4. Master of Education Program Information

Faculty of Education

4. Master of Education Program Information

The Master of Education degree program is designed to improve the professional competence of practitioners and researchers. The program allows for considerable flexibility as to course selection. Candidates work with their assigned program consultant to choose courses in one of four fields of specialization: Social Cultural Contexts of Education, Teaching Learning and Development, Administration and Leadership in Education, and Education Inquiry.

4.1 Program Planning

Each program planning option includes a core intake course(s), field of specialization electives and occasional elective courses. Core courses are usually offered in the Fall term and may carry over to the Winter term. Courses specified as Field of Specialization Electives are typically offered at least once a year, and at least once in each of three geographic locations (St. Catharines, Hamilton, and Sheridan Campus -Skills Training Centre) in each 2-year period. Courses specified as Special Topics are typically offered at least once in each 2-year period depending on course enrolment and instructor availability. Courses may be cancelled in the event of insufficient student registration numbers. Selection of courses is usually made with a program consultant.

Social and Cultural Contexts of Education: Beneath the day-to-dayness of pedagogical practice, there are strong philosophical and ideological supporting pillars: social justice, the right to know, the right to be creative and intellectually awake to our social and literary inheritance, a duty of care, and an awareness of local and international rights and responsibilities. Studies in this field of specialization will provide access to these supporting principles of education.

Social and Cultural Contexts of Education Core courses: EDUC 5P00 and EDUC 5P01

Field of Specialization Electives: EDUC 5P07, 5P09, 5P11, 5P13, 5P14, 5P15, 5P20, 5P21, 5P24

Special Topics: 5P10, 5P17, 5P19, 5P25, 5V14

Teaching, Learning, and Development: This field of specialization considers educational and discipline-related theories and practices related to the cognitive, social, emotional, psychological and behavioural development of learners across the lifespan.

Teaching, Learning, and Development Core course: EDUC 5P30

Field of Specialization Electives: EDUC 5P31, 5P32, 5P33, 5P35, 5P36, 5P37, 5P38, 5P39, 5P41, 5P42, 5P44, 5P45, 5P46, 5P47

Special Topics: 5P43, 5P48, 5P49, 5P52, 5P54, 5P55, 5P56, 5P57, 5P59, 5V34, 5V51

Administration and Leadership in Education: This field of specialization engages students in a critical examination of theories that influence administrative practice, with the aim of understanding, creating, and sustaining ethical and humane educational institutions and developing an informed administrative identity.
Administration and Leadership in Education Core courses: EDUC 5P60 and EDUC 5P62
Field of Specialization Electives: EDUC 5P64, 5P65, 5P72, 5P73, 5P74
Special Topics: 5P63, 5P70, 5P75, 5P76, 5P77

Educational Inquiryhrough this area of study, students will develop personal paths of educational inquiry, self-assessment, and growth. Students select among empirical (data-based), conceptual, and personal inquiry courses directed toward scholarly and professional development.
Educational Inquiry Core courses: EDUC 5P80 and one additional educational inquiry methods course selected from EDUC 5P81, 5P82, 5P83 or 5P95.
Field of Specialization Electives: 5P84, 5P85, 5P86, 5P87, 5P88

4.2 Registration Requirements

All Master of Education students are required to register in each of the three academic terms, Summer (July-August)*, Fall (September-December) and Winter (January-April). Registration for all MEd students is done online. A MEd registration guide, which includes the current academic timetable and course schedules, is available at:


Once registration has been completed, registration is confirmed by payment of the course fee by the due date in the Web Registration Guide.

*Registration for the intersession (Spring Evening/Saturdays) may replace the required registration for Summer Session. Students should register early for the course(s) of their choice in order to avoid disappointment because of cancellations due to low enrolment.

Inactive registration for sessions during which a student is unable to register for a course. During an inactive term the student pays the $100.00 inactive fee and retains library privileges. Inactive status is normally not applicable once a student has registered for the MRP or thesis course. Inactive sessions do not extend the final completion date by which degree requirements must be completed.

Following initial registration in EDUC 5Q91, or EDUC 5F95, continuous registration must be maintained. Therefore, a student who receives an IP (In Progress) grade for the MRP or thesis course, will need to register online for that course for the following term. The continuing fee for second and subsequent registrations is listed in the MEd Registration Guide and the Graduate Calendar. A student who fails to maintain continuous registration will be withdrawn from the program and such students will not be permitted access to the University resources or be permitted to schedule a thesis defence. If you are near the end of your exit requirment, there is a one-time Final Stage Status Form that can be submitted following approval of your advisor and the Department Chair. This form reduces the tuition for only one term.


