Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Pathway

Course-based, 3 Step laddered pathway to achieve an MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies

Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route

The Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies is cohort-based and delivered over a year to accommodate busy working professionals. Beginning in the Summer term students will complete four courses over the academic year (for a total of four 3-unit courses).

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Studies. Graduate Diploma holders will be eligible to apply for admission into the MEd Interdisciplinary Studies degree. 

In year 1 applicants will select one of the Interdisciplinary topics offered that admission year to earn a Graduate Certificate. In year 2 applicants will select one of the Interdisciplinary topics offered that admission year to earn a Graduate Diploma. In year 1 and 2 students may select topics similar in subject content or diversify and choose topics in completely different subject areas. In year 3, students will complete the third, and culminating topic, Educational Research, which is necessary to fulfill requirements for the MEd, Interdisciplinary degree.

The study area of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma parchments will state Interdisciplinary Studies.

Program Delivery

Topics are delivered face-to-face, fully online, or blended (combined face-to-face and online). Our Interdisciplinary topics run over either three (Summer, Fall, Winter) or four (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) terms. Delivery and schedule information is listed on each topic page.


Blended topics consist of our summer residency, and on campus experience held in Summer with online work completed before and/or after your time in Calgary. Fall, Winter, and Spring courses are typically held online through Desire2Learn and Zoom. Check each topic to confirm format for delivery.

Fully Online

The fully online courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) 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.

Off Campus

These topics will take place face-to-face off-campus. Courses will take place both outside on the land at the Kainai reserve, and using classroom space provided by Red Crow Community College in Standoff, Alberta and also at Blackfeet Community College, in Browning, Montana, USA. Courses will take place in summer, fall, and winter semesters. The use of seasons is intentional given the seasonal nature of Niitsitapii approaches to wellness. Please see more detailed information below regarding dates and delivery for individual courses.

Programs In Progress (Summer 2022 start). Topics listed below are intended to provide information for students currently enrolled in these programs.

Fully Online Delivery

Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Communities & Schools

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Collaborative Creativity for Social Innovation and Strategic Design

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Educating Children in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Educational Neuroscience: Applications for Teaching & Learning

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Foundations in School & Counselling Psychology

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Inclusive Education

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Leading and Learning in a Digital Age

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Learning Disabilities in the Classroom

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Literacy in the Diverse Classroom

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Perspectives pédagogiques : français langue seconde | Pedagogical Perspectives: French as a Second Language

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School Leadership - Pathway to AB Ed LQS Certification

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Supporting and Enhancing Children’s Mental Health

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Teaching English as an Additional Language

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Transdisciplinary Leadership: Leading Healthy Organizations

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Leading with Heart

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Poo'miikapii: Niitsitapii Approaches to Wellness

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