Arts Education MA, MEd
Our master's programs in Arts Education provide students with knowledge to help develop:
- problem solving,
- multiple modes of communication,
- self discipline, and
- critical thinking skills
that can be implemented in a variety of traditional and non-traditional educative environments.
The Arts Education MEd program is a course work only degree culminating in a portfolio/ interview examination. All students enter graduate work in Arts Education through the MEd route.
The Master of Education (MEd) in Arts Education develops critical knowledge of arts theory and practice related to education, program development, and learning and teaching across a range of arts disciplines. This program is suitable for those working in schools and other educational, arts-based contexts.
The Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Education requires fewer courses than the MEd, but involves the completion and examination of an academic thesis. Students may be admitted to the MA after completing four courses and with approval of the arts faculty team. The MA prepares students for work in various arts educational contexts and is a suitable foundation for doctoral study.
How to Transfer from MEd to MA Degree?
Students wishing to transfer from the MEd to the MA degree may apply after four core courses are completed (students must complete five core courses in total for the MA plus a Master’s Thesis). In order to be accepted into the MA program students must demonstrate a strong writing ability, a clear research plan, and committed advisement from a senior supervisor.
Students should follow the procedure outlined below:
1. Students will have completed four core courses before applying to transfer from the MEd to the MA. At this point they must consult a prospective advisor for the thesis. If this faculty member is other than the pro-tem advisor, the pro-tem advisor is to be informed.
2. In consultation with the prospective thesis advisor, the student will then prepare a written thesis proposal. This will be a minimum of ten pages in length, and will include a) research question(s), b) context for the research, c) objectives, d) methodology, e) contribution to the advancement of knowledge and/or educational practice, f) student's special interest in the proposed area of research.
These questions can help to guide your research proposal preparation:
- What is your question/inquiry? (i.e., paragraph overview of your question or inquiry focus)
- What brings you to it? (a brief statement regarding what brings you to the question, i.e., what is the spark for this interest/why is this topic of importance/significance to you)
- How are proposing to approach this inquiry (i.e., what are your methods, and what methodology might be the overarching thread for these methods; what ethical or other requirements or implications do you need to bear in mind in conducting this research?)
- Who are the key thinkers you are drawing on, what are the key concepts, theories, ideas embedded in this area of inquiry?
- What educational significance do you feel this inquiry has or might have (and by 'educational', that might be everything from specific pedagogical or curricular or policy implications, or a broader philosophical and/or sociological significance).
3. The thesis proposal must be approved by your prospective supervisor before it is submitted to Graduate Programs office together with 1) Faculty of Education Change Degree, Program or Specialization Application form, 2) approval of supervisory committee form, and 3) required documentation as follows:
- A letter/email from the faculty member who agrees to serve as the Senior Supervisor indicating that he or she has approved the thesis proposal
- A thesis proposal (minimum ten pages as outlined above)
- An annotated bibliography for the proposed thesis (minimum of 20 references to include current journal articles, books/chapters, and relevant online resources, etc.)
- A copy of a written assignment undertaken for the MEd
If any of the above conditions are not met, the change of degree route will not be approved.
Your senior supervisor may recommend other course(s) for you to take related to your masters thesis research.
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