Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

MEd Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Can I complete the MEd program fully online through Open Learning?

Yes. Remember that you must be willing to take whatever courses are available through distance, even if they are not your preferred courses. For example, the inclusive and special needs courses are not available through Open Learning.

 Does this program allow me to become a school teacher?

No. If you want to teach in the public school system, you need a Bachelor of Education degree and certification through the Teacher Regulation Branch of BC. Please see our on-campus Bachelor of Education (BEd) programs.

 Do I have to take the core courses first?

No. Take them in whatever order works for you. Just make sure that you do complete all of them.

 Is the program available part- and full-time?

This depends on course availability and on whether or not you are an International student. If you are, you must take the program full time (three courses per semester).

Many MEd courses are available online through Open Learning, which means you can study according to your own schedule.

Please work closely with the Education Advisor to develop your program of study.

 Do I have to be enrolled in the program to take courses?

No. However, you must meet the MEd admission requirements. If you do, you can take up to seven online MEd courses Open Learning courses.

 How long does it take to complete the MEd program?

This depends on how many courses you take per semester. The quickest you can complete the program is 18 months, taking three courses per semester (fall, winter and summer), with the program completion option in the fourth semester. If you have other obligations, we recommend one course per semester. This works out to approximately 3.5 years to complete the program.

 Is financial support available?

Financial support is available only if you are a Canadian full-time student. Please see for details.

If you are planning to take the MEd program online, visit Student Awards and Financial Support for more information about financial aid for part- and full-time online students.

 How are classes offered and scheduled?

On-campus classes are offered evenings and weekends to provide flexibility and availability for working adults. Summer courses are generally compressed during the month of July.

MEd courses available online (through Open Learning) are paced and have a specific start and end date. Start dates are in September, January and May, subject to availability. Registration deadlines apply.

 Are MEd courses available online?

Several (but not all) MEd courses are delivered online (through Open Learning). These courses are led by an Open Learning Faculty Member and promote high levels of activity and collaboration.

 On average, how many hours per week are spent in an online course?

In an online (Open Learning) course, expect to spend 7–10 hours per week on one course.

 What are the program completion options?

The MEd offers thesis, final project or capstone program completion options. See the Program Details page.

As a culminating course for students completing a thesis in the MEd, students will engage in a research component of study. Students will work one-on-one with their supervisors. Students will be encouraged to use each preceding course as a formative stage in the development of their thesis. Skills and knowledge acquired during the previous courses will assist students as they pursue their interests through research. The thesis as well as defence of their research to a committee is the culminating component for students completing the thesis option within the MEd The thesis must be expressed in good literate style. An exhaustive review of work in the particular field of study is not necessarily required, but there should be a clear demonstration of knowledge and interpretation of some of the relevant published literature. Some original scholarship is expected. Theses involving human participants, animal subjects, micro-organisms, living cells, other biohazards, and/or radioactive materials must include approval certification from the appropriate ethics board or committee (please see the Research Ethics page of the Research and Graduate Studies website for further detail).

Students taking the project exit option will engage in a research project of study. Students will work one-on-one with their supervisors. A reflective paper summarizing the research project as well as a summative presentation of their project to a community of inquiry, including peer colleagues and instructors, will round out the course. Students will bring their own learning and questions to study to the course. However, examples of educational projects will be provided. The supervisor's expertise will be brought to the course.

The capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to write a major synthesis paper on their learning in the MEd While the precise topic of the paper will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor, the student will benefit from interaction with peers in this course. Topics covered will include models and examples of synthesis papers, peer review, and presentations. This course provides the students with the opportunity to grapple with complex ideas and issues and to reflect deeply on what they have learned in the MEd program.

 How much does the program cost?

See tuition costs for:

 What is an extension fee?

This fee applies to you if you have completed 30 credits in your program but are still working on your program completion option. You pay an extension fee for every semester you are in until you complete this option.