FAQ

Faculty of Education




FAQ


  1. What are the MEd pathways that lead to obtaining the Masters of Education degree?
  2. How many credits do I need to graduate from the MEd program?
  3. I entered Masters Program prior to 2009. Are the new MEd pathways available to me?
  4. What is the process for enrolling in the MEd pathway that I have selected?
  5. I have chosen the research pathway, when do I chose either the 2A: MRP or 2B:Thesis?
  6. How do I find out more about the MEd pathways?
  7. Does my degree look different if I follow the Course-based pathway?
  8. What courses do I need to take to complete the MEd program?
  9. When may I take EDUC 5Q97 course (Culminating Seminar in Educational Studies)?
  10. What is the nature of EDUC 5Q97 (Culminating Seminar in Educational Studies) and how do I prepare for it?
  11. Why do I need to choose the campus at which I will take the Culminating Seminar (5Q97)?
  12. Will I be accepted into a Doctoral program if I follow the course-based pathway?
  13. Why would I elect to complete a Thesis?
  14. Why would I elect to complete a Major Research Paper (MRP)?
  15. Is funding available?
  16. How do I select a faculty advisor to supervise my research?
  17. May I take courses outside the Faculty of Education?
  18. May I take a summer course before starting the regular program in the fall?
  19. If I am in the course-based route, do I need to take a research course?
  20. What is the maximum number of courses that I am register for per term?
 
There are 3 options for completion of the Masters: Pathway 1: Culminating Course-Based or Researched-Based Pathway 2A: Major Research Paper, or Pathway 2B: Thesis. The following table specifies the number of half-credit courses required in each route as well as the exit course/research requirements.
 
Med Exit Requirements

Pathway 1: Culminating Course-Based
9 half-credits & 5Q97
 
Pathway 2A: Major
Research Paper
7 half-credits & MRP
Pathway 2B:
Thesis
5 half-credits & Thesis
9 half credit courses
Culminating Seminar in Educational Studies (EDUC 5Q97) 1 credit
7 half credit courses
MRP (EDUC 5Q91) 
3 credits
5 half credit courses
Thesis (EDUC 5F95) 5 credits


 

 
A total of 10 half-credits (i.e. 5 full credits) complete the program, whether you choose the course pathway or the research pathway option. The difference is in the number of credits allotted for the exit requirement.
 
Yes, even if you have been enrolled in the program before 2009, you may transfer to a new degree pathway as outlined in the Graduate Calendar.
 
If you are a current student, enrolled prior to 2009 you may apply to transfer to the new program by completing the form “Request to Change MEd Degree. Click on the Downloads option for the list of Forms.  
 
 
Full-time students who have selected the research-based pathway must submit an application for approval to complete either a Major Research Paper (EDUC 5Q91: MRP) or a Thesis (EDUC 5F95: Thesis). Students will be able to register pending approval. Part-time students may submit their application to complete either the Major Research Paper or Thesis prior to the completion of their final course. Students will be able to register pending approval.
 
 
Start by reviewing all the materials on the Department website. Contact Lynn Duhaime, lynn.duhaime@brocku.ca.
 
No, the degree will look exactly the same, whether you choose the course-based or the research-based pathway. It will indicate your name, the degree (MEd) and your Field of Specialization.The transcripts of students following the course-based route will indicate grades for 9 courses and the Culminating Seminar in Educational Studies (EDUC 5Q97), while the transcripts of students following the research-based route will indicate grades for 7 courses and the MRP (EDUC 5Q91), or 5 courses and the thesis (EDUC 5F95).
 
 
What courses do I need to take to complete the MEd program?
The courses that you need to complete for the Master of Education degree are determined by the Field of Specialization (FOS). The number of mandatory courses in each Field of Specialization varies. For additional information, please review the Graduate Calendar.
 
 
You may enrol in 5Q97 upon successful completion of your nine half credits.
 
This course serves as the culminating seminar in the course-based MEd pathway. Its purpose is to enable students to demonstrate a deepened understanding of their Field of Specialization. Through group and individual activities, students will be guided to integrate and apply previous learning, synthesize theoretical perspectives, and apply these perspectives to their professional practice. One of the major assignments, the culminating position paper produced at the end of the course (20 to 30 pages), is communicated as part of an oral presentation or poster session.
 
Why do I need to choose the campus at which I will take the Culminating Seminar (5Q97)?
This mandatory course is offered in face-to-face format, (i.e., it is not offered in a blended learning format). It is offered either at the Brock St. Catharines Campus or the Sheridan Campus in Oakville.
 
Doctoral admission requirements (PhD, EdD) are specific on each institution. Typically, doctoral programs accept students who have demonstrated their capacity to conduct research by completing a thesis or other form of major research. We strongly encourage you to consider a research-based pathway if you plan on applying for doctoral programs.
 
 
A thesis is a publishable document submitted in support of candidature for a doctorate degree presenting the author's research and findings. The thesis is overseen by an advisor and a committee of at least two individuals to be submitted and defended publically. You would elect to complete a thesis if you propose to collect and analyze data that refines or amends existing theory or that leads to the construction of new theory. In this way, thesis research is expected to advance the collective knowledge within a domain of study.
 
The Major Research Paper (MRP) is a publishable document that demonstrates a student’s ability to conduct graduate-level research. You would choose to do a Major Research Paper ifyou wish to conduct research that may be of a practical nature, such as the development of a handbook, curriculum document, manual, or workshop or the critical analysis of a policy, a theory, or an intervention. A MRP may also include research that is more empirical and/or theoretical in nature. Students completing a MRP do not need to undergo a formal defence.
 
There is a limited amount of funding available for full time students in the research-based pathway to offset tuition.  For students choosing the MRP, funding is available for 4 terms. For students choosing the thesis, funding is available for 6 terms. Funding cannot be extended beyond these periods. Full-time students are guaranteed paid employment either as Teaching Assistants (TAs) or as Research Assistants (RAs). You must submit an application to apply for these positions.
 
In the research-based pathway, you need to contact a faculty member available in your research area to supervise the MRP or Thesis process. To review faculty research interests and availability view the advise availability form on the Downloads page.
 
Yes, you may take up to 2 half-credit courses at the Masters level from other Departments at Brock University or from another university, subsequent to approval from the Department Chair.
 
Normally, your first course would be the Intake Course in your Field of Specialization (i.e., 5P00, 5P30, 5P60, and 5P80) completed in the fall of your first term. However, with permission of the Department Chair, you may complete a one-half credit summer course before the beginning of the fall term. Funding for full time students commences at the beginning of fall term.
 
Yes, EDUC 5P92 Introduction to Research in Education is a mandatory course for all students in the MEd program.
If you are a full-time student, you must take EDUC 5P92 during your first term. If you are a part-time student, you may take EDUC 5P92 at any time, except as the very first course in your program.
 
Full-time students are capped at 4 courses per term. Part-Time students are capped at 2 half courses per term. Any other requests require permission from the Graduate Program Director.