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August 23, 2016

Program launching September 2016

With a long history of making education accessible, the Mount is furthering its distance education offerings with the launch of an entirely online option for students interested in pursuing a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Elementary and Middle School Education.

Set to launch in September 2016, the Mount program will be the first entirely online offering by a Nova Scotia university of this type of MEd (online Masters of Education programs have previously been offered by the Mount in literacy education and lifelong learning, then “adult learning”). The program will be part-time and (based on students taking one course per semester) will take a little over two years to complete.

Robert Berard

“The Mount’s graduate programs in Education are among the most highly regarded in the region, and now we’re able to offer that benefit to even more students further afield."

-- Dr. Robert Bérard, Professor and Director of Graduate Education, Faculty of Education 


“The MEd in Elementary and Middle School Education is a well-established program at the Mount that now students will have the benefit of accessing from wherever they may be,” said Dr. Robert Bérard, Professor and Director of Graduate Education within the Faculty of Education. “The Mount’s graduate programs in Education are among the most highly regarded in the region, and now we’re able to offer that benefit to even more students further afield. As well, this format offers a flexible option for students who are fitting graduate studies into already busy lives.”

The MEd in Elementary and Middle School Education seeks to help educators or administrators in education become more skilled and creative at their craft by exploring the relationship between curriculum and teaching. The program also includes study of issues and trends in education today.

Program structure and schedule

The new online program will be delivered based on a cohort model, in other words, students will start as a group and generally move through the program together. Each cohort will be limited to 15 students.

“Students will take two required courses to start and then we’ll explore subject areas that are of particular interest to each cohort, for example science, social studies, mathematics, or language arts,” explained Dr. Bérard. “In other words, what happens after the first two terms will be dictated by the students in the cohort, which is a flexibility that we’re pleased to be able to provide and of great benefit to our students.” (View the program plan here.)

The program will be administered by Dr. Bérard and taught by the many experienced faculty within the Mount’s Faculty of Education. Among them are some of the top researchers in their fields, including such areas as literacy, math instruction, teaching English as a second language, ADHD, learning disabilities, inclusive education and much more. (Learn more about the faculty here.)

For more information

Applications are still being accepted for a fall 2016 start. Prospective students can contact Dr. Robert Bérard, Graduate Programs Coordinator, Faculty of Education, for more information: msvu.ca