Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
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Master of Education

The Master of Education program is interdisciplinary and allows students to choose electives from a wide range of courses offered at any faculty at Laurier.  This program is predominantly a blended format program, with some face-to-face and some online components. Students may choose to study part-time or full-time. The program is appropriate for professionals who are in an educational setting or role either in schools or in industry. Students can either chose the thesis option or the portfolio option (available to only part-time students). This program has a spring intake.

Additional Information
Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Education program, students must satisfy the general admission requirements of the university, and have an honours degree, or equivalent from an accredited university. A minimum "B" standing in the final two years of study is required. Applicants must have obtained two years professional experience or a completed Bachelor of Education degree with a minimum B standing. A minimum of one year of teaching experience or experience within the field of education is recommended. Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis via alternate admission procedures. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.

Applicants are expected to submit a statement of interest (500 words) outlining a plan of research and relationship of graduate degree to professional goals. Applications must be accompanied by official transcripts and be supported by 2 academic references (at least one must be an academic reference); the second may be a professional reference from an individual familiar with the applicant's academic potential. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of interests, a writing sample, and letters of reference.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to pursue graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Program Requirements

The Master of Education program is normally expected to be completed in six consecutive terms with continuous enrolment. Students must develop their programs of study in consultation with their advisors, and these programs of study must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator in all cases.

Students choose one of the following options:

  • Thesis option: six half-courses plus EU599 - Thesis (available for both full-time and part-time studies);
  • Courses-only option: nine half-courses plus EU598 - Capstone (available for part-time study only);

Required courses (both options):

EU501 - Research and Praxis: Investigating through Critical Analysis the Relationship between Theory and Practice 
EU502 - Interpreting Research in Education 
EU503 - Learning Theories 
EU504 - Quantitative Research Methods (may be substituted with quantitative methods course from another program if not offered within the calendar year in the Faculty of Education)
EU505 - Qualitative Research Methods (may be substituted with qualitative methods course from another program if not offered within the calendar year in the Faculty of Education)

Progression and degree requirements
A student must attain at least a B- grade in each course. Students in the thesis-only option must present and defend an acceptable thesis/research paper when required by the program. The examination of a thesis will consist of procedures outlined in the Calendar, as well as a public lecture. Students must be enrolled in EU599 - Thesis from the onset of the preparation of the proposal. Students in the course-only option must successfully complete the Portfolio Colloquium and all requirements of EU598 - Capstone.

Progress reports
During the second year of registration and annually thereafter, all students enrolled in the program must complete a Program Progression Plan/update (PPP). The PPP will outline courses and/or artifacts completed, the objectives for the next year, courses yet to be taken, and anticipated completion dates.  The PPP must be reviewed and approved by the Academic Advisor and the Graduate Coordinator in order for the student to continue to register in the program.

Faculty residency requirement
All required courses are taken at the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. EU504 - Quantitative Research Methods or EU505 - Qualitative Research Methods may also be taken in other departments, where approved equivalent courses pre-exist and if not offered within the calendar year in the Faculty of Education.

Integrated residency requirement
Candidates in the thesis option may elect to take ONE elective outside of the Faculty of Education. Candidates in the course-only option must take at least TWO electives in a Faculty outside of the Faculty of Education. Candidates are required to have the necessary prerequisites for any course taken outside of the Faculty of Education.