We understand that you may have some
questions about the program, costs and funding, and the application procedure.
If you don’t find answers to your questions here, please call or email us.
What will I study in Elementary & Middle School Education?
Master’s programs in Elementary & Middle School Education focus on
curriculum in order to help you to become a more effective teacher. You will
study the theories that support teaching practices in elementary, middle, and junior high schools focusing on one or more subject areas central to the elementary and middle school curriculum: science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, or French.
What is the difference between the MEd, MA Ed and RMA?
is an applied (course-based) degree. You can focus your studies on a particular
concentration or field by taking courses that relate to that area. This degree is ideal for
educators who want to begin or advance their careers.
The MA Ed
is a thesis-based program. In addition to taking courses, you work with a
faculty member to research and write an original thesis. The MA Ed is ideal for
professional educators, or for students who plan to go on to doctoral studies.
is a research-intensive thesis-based degree. You will work closely with a
faculty member to research and write an original thesis. Depending on your
educational and professional background, you may also be required to take some
graduate courses to complete your degree. The RMA is ideal for students who
have already completed a graduate degree—particularly for those who want to go
on to doctoral studies.
How long does the program take to complete?
times vary. Depending on course availability, and whether you want to study
full-time or part-time, you can finish the MEd in as little as one year, and
the MEd in as little as two.
students have up to five years to complete the program requirements.
Do you offer flexible and distance learning options?
of our students work full- or part-time, have families, and other personal and
professional commitments. We offer a variety of learning options, including
full- or part-time enrollment and evening classes. Some of our electives are
offered via distance education.
If I have an interest in pursuing the MA or RMA in Education, how do I
find information about the research backgrounds of potential supervisors?
Visit the faculty profile pages to learn about the academic interests of faculty members. These pages describe
our faculty’s research interests, publications, and academic and professional
What careers will the MED and the MA in Education in Elementary or
Middle School Education prepare me for?
Graduates from our program
are working as classroom teachers, principals and vice-principals, educational
administrators, and educational consultants.
What is the expected workload?
students should come prepared to do a greater amount of reading and independent
study than undergraduate students are expected to do. On-campus classes
normally meet once a week in a three-hour seminar format where students analyze
and discuss assigned readings. Cohort classes are organized by the
instructor and may involved monthly day-long weekend meetings with substantial
online work between sessions. Graduate students are expected to go beyond the
assigned readings to broaden their knowledge.
Do you offer any scholarships, awards or financial aid?
Education, RMA and MEd students are eligible for several internal and external
scholarships vetted by the Mount’s Office of Graduate Studies. Visit the
Office of Graduate Studies’ Research and Funding page for more information on
scholarships, bursaries, assistantships, and other funding opportunities.
will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships. We also encourage
all applicants to apply for external awards, including Canada Graduate Scholarships.
What are the program costs?
the Graduate Academic Calendar for a full and up-to-date
listing of tuition and fees. For an estimate of these costs, visit the Office
of Graduate Studies’ Program Costs page.
to the Program
How do I apply?
complete the Graduate Online Application form. This page contains instructions
on how to complete the form, and how to pay the application fee.
download the Graduate Supplementary
Application package. This
package will contain information on obtaining two letters of reference and
submitting a Statement of Intent.
Do both my references have to be academic references?
with work experience in the field who have been away from the classroom for
some time may use one academic reference and one professional reference.
How should I instruct my referees?
should provide you referees with the reference form contained in the Graduate Supplementary
Application package. You should request that your referees provide us with specific
examples of your abilities, knowledge, professional experience and motivation
for advanced study in Elementary & Middle School Education. We encourage referees to attach
a more detailed letter of reference to the reference form.
Do I need the GMAT?
GMAT score is not required.
What is the application deadline?
deadline changes from year to year but is usually around mid-February for
September entry and November for January entry. Please consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for the year you are applying.
You can also find deadline information on the Graduate Online Application page.
space is available, we will continue to accept applications after the deadline.
If you would like to ask about applying to an upcoming cohort, you can email the department.
May I transfer credits to obtain advanced standing?
have completed graduate courses before applying to the program, your file will
be assessed on an individual basis to determine which courses might be applied
to this degree. If you would like to apply a graduate course from another
university to your literacy program, please contact the program co-ordinator, Dr. Robert Berard, or the program assistant, Faith Roach.
Who makes the admission decision?
The Admissions Office will ensure that your file is
complete. Complete files are then forwarded to the departmental
graduate studies committee which makes the final decision.
How can I contact you?
you still have questions about our graduate programs, the admissions process,
the campus, or life in Halifax? Call or email us—we’d love to hear from you.
& Middle School Education
Dr. Robert Bérard
Toll-Free within Canada: 1.877.433.2889
Mount Saint Vincent University
Department of Education
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
Student Recruitment Officer
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