A student who withdraws from the Master of Education program must apply in writing to the Department Chair to be reinstated within five consecutive years of the withdrawal date. Legitimate reasons must be provided to explain the need for withdrawal and the desire to apply for re-admission. Applications for re-admission are examined on a case-by-case basis by the Department Chair in consultation with the relevant representative from the MEd Program Committee. A student applying to be readmitted to the program after an absence of more than five years is expected to meet specific academic requirements as a condition of readmission. This will include completing a new application process and may involve re-registering in some or all of the course work completed to date.

4.3 Program Stages

Stage One: Entry to the Program

After receiving notice of acceptance into the program, students typically register for their first course(s) during the Fall term. Part-time students must successfully complete the core course before they are allowed to proceed any further with the MEd program with successful completion of the course also being a requirement for full-time students to proceed to their second term of studies. If you wish to begin the program in the summer term, you must apply through e-mail to med@brocku.ca for special permission. Permission is normally granted for the completion of only one MEd course prior to registration in the core course in the following Fall term.

The following strategies will help to ease passage into the course phase:

Read both the Web Registration Guide and the Master of Education Program Guide thoroughly
Contact your assigned program consultant so you may collaboratively develop a program of study which conforms with degree requirements
Begin to consider a focus for the exit requirement. Consider the list of Faculty research interests when thinking about your topic

To integrate students into the academic community of Brock University, the Department hosts activities that bring students to the main campus and that familiarize them with the University, the Faculty of Education, and the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. These initiatives include Graduate Student Orientation, with students being encouraged to attend this session at the beginning of their MEd program.

The Graduate Student Orientation is held early in the Fall term. In addition to meeting professors and administrative staff associated with the Master’s of Education program, this day allows you to gather information about university services available to graduate students. It also provides you with an opportunity to engage with recent graduates as they showcase their completed research as posters completed as part of the Culminating Seminar course, as major research papers (MRPs), and as theses.

After a brief overview of the M.Ed. program, and the student presentations of research, you will have an opportunity to view the poster presentations. During that timeslot, you  can explore the resource tables from a variety of university services. Each table will provide you with information that may assist you during your graduate studies. At the luncheon, you will be introduced to faculty members, learn about their research interests and what subjects they teach, and meet with your program consultants. In the afternoon, you have a choice of practical and informative workshops to attend.

Stage Two: Coursework

Coursework typically occurs over two to three academic terms for full-time students and six to eight terms for part-time students depending on the route for degree completion. Students should keep the following in mind:

Select courses with a broad topic for the exit requirement in mind.
Register for courses online; see Web Registration Guide for details and course offerings for the year. Register as soon as possible to avoid course cancellations. Registration is done through the student portal at: https://my.brocku.ca/
Pay registration fees by due date as outlined in Web Registration Guide.
The core intake course(s) must be successfully completed in each of the Fall and Winter terms as appropriate.
Research course EDUC 5P92 must be taken before beginning the exit phase.
At least one half-credit course must be completed from the field of specialization.
Review required minimum number of field of specialization courses as a function of degree route and year of entry.
Remaining courses may be completed from the field of specialization or from courses from other field of specializations or general purpose courses.
Remaining requirements may be selected from any area of specialization within the department or from another graduate department with permission from the Chair.
TIP: Take no more than two courses from any one faculty member. Interactions with various faculty members will broaden your learning experience and will also permit you to select which faculty member to work with on the exit requirement.
Attend as many discussion groups, seminars, research colloquiums, and meetings as possible. This will aid in refining your topic and finding a suitable MRP/thesis advisor.
EDUC 5N99: Graduate Seminar in Education: This non-credit graduate seminar provides students with a general orientation to the nature of graduate-level scholarship, graduate life, and specific information about the MEd program/Graduate studies at Brock University. Students are provided with critical information with respect to graduate scholarship, academic programming, funding and employment opportunities as well as a variety of unique learning opportunities. Participation in the course helps build a sense of academic community and prepare students for the completion of their exit requirements (course-based or research-based). This course is required for all full-time students.

Stage Three: Research-Based Exit Requirment

The application is the preparatory stage for the exit requirement. Students must have an approved plan of study (and ethics clearance, if working with human participants) before collecting any research data.

Before completing the application for MRP/thesis, make certain you have both a manageable topic and an advisor.
Discuss your options of MRP versus thesis with your professors. Speak with other students as well.
To aid with your literature review or pilot test your instrument, you may consider taking the independent study course EDUC 5P98.
The MRP is to be read by the advisor and second reader.
The Thesis proposal is to be presented to the advisory committee at a scheduled meeting.
Candidates are required to submit an Approved Proposal Form.
Submit application to Brock University Researh Ethics Board if applicable.
Submit application to other relevant Ethics Boards if necessary.

Stage Four: Research-Based Exit MRP or Thesis

Refer to Section 9 of this guide for more information.



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