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Master of Education Degree Regulations

Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Education

Apply Online

Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are due to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadlines.  Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date.

Application Deadlines

February 1st - Begin the program either spring or fall semester

September 15th - Begin the program winter semester

Application Processing Fee: Canadian Applicants - $50.00 / non-Canadian Applicants - $100.00

Due to the volume of applications received and the processing procedures involved for each competition we are unable to accept applications received after the advertised programme deadlines. 

Admission to Graduate (M.Ed.) Programs

Please note:

For students substituting or in replacement positions an official letter from the school district office/employer verifying work experience is required. The letter should indicate total number of teaching days accumulated. This is to ensure the two years work experience requirement is met for admission.

For programs with specific prerequisites requirements (Counselling Psychology and Post-Secondary Studies) prerequisites should be completed or in progress at the time application is submitted.

The Faculty of Education, Graduate Programs Office policy regarding deferrals changed as of the 2015-2016 Spring Semester. Students requesting deferrals may be granted a maximum of 1 deferral for 1 semester.  Deferrals to complete prerequisites are not granted for the Counselling Psychology and Post-Secondary Studies programs. Student with extenuating circumstances (such as family and/or medical reasons, etc.) and with appropriate documentation may be considered a further extension.

If you are considering applying for educational leave in order to pursue a Master of Education program, you should first apply to the program. If you are not granted educational leave, but are accepted to the program, you can commence your studies on a part-time basis.


Memorial University has three semesters per academic year commencing with Fall:

Fall Semester: September 1 - December 31
Winter Semester: January 1 - April 30
Spring Semester: May 1  - August 31


Semester start and other important dates at Cape Breton University may differ from Memorial's. It is the responsibility of students taking CBU courses to note the differing dates for course add, drop, commencement, end, etc.

Duration of the program

Maximum of seven years Masters
Maximum of seven years PhD


Note: Students who do not complete their programs in the number of semesters of their payment plans will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. See School of Graduate Studies Minimum Expense form.

Tuition Fees and Structure

Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies document:

Minimum Expenses for Graduate Students

Recreation Fees

Off-campus graduate students do not have to pay the $40.00 per semester recreation fee. Usually this includes those taking Web-based courses or part of an off-campus cohort or doing thesis research off campus. Usually Banner will recognize an off-campus mailing address and a non-campus course registration and exempt students automatically.

Students taking even one course on campus must pay the fee but are able to take advantage of the recreation facilities.

Students not automatically exempted will have to apply for an exemption by submitting an exemption form. Completed forms must be forwarded to the Faculty of Education Graduate Programmes office for processing.


Please note that each Master of Education degree program will require at least one of following routes. See specific programs for available routes.

Comprehensive-Course Route (30 credit hours of study), Internship Route (internship plus 24 credit hours of study), Paper Folio Route (paper folio plus 24 credit hours of study), Project Route (project plus 24 credit hours of study) or Thesis Route (thesis plus 18 credit hours of study)

Course Descriptions

Brief course descriptions are availalbe for a limited number of graduate courses.

Frequently sought forms for graduate students

Departmental approval is required for the processing of any necessary forms (such as leave of absence requests, change of status, etc.).  Please submit completed forms to the Faculty of Education, Graduate Program office.

Important Notice

We regret to remind graduate students that Curriculum Teaching and Learning, and Counselling Psychology are NOT distance programs. Although we try to offer as many web-based courses as possible in any given semester, we do not guarantee a web-based course to all students in non-distance programs.

We will assist candidates in distance programs (Post-Secondary Studies, Diploma of Health Professional Education, and Information Technologies) to register in appropriate courses.

Textbook Ordering

Anyone requesting textbooks can order from the MUN bookstore. Please click on Text Books, choose the campus, term and program & courses then follow the ordering procedures. Textbooks are shipped to you.

Graduate Student Society (GESS)

The Graduate Education Student Society (GESS) was established to bring graduate students together, meet their needs, and establish a tradition of meaningful social and academic interactions. You can learn more about GESS by visiting their website.

GSU Health and Dental Plan for Full Time Students and “Opt Out” Information

If you are registered as a full-time student, even for one semester, you are automatically registered in the Graduate Students' Health and Dental Plan.

Please note: You must opt out each semester that you do not wish to be covered in this plan by the deadline date set by the Graduate Students Union.

If you continue as a full-time graduate student, you may opt out for a full academic year in September. Under the current system, you may be required to opt out each year.

Your financial record, available on your student record (registration system), may not accurately reflect the cost of the health and dental plan. Check your Tuition and Fees Assessment, AND check your Account Summary by Term to ensure that you have not been charged unwanted health insurance fees.

The Graduate Students Union can provide additional information. Any question or concerns regarding the health and dental plan, please contact or phone 709-864-4395.


Faculty of Education at Memorial, contact:

Graduate Programs
Faculty of Education
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X8
Telephone: (709) 864-8553 / 864-8587 / 864-3402 / 864-3324
Facsimile: (709) 864-4379