Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Master of Education Courses

All MEd courses, whether online and on-campus, are paced and have specific start and end dates. Start dates are usually in September, January and May, subject to availability, and registration deadlines apply. On-campus courses are offered evenings, weekends and throughout the summer.

To see in what semesters both on-campus and online courses are offered, refer to the chart Three-Year MEd Course Offerings. TRU on-campus courses are those with numbers ending in 0; OL online courses are those ending in 1.

 Apply to be a Course Taker

Interested in trying a few MEd courses before you decide to apply to the program? To help you decide, you can take up to seven Open Learning MEd courses without being enrolled in the MEd program (with some exceptions), as long as you meet the MEd admission requirements. Requirements include previous completion of an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 in the most recent 60 credits taken. If you have attended or are attending another post-secondary institution, please arrange for either official transcripts or a Letter of Permission (LOP) from all post-secondary institutions where you have received academic credits to be sent directly from the issuing institutions to TRU's Graduate Admissions Office.

If you meet the MEd admission requirements, you can apply online, using the application process at EducationPlannerBC.

During Step 4, Program Selection, choose the following:

  • Program Level: Unclassified Program
  • Program: Graduate Unclassified
 Program Completion Requirements

To graduate, you must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits from the following list of courses. There are three different completion options for the program: thesis, final project and capstone seminar. The minimum passing grade in each course is B-. However, Program students who receive a B- or F in more than one course may be required to withdraw. Those who receive an F must take an additional 3-credit course and must pass with a grade of B or higher.

 Core Courses (mandatory only for students starting the MEd Sept. 2017 onwards)

EDUC 5010 or EDUC 5011, Research Methods (3)
EDUC 5040 or EDUC 5041, Diversity: Constructing Social Realities (3)
EDUC 5020 or EDUC 5021, Philosophy and History of Education (3)
EDUC 5030 or EDUC 5031, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (3) (online format in development)
EDUC 5400 or EDUC 5401, Principles and Processes of Educational Leadership (3)

 Educational Leadership Courses

EDUC 5400 or EDUC 5401, Principles and Processes of Educational Leadership (3)
EDUC 5420 or EDUC 5421, Legal Issues in Education (3)
EDUC 5440 or EDUC 5441, Understanding and Managing Conflict (3)
EDUC 5460 or EDUC 5461, Educational Management (3)
EDDL 5600 or EDDL 5601, Research Institute - Language, Culture and Community (3) (online format in development)

 Counselling Courses

EDUC 5500 or EDUC 5501, Introduction to Counselling Skills (3)
EDUC 5510 or EDUC 5511, Theories in Counselling (3)
EDUC 5520 or EDUC 5521, Assessment and Evaluation in Counselling (3)
EDUC 5550 or EDUC 5551, Introduction to Secondary School Counselling (3)
EDUC 5560 or EDUC 5561, Career Counselling and Development (3)

 Curriculum Courses

EDUC 5030 or EDUC 5031, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (3) (online format in development)
EDDL 5101, Education Technology in the Curriculum (3)
EDDL 5111, Introduction to Distributed Learning (3)
EDDL 5131, Multimedia in the Curriculum (3)
EDDL 5141, Online Teaching and Learning (3)
EDDL 5151, Managing your Technology Classroom (3)

 Inclusive and Special Education Courses

EDUC 5110, Mind, Brain, and Education: An Introduction to Educational Neuroscience (3)
EDUC 5120, Assessment of Exceptionalities: Theory and Practice (3)
EDUC 5130, Intervention and Programming in Inclusive Education (3)
EDUC 5140, Literacy for Individuals with Exceptionalities: Theory, Research, and Practice (3)

Program Completion Options
Capstone Seminar

27 regular course credits, plus the capstone course:
EDUC 5280 or EDUC 5281, Capstone Seminar (3)

Research Project

24 regular course credits, plus the project:
EDUC 5180, Research Project (6)

Thesis

21 regular course credits, plus 9 thesis-related credits:
EDUC 5070, Research Design (3)
EDUC 5998, Thesis (6)

