Master of Education in Educational Practice, MEd EP

APPLICATION PROCESS

1.  Before Applying (Admission Requirements and Documents)

a) Meet all the admission requirements for SFU and this program:

  • University Admission to a Master's Program
  • Program Prerequisites
  • Time Permitted Between a GDE and the MEd EP

b) Know which MEd EP program you are applying for and the term it begins.

c) Have a valid credit card to pay the application fee (Visa or Mastercard). Please contact the Field Programs office before completing your online application if you do not have either of these credit cards.

d) Have contact information for two references, including their email addresses. Reference letters must be specific to this application and must be obtained from each of the following sources:

  • one from a Graduate Diploma in Education instructional team member (mentor, instructor or faculty associate) who is very familiar with your work as a teacher inquirer
  • one from an individual who has witnessed the impact your inquiry has had on your practice, yourself and/or others (e.g., at the classroom-level, school-level, district-level or in other educational contexts), such as a colleague or administrator.

e) Be prepared to gather the required supporting documents. You will be prompted to upload the following documents after your application has been submitted and your application fee has been paid:

  • a reflective paper
  • a proposal for further study
  • a self-evaluation form
  • additional requirements for those with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0
  • additional requirements for those who may exceed the six-year completion limit

(See #3 below for more details on these requirements.)

  • Location: SFU Burnaby or SFU Surrey
  • Start Term: Fall 2020 (Sep)
  • End Term: Summer 2021 (May)
  • Application Open: Feb 1, 2020
  • Application Close: May 1, 2020
  • Tuition 2019/20*: $3,028.49/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.

Contacts

2. Apply Online

Please note that the Online Application System is only available while applications are being accepted for each program.

a) Complete the Online Application for Graduate Studies at SFU. You do not have to wait until you have all your supporting documents ready before applying. We recommend that you begin your application early so we are aware of your interest; then you can work on completing and collecting the rest of your package until the posted deadline.

b) Enter contact information, including e-mail addresses, for two references. Once you submit your referee contact information, your referees will be sent a secure e-mail link and password enabling them to log into the Online Application System where they will have the option to submit their reference by PDF upload or by simply copying and pasting text.

c) Pay the application fee when prompted. An application fee of $90 CAD (students with Canadian transcripts) or $125 CAD (students with international transcripts) is due after the Online Application form has been submitted.

As programs are competitive, we recommend you complete your online application and pay the application fee as soon as possible and at least one week prior to your program deadline.

Our program office is notified of your application only after it has been completed and you have paid the application fee.

If you do not receive an e-mail requesting payment of this fee within 3 working days after submitting your application, please contact the Field Programs office to check the status of your application.

3.  Online Submission of Supporting Documents (PDF uploads)

The Online Application System will request that you upload the following documents in pdf form:

a) A reflective paper (maximum 1500 words, 4-6 pages, double-spaced) which demonstrates a synthesis of theory, practice, and inquiry by describing significant understandings and ways that your practice has developed as a result of your work during a Graduate Diploma Program. Consider the following questions:

  • What are the most significant insights/new understandings you gained during the diploma?
  • How do they relate to your philosophy (beliefs and understandings about teaching and learning)?
  • How did your field studies contribute to your learning?
  • What were the most significant ideas from readings, and/or educational thinkers that influenced your learning?
  • What impact has your diploma experience had on your practice?
  • How are you participating differently in educational communities?
  • How did others contribute to your learning?
  • If you are not currently enrolled in a GDE, please describe how you have been continuing to engage in inquiry and professional learning since completing your GDE.

b) A proposal for further study (maximum 600 words; approximately 2 pages double-spaced) that outlines your research passions and frames a possible direction for inquiry (please note that you may change the nature of your inquiry once accepted into the program). Consider the following questions:

  • What tension, problem or question about your practice (eg teaching, administration, counselling, etc) do you foresee will be the focus of your inquiry? Why is this issue personally/professionally relevant?
  • What ‘thinkers’ (theorists, researchers, practitioners) inform this inquiry? How do their ideas inform your work?
  • How is this inquiry informed by, or related, to your previous field studies?

c) Self Evaluation Form. This must be completed and signed.

