1. What is the application deadline? Can I still apply to the M.Ed. SACP program if I have missed the deadline?
The application deadline is December 1st for programs beginning the following July. The online program closes after that date and submissions are not possible.
2. I do not have the 30 credits of psychology courses required for admission to the program; however, I have courses in education/social work/communications/ early childhood, etc. Will those courses count toward the 30 credits?
In some instances, courses that are not designated as (educational) psychology courses may be considered if they have a strong psychology foundation. Due to time and administrative constraints, we do not review prerequisites prior to the application deadline. If you believe the course will fit criteria, you are welcome to apply and attach a course outline for each non-psychology course you have included.
Although we will accept educational psychology coursework, the majority of courses should be in psychology. The courses should provide foundational knowledge in this field such as cognition, development, learning, neuropsychology, social, abnormal, and statistics/research methods.
3. I am not sure if courses I have taken in the past will meet the prerequisites for admission. Will you a look at my transcripts before I apply?
Due to time and administrative constraints, we do not review prerequisites prior to the application deadline.
4. When it asks for 30 credits, what does that mean?
At the University of Calgary one-semester courses are worth 3 credits each. A 3-credit course is equal to 39 hours of instruction. Some universities use 1.5 or 0.5 credits to equal one course. You will need to check your transcripts to determine how many credits each course is worth by either counting the course credits or the instructional hours. If all your courses are worth 3 credits each, you would require 10 courses to apply.
5. Is this program accredited?
Although our program is not currently an accredited program, our PhD program is in the process of working towards attaining accreditation from the Canadian Psychological Association. Graduating from a non-accredited program should not affect individuals' ability to obtain employment in Canada as a school psychologist. For more information about accreditation from CPA see: http://cpa.ca/accreditation/
The University of Calgary is an accredited university and this program is approved by the Alberta Ministry of Learning.
6. I am short some credits. Can I apply to the program while I am currently enrolled in courses that are needed to meet the program prerequisites?
Yes. Students who are currently enrolled in courses required for admission may apply to the program. Any acceptance offered to such students will be contingent upon successful completion of the required courses. Official transcripts showing course completion must be received prior to start of program (end of June).
7. What are the minimum requirements for admission? If I don't meet the minimum GPA requirements will I still be considered for the program?
Although the minimum GPA required for admission to the M.Ed. SACP is 3.0, admission to all graduate programs is highly competitive due to limited enrollment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. If students do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, they should provide a strong rationale for why their application should be considered such as evidence of personal continuing education/training or experience in a field related to the aspired degree.
8. How are my grades used to assess whether I meet the minimum GPA requirement?
We use the grades from the applicant's final two years of their last degree or the equivalent number of courses to calculate the GPA. The most senior level courses are averaged to calculate academic standing. If an applicant has taken individual courses at an institution after a degree has been conferred, those grades are not included in the calculation.
9. I have taken post-degree courses to upgrade my academic standing. Do these courses count in calculation of academic standing?
If an applicant has taken individual courses at an institution after a degree has been conferred, those grades are not included in the calculation. If an applicant is concerned about their GPA, but have better after-degree grades, they should indicate reasons for the discrepancy in their statement of intent.
10. I applied last year. Do I have to submit new reference letters and transcripts?
11. I have gone to multiple universities. Do I need to obtain transcripts for all of them?
12. If I am applying to two different specialization areas (e.g., MSc and MEd) do I need to complete two applications?
13. Where can I get more information on the program, application procedure, competitive admission criteria, and fees?
Please see the appropriate sections above for information, i.e., the "Registration and Fees" section.
14. I have been out of school for a number of years and it is going to be very difficult for me to provide two academic letters of reference. What should I do?
In a case like this it is important for applicants to invite referees who are able to speak to their ability to handle academic demands of graduate school. Ideally, it would be someone who has supervised you doing program development, evaluation or research. This referee should be credible (i.e., not your friend, close colleague) and be able to speak to your ability to do things such as conceptualize problems, integrate literature, develop questions and other academic-like tasks.
15. If I include a professional reference letter, who is eligible to write a letter?
A professional reference letter can come from anyone who has knowledge of your ability to work with children and families. Examples may include a supervisor at a volunteer setting or summer camp or an employer at a setting where you worked with children and families as part of your job.
16. Can I take courses in your program if I'm not a registered student?
Only registered students can take courses in the program. However, students who are enrolled in Open Studies are generally permitted to take some courses through our program at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. Applied courses (e.g., assessment, intervention, consultation and practicum) are closed to non-program students.
Courses taken in the program as open-studies student cannot be counted as a prerequisite if you intend to apply to the program.
Interested applicants are discouraged from taking courses as open-studies if they intend to apply to the program. They are better off strengthening their application by other means such as getting practical experience with children or adults with exceptionalities.
17. If I enroll in the 3-year program, is it possible to maintain part-time/full-time work while still being able to meet the demands of my courses?
Most students enrolled in the three-year program continue to work part-time and some even full time. The ability to do this depends on other life commitments (e.g., employment workload, family responsibilities). Students can take up to 6 years to complete the program by taking fewer courses each year making it flexible for those with other life commitments. Students can add more courses to their load if the schedule permits it and are responsible for determining their own program plan.
It is important to note that your 1200-hour internship must be completed full-time during the terms it is offered. This is typically during the Fall and Winter terms (September through April). You should expect to take the full 8 months to complete your internship requirements. This may mean taking a leave of absence from your place of employment. Also, it is not recommended that you complete your internship at your place of employment due to complications with dual relationships.
18. What does a typical program plan look like?
Please see the "Program Schedule & Course Descriptions" section above for the standard program plan for students enrolled in the 3-year program.
19. Is it possible to complete this program in less than three years?
It is not possible to complete this program in less than three years given the course requirements in combination with the practicum and internship timelines.
