Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Pathway

Course-based, three-step laddered pathway to achieve an MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies

Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route

Please be advised that our revised application deadline is Monday, March 16, 2020. This has been updated as the original deadline of March 15 fell on a Sunday.

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.

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Step 1: Graduate Certificate

Begin your graduate studies by earning a four course Graduate Certificate in your first Interdisciplinary topic.

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Step 2: Graduate Diploma

Your second credential, your graduate diploma, is earned by successfully completing your second, four course Interdisciplinary topic.

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Step 3: Research Year

Your final step is the four course research topic after you have completed your graduate certificate and diploma. Students are awarded their MEd: Interdisciplinary Studies upon successful completion of the research topic.


Program Delivery

Topics are delivered face-to-face, fully online, or blended (combined face-to-face and online). Our Interdisciplinary programs 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

Blended topics consist of our summer residency, and on campus experience held in early July 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.

Fully Online

Fully online programs require no in-person meetings; students meet with their instructor and class through Desire2Learn and Zoom. Our online learning environment allows you to participate in live classes and complete coursework from wherever you are in the world.

Off Campus

Off campus topics take place face-to-face outside of Calgary. These Indigenous topic areas offer students enriching, land-based experiences with intentional, seasonal approaches to learning and wellness.

Summer on campus

Start your program this summer

Applications are open until March 16, 2020. Topics are offered on an annual basis and may be subject to change for the 2021 application cycle.

Blended Delivery


Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Communities & Schools

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Collaborative Creativity & Design Thinking for Innovation

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Curriculum as Divergence (NEW)

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Indigenous Education: A Call to Action

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Leading with Heart

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School Leadership

Pathway to AB Ed LQS Certification

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Teaching & Learning Mathematics

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Fully Online Delivery


Academic Integrity

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Educational Neuroscience: Applications for Teaching & Learning

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Educating Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Foundations in School & Counselling Psychology

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Inclusive Education

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Leading & Learning in a Digital Age

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School District Leadership

Pathway to AB Ed SLQS Certification

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School Leadership

Pathway to AB Ed LQS Certification

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Supporting & 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: Niitsitapii Approaches to Wellness

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Ready to begin or continue your graduate studies with Graduate Programs in Education? Please review the important information outlined below.

Select your topic of choice

Graduate certificate and diploma applicants should review the above topics and identify the topic area that you intend on studying. We recommend that you select a second choice as admission to our programs is competitive.

Review admission requirements

Carefully review and ensure that you meet the admission requirements outlined below.

Gather supporting documents

Supporting document requirements are outlined below. The deadline for supporting document submission is March 16, 2020. This is the same as our application deadline.

Submit your application

Your online application is due on March 16, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified approximately 7-8 weeks after the application deadline has passed.

What you need to know

Each topic consists of a total of 12 units (four courses). Graduate students are required to complete the courses within each topic in a prescribed sequence. Information about program delivery options, including face-to-face, blended and online options, can be found within each topic page.

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

Minimum admission requirements:

  • 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 60 units (10 half courses).
     
  • For students required to prove proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), an IELTS score of 7.0 (Academic version), or a MELAB score of 83 is required. The test must have been taken within the last two years. When requesting that official TOEFL test scores are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813. Proficiency may also be met by completion of Tier III of the International Foundations Program (IFP) with minimum grades of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency.

Application requirements:

  • A written statement of intent (suggested length: 300 words) indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs in Education. The statement should address the following:

    • 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? 
  • Two references are required for students applying to the Graduate Certificate (Step 1). References will be asked to complete an online reference form. No hard copy documents will be accepted.
    • Graduate Diploma (Step 2) applicants are not required to submit references.
    • Master of Education - Educational Research Topic (Step 3) applicants are not required to submit references.
       
  • Applicants to the Master of Education - Educational Research Topic (Step 3): the minimum admission requirements for the final step of the MEd Interdisciplinary degree program also include completion of steps 1 and 2, the Graduate Certificate AND the Graduate Diploma in Education.

