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The Master of Education (MEd) program is offered at Laurier’s Waterloo campus in a part-time, blended format. Most course work will be offered as a combination of face-to-face and online components. Course configuration will depend on the content being taught and the instructor. Courses may offer up to 50% of classes online.

The MEd program starts in May, is offered part-time, and can be completed in six consecutive terms (two years). Continuous enrolment is required for the duration of the degree.

The program requires the completion of eight half-credit courses. All of the MEd core required courses will be offered in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate traditional full-time work schedules.

Interdisciplinary Focus

Our interdisciplinary master’s program provides professional learning across many employment sectors in areas such as collaborative learning and instruction, innovative education through emerging technologies, and high-impact practices for teaching, learning and leadership. The MEd is attractive to educational leaders and professionals in a wide range of corporate and not-for-profit industries, health and community service organizations, and postsecondary institutions, as well as public and private school systems.

The MEd is a course-based program with no thesis option. Students complete five required core courses and three elective courses. The last course involves a capstone seminar that integrates the learning experiences of the participants with the program goals.

At least one elective course is taken outside of the Faculty of Education, in topics such as community capacity building, trauma and counselling, and learning and development. Elective courses from within the Faculty of Education include courses such as leadership in education, school culture and change, and integrating technology.

Student Affairs Focus

The student affairs focus allows candidates to focus their master’s-level studies in student affairs and services and provides candidates with the requisite skills and knowledge to assume diverse roles within student affairs and services at higher-education institutions.

The student affairs field explores a cross section of student affairs services (e.g. academic support and services; academic advising; student life; residence education; wellness and recreation; and work, leadership, and volunteering) that impact the quality of students’ postsecondary experiences. The student affairs focus is appropriate for current student affairs professionals or those seeking a career in student affairs and services in postsecondary institutions.

The student affairs focus is a course-based program with no thesis option. Students complete seven required core courses and one elective course. The last course involves a capstone seminar that integrates the learning experiences of the participants with the program goals.

The elective course can be taken either within or outside the Faculty of Education. Possible electives might include topics such as research methods, integrating technology, cognition and learning, leadership in education, community capacity building, trauma and counselling, Indigenous topics and perspectives, and learning and development.

Course Sequences

"Through both course content and professor leadership, connections were immediately made between my ‘real-life’ job and research opportunities in education for people with developmental disabilities. I really had not expected to marry my school and work life with such intricacy."

Karen Klee (BSc, RN, MEd '16), professor, Faculty of Human Services, Fanshawe College

Interdisciplinary Focus

Year 1 (Spring/Summer)

  • EU501: Investigating the Relationship between Theory and Practice (required)
  • EU502: Interpreting Research in Education (required)

Year 1 (Fall)

  • EU504/505: Quantitative or Qualitative Research Methods (EU504 or EU505 required); and/or
  • external elective

Year 1 (Winter)

  • internal or external elective

Year 2 (Spring/Summer)

  • EU503: Learning Theories (required); and/or
  • external elective

Year 2 (Fall)

  • EU504/505: Quantitative or Qualitative Research Methods (EU504 or EU505 required); and/or
  • internal or external elective

Year 2 (Winter)

  • EU598: Capstone Seminar (required)

Student Affairs Focus

Year 1 (Spring/Summer)

  • EU501: Investigating the Relationship between Theory and Practice (required)
  • EU502: Interpreting Research in Education (required)

Year 1 (Fall)

  • EU540: Contemporary Issues in Student Affairs in Higher Education (required)

Year 1 (Winter)

  • EU541: Developing Leadership in Student Affairs (required)

Year 2 (Spring/Summer)

  • EU503: Learning Theories (required); and
  • EU535

Year 2 (Fall)

  • elective: internal or external

Year 2 (Winter)

  • EU598: Capstone Seminar (required)

Contact Us:

Kristiina Montero, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x3571

Ursula Wolfe, Graduate Program Assistant

E: edugrad@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4966

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