 Disclaimers
  • Ensure that you review the Open Learning MEd course options.
    International students will be approved for Open Learning courses under extenuating circumstances only; for example, if a course needed to complete the program is not offered face-to-face in a given term.
  • The Three-Year MEd Course Offerings chart is reviewed and updated annually by the end of June of each year.
  • While every effort is made to adhere to this chart, the MEd Committee retains the right to make adjustments to it as needed where circumstances demand.
  • Course offerings are subject to availability.
EDUC 5000
EDUC 5000
Learning about Learning (39 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course aims to support students exploring their own perspectives on learning as well as taking a look at contemporary theories of learning developed by academics in the education field. At the same time the course is designed to support students in becoming more effective advanced academic learners in the field of Education.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree and GPA 3.0, IELTS 6.0
EDUC 5010
EDUC 5010
Research Methods (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course will serve as an introduction to research methods. Students will examine a variety of methods for conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Students will also be apprised of procedures for securing Ethics Committee approval for conducting research.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. degree program
EDUC 5020
EDUC 5020
Philosophy and History of Education (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
Ideas about what education is, what purposes it should serve, and how it should be structured are closely entwined with ideas of what a society is and how it functions. This course provides an introduction to key educational philosophers, and considers their impacts on the history of education and childhood.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. degree program
EDUC 5030
EDUC 5030
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course will familiarize students with a variety of theoretical perspectives on curriculum design/development, implementation, and evaluation. Curriculum, teaching, and learning will be applied to a variety of educational contexts and situations.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. degree program
EDUC 5040
EDUC 5040
Diversity: Constructing Social Realities (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course examines the social construction of inequalities based on class, gender, race, and sexuality and the operation of these inequalities within educational institutions. The course surveys the influence of social inequalities on student experiences and student success within the educational system.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. degree program
EDUC 5420
EDUC 5420
Legal Issues in Education (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course examines educational governance, policy and laws with an emphasis on their effects on students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Course themes include student and parent rights, labour law, child protection, collective bargaining, and the governance of schools in BC, Canada and internationally.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. program
EDUC 5440
EDUC 5440
Understanding and Managing Conflict (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
Understanding and managing conflict is core to many educational roles, for example, teacher, principal, district leaders, counselors, and curriculum consultants. It also is central to leadership in other sectors such as health care, social services, the military, and more. This course will examine these topics: types and causes of conflict, cultural components of conflict, effects of conflict, conflict management, and conflict vis-a-vis organizational change.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. program
EDUC 5460
EDUC 5460
Educational Management (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course will examine the management of fiscal and human resources that contribute to effective leadership in educational settings.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. program
EDUC 5500
EDUC 5500
Introduction to Counselling Skills (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
Targeted to provide the opportunity to explore the helping professions and the skills needed to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU MEd program
EDUC 5510
EDUC 5510
Theories in Counselling (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course consists of a study of the major counselling approaches and a study of some of the issues faced by counsellors and by individuals who are considering becoming counsellors.
Prerequisite: Admission to the MEd program
EDUC 5560
EDUC 5560
Career Counselling and Development (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course is a study of career counselling development and theory. The theoretical emphasis is on the development aspects of career decision making from childhood through adulthood.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU MEd program
EDUC 5570
EDUC 5570
Professional and Ethical Issues in Counselling (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course is the study of professional ethics applied to Canadian Counselling contexts.
Prerequisite: EDUC 5580 or external students who are professional counsellors in the field who have graduated from another equivalent counselling program (as assessed by the M.Ed. counselling area of study sub-committee)
Corequisite: EDUC 5580
EDUC 5580
EDUC 5580
Counselling Internship (0,1,5P)(0,1,5P)
Credits: 6
Campus
ED
EDUC
Targeted to provide the opportunity for a mentored field experience, this course focuses on integrating the knowledge and skills from previous courses into a capstone experience. In collaboration with a mentoring school district, students will be engaged in school counselling roles and responsibilities. A seminar component will be included.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU MEd program and successful completion of EDUC 5500, 5510, 5520, 5550 and 5560
EDUC 5600
EDUC 5600
Research Institute: Language, Culture and Community (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
This course will consist of academic study associated with full participation in The Research Institute: Language, Culture and Community at TRU. The institute will include paper presentations based on research addressing a range of educational issues. The main goal of the institute is to facilitate the grounding of educational practice in sound theory and research.
Prerequisite: Admission to the TRU M.Ed. program
Note: This course can be taken more than once as the content changes every time the course is offered
EDUC 5990
EDUC 5990
***Special Topics in Education (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
EDUC
Special topics courses are offered on a temporary basis and are not part of the regular course offerings. This course utilizes the special expertise of a faculty member or a visiting professor to go beyond the usual curriculum and enrich the program of study. Contact the program advisor for information on current offerings.
Prerequisite: Meets the admission requirements to the TRU M.Ed. program
Note: EDUC 5990 Special Topics in Education can be taken up to 4 times providing the course title includes a different topic each time