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 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. 

Our MEd programs are innovative, current, and practitioner-oriented programs designed to create scholars of the profession. Graduate Programs in Education has conceptualized and designed the MEd as a direct pathway into the professional Education Doctorate (EdD).

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), Interdisciplinary. Topics are offered in face-to-face, fully online and blended (combined face-to-face and online) formats throughout the program.

Different topics invite applications each year, as noted in the section below. Students select from any of the topics when working towards a certificate in year 1 of the program route. In year 2 when working towards a diploma students may again select any of the available topics.  In year 1 and 2 students may select topics similar in subject content or diversify and choose topics in completely different subject areas. The certificate and diploma parchments will include the name of the educational research study area: Interdisciplinary Studies.  The third, and culminating, Educational Research Topic is necessary to fulfill requirements for the MEd, Interdisciplinary degree.

Program Delivery

Topics are offered in face-to-face, fully online and blended (combined face-to-face and online) options. Blended 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.


Blended 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 fully online using Desire2Learn and Zoom.

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 (July 2020 start). Topics listed below are intended to provide information for students currently enrolled in these programs.

Notice re: Summer Residency 2021

All MEd Summer 2021 classes will be moving fully online with the exception of off-campus courses in the Transformative Learning Environments Topic. There will be no on-campus Summer Residency. Please do not make any travel plans such as booking flights or accommodations. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The Werklund School is a leader in online learning, offering robust programs and supports for students seeking alternate program delivery.  Staff and faculty are committed to ensuring the quality of this learning experience will meet the needs of our students and maintain the high standards we have become known for.

Blended Delivery

Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities

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Collaborative Creativity & Design Thinking for Innovation

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Indigenous Education: a Call to Action

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Leading with Heart

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Teaching and Learning Mathematics

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Curriculum as Divergence

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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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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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Workplace & Learning in Diverse Contexts

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Off Campus Delivery

Poo'miikapii: Niitsitapiisinni Approaches to Wellness

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