M.Ed. International Cohort

Note: The University of Windsor Faculty of Education graduate degree is a fully accredited, self-funded professional program. Students who register in this program are not eligible for government funding, i.e. Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), and therefore must ensure that they have sufficient financial resources to meet their total cost of attendance.

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

  • Curriculum Studies  
  • Educational Administration
  • 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.


Graduate Assistantships and University scholarships are not available to students who have enrolled in the International Cohort M. Ed. Students in the program are eligible for Research Assistantships but these are negotiated with individual faculty members. RAships are rare, and there is no guarantee on the part of the program that an RAship will be available.

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.

Pre-Preparatory Program (PPP)

This workshop series aims to enhance required knowledge bases for students interested in the University of Windsor course-based Master of Education program.  Students in this workshop series will gain a deeper understanding of the many facets of Ontario's education system.  Topics of emphasis include:

  • the main pillars of the Ontario education system and provincial context
  • stakeholders in education in the Province of Ontario
  • lesson planning
  • inclusive classrooms
  • assessment and evaluation
  • reflection as an educator  

Upon completing this experience, students will be better prepared for study in the University of Windsor Master of Education program.

Students admitted to the Master of Education program are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Graduate Preparatory Program (PPP) for Education prior to the start of your academic studies. Provided that you satisfy this program, you will proceed to the Master of Education program beginning in next academic term. The preparatory program will be delivered at an extra cost. Additional information will be sent closer to the start of the program.

Pre-Preparatory Program Start Date:  July 29, 2019

International Students at the University of Windsor

The University of Windsor is proud to be known as "Canada's International University," with one of the most diverse, multicultural student bodies in Canada. 

The University of Windsor offers specialized services to our International students, including the:

Through our Soft Landing Program geared specifically to our International students, you will quickly find yourself at home.

If you have any questions regarding our program, please feel free to contact us at edugrad@uwindsor.ca.