Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Pathway

Offering flexible graduate certificates in a three-step, laddered degree pathway to achieving your Master of Education

MEd Educational Research Information session - January 11

In this session we provided an overview of the two MEd degree streams.

How to Create a Strong Application, Master of Education - February 8th

In this session, learn how to put together a strong application.

Innovative online programs preparing you for the future

The Master of Education (MEd) Interdisciplinary route is a course-based pathway which provides students with the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of topics culminating in a Master of Education. Using an innovative and individualized approach, students gain a depth of knowledge within chosen areas where they develop a critical awareness of current problems and insights informed by transformative research.

In this degree pathway, students choose a certificate topic (4 courses, 12 units) each year and may continue to stack two topics toward the MEd. Topics are offered in face-to-face, fully online, and blended (combined face-to-face and online) formats to fit the busy lifestyle of professionals, allowing them to continue working while developing new skills and participating in meaningful field-specific research. 

Who is the program for?

The Werklund School of Education’s Graduate Programs are a destination of choice for highly qualified graduate students. We offer blended programs that are innovative, responsive, and accessible. Graduate Programs in Education has conceptualized and designed the MEd as a possible pathway into the professional Education Doctorate (EdD).


Program Pathway

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 (listed below) 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.

Graduate Certificate

Apply to one interdisciplinary topic and earn a Graduate Certificate

The Certificate 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

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.

Graduate Diploma

Apply to one interdisciplinary topic and earn a Graduate Diploma

Students may apply to a topic similar in subject content to their Year 1 (certificate) topic, or diversify and choose topics in completely different subject areas.

Graduate Diploma holders with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher will be eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Education degree program.

Master of Education

Complete 4 research courses and earn an MEd Interdisciplinary degree

In this final stage of the MEd Interdisciplinary route, students can draw on their last two topic areas to study a program of practice.

Students must successfully complete Step 1 (certificate) and Step 2 (diploma) in order to apply to the final step which is a research year. Upon successful completion of your chosen research topic, you will be awarded your MEd Interdisciplinary studies.

View research year details

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

Blended topics consist of an on campus summer residency 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

Fully online topics 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.

MEd Interdisciplinary Topics

Topics Inviting Application (July 2023 start) will be listed by November 1, 2022 when application to the program starts. Topics are offered yearly and subject to change. For programs that are currently in progress please visit: 2022 Programs in Progress


Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities

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Collaborative Creativity for Social Innovation and Strategic Design

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Community Engagement

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Contemplative Ecological Education

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Curriculum as Divergence

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Dynamic Design in 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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Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools: Social Justice in Practice

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Multimodal Literacies Across Contexts

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Niitsitapiisinni: Real Peoples' Way of Life

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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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Teaching and Learning Mathematics

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Transdisciplinary Leadership: Strategy & Innovation in Organizations

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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. 

The online applications for the Graduate Certificate (Step 1), Graduate Diploma (Step 2), and the Master of Education Interdisciplinary - Research Topic (Step 3) are open November 1 through March 1.

Application open: November 1, 2022
Application AND supporting document deadline: March 1, 2023
Program start: Summer term 2023 (refer to the Academic Schedule for specific dates)

Applicants must use the online application found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies Apply Now page. Applicants should follow the instructions under the 'Regular Students' drop down.

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 1 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.

Applications, transcripts and all supporting documents must be submitted 11:59 pm MT on the application deadline date for each program. 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.


For additional information on transcripts and where to send them, please visit our How to Apply page.

 

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.

References are due by the application deadline, so you should complete the online application earlier in order to give your referees sufficient time to submit their reference. Referees will receive notification on how to submit their reference after you submit your application and are due on the application deadline regardless of when they receive the notification. Please ensure that your references are aware of the supporting document submission deadline. Applications without completed reference forms will be considered incomplete after the 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. The Learning Resources page contains general tuition and registration guides.

Fees are outlined in the University of Calgary calendar.

 

Program Checklist

At the beginning of program:

  • 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.


Student Research

2022 Interdisciplinary Topics-Currently in Progress

Whether it’s developing the knowledge necessary to support healthy and socially just learning environments or understanding what it takes to provide leadership and advocacy for young children, our wide range of interdisciplinary topics offer something for everyone

View all 2022 Interdisciplinary Topics

Specializations & Academic Expertise

Werklund School of Education academics are committed to developing new ideas and insights that address local, national and international challenges, while also nurturing new generations of visionary thinkers. They apply their teaching and research expertise to the following seven academic disciplines.