  • Please download and complete the Fillable Form.
    OR

    If you are unable to download and complete the above form, please download, print and complete the Printable Form.
    (Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any handwritten information is easily legible.)

d) Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0. In exceptional circumstances, students may be admitted to the MEd. EP with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' approval. In such cases, the following additional information must be provided:

  • compelling evidence of potential to succeed in and complete a rigorous program of academic study at the graduate level - this must be included in the instructional team member's letter of reference (see #5 above) and comments should provide evidence of your potential based on the work undertaken to fulfill the requirements of a Graduate Diploma.
  • a letter that describes changes in your commitment to learning and professional growth since your undergraduate studies were completed - you may describe the conditions contributing to any academic difficulties experienced during those studies.

e) Applicants who may exceed the five-year completion limit. In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to secure an extension to the five-year completion limit. In such cases, the applicant will be required to provide a letter explaining their delayed application. Specific requirements will be provided to applicants on contacting Barbara Djokic at edprgpd@sfu.ca or 778-782-5356 (See Time Permitted Between a GDE and a MEd EP).

f) A letter of intent is required for application to the Fall 2019 Indigenous Education: Truth, Reconciliation and Resurgence special themed MEd EP cohort. Guidelines for completing the letter of intent can be found here. There is no option to upload this letter into the application system, please email your letter of intent to Barbara Djokic, MEd EP Program Assistant, at edprgpd@sfu.ca.

4. Submit Official Transcripts

  • You will not be required to provide a copy of any SFU transcript(s).
  • If you have completed your Graduate Diploma in Education in the last five years and have not taken any additional university coursework, the Field Programs office should still have a copy of any non-SFU transcript(s) you submitted as part of your GDE application, so you will not be required to provide another copy.
  • If you completed your GDE more than five years ago, or if you have taken additional university coursework in the interim, you may be required to submit an original copy of any non-SFU transcript(s) in their original sealed envelope(s).

Note:  The Field Programs office cannot accept responsibility for providing or requesting any documents on your behalf other than SFU transcripts.

If you are submitting by mail:

You may arrange to have your transcript(s) sent directly to our office from the issuing institution OR you may mail them directly to our office, provided they are sent in their original sealed envelopes.

Please make sure they are correctly addressed to:

MEd EP, Field Programs
EDB 8515
Faculty of Education
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC    V5A 1S6

Documents not adequately addressed may be incorrectly delivered at the university or remain undelivered - we cannot accept responsibility for tracking these down.

If you are submitting in person:

Visit us at SFU Burnaby Campus in the Education Building (room 8515)

Your transcripts may be delivered to any SFU campus up to one week before the published deadline.  After that time, all transcripts must be delivered directly to the Field Programs office at the Burnaby campus to ensure receipt by the deadline.

Office hours:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday

Please note:

Admission to this program can be competitive, as spaces are limited, and applicants meeting the minimum requirements are not assured admission.  Candidates will be selected on the basis of the strength of their application, particularly in terms of their:

  • willingness to engage critically with scholarly/practitioner literature,
  • commitment to inquiry,
  • professional contributions to the learning of others, including graduate diploma colleagues,
  • capacity for critically reflective thinking (e.g. questioning taken-for-granted assumptions; examining beliefs, values, cultural practices in relation to teaching and learning),
  • ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, and meaningfully with others,
  • ability to persevere when confronted with challenges and obstacles, and
  • undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (not teacher training credits).

Evidence will be derived from the reflective paper, proposal for further study, references, self-evaluation and transcripts on file.

If you have any questions about the application process please e-mail Barbara Djokic at edprgpd@sfu.ca or call her at 778-782-5356 and she will be happy to assist you.

Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.