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University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education [Graduate]

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Department of Secondary Education
551 Education South
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5

General Information

The Department of Secondary Education offers programs leading to the Master of Education, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education degrees. Graduate instruction in these programs is designed to develop competencies as master teachers, educators in the specific disciplines, curriculum and instruction specialists, and curriculum and instruction scholars.

Graduate programs in the Department normally include advanced studies in the following areas: curriculum studies, curriculum perspectives, modes of inquiry, aboriginal and indigenous studies, career and technology studies (CTS), English language arts education, fine arts and media education, mathematics education, physical and health education, research methodologies, science education, second language and ESL, social studies education, teacher education, and technology in education (interdepartmental MEd). Programs of an interdisciplinary nature are possible. Programs for each student are designed in consultation with an advisor or supervisor. 

Before applying for admission, it is strongly recommended that applicants ascertain whether the intended area of study is congruent with those of the department. It is also recommended that prospective students contact professors in their area of interest to determine availability and interest. This information may be found at the Department of Secondary Education’s web page (

Applications for admission are conducted on line through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research web page (

Entrance Requirements

The Department’s minimum admission requirements for the master’s program are an undergraduate degree with an average of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work (or graduate work) at the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution, and two years teaching experience or equivalent.

Admission requirements for the doctoral programs are an approved master’s degree with an average of at least 3.5 or equivalent. In addition, it is highly recommended that applicants have two years teaching experience or equivalent experience in a formal or informal educational context.

In the case of both master’s and doctoral programs, international applicants from non-English speaking institutions must have a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), or a total score of 93 with a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing and 20 on reading and listening (internet-based). Other acceptable examinations include IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 on each band; MELAB with a minimum score of 90; CAEL with an overall minimum score of 70, with at least 60 on each subtest; or PTE (Academic) with an overall minimum score of 64.

Financial Assistance

A number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified candidates for the EdD or PhD in Secondary Education for services rendered in the Department’s research and teaching programs. These assistantships do not provide full support.

Graduate Program Requirements

Courses for Graduate Credit

Graduate courses can be found in Course Listings , under the subject heading Secondary Education (EDSE, EDES, and EDCT).

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