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, part-time, 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 2021 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. 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.

Fully Online Delivery

Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Communities & Schools

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Collaborative Creativity for Social Innovation and Human-Centred Design

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Community Engagement: An Ethical Practice

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Critical Approaches to Environmental Education

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Early Childhood Education

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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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Indigenous Education: A Call to Action

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Leading and Learning in a Digital Age

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Leading with Heart

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Learning Disabilities in the Classroom

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Re-enlivening the Disciplines

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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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Niitsitapiisinni: Real Peoples' Way of Life

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