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.

The online application for the Graduate Certificate (Step 1), Graduate Diploma (Step 2), and the Master of Education Interdisciplinary - Research Topic (Step 3) is currently open.

Application open: November 1, 2019
Application AND supporting document deadline: March 16, 2020
Program start: Summer (July) 2020

Applicants must use the online application found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies Apply Now page.
 

Graduate Certificate (Step 1) Applicants

Please select the Program: Education - Graduate Certificate option within the online application. 

Specialization: all topics fall under the Interdisciplinary Studies Specialization. 

We advise students to prepare their statement of intent in advance of starting the online application as you will then be able to copy and paste your statement directly into the provided space. Please see the "Admission Requirements" above for more information regarding the statement of intent.

Supporting Documents: ensure that you carefully review the supporting document tab below. Supporting documents, including completed reference forms, must be submitted by March 15 for an application to be considered.
 

Graduate Diploma (Step 2) Applicants

Please select the Program: Education - Graduate Diploma option within the online application. Applicants to the Graduate Diploma must be completing (in progress) or have completed the Graduate Certificate (Step 1).

Specialization: all topics fall under the Interdisciplinary Studies Specialization. 

We advise students to prepare their statement of intent in advance of starting the online application as you will then be able to copy and paste your statement directly into the provided space. Please see the "Admission Requirements" above for more information regarding the statement of intent.

Supporting Documents: new official transcripts are NOT required for applicants to the Graduate Diploma unless course work has been completed at another institution since the Graduate Certificate was completed.


MEd Interdisciplinary (Step 3) Research Topic Applicants

Please select the following options within the online application:

Program: Education - Master of Education
Specialization: Interdisciplinary Studies

Supporting Documents:
 new official transcripts are NOT required for applicants to the MEd Interdisciplinary unless course work has been completed at another institution since the Graduate Diploma was completed.

All supporting documents are due on March 16, 2020. This is the same date as the application deadline. 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that transcripts arrive before the application deadline, and that referees are aware of this deadline.


Transcripts
Required for Graduate Certificate (Step 1) applicants.

Returning applicants (to Steps 2 and 3) NOT required to submit transcripts unless course work has been completed at another institution since the completing the previous program/course with Graduate Programs in Education.

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates, in the original sealed envelope, must be sent directly from the issuing university.

Current and previous University of Calgary students are not required to order official University of Calgary transcripts.

Original documents that are not in English
Original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates in the original language, in the original sealed envelope, must be sent directly from the issuing University along with an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of the original.

Mailing Address
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, Canada T2N 1N4



References
Required for Graduate Certificate (Step 1) applicants.

Two (2) references are required for students applying to the Graduate Certificate (Step 1). References will be asked to complete an online reference form. No hard copy letters of reference or documents will be accepted.

Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies' advice on finding references for your application.

References may be academic or professional.

Please ensure that your references are aware of the March 16 supporting document submission deadline.  Reference forms must be submitted on or before this deadline. Applications without completed reference forms will be considered incomplete after the March 16 deadline has passed.

Graduate Diploma (Step 2) applicants are not required to submit references.

Master of Education - Educational Research Topic (Step 3) applicants are not required to submit references.

 

Statement of Intent
Required of all applicants.

Applicants must submit a written statement of intent as part of the online application form. Your statement of intent should indicate your reasons for pursuing a graduate program with Graduate Programs in Education. We suggest a length of 300 words for your statement.

Your statement of intent should address the following: 

  • 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?

Hard copy statements of intent or additional information (such as a CV/résumé) are not accepted as part of the application package.

Admitted students will receive registration information from their Graduate Program Advisor after they have received their offer of admission.

Fees are outlined in the University of Calgary calendar.

Program Checklist

At the beginning of program:

  • Register for an eID to access myUCalgary. Keep your eID and password confidential.
  • 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, update your email address in the 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.
  • Initialize your registration through your Student Centre.
  • Register for your courses.

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 Faculty of Graduate Studies.