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Curriculum & Instruction: L'éducation en français en contextes de diversité MA, MEd
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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.
What is the selection committee looking for in the short essay question response?
Applicants must write one single-spaced page (12 pt. font, 1-inch margins) on the topic: Communication Process in Counselling Practice. Insert your last name and first initial in the header of your document. The admissions committee uses this to assess applicants' academic writing ability. This writing sample remains the property of SFU.
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.
What are the differences between the MA/MSc (thesis) and the MEd course work/comprehensive examination degrees?
The MA/MSc route normally requires a minimum of 25 units of course work and a thesis. The MEd degree typically requires a minimum of 35 units of course work and a comprehensive examination.
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.
Is there a minimum fee for the master’s program?
The minimum fee for a master’s program is six full-time research term fee units (excluding the International Program and the MEd EP program). However, the minimum fee rule may be waived for students who complete all degree requirements in less than six terms of continuous full-time enrolment. Contact Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for information.
Students who enroll on leave are not eligible for the waiver of the minimum fee requirements.
A master’s student who has completed six terms of enrolment (excluding on leave enrolment) pays a continuing fee in subsequent terms equal to one half of the regular fee.
When will I know the selection committee’s decision regarding my application?
Applicants to MEd, MA, MSc programs will receive notification in April. Applicants to Community Graduate MEd programs and Field Programs' MEd EP programs will receive notification approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.
All applicants will receive an email letter from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students will also receive a letter in the mail shortly after.
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.
I HAVE COMPLETED VANCOUVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S PROVINCIAL INSTRUCTOR DIPLOMA PROGRAM (PIDP). CAN I LADDER INTO THE MED PROGRAM?
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.
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.