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Educational Psychology Graduate Program Options

We offer an applied (non-thesis) MEd program and a research-intensive, thesis-based RMA program in four program concentrations:

  • Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Evaluation
  • Human Relations

MEd (Educational Psychology): Concentration in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

To earn this degree with a concentration in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, students complete nine graduate courses and an internship.* Students complete this degree as part of a two-year part-time cohort by taking courses on-campus or via Distance Learning, by taking part in on-campus summer institutes, and by taking part in a 10-week practicum in the second year of the program.

Coursework

Most courses are delivered by faculty using the Distance Learning tools Moodle and Collaborate, which make it possible for students to complete courses in the Fall/Winter and Spring in their own setting without having to come to campus.These courses are scheduled at set times with a faculty member involved in interactive activities with students, and are not passive lecture-type experiences. Moodle and Collaborate enable a rich variety of learning activities including the use of breakout rooms for small group discussion, and project work combined with interactive use of media supports, although a traditional mini-lecture might also be a part of the range of options for course delivery. Delivery styles of online courses can vary, depending on the course content and the faculty member's teaching style. Visit the Distance Learning webpagefor technical requirements to participate in Moodle/Collaborate courses.

Summer Institutes

Each summer in the two year part time program, students  attend a summer institute in Halifax. These summer institutes are usually about three weeks long in July.

Practicum

In the second year of the program, students complete a 10 week full-time practicum. Students must be available full time for that placement. These placements can be completed in students' home province, and, depending on availability of mentor faculty, may be possible in students' own geographic area.

Please see the Graduate Academic Calendar for a full program description.

*The Graduate Academic Calendar describes these requirements as 5.5 units of course work. One unit of coursework is the equivalent of one full-year course; 0.5 units of coursework represent a course that runs for one term only.

MEd (Educational Psychology): Concentrations in Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired

To earn this degree with a concentration in Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired, students complete nine graduate courses and an internship.* Students complete this degree as part of a two-year part-time cohort by taking courses on-campus or via Distance Learning, and by taking part in on-campus summer institutes (usually held over three weeks in July). In addition, students take part in a 10-week practicum in the second year of the program.

Coursework

Most courses are delivered by faculty using the Distance Learning tools Moodle and Collaborate, which make it possible for students to complete courses in the Fall/Winter and Spring in their own setting without having to come to campus.These courses are scheduled at set times with a faculty member involved in interactive activities with students, and are not passive lecture-type experiences. Moodle and Collaborate enable a rich variety of learning activities including the use of breakout rooms for small group discussion, and project work combined with interactive use of media supports, although a traditional mini-lecture might also be a part of the range of options for course delivery. Delivery styles of online courses can vary, depending on the course content and the faculty member's teaching style. Visit the Distance Learning webpagefor technical requirements to participate in Moodle/Collaborate courses.

Summer Institutes

Each summer in the two year part time program, students  attend a summer institute in Halifax. These summer institutes are usually about three weeks long in July.

Practicum

In the second year of the program, students complete a 10 week full-time practicum. Students must be available full time for that placement. These placements can be completed in students' home province, and, depending on availability of mentor faculty, may be possible in students' own geographic area.

Please see the Graduate Academic Calendar for a full program description.

*The Graduate Academic Calendar describes these requirements as 5.5 units of course work. One unit of coursework is the equivalent of one full-year course; 0.5 units of coursework represent a course that runs for one term only.

MEd (Educational Psychology): Concentrations in Evaluation and Human Relations

Concentrations in Evaluation and Human Relations are currently under review, and are not accepting students for the upcoming year. For more information, please contact Dr. Allan Neilsen.

Research Master of Arts

To earn the RMA, you must complete 5.0 units of course weight, including at least 1.0 units of thesis. (0.5 units is equivalent to a one-term course).

The RMA is a research-intensive program; you will spend a substantial amount of time researching and writing a thesis. (Depending on your educational background, you may also be required to take some graduate courses.) You will work with a supervisor with similar research interests. Therefore, when you are getting ready to apply to the RMA program, you should consider the research interests of current faculty members.

The RMA is ideal for students who want to pursue doctoral studies. In particular, students with a MEd or MA in another field will benefit from this program.

The admission requirements to the RMA are the same as those to the MEd in each program area.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the our graduate programs, you must meet the following requirements:

Concentration in Education of the Blind or Visually Impaired or of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing:

  • A Bachelor of Education or equivalent with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • One year successful teaching experience

Concentration in Evaluation or Human Relations: 

MA and MEd concentrations in Evaluation and Human Relations are currently under review, and are not accepting students for the upcoming year. For more information about these programs and the review process, or for admission requirements to the RMA program, please contact Dr. Allan Neilsen.

To apply, complete the online application and submit a one- to two-page Statement of Intent describing your knowledge, your reason for applying to this program, career goals, and an explanation of how this program will help you reach those goals, and both professional and academic references.

For a full description of admission requirements, see the Graduate Academic Calendar.