Elementary Education, M.Ed.

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #90 (QS) , | Online
The Department of Elementary Education offers a variety of options at the Master's and Doctoral levels. They offer both on-campus programs and online instruction in some of the programs, designed to accommodate the lifestyles of working professionals.


Master of Education - On-Campus

The Master of Education program is an advanced degree for educators who are concerned with professional matters of curriculum, teaching, and pedagogy. This program prepares educators for positions as master teachers, consultants, supervisors, clinicians and other school and school district personnel.

This program is for students who are able to take courses on campus and is especially suited for professionals who want to expand their knowledge base in relation to their current practices, leadership roles, and future responsibilities.

The graduate program should include opportunity for course work and experiences both within and outside the Department of Elementary Education. We provide the opportunity for the integration of theoretical and practical experiences. We strive to develop a strong community of scholars by fostering critical understandings of a range of research paradigms.

Master of Education - Online

The University of Alberta's fully online Master of Education degree offers the convenience and flexibility you need as a busy early childhood, elementary or middle school classroom teacher. The degree provides opportunities for professionals to engage in conversations about diversity in teaching, learning and curricula in a global context.

As you move forward into your Master of Education in Curriculum and Pedagogy degree, you will also explore the processes of curriculum development to better help you situate your own practices within the broader context of curriculum in Canada. To help you be better able to read and critique educational research, you will also take a course that provides an introduction to educational research. Here you will be able to continue your inquiry into problems of practice by finding, reading, evaluating and summarizing current research on your topic.

Courses will allow you the flexibility to select options that meet your learning needs as well as providing you with more in-depth study into different curricular areas. Through your connections to your peers and instructors, you will develop a network of colleagues who can support your learning during your studies and beyond. Technology will be thoughtfully infused into all courses and you will be able to explore multiple ways of presenting and sharing new understandings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of HPE
  • Physical Literacy Praxis
  • Intro to Educational Research
  • Introduction to Curriculum Studies
  • Reflective Practice in Education
  • Assessment in HPE
  • Inclusion in HPE
  • Health Literacy
  • Leadership & Advocacy
  • Comprehensive School Health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • University transcripts and/or marksheets (degree certificates from non-Canadian universities must also be submitted);
  • Current curriculum vitae (resumé) portraying scholarly studies and professional educational activities, such as teaching, curriculum development, consulting, etc. (we recommend that you do NOT use the template provided by FGSR because it does not allow you the space to highlight your experiences);
  • Statement of intent carefully and thoughtfully prepared, describing one's interest in graduate study in this Department and reasons for wanting to pursue advanced study in Elementary Education (500 words approximately);
  • Three letters of reference from persons qualified to comment on the applicant's academic work and potential for graduate study. It is highly recommended that one or more letters be from persons at the institution last attended. Student sends link to their referees directly from the application portal. Referees need to send their letters to the student's application portal.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      9020 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9020 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National Applies to you

      5625 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5625 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Edmonton

    • 1201 - 2000 CAD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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