Master of Education in Educational Practice, MEd EP


Program Prerequisites

A bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 units of undergraduate/graduate courses will normally be required for admission. For more information, please see SFU's Admission to a Master's program requirements.

Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE). The MEd EP must be started within five years (maximum) of completing a GDE.

Submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking advanced studies in their area of interest. This is usually derived from letters of reference from qualified referees, a self-evaluation, a reflective paper and a proposal for further study.  Please see MEd EP Application Process for further information.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Please note:  

Important Change to MEd EP Admission Requirements: Effective May 2019, all teacher-learners must confer their Graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Education (GDE) diploma in order to be admitted into the Masters of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP) program. For more information, please contact the MEd EP Program Assistant at or 778-782-5356.

Admission to the MEd EP is competitive, offerings are limited, and applicants meeting the minimum requirements are not assured admission. Please see MEd EP Application Process for further information.

Time Permitted Between the GDE and MEd EP (effective May 2019)

SFU's policy allows for a maximum of five years between the completion of a Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) and the start of the MEd EP. As the application process may take a few months to complete, it is recommended applicants apply for the MEd EP in advance of the five-year deadline. Earlier application is advised due to the competitive nature of the application process.

It is expected that during the interim period between a GDE and the MEd EP, teachers will continue to engage in professional learning and inquiry into practice.

Information regarding the MEd EP and TQS Category Upgrades for BC Teachers*:

British Columbia certified teachers who have completed and conferred a Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE)** can apply to the Master of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP) program within five (5) years of completing a GDE.

TQS category upgrades are based on the structure of the MEd EP, which is a 37-unit program consisting of 15 units of course work, a 7-unit comprehensive examination, and 15 units of advance credits from a conferred GDE.

Upon completion of an MEd EP, the process for achieving a TQS category upgrade depends on the category achieved after completing the GDE, as follows:

1. If you hold a TQS category 5+ designation after completing a GDE, you will qualify for a TQS category 6 upgrade after completing the MEd EP and category upgrade application to the TQS.

2. If you hold a TQS category 5 designation after completing a GDE and wish to upgrade to a category 6 upon completion of the MEd EP, you must complete an additional fifteen units of senior-level (300-level and above) coursework over-and-above the MEd EP program requirements. This additional coursework can be completed at any post-secondary institute recognized by the TQS. Please note that an undergraduate degree is required in this situation. If you have any questions, please contact the MEd EP Program Assistant at

BC teachers who complete the MEd EP and do not wish to complete the additional 15 units of upper-level coursework to achieve a TQS category 6 will remain at a TQS category 5.

* updates to this section were made on February 16th, 2021 to clarify TQS upgrading information - no changes were made that would affect program applications

** effective May 2019, the GDE will be a conferred diploma

  • Format: Online or In-Person (SFU Burnaby or SFU Surrey)
  • Start Term: Summer 2022 (May)
  • End Term: Spring 2023 (Jan)
  • Application Status: Open as of November 1, 2021
  • Tuition 2021/22*: $3,150.84/term
  • *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September



Admissions Contacts

For admissions, course registration or other MEd EP administrative assistance, please contact the Program Assistant (; 778-782-5356).

For inquiries or further information see our Frequently Asked Questions page, the SFU Student Calendar, or e-mail / telephone 778-782-5356.