SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF EDUCATION

Professor and Dean B. Burnaby

Associate Professor and Associate Dean R. Hammett

NOTES: 1) In the case of the following general programme regulations and the specific programme regulations, which govern all Master of Education degree programmes, Dean refers to the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of Education refers to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education, and Faculty refers to the Faculty of Education, through its various operating committees.

2) Students taking any of the Master of Education Degree programmes are advised that a Bachelor of Education Degree is required for employment in the K - 12 system.

The Master of Education is offered in the following areas: Educational Leadership Studies, Teaching and Learning Studies, Counselling Psychology, Post-Secondary Studies, and Information Technology.

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

C) PERIOD OF STUDY

D) EVALUATION

E) THESIS OR REPORT

F) PROGRAMME REGULATIONS

G) APPEALS AND WAIVERS PROCEDURES

COURSES


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission to the Master of Education is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission to a graduate programme in Education, an applicant shall:

a) have from a recognized institution, either (i) an undergraduate degree with at least second class standing, or (ii) an undergraduate degree and an average of at least 70% in the last 90 attempted undergraduate credit hours.

b) meet the requirements set forth in the specific programme regulations.

2. Only in exceptional circumstances, and only on the recommendation of the Dean of Education, shall the Dean consider applicants who do not meet the requirements in 1.

3. Please refer to specific programme regulations (Section H) for additional admission requirements.

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

1. Candidates for the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies, Teaching and Learning Studies) shall be required to complete a minimum of:

a) 18 credit hours plus a thesis; or
b) 24 credit hours plus an internship report, a project report or a paper folio; or
c) 30 credit hours on the comprehensive-course route.

Candidates for the Master of Education (Post-Secondary Studies) shall be required to complete a minimum of:

a) