Graduate Studies in Education Program Overview

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Master in Education program is grounded in two main purposes: a space for students to understand their professional knowledge and to make meaningful links among this knowledge, and the conceptual and theoretical knowledge of educational research.

StFX offers an MEd degree with specialization either in Educational Administration and Leadership or in Curriculum and Instruction. In both streams students must complete the specified core courses, and choose electives appropriate to their interests.

There are two options by which a student may complete the requirements for the MEd: a thesis route and a course-based route. Students who choose the thesis route must complete 24 credits in graduate education courses and a 12 credit thesis. Those in the course-based route are required to complete 36 credits in graduate education courses.

The degree fulfills the requirements of the Nova Scotia Department of Education for an increase in level of teacher certification. Graduate courses in education are offered as fall, winter, spring, and summer courses in locations around the province.

Candidates for the MEd are normally required to take EDUC 505 and EDUC 534 as their first two courses in Antigonish during the summer session immediately after being accepted into the program. EDUC 505 is a prerequisite for EDUC 507 and EDUC 508. Normally EDUC 507 or EDUC 508 is taken after core courses are completed. EDUC 507 is required in the thesis route; EDUC 508 is required in the course-based route.

 

Educational Leadership and Administration Stream

First Summer:
534    Introduction to the Foundations of Education    3 Credits
505    Introduction to Educational Research     3 Credits

Educational Leadership and Administration Core classes to be taken prior to final research course:
561    Leadership and Administrative Theories    3 Credits
533    Dynamics of Change    3 Credits
573    Professional Development and Supervision    3 Credits

Final Research Course:
507    Qualitative Research Methods in Education    3 Credits
or        
508    Critical Research Literacy in Education    3 Credits

Electives: see course-based, project-based or thesis routes below.

Curriculum and Instruction Stream

First Summer:
534    Introduction to the Foundations of Education    3 Credits
505    Introduction to Educational Research     3 Credits

Curriculum and Instruction Core classes to be taken prior to final research course:
527    Principles of Learning    3 credits
532    Curriculum Theory    3 credits
536    Program Development    3 credits

Final Research Course:
507    Qualitative Research Methods in Education    3 Credits
or        
508    Critical Research Literacy in Education    3 Credits

Electives: see course-based, project-based or thesis routes below.

COURSE-BASED, PROJECT OR THESIS

Master of Education degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration, and Curriculum and Instruction are available through the following routes:

Course Based Route        
    Core Courses      18 credits
    Electives    18 credits
        
Project Based Route        
    Core Courses    18 credits
    Electives    12 credits
    590: Project     6 credits
        
Thesis Route        
    Core Courses    18 credits
    Electives    6 credits
    599: Thesis    12 credits
 

Project and Thesis students have the opportunity to enroll in EDUC 593 (Directed Study) as one of their electives.

Electives are to be selected from the graduate courses offered in education. No substitution or transfer of credit will normally be allowed in core courses.

Graduate courses which may be taken for credit towards a Master of Education degree are listed in section 7.15 of the Academic Calendar. All courses are not offered each year.

Normally, only students who have been accepted into the StFX Master of Education Program are eligible to enroll in MEd courses offered through St. Francis Xavier University. Graduate students in good standing from an MEd Program at another university may also apply to take up to twelve credits of MEd courses at StFX. A letter of permission from the student’s current university must be supplied.

For further information, contact the Department of Continuing & Distance Education at 902 867 3906 or 1 877 867 3906 (toll free) or email: med@stfx.ca.

Residential Requirement

As part of the Master of Education degree requirement, students must attend summer school on the Antigonish campus for a minimum of one 4-week session during July. The session will be the July immediately following acceptance into the program.Part-Time/Full-Time Study
The completion of the Master of Education degree requires the equivalent of 36 credits of study beyond the Bachelor of Education degree.

Students must finish their program of study within a six-year time limit, which begins on the first day of the first course or the first day of the month of acceptance to the program.

Part-time Study

The majority of Master of Education students are enrolled on a part-time basis. These students normally take one course per term. To accommodate educators who are working at school during the day, courses are usually scheduled in the evenings or on weekends. Students must finish their program of study within a six-year time limit.

Full-time Study

Students may wish to come on campus to study as a full-time student for a year. This option provides excellent opportunities for faculty and graduate students to learn and grow together as graduate students may have the option to work alongside faculty co-teaching in BEd classes. Full-time students may also engage in self-directed internships and directed studies, while continuing their courses online.

Full-time students have the opportunity to complete a course-based MEd over a 13-month period. Full-time students choosing to work on a thesis or project can complete course requirements for the degree over the fall, winter and spring terms and begin their research in the late spring and summer. Although it is not necessary to know which route (thesis, project or course based) to take before beginning the program, students interested in the thesis or project as part of their full-time study arrangement should contact the Continuing and Distance Education Department for additional information. All students must begin their MEd program in July by taking two courses in the summer school term on the StFX campus immediately following their acceptance into the program.

  • Students in the thesis and project routes will be assigned an advisor who will work closely with them supervising their research.
  • Office space and study awards may be available for full-time graduate students.
  • Students will complete EDUC 534 and 505 during the month of July following their acceptance into the program in Antigonish. The remaining MEd courses are offered primarily online in the evenings and occasionally on weekends. Students having a valid Nova Scotia teaching license have the option of applying to substitute teach in the community.

 

Application for admission to the full-time MEd program must be completed by the February 15 admission deadline. The full time program runs from July to July inclusive.

If you are considering full-time study, please contact the Chair to discuss the program, prior to submitting an application. (med@stfx.ca)