Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What program options are available?

    The Master of Education program offers courses in:

    • Educational Leadership
    • Curriculum
    • Inclusive and Special Education
    • Counselling
  • Can I complete the program fully online (through distance)?

    Yes, you can complete the MEd program fully through distance but you need to be willing to take whatever courses are available through distance, even if they are not your preferred courses. For example, we do not have any of the Inclusive and Special Needs courses currently available through distance learning.

  • Does this program allow me to become a school teacher?

    No, if you would like to teach in the public school system, you need to be certified by the Teacher Regulation Branch of B.C. and they require a Bachelor of Education degree program. TRU offers a 2 year B.Ed. taught fully on-campus.

  • Do I have to take the core courses first?

    No, you can take the courses in whatever order works for you as long as you complete the required ones at some point throughout your program.

  • Is the program available part-time and/or full-time?

    Students can study part-time or full-time for the M.Ed. depending on the course availability. International students are expected to study full-time (3 courses per term through fall, winter and summer semesters).

    Many M.Ed. courses are available online, which means students can complete their coursework at a place and time that fits into their schedule.

    Students are advised to work closely with the Education Advisor to develop an appropriate program of study.

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

    No, but you do need to 'qualify' for the program. This ensures you can switch into the program, should you wish to do so and have your prior M.Ed. courses go towards the program. See M.Ed. admission requirements. Students may take up to seven online M.Ed. courses with TRU, Open Learning without being enrolled in the M.Ed. program.

  • Is financial aid available?

    Financial Aid is available for Canadian students enrolled full-time. Please see for details.

    If you are planning to take the M.Ed. 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?

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

    M.Ed. courses available online are paced and have a specific start and end date. Start dates are usually in September, January and May, subject to availability. Registration deadlines apply.

  • Are M.Ed. courses available online?

    Currently, a number of M.Ed. courses are delivered online. These online courses are delivered via the Internet using a learning management system and are based on a paced cohort model. These courses, which are led by an Open Learning Faculty Member, promote high levels of activity and collaboration within the cohort. Each class is paced and has a specific start and end date. Start dates are usually in September, January and May, subject to availability. Registration deadlines apply.

    Please note: Not all courses are available online.

  • What are the exit options?

    The M.Ed. offers thesis, final project or capstone course options.

    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 M.Ed. 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 M.Ed. 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 M.Ed. program.

  • How much does the program cost?

    See tuition costs for:

  • What does 'Extension fee' mean?

    The extension fee refers to students who have paid for 30 credits but are still working on their thesis. These students pay an extension fee for every semester until they complete their program.