20. Is it necessary to have a B.A. / BSc. In Psychology to enter into your program?
No. A degree that is equivalent to Education or Psychology will be accepted as part of admission into our program as long as the applicant has 30 credits in psychology; however, most successful applicants have a strong psychology background.
21. I live outside of Calgary. Will I be able to take this program and stay in my home community?
This program is delivered through a blended (online and face-to-face) format. Face-to-face components are during the Summer. Our Professional Programs offer you an opportunity to engage in your studies while continuing to work and to live in your home community.
Although the majority of learning in the M.Ed SACP program is completed online, students must complete their second practicum on campus. If students are unable to find practicum placements in their own communities, their alternative option is to complete the two practicum courses on-campus during the summer. This option requires more travel.
Regardless of the practicum option (community or on-campus), all students are responsible to attend the Summer Institute (SI) before completing the each of the first two practicum courses (i.e., EDPS 656, 675). It is highly recommended students attend SI on campus. The summer institute is held the first full-week of the summer term (i.e., first 5 days of the summer term, inclusive of Saturday and Sunday when applicable).
22. How does the practicum placement work?
There are two practicum courses in the MEd SACP program. Students can elect to complete the first practicum course (EDPS 697) off-campus within a school and/or community setting under the supervision of a psychologist. Community-based practicum can be completed in the winter or summer terms. Students selecting this option are responsible to arrange for both the supervisor and practicum site. The second practicum (EDPS 676) must be completed during the summer term through the clinic affiliated with our program, the Integrated Services in Education clinic. The summer practicum courses are intensive, 7 week courses that require students to be available full-time for approximately 8 hours per day.
23. What is the summer institute?
Regardless of the practicum option you select, students in their first and second years of the program are responsible to attend campus during the summer term. In their first year of the program, a two-week residency on campus is required as part of the Professional Practice of School Psychology course. In their second year of the program, the summer residency is held the first full-week of the summer term (i.e., first 5 days of the summer term, inclusive of Saturday and Sunday when applicable) and consists of intensive instruction, practice, and evaluation of your assessment skills that precede the practicum course. In year three of the program, student are required to complete their practicum on campus in the Integrated Services in Education (ISE) clinic. This requires students to be on campus during the summer residency week to begin seeing clients in the ISE clinic.
We require all students to attend on-campus as this provides you with a wonderful opportunity to meet your fellow students and develop some strong working relationships.
24. Can I arrange to complete my practicum or internship at my place of work?
While it is highly discouraged, you may be able to complete your practicum internship at your place of work but we would have to ensure that you are getting the proper experience and supervision as well as avoiding dual relationships. We decide this on a case-by-case basis and students must get permission from the Academic Coordinator.
25. Once I complete this program, will it allow me to work in a clinical setting? For instance, open my own practice?
Individuals 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. Students who graduate from this program will still need to register with a regulatory board located within their own jurisdiction before practicing as a school psychologist. Registration is a process that is completely separate from the MEd SACP program.
In each province, the profession of psychology is regulated. The requirements for licensure vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some jurisdictions, the doctorate degree is required for registration and in others it is the master's degree.
The types of employment opportunities available for students graduating from the MEd SACP program differ depending on a) the province in which they reside, b) the level of education required for registration, and c) the regulatory body with which they register.
Students are encouraged to check out the registration requirements in their own jurisdiction to ensure they meet requirements. Regulatory boards include:
College of Alberta Psychologists
College of Psychologists of BC
BC Association of School Psychologists
Additional regulatory boards are listed on the Canadian Psychologist Association website:http://cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/PTassociations/
Alberta graduates may want to register with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). The M.Ed. SACP program is designed to provide students with the graduate academic background required to begin the licensing process through CAP. However, CAP has additional requirements beyond what is provided within the program at the University of Calgary, including undergraduate psychology courses, supervised clinical hours, and oral and written examinations. It is not the responsibility of the M.Ed. program to ensure that students meet the requirements for registering.
26. How does the MEd SACP program differ from the Masters of Science (M.Sc.) degree?
We distinguish between our professional programs (MEd SACP, MC) and our research programs (MSc SACP /Counselling). Within our Faculty, it is the case that the MSc-PhD route is considered the research stream, with the MSc degree required for admissions into the PhD program. In contrast, the MEd/MC programs are currently considered terminal Master's programs. As the MEd/MC programs do not have a thesis requirement, you may find that you have limited, if any, options to pursue further PhD studies with these degrees. However, you will need to look up specific PhD admission requirements for other Universities to determine if this is the case (although, again, it is the case within our programs).
27. Do I need to complete the GRE when applying to your program?
You are not required to complete the GRE for admission into the MEd SACP program.
28. How do I apply to your program?
Please see the following link for information on how to apply to our program: http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/content/how-apply
a) Transcripts are assessed at the time of application therefore applicants may apply to the program with prerequisite courses in progress. Preference may be given to applicants who have completed all pre-requisites. Official transcripts per university are sent directly to:
Graduate Programs in Education (GPE)
Education Tower 114, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
b) Once an application is submitted an automatic email will be sent to the applicant requesting them to upload a letter of intent, written statement indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs
c) CV/personal resume documenting professional experience.
d) Two letters of reference. Once an application is submitted the Referee will receive an automatic email asking them to upload the reference. The referees should follow the instructions as sent to them by the automatic email to upload the reference.
*If you have problems submitting an application, contact Information Technologies for assistance: http://www.ucalgary.ca/it/
29. I have a question that is not answered by the Q&A webpage. Can I talk to an advisor?
Please contact the Graduate Program Administrator, Stacy Gooliaff at MEd.SACP@ucalgary.ca with any additional questions that are not addressed on our website.