Frequently Asked Questions: Master of Education

During the application process, students chose one of three areas of concentration in which to conduct their studies:

  1. Curriculum Studies
  2. Educational Administration
  3. Second Language Acquisition, Culture and Society

Furthermore, students in this cohort complete the M.Ed. degree by following the Course-Based stream.

All courses are on-site and the degree is completed as a full-time opportunity.

Course Enrolment Blending: This is an international cohort program. This means that generally speaking, students enrolled in the courses in this program will have been recruited from outside Canada. At this time, the majority of students are from China, but we anticipate that there will be an increasing level of ethnic diversity in the program. Most classes will be populated with such students. Occasionally, there may be enrolment blending in some courses, as feasible, with students from the Regular M. Ed. program in an effort to allow International Cohort students the experience of working alongside students who may be more experienced with the Canadian educational system.

Funding: The Master of Education program is a fully accredited, self-funded professional program. Students who register in this program are not eligible for government funding such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), and therefore must ensure that they have sufficient financial resources to meet the total cost of their education.

Graduate Assistantships and University scholarships are not available to students who have enrolled in our professional programs. Research Assistantships may be available, but these are negotiated with individual faculty members. Research Assistantships are rare, and there is no guarantee on the part of the program that a position will be available.

There are, however, many opportunities for our students to work part-time, either on-campus or in the community, to help make your education an affordable investment. In addition, our Ignite Work Study program funds approximately 400 part-time jobs on campus for students demonstrating financial need related to basic living expenses and educational costs**. You can learn more about Ignite at

**Please note that not all applicants are accepted into the Ignite program, and work placement success is dependent on the student’s job search success.

Research Internship: A distinguishing feature of the International Cohort M. Ed. is the Educational Research Internship. The Internship will take place in collaboration with school board, college, university, and selected community organization leaders. It presents students with authentic assessment tasks that situates their on-going inquiries in a context that enables them to apply and further critique what has been learned previously. Individually or as part of a two or three person research team, students will engage in matters pertaining to research, program review, policy development, and so on, as appropriate. The spectrum of projects may, for example, address questions aimed at the improvement of literacy and numeracy skills, student motivation, curriculum integration, and leadership development.

Terminal Degree: This program leads to a terminal degree. That is, it does not in and of itself provide qualifications generally required for admission to a Ph. D. in Education program. Most Ph. D. in Education programs require the completion of a Master’s level thesis as an admission requirement. The International Cohort M. Ed. does not offer a thesis completion option. In rare cases, students may wish to apply for transfer to the Regular M. Ed program in order to have access to the thesis completion option. In such cases, students must meet all the admissions and graduation requirements of the new program. Please contact the office of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research if you wish to pursue this option.

Eligibility to Teach in Canada: To teach in the Province of Ontario, a person must have completed a Bachelor of Education degree. As such, the Master of Education does not qualify you to teach in Ontario. For more information about teaching in Ontario, please visit the Ontario College of Teachers website.