Master of Education in Educational Practice, MEd EP
A Bachelors degree with a standing of 3.0 CGPA (or B average). 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 judged 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.
Important Change to MEd EP Admissions 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 Barbara Djokic, Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 takes a number of months to complete, applicants should apply for the MEd EP well 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 (effective May 2019)
1. Conventional Pathway (for teachers beginning the MEd EP at a TQS Category 5+ who wish to upgrade to a category 6):
Teachers who complete a GDE* resulting in a category 5+ upgrade can apply to begin the Masters of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP) program within five years. The 35 credit MEd EP program includes 15 units of course work, a 5-unit comprehensive examination, and 15 units of advance credits from a conferred GDE. Upon completion of the MEd EP, teachers will qualify for a category 6 upgrade (providing they started at a category 5+).
2. Enhanced Learning Pathway (for teachers beginning the MEd EP at a TQS Category 5 who wish to upgrade to TQS category 6):
Teachers who complete a GDE resulting in a category 5 upgrade can apply to begin the Masters of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP) program within five years. Once accepted into the 35 credit MEd EP program, they will complete 15 units of MEd EP course work, a 5-unit comprehensive examination, and an additional fifteen units of graduate coursework, as all credits from a GDE have been applied to the category 5 upgrade. Completion of the MEd EP and the additional course work will qualify these teachers for a category 6 upgrade. The additional 15 units of coursework has associated costs for applicants and further terms of study.
It is possible that the additional 15 units of coursework may be completed through Field Programs; however, this will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please be aware that in cases where we are not able to support the acquisition of the 15 units, applicants will be required to arrange for this coursework independently within Graduate Studies in Education at SFU. The additional course work must be completed prior to graduating from the MEd EP.
Applicants in this situation must email email@example.com to learn more about this option.
Additional Option (for teachers beginning the MEd EP at a TQS Category 5 who wish to upgrade to a Category 6)
Teachers who completed a GDE resulting in a category 5 upgrade can replace the 15 units of credit applied from a GDE to the MEd EP with senior level course work (third-year university level or higher that can be completed at a TQS approved post-secondary institution) at any time, provided they hold an undergraduate degree. This will enable a transition to a category 6 upon completion of the three MEd EP courses (15 units) and the comprehensive examination (5 units), as well as the 15 additional credits. This option must be coordinated with TQS directly.
3. Non-upgrade Pathway (for teachers beginning the MEd EP at a TQS Category 5 who do not wish to upgrade to a Category 6)
Teachers who completed a GDE resulting in a category 5 upgrade and wish to obtain a Master's degree without meeting the category 6 requirements are invited to apply to complete the three MEd EP courses (15 units) and the comprehensive examination (5 units) only. This will result in a completed Master’s degree, while remaining at a TQS category 5.
For more information on TQS category upgrades, please consult the TQS website https://www.tqs.bc.ca
*effective May 2019, the GDE will be a conferred diploma.
For admissions, course registration or other MEd EP administrative assistance, please contact the Program Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org; 778-782-5356).