Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Pathway

Offering flexible graduate certificates in a three-step pathway to achieving your MEd

Innovative online programs preparing you for the future

The Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route is a part-time, course-based pathway which provides students with the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of certificate topics culminating in an MEd degree. 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 cutting edge research.

In this degree pathway, students choose a certificate topic (4 courses, 12 units) each year and may continue to stack two topics towards the MEd. Topics are offered in face-to-face, fully online and blended (combined face-to-face and online) formats throughout the program to accommodate busy working professionals.

Who is the program for?

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 possible pathway into the professional Education Doctorate (EdD).

Program Pathway

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 (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.

Year 1

Step 1: Graduate Certificate

Begin your graduate studies by selecting one Interdisciplinary topic to earn a four course Graduate Certificate.

Year 2

Step 2: Graduate Diploma

Your second credential is earned by successfully completing another four course Interdisciplinary topic.

Step 3

Step 3: Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies

After completing your graduate certificate and diploma, the final step is a research year. Upon successful completion of the research topic, you will be awarded your MEd, 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 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.

Apply for 2022 Admission

We are inviting applications for the following MEd Interdisciplinary Topics

All MEd Interdisciplinary Topics begin in Summer. *Topics subject to change.

Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities

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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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Contemplative Ecological Education

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Contemporary, Emerging Mathematics for Teachers

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Critical Approaches to Environmental Education

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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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Leading with Heart

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Learning Disabilities in the Classroom

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Literacy in the Diverse Classroom

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Poo'miikapii: Niitsitapii Approaches to Wellness

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Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Guidance in Schools

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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 through Philosophical Inquiry

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Transdisciplinary Leadership: Leading Healthy Organizations

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Workplace & Learning in Diverse Contexts

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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 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, 2021
Application AND supporting document deadline: March 1, 2022
Program start: Summer term 2022 (refer to the Academic Schedule for specific dates)

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 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.

All supporting documents are due on March 1-No Exceptions. 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.

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.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from all post-secondary institutions you have attended (even if you did not graduate) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts need to be sent by the transcript office(s) (i.e., the office or unit responsible for transcripts) of the institution(s) that you attended.

If original documents are not in English, you must supply an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of your original transcript(s).

Transcripts can be sent by email to or by mail to the following address: 

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Earth Sciences, 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
T2N 1N4

One official copy of your final official transcript(s) and degree certificates (if degree is not clearly stated on transcripts) in a signed, sealed envelopes from all institutions you attended. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the online application for initial evaluation purposes. Admission offers, however, are conditional upon receipt of official transcripts.  

These documents may be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies from the institution or they can be mailed to you and you can mail them to us yourself. 

Email transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution's transcript office to

Open official transcripts are not considered as official.

Please visit to answer frequently asked questions on transcripts

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

Transcripts for courses taken at the University of Calgary are not required.

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.

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

2021 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 2021 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.