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Master of Education

Guide the future of education while advancing your own.

Become a better teacher, trainer, or educator—whether that’s in the classroom, the boardroom or beyond. Not just for K-12 teachers, the TRU Master of Education (MEd) allows you to focus on your unique goals and decide when and how you learn. Online. On campus. Part-time or full-time.

Why pursue a Master of Education at TRU?

  • Take up to five years to complete the MEd degree
  • Learn on campus, online or a combination of both
  • Choose your completion option: thesis, final project or capstone course
  • Conduct original research
  • Explore new and innovative teaching techniques
  • Learn to design and assess new curriculum

Program Highlights

You choose your route to an MEd: Start with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, take direct entry into the MEd, or enter after five to seven ESL courses.

Core and electives – a winning combination: There are five required courses that prepare the foundation for your studies and future career. You select electives of interest to you that expand on this foundation. Finally, you choose your exit option: capstone, project or thesis.

You will learn in small classes: Obtain personalized instruction in a very supportive and collegial environment.

You participate in face-to-face interactions, online discussions, and personal research: Engage in dynamic and fluid communicative activities and in collegial dialogues – all informed by your reading and research.

You thrive through experiential learning: Participate in classroom discussions and readings, reflect on what you have learned and apply your knowledge in professional contexts. You take an active role in your learning: Through independent study, web-based research and guided inquiry, you will strengthen and enhance your current understanding of educational issues.

You receive and give instructional support: Benefit from the practice-based knowledge of your instructors and cohort members. Experience a new understanding of your professional practice.

Graduate Programs In Education Success Centre: Receive support from the Centre with your writing and scholarly communication from trained and motivated Graduate Teaching Assistants in a dedicated graduate student space via workshops and private appointments.

Master of Education
30 credits
Intake dates
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Open to international applicants

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What will I learn?

Active learning is at the heart of our MEd program. By participating in classroom discussions and readings, guided inquiry and independent study, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of new teaching techniques.

  • Learn to design and assess new curriculum
  • Learn to conduct original research in applied settings
  • Learn about current issues in education
  • Develop problem-solving abilities
  • Master the skills required to complete a research project in a variety of applied settings

Where will this take me?

An MEd can directly increase your pay in addition to growing your skills required to excel in your teaching or training career. Our MEd is appropriate for school teachers,* corporate trainers, HR professionals and others involved in teaching or training within, industry, health care, or government.

Jobs you will be qualified for include:

  • Business analysts and project managers in education
  • Corporate trainer
  • Curriculum developer
  • Digital learning and development manager
  • Educational consultant, coordinator, or director
  • Instructional designers and editors
  • International student recruiter
  • Marketing and communications editors and writers
  • Post-secondary instructors (online and on campus)
  • Principal or administrator
  • Private sector educators in TESL, early childhood, and special education
  • School counselor or career advisor
  • Subject matter consultants and reviewers
  • Textbook writers and editors

You can also choose to pursue a PhD if you graduated by completing your thesis.

* Please note: the Master of Education is not a teaching qualification. In Canada, a Bachelor of Education is required to teach and be eligible for the Teacher Qualification Service, which can lead to a pay raise.

Program Details

Graduation requirements

The Master of Education is a 30-credit degree. You have up to five years to complete the MEd degree.

You must complete a minimum of 30 credits through one of the following three exit options with a minimum B+ average to graduate:

  • 5 core courses
  • 4 electives
  • EDUC 5280 or 5281, Capstone
  • 5 core courses
  • 3 electives
  • EDUC 5180, Project
  • 5 core courses
  • 2 electives
  • EDUC 5070, Research Design
  • EDUC 5998, Thesis

All M.Ed. students take five core courses and five elective courses.

Elective courses are selected from available courses in Educational leadership, Curriculum, Counselling and Inclusive and Special Education.

Please reference the academic standards set by TRU graduate studies.

Required Core Courses

(15 credits)

  • EDUC 5010, Research Methods (3)
    EDUC 5011, Research Methods (3)
  • EDUC 5020, Philosophy and History of Education (3)
    EDUC 5021, Philosophy and History of Education (3)
  • EDUC 5030, Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning (3)
    EDUC 5031, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDUC 5040, Diversity: Constructing Social Realities (3)
    EDUC 5041, Diversity: Constructing Social Realities (3)
  • EDUC 5400, Principles & Processes of Educational Leadership (3)
    EDUC 5401, Principles and Processes of Educational Leadership (3)
Elective Courses

(Number of credits required depends on exit option)

  • EDUC 5420, Legal Issues in Education (3)
    EDUC 5421, Legal Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 5440, Understanding and Managing Conflict (3)
    EDUC 5441, Understanding and Managing Conflict (3)
  • EDUC 5460, Educational Management (3)
    EDUC 5461, Educational Management (3)
  • EDUC 5500, Introduction to Counselling Skills (3)
    EDUC 5501, Introduction to Counselling Skills (3)
  • EDUC 5510, Theories in Counselling (3)
    EDUC 5511, Theories in Counselling (3)
  • EDUC 5520, Assessment and Evaluation (3)
    EDUC 5521, Assessment and Evaluation in Counselling (3)
  • EDUC 5550, Introduction to Secondary School Counselling (3)
    EDUC 5551, Introduction to Secondary School Counselling (3)
  • EDUC 5560, Career Counselling and Development (3)
    EDUC 5561, Career Counseling and Development (3)
  • EDUC 5120, Assessment of Exceptionalities: Theory and Practice (3)
  • EDUC 5130, Managing Multiple Systems: Policy and Practice (3)
  • EDUC 5140, Literacy for Individuals with Exceptionalities: Theory, Research, and Practice (3)
  • EDUC 5060, Directed Seminar (3)
  • EDUC 5990, Special Topics in Education (3)

“The program was very deep in terms of discussions and everything. I had wonderful classmates and colleagues who were pretty knowledgeable. One of the beauties of TRU is having people from all over the world. So people came in with different perspectives. I had colleagues who came from different diversities”
- Odo NkumExecutive Director, Talitha Koum Society (Grad January 2017)

"The program has given me an opportunity to explore areas of my career that I am passionate about and want to learn more about. This program has allowed me to further grow my abilities and skills in leadership and gives an opportunity to question or inquire about the way education has changed and influences change."
- Roy Styles, Vice Principal, Arthur Hatton Elementary (current MEd student)

"A great feature of the MEd program is how flexible it is — you can make it the program you want it to be by choosing the courses focusing on the subjects you're interested in and dig deep. Also, the connections you make with instructors, staff, and friends in classes build the foundation of your professional network."
- Ziwei (Vera) Wu, Employment Facilitator at Open Door Group Kamloops (Grad June 2018)

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