications are made.  Graduate Programs in Education will not grant deferrals of admission.  Students unable to take up an offer will be required to submit a new application.

How to Apply

The online application for Steps 1 and 2, the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma is now open with a closing deadline of March 15, 2017.

The online application for Step 3, Master of Education (Research) is now open.  The closing date is February 1, 2017. 






Master of Education

Step 1: Students choose from the available topics and apply to the Graduate Certificate. Upon the successful completion of the topic - four (4) required courses (12 units) - the student earns a Graduate Certificate.

*The name of the educational research study area associated with the topic will be printed on the Graduate Certificate.

Step 2: Students choose a different topic from the list, and apply to the Graduate Diploma. Upon the successful completion of the topic - four (4) required courses (12 units) in this program - the student earns a second credential, a Graduate Diploma.

*The name of the educational research study area associated with the topic will be printed on the Graduate Diploma.

Step 3: Students apply to the MEd degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Upon the successful completion of the educational research topic - four (4) required courses (12 units) in research - the student earns the MEd degree. At this stage, the final four courses ensure that students graduate with research depth.

*MEd Interdisciplinary will be the degree awarded.

Upon completion of the MEd Interdisciplinary Route, students will have completed a total of 12 courses (36 units) and received a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and an MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies.  

How to apply for the Step 1 or 2, Certificate or Diploma?

Application open: November 1
Application deadline: March 15
Program start: Summer (July) 2017

This program can be used as Step 1 or 2 of the MEd Interdisciplinary degree route.
Applicants must use the online application found at the the Faculty of Graduate Studies Apply Now page. In the online application system, please choose either:
1. Program: Education - Graduate Certificate, if you are planning to take this topic area as Step 1 of the MEd Interdisciplinary program or
2. Program: Education - Graduate Diploma, if you have (or will have) completed the Graduate Certificate program (Step 1)

Specialization: Choose the educational research study area: Adult Learning, Curriculum & Learning, Interdisciplinary, Language & Literacy, Leadership and Learning Sciences based on the topic selected.

**Reference letters are NOT required as part of the application package for either of these degree programs.
Supporting document (Statement of Intent) must be uploaded to the Student Centre through myUofC after the online application has been submitted. Applicants will receive a confirmation email with instructions and information regarding this process upon completion and submission of the online application.

Official transcripts must be submitted to the following address:
Graduate Programs in Education
Werklund School of Education
Education Tower 114
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 1N4

Important information regarding transcripts for Graduate Diploma and MEd applicants:
Students who have completed (or are completing) the Graduate  Certificate or Diploma in Education at the University of Calgary and are applying for the next step do NOT need to request or submit transcripts again unless course work has been completed at another institution since last attending the University of Calgary.

How to apply for Step 3, MEd Interdisciplinary Degree?

Application open: September 1
Application deadline: February 1
Program start: Summer (July) 2017

Applicants must use the online application found at the the Faculty of Graduate Studies Apply Now page. In the online application system, please choose:
Program: Education - Master of Education
Specialization: Interdisciplinary Studies

Supporting documents - the "Statement of Intent" must be uploaded to the Student Centre through myUofC after the online application has been submitted. Applicants will receive a confirmation email with instructions and information regarding this process upon completion and submission of the online application.

Registration and Fees

Annual Registration: At the start of the graduate program and annually on the anniversary of the start date, each graduate student must register using the Student Centre which is accessible through myUofC.  Students in course-based graduate programs may choose full-time or part-time status upon entry into the program and on an annual basis on the anniversary of entrance into the program. Annual General fees are assessed based on full-time or part-time status.

Course-based students may take up to 5 half-courses (3-credit) in their 12-month registration year to claim part-time status. A description of current general fees is as follows:

General Fees Full-time
Graduate Students' Association $163.05
Graduate Bursary Donation* $10.00*
TOTAL General fees/year $173.05 CDN

* Student may opt out by the fee payment deadline.

Continuing Fees: Continuing fees are assessed annually, at the halfway point of a course based program.   For Graduate Certificate students continuing fees are assessed starting in year two (2); for Graduate Diploma students, continuing fees are assessed starting in year three (3).  The annual continuing fee amount is equivalent to a distance half-course fee ($1,212.00 Cdn).

Students must maintain continuous registration and pay the appropriate fees until all degree requirements have been completed.

Tuition: Tuition fees in course-based graduate programs are assessed on a course-by-course and term-by-term basis. Effective May 1, 2016, the distance half-course fee is $1, 212.00 Cdn.

The total course tuition in this program is 4 half-courses X $1, 212.00 Cdn plus general fees.

Course enrollment:  It is the students responsibility to verify course registration and enroll in the appropriate course for each term.

Fee payment:  There are several options to pay tuition and general fees, however, the most convenient way is using online banking. For more information, click here. Students who do not pay their fees by the fee payment deadline date will be assessed a late payment penalty. 

After the drop deadline, a student may withdraw from a course up to the last day of lectures, but no refund of any portion of the tuition fees will be made and a "W" will be recorded on the transcript.

General fees are not refunded following the fee payment deadline.

Note: Fees listed on this page are subject to change without notice.

The University of Calgary Office of the Provost announced a tuition freeze for the 2016/17 academic year.  

After Admission

Program Checklist

At the beginning of program:

  • Activate your University of Calgary IT computing account that comes with a UofC email. We strongly encourage you to use this email while in program. Before you start utilizing your UofC email, return to MyUofC to update your email address in the online Student Centre, as well as email it to your Graduate Program Administrator (see your Admission Letter for contact information). Please include your full name, UCID number, program, and specialization in your message.
  • Attend one of the scheduled Virtual Welcome Sessions.
  • Attend one of the scheduled Student Orientations to Course Delivery Modes/Tools.


Program Forms

There are various forms related to a student’s progress through his/her graduate degree. Please refer to the forms for detailed instructions on their proper completion. Students who have any questions or concerns should contact their Graduate Program Administrator. Required forms are available in the GPE office and some can be accessed by downloading them from the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

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