Master of Education

MEd EP in Educational Practice

Method of delivery:
In-person or online
Applications open:
November 1, 2022
Applications close:
February 1, 2023
Next start date:
May 2023

Summer 2023 Cohort dates

Method of delivery:
(Wednesday evenings)
Applications open:
November 1, 2022
Applications close:
February 1, 2023
Next start date:
May 2023
MEd EP Place and Nature-Based Experiential Learning 
Method of delivery:
(Tuesday evenings)
Applications open:
November 1, 2022
Applications close:
February 1, 2023
Next start date:
May 2023

Take a deeper dive into educational theory, research, and practice to bolster your teaching approach. This 12-month, part-time professional degree enables you to build on your SFU Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE).

We are accepting applications to two distinct variants of the MEd EP starting in Summer 2023:

  • In-person Lower Mainland cohort with a general focus (formal layout of program);
  • Online cohort with a focus on place- and nature-based experiential learning.

Program Overview

Designed For

Students who have completed the SFU Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) who are seeking to pursue further inquiry into their practice.

Program Structure

  • 12-month, 37-unit program*
  • In-person classes
  • Evening or weekend classes at either Burnaby or Surrey campus, or other locations in B.C. depending on proximity to eligible applicants

*Applicants admitted to the program within five years of completing a GDE can apply up to 15 units of advance credit from their GDE.

Intake Schedule

Applications are accepted biannually.

Next Start Terms
Summer 2023 (applications open November 1, 2022)
Fall 2023

Program Design & Courses

Program Design

The MEd EP provides opportunities for teacher-learners to extend the work undertaken in a GDE program by broadening and deepening their understandings of educational theory, research and practice. This program is designed to support teacher-learners to:

  • Situate themselves as educators within educational theories and practices
  • Develop understanding and capacities related to teacher-inquiry
  • Undertake inquiry in educational practice
  • Synthesize and represent their learning to a community of practitioner-inquirers through a written paper and a summative presentation


The MEd EP consists of coursework (30 units) and a comprehensive exam (7 units) for a total of 37 units. The program must be started within five years of completing a Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE).


This course introduces teacher-learners to various landscapes of practitioner inquiry, including diverse dispositions, worldviews, paradigmatic assumptions, and approaches affiliated with this methodological approach. Working collaboratively, teacher-learners will situate themselves personally, professionally, theoretically and methodologically, locating their inquiry practice within communities of scholarship. The course aims to acquaint participants with a broad spectrum of ethical considerations, issues, and methods, with an eye toward being able to thoughtfully draw from theories, practices, and perspectives in developing their own inquiry projects to be conducted in the following term.


Building on the philosophical and methodological foundations developed in the previous semester, this course supports teacher-learners in engaging in ethical inquiry practices within their specific professional contexts. Participants will undertake an inquiry project during the term, engaging in spirals of action and reflection, to extend, enrich and theorize professional practice. As a community of inquirers, we will critically and creatively investigate our practice as teachers, re-imagine teaching and learning relationships, and reconfigure lives in schools.


The goal of this course is to support teacher-inquirers in explicating, synthesizing, interpreting, and evaluating their key learnings in the Master of Educational Practice Program. Through dialogue, writing, and arts-based practices, we will explore what we have learned through conducting our inquiries, engaging with theory, exploring our own autobiographies, and examining critical moments in our journey(ies). We will work towards crystalizing our learning and deepening our understanding of our practice as educators. This inquiry project will form the basis of the ‘comprehensive examination’ to follow.


Although formally referred to as the ‘Comprehensive Examination,’ this is not an ‘exam’ as such, but a summative presentation by each teacher-learner of their now-extended understandings of the relationship between theory, practice, and teacher-inquiry. There will be two components: (1) teacher-learners will write a paper summarizing their inquiry projects, their understandings, and their further questions; and, (2) they will present their work to a community of inquirers consisting of cohort colleagues and instructors.

Note: Program courses and order of delivery subject to change.

Cohorts (Summer 2023)

MEd EP (In-person)

This cohort follows the usual MEd EP format.

Place and Nature-Based Experiential Learning (Online)

The MEd in Educational Practice is for educators seeking to weave place and nature-based experiential learning opportunities into their practice. The focus will be on deepening ecological knowledge, weaving together holistic and Indigenous pedagogies and fostering social-emotional well-being.

  • Examine teacher values, beliefs and experiences relating to place and nature-based learning and how these may influence educational decisions and interactions
  • Explore theories and principles of place and nature-based experiential learning and its place within educational change
  • Learn from Indigenous worldviews and perspectives (including First Peoples Principles of Learning) and how these can inform relationship with place and practice
  • Critically examine current directions in BC Education through the perspective of place and nature-based experiential learning and explore implications for practice
  • Integrate place and nature-based experiential learning across subject areas in the context of individual and collective practice guided by the BC Curriculum
  • Explore diverse land and place-based teaching and learning environments, including garden-based learning
  • Engage in teacher inquiry and reflective practice stemming from encounters with place and relationships with the natural world


  • Priority will be given to applicants who have completed a GDE in place- and nature-based experiential learning (PNBEL)
  • If space allows, applicants will also be considered who completed a different GDE but can provide evidence of their interest in and commitment to place- and nature-based practice.


At SFU, campus life is rich with opportunities to engage with people, ideas and activities that contribute to personal development and a better world.


Perched atop Burnaby Mountain, Simon Fraser University's original Arthur Erickson-designed campus includes more than three dozen academic buildings and a flourishing sustainable residential community.

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which SFU Burnaby is located.


Our Surrey campus is a vibrant community hub in the heart of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. With easy access to transit, the modern campus is conveniently situated between Metro Vancouver and communities south of the Fraser River.

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories, including the Semiahmoo, Katzie, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen Nations, on which SFU Surrey is located.

In B.C. Communities

At times, the MEd EP may be held off-campus and in various B.C. communities depending on proximity to eligible applicants.


MEd EP faculty members are recognized for their work in developing, advancing and enacting knowledge that makes a difference in public education. We follow a rigorous research program to investigate theory and provide innovative leadership in issues of educational pedagogy.

Future Pathways

This program can help you become a more rounded and effective educator through developing a deeper understanding of your practice and how to align it with your values and purposes. You will also be better equipped to articulate your educational approach and to inspire and support your fellow practitioners to engage in professional development through collaborative inquiry.


  • K-12 teachers
  • School and district support roles
  • Administration and leadership

Further Studies

Explore our wide variety of doctoral programs and continue your educational journey. See what is offered in your area of interest.

Student Experiences

Meet some Master of Education in Educational Practice alumni.

  • "It's worth it, both personally and professionally."

  • "I had heard a lot of great things about the Education Program at SFU."

  • "Go for it! Never stop learning, be willing to let your guard down and critically reflect on your practice."

"The faculty in the MEd program are extremely knowledgeable, professional and most importantly they model the techniques they speak on."

Trevor Mills, 2015 Graduate


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