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MEd in Educational Practice
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February 1, 2023
May 15, 2023
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The Master of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP) is a professional degree that is available to holders of the two-year Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE).
- 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*
- Successful completion and conferring of a Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE). The MEd EP must be started within five years (maximum) of completing a GDE.
- Submitted evidence that you are capable of undertaking advanced studies in your area of interest. This typically includes letters of reference from qualified referees, a self-evaluation, a reflective paper, and a proposal for further study
*Applications to the MEd EP are assessed on the basis of several factors in addition to GPA; these include performance in the Graduate Diploma program, evidence of ongoing professional development, personal commitment to reflective inquiry, and written evaluations by yourself and by other educators.
If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you are still welcome to apply to the MEd EP. In this case, as part of the application process, you will be asked to submit additional information (see Section 3 of the Self-Evaluation form). If your application is supported by Faculty of Education reviewers, this information will be included in our request for approval by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Time permitted between the GDE and MEd EP (effective May 2019)
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 may take a few months to complete, it is recommended you apply for the MEd EP in advance of the five-year deadline. We recommend you apply as early as possible 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 for BC teachers*
British Columbia-certified teachers who have completed and conferred a Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE)** can apply to the Master of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP) program within five (5) years of completing a GDE.
TQS category upgrades are based on the structure of the MEd EP, which is a 37-unit program consisting of 15 units of course work, a 7-unit comprehensive examination, and 15 units of advance credits from a conferred GDE.
Upon completion of an MEd EP, the process for achieving a TQS category upgrade depends on the category achieved after completing the GDE, as follows:
- If you hold a TQS category 5+ designation after completing a GDE, you will qualify for a TQS category 6 upgrade after completing the MEd EP and category upgrade application to the TQS.
- If you hold a TQS category 5 designation after completing a GDE and wish to upgrade to a category 6 upon completion of the MEd EP, you must complete an additional fifteen units of senior-level (300-level and above) coursework over-and-above the MEd EP program requirements. This additional coursework can be completed at any post-secondary institute recognized by the TQS. Please note that an undergraduate degree is required in this situation.
If you have any questions, please contact the MEd EP Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC teachers who complete the MEd EP and do not wish to complete the additional 15 units of upper-level coursework to achieve a TQS category 6 will remain at a TQS category 5.
*updates to this section were made on February 16th, 2021 to clarify TQS upgrading information. No changes were made that would affect program applications
**effective May 2019, the GDE will be a conferred diploma
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 email@example.com with any questions.
Information for International Applicants
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 may take a few months to complete, it is recommended you apply for the MEd EP in advance of the five-year deadline.
Review the following to ensure you meet SFU’s admission requirements, the academic requirements by country, and have all required documents ready before starting the application process.
Check that you meet all the admission requirements for SFU and your program
- University admission to a Master's Program
- Program prerequisites
- Time permitted between a GDE and the MEd EP
Have a valid credit card to pay the application fee (Visa or Mastercard)
If you do not have either of these credit cards, email the program assistant for the program before starting your online application.
Collect the contact information for two references, including their email addresses
Reference letters must be specific to this application and must be obtained from both of the following:
- A Graduate Diploma in Education instructional team member (mentor, instructor or faculty associate) who is very familiar with your work as a teacher inquirer; and
- 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.
Gather the required supporting documents, including transcripts
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
- Reflective paper
- Proposal for further study
- Self-evaluation form
- additional requirements for those with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0
- additional requirements for those who may exceed the five-year completion limit
Step 1: Apply Online
Complete the Online Application for Graduate Studies at SFU
Important notes about the online application system/process:
- 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.
- The Online Application System is only available while applications are being accepted for each program.
- The Faculty of Education Advanced Professional Studies Office will be notified of your application after it has been submitted.
Step 2: Pay application fee
Once you complete and submit your application information:
- Your referees will be automatically emailed and sent instructions for providing their reference online.
- You will need to pay the non-refundable application fee of $90 CAN (students with Canadian transcripts only) or $125 CAN (students with one or more international transcripts) by credit card (Mastercard or Visa). If you do not receive an e-mail requesting payment of this fee within three (3) working days after submitting your application, please contact the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) office at firstname.lastname@example.org to check the status of your application.
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 paid and processed.
Please upload the following required documents:
You must upload a transcript (scanned, saved, etc.) for each post-secondary institution you have attended when you are uploading documents to your application (Step 3, in your Application Portal). 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.
Reflective paper (PDF)
The reflective paper must be 1500 words (maximum), 4-6 pages, double-spaced.
This paper should demonstrate 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 in Education (GDE) Program. Consider the following questions:
- What are the most significant insights/new understandings you gained during your GDE program?
- How do these insights/new understandings 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 GDE 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.
Proposal for further study (PDF)
This proposal 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). It must be 600 words (maximum); approximately 2 pages double-spaced.
Consider the following questions:
- What tension, problem or question about your practice (e.g., 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 GDE field studies?
Self-evaluation form (PDF)
You must upload a completed Self-Evaluation Form as part of your application. Please either download and complete the form digitally or download, print, and complete the form by hand and then scan and upload into the online application system. Please ensure any handwritten information is cleary legible.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0
In accordance with university policy, applicants to a master’s program must provide the CGPA acquired in their most recent graded academic program. As the GDE is ungraded, your undergraduate GPA will be considered and must be a minimum of 3.0. In exceptional circumstances, students may be admitted to the MEd EP with an undergraduate CGPA below 3.0, with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' approval. If your CGPA is below 3.0, Section 3 of the Self-Evaluation form (see Section c) above) provides instructions on required information.
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, you will be required to provide a letter explaining your delayed application. Specific requirements will be provided to applicants on contacting our MEd program assistant at email@example.com or 778-782-5356.
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.
Siân Owen Program Assistant
Advanced Professional Studies 778-782-4892 firstname.lastname@example.org EDB 8541