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Educational Research

Master of Education - Laddered Pathway (MEd)

Course-based program

Program overview

As a course-based program aimed at working professionals, the Master of Education laddered pathway allows participants to earn their degree in stages. Students complete a Certificate, followed by a Diploma and ultimately the MEd degree. The program is designed to give students deeper insight into their discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice in two topic areas. Students complete a topic (four courses) each year. Topics are offered in face-to-face, fully online and blended formats, which combine face-to-face and online delivery throughout the program. Students do not require a supervisor; an Academic Program Coordinator advises all students within a cohort. 

Please note: this program has a July (summer) starting date.

Completing this program

  • Graduate Certificate: In the first year, students complete four courses in their first topic to earn the Graduate Certificate.
  • Graduate Diploma: In the second year, students complete another four courses in their second topic to earn the Graduate Diploma.
  • MEd Degree: The final year requires three education research courses and a collaboratory of practice course to complete the MEd requirements.



Practicing teachers, school leadership, not-for-profit organizations, bilingual education, curriculum and ICT specialists, public and private education systems, leadership positions in community and non-governmental agencies, career advancement.

A course-based master’s degree in educational research (specialist or interdisciplinary) may give you the prerequisites for the professional Education Doctorate (EdD) or a PhD.

Course-based program

12 courses (through a laddered pathway with 4 courses at each stage)

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Blended delivery

Includes both classroom and online delivery

Time commitment

One year for each of the three program components; six years maximum


An academic coordinator is assigned to the cohort of students in the course-based Master of Education program.

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples




Reference letters

Two references are required for applications to the graduate certificate (the first stage of the laddered program).

Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on July 1 to the Master of Education program:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: March 1 application deadline
  • International students: March 1 application deadline


For admission on July 1 to the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: March 1 application deadline
  • International students: March 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Educational Research graduate program

Education Tower, Room 114
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Werklund School of Education

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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