Program Information

Faculty of Education




Program Information


Program Requirements
Please refer to Academic Program Requirements for a more complete description of the courses listed below. Students are required to maintain continuous registration in the program. The minimum course and research requirements for the degree total 10.0 Full Course Equivalent (FCE) credits as follows:

• Core Seminar I (first Summer, face to face, rotating sites, 1.0 FCEs)
• The Field of Study Specialization Course (first Fall, via distance, 0.5 FCEs)
• Core Seminar 2 (second Summer, face to face, rotating sites, 1.0 FCEs)
• Specialization Elective (this may be a directed study, 0.5 FCEs)
• Research Proposal Colloquium (Winter or Fall, via distance 0.5 FCE)
• Comprehensive Portfolio and Examination of the Comprehensive Portfolio (1.5 FCEs)
• Four terms of residency including the two Summer Core Courses and two consecutive terms
• The Proposal
• The Dissertation (5.0 FCEs)

Residency Requirements
Students are required to be in residence for a minimum of four terms, two of which must be consecutive. The two summer Core Courses count as two of the residency terms. It is recommended that students complete the remaining two terms of residency after they have defended the comprehensive portfolio and dissertation proposal, and are authorized to commence data collection for their doctoral research. Please refer to Residency for a more in-depth description.

Part-time Enrollment
Part-time status is permissible as long as the student meets the Residency Requirements. The degree can be completed part-time over six years, rather than full-time over three years.

Differences between full-time and part-time status
The program is structured to allow part time study combined with the required residency periods. Full time study is accommodated by flexibility in the timing of the Research Proposal Colloquium course. For pedagogical reason, full time students from Core 1 may not take the Research Proposal Colloquium course in the first Fall semester of their program. Full time students may take Research Colloquium in the first Winter (see policy below), second Fall, or second Winter semester. Part time students may take the Research Proposal Colloquium course in the Fall or Winter semester immediately following Core 2. Registration will be on a first come first served basis.
The decision to allow a full time student to take the Research Proposal Colloquium course in the first Winter semester of the program is at the discretion of the Associate Dean or Chair of Graduate Studies in Education, who will guide the student through the process outlined here:

• The student must demonstrate to the Associate Dean or Chair of Graduate Studies in Education and Supervisor his/her academic preparedness to take the Research Colloquium course in the first Winter semester of the program. By November 15th of the student's first Fall in the program, a written request by the Associate Dean or Chair of Graduate Studies in Education must be submitted to the Director. The letter confirms that the student has consulted with his/her Supervisor, as well as the Associate Dean or Chair of Graduate Studies in Education, and gained their consent prior to making this request. By the first December in the program, the student will have completed two full time terms of residency, which will include successful completion of the first Summer core course, the Fall online course, and the elective course. Both the student’s Supervisor and the Associate Dean or Chair of Graduate Studies in Education must be in agreement that it is in the student’s best academic interests to take the Research Colloquium course in the first Winter semester.

Length of Doctoral Seminar I & Core II courses
Courses start on the first working day after the July long weekend, and conclude on the last working day of July. 


About half of the program consists of online work.