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MA, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Theory and Practice
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December 12, 2022
March 15, 2023
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Get all the information you need to apply for the Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Theory and Practice MA/MEd program.
For admission to this program, applicants must meet SFU's master's admissions requirements as follows:
- 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 from a recognized institution.
- submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the applicant’s ability to undertake advanced studies in the area of interest.
- proof of English Language proficiency*
In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.
*Students whose primary language is not English may be required to satisfy the University and the graduate program committee as to their capability in English (i.e. TOEFL / IELTS scores). Academic equivalency by country.
SFU Ancillary Fees
Simon Fraser University assesses the Student Services fee, the graduate student activity fee, the U-Pass BC fee and the mandatory supplementary course fee to all eligible students in each term of enrollment.
- SFU Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Awards and Funding
- SFU Financial Aid
- SFU Work Study Program
- Using Tuition Fee Credits (TFCs)
Note: Specific programs may be ineligible for Government student loans and grants. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the student and the program meets the eligibility requirements. Contact Financial Aid Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Information for International Applicants
We recommend you apply early to ensure all aspects of the application are complete by the deadline.
Before Applying (Admission Requirements and Documents)
Review the admission requirements and begin preparing your required documents.
Reference letters must be specific to the application. Referees should include a combination of academic and professional references. Three professional references is also acceptable if you do not have an academic reference. Referees are to indicate the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study in the area of interest they are applying for.
Ensure your referees include the following:
- A frank appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study.
- Reference to the applicant’s scholarly competence and academic ability to undertake advanced studies in education.
- Personal qualities deemed relevant to the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work.
- Length of time and the context in which the referee has known the applicant.
- Addressed to SFU on referee's institutional/professional letterhead.
Required supporting documents
After you submit the online application and pay the application fee you will be required to upload the following PDF documents:
- Transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended
- Academic Writing Sample
- Letter of Intent
Step 1: Apply Online
Complete the Online Application for Graduate Studies at SFU
Important notes about the online application system/process:
- Can take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
- You do not have to wait until you have all your supporting documents ready before applying. Graduate programs can be competitive, therefore is it recommended that you begin your application early to complete the online sections and being preparing and collecting the required documents.
- Referee information will be entered into the online application and references automatically sent out.
- The online application system will allow you to partially complete the process, save, and return later.
- The online application system is only available while applications are being accepted for each program.
Step 2: Pay application fee
Once you complete and submit Step 1 of the online application information, you will need to pay the non-refundable application fee:
- $90 CAN (applicants with Canadian transcripts only)
- $125 CAN (students with one or more international transcripts)
Payment must be made by credit card (Mastercard or Visa). Once the payment is approved, you will receive an email confirming that your payment was successful and inviting you to proceed to Uploading Documents (checklist).
Step 3: Upload Supporting Documents
You will only be able to upload the required documents to complete your application after your application fee has been processed.
Upload the following required documents before the application deadline:
You must upload a transcript (scanned, saved, etc.) for each post-secondary institution you have attended (institutions you listed in Step 3, in your online application). Ensure all pages are uploaded, including the grading scale (typically located on the back of the page or a separate sheet).
Official transcripts will only be required if you receive an offer of admission.
Academic Writing Sample (PDF)
Upload a recent example of academic writing (within five years) in PDF format. If applicants do not have a recent paper they are advised to write one on any topic that is of interest or relevance to them.
The writing sample:
- must include a title page with author’s name and date paper was written. If the sample was originally written for a different context (e.g. submitted for course credit, developed as a work product), then identify the original context and clarify whether the document has been edited or otherwise updated since the original submission;
- must be sole-authored (no co-authored samples);
- must be 10-20 pages, double spaced, including references;
- should be a strong example of your academic writing. It should introduce the topic, sustain an argument and develop a logical conclusion expressing ideas in clear and appropriate language with proper citations;
- must demonstrate your ability to write an academic paper – it may be a literature review but should NOT be a written finance report or curriculum guide;
- must adhere to principles of academic integrity.
Curriculum Vitae/Resume (PDF)
Upload a current copy of your curriculum vitae/resume (3 pages maximum). It may include a summary of publications.
Letter of Intent (PDF)
Upload your letter of intent (maximum 500 words) which explains in your own words why you wish to pursue graduate work in the area you are applying. Detail your educational background, relevant research experience and training, and your research interests and goals. Be sure to include your full name, employment and position.
IELTS/TOEFL Test Results (If Applicable)
Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies. Applicants applying to programs conducted entirely in French will be exempt from this requirement. International applicants will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.
More information about English Language Requirements and test score submission
The documents which students supply to support admission applications will be retained for three terms following the term to which application is made. Then, application forms, transcripts and other materials related to applications will be destroyed. Irreplaceable documents will be returned to the applicant if requested at the time of application.
Do you admit students without an undergraduate or masters degree?
In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant professional experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.
Students must satisfy any further requirements set by the graduate program committee.
I have an undergraduate degree, but my early grades were not very high. Will this affect my application?
The minimum university requirement for admission to a master’s program is a bachelor’s degree 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 credits of undergraduate courses. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications, but with extensive experience deemed significant to the proposed area of research.
In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted to the MEd EP program with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0. For more information see MEd EP Additional Requirements.
I have been out of university for a long time and do not have any recent academic references. Are three professional referees acceptable?
Anyone who can comment on your academic competence (e.g., department head, school principal, academic coordinator, manager/supervisor, etc.). What we look for from referees is confirmation that the applicant has the capacity to pursue a graduate degree – i.e. understands academic writing, reading, and has the intellect, academic preparation and skills (e.g. time management, ability to work and study etc.) to be successful. Applicants should prepare referees to speak to these qualities and capacities, and reference highlights of the applicant’s CV, describe projects, leadership, initiatives, professional experience that reflect qualities and skills that are relevant to academic achievement. For Counselling Psychology program applicants, please refer to the program website for more complete details about references.
If in doubt, contact the Program Assistant for confirmation.
How do I submit transcripts?
You must upload an unofficial transcript (scanned, saved, etc.) for each post-secondary institution you have attended when you are uploading documents to your application. You cannot upload these documents until your application has been submitted, and your application fee has been paid and processed.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to submit an official transcript for each post-secondary institution. More information.
Note: Applicants who completed their former degrees at SFU are not required to submit an official SFU transcript, as these records can be accessed. More information on transcripts.
How long does it take to complete an MEd (course work/comprehensive examination) degree?
Normally most MEd degree students complete in two years by taking one course each fall and spring term and one or two courses each summer term. A student enrolled in the MEd EP programs completes in one year following the completion of the Graduate Diploma program.
When will I know the selection committee’s decision regarding my application?
For most programs, approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline, applicants will receive an email from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with a notification that an admission decision letter is available in their applicant profile. For the Counselling Psychology program, the timeline is approximately 8-12 weeks after the application deadline for follow-up contact from the department about shortlisting of applications.
Is there a difference between community-based MEd cohorts and the on-campus MEd degree in terms of TQS (Teacher Qualification Service) guidelines for going up a category in pay?
There is no difference in the credential (Master of Education) no matter what program it is awarded through. It is the student’s responsibility to review any criteria set out by their employer for pay increases, such as the Teacher Qualification Service. See more detailed information.
Will there be a new student orientation?
Yes. Before the start of the Fall term, SFU's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office schedules a general orientation for all SFU graduate students. The Faculty of Education also hosts a New Graduate Student Orientation that is usually scheduled during the first month of the Fall term. The Education Graduate Student Orientation Handbook will be distributed to new students. This publication outlines the administrative structure of the program and provides information on specific logistics such as parking, computer access, housing, registration, etc.
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DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST RESULTS?
Students whose native primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field. Applicants applying to programs conducted entirely in French will be exempt from this requirement. English language requirements.
Are there online graduate programs offered by the Faculty of Education?
Generally, all our programs are offered face-to-face. Students are expected to attend all classes in person. Please review each program website to determine the delivery method for your program of interested.
Are there any scholarships available? What about for international applicants?
Various forms of financial assistance are available for graduate students in Education. Admission to SFU does not imply financial support. As a consequence of not being able to guarantee funding for all graduate students, the Faculty of Education stresses to all applicants, and particularly those from overseas, that they are responsible for supporting their graduate study at this institution for a minimum of two years and funding should be arranged before arriving in Canada.
Would you recommend a Faculty of Education graduate program for international students?
International students face specific challenges no matter what program they may take outside their home country, for example: obtaining study permit, finances, academic writing and working in Anglo-dominant institutions, finding suitable accommodation, childcare, and sustaining oneself during the program.
Outside of these challenges, we recommend that international students applying to a graduate program should have work experience in a field related to the program (including volunteer experience), and have a specific topic or area of interest in which their learning in the program can be applied (in their home country or other location). Unless otherwise stated on the program website, the tuition rate is the same for domestic and international students.
What is expected from the academic writing sample?
The purpose of the academic writing sample is for the admissions committee to assess a candidate’s ability to be successful in a fundamental scholarly skill: scholarly writing. Scholarly writing is evidence-based, well cited, rooted in scholarly literature, and clear, concise, and coherent in its prose. While we expect students to develop these skills once they are in the program, the academic writing sample allows us to see where the starting point for any applicant would be. Most applicants submit a recently written university level course paper (written within the past 5 years); other applicants choose an older paper but rewrite it for the purposes of the application; and others still might choose a more recent writing sample that is not necessarily academic but demonstrates these skills.
Counselling Psychology applicants: Write one single‐spaced page (12 pt. font, 1-inch margins) on the topic: Communication Process in Counselling Practice.
Since the program is designed for students who also work full time, how many hours per week will courses be? How many hours per week should I budget to dedicate to my studies?
This will depend on the number of courses your program requires you to enroll in each term. In addition to the 4-5 hours of class time once per week, students should be prepared to be spending additional time per week doing course readings (approximately 50-100 pages per week, sometimes more, sometimes less); library research; assignments for class; and additional hours doing research and writing academic papers for their courses. We would advise that students budget at minimum 15-20 hours per week to devote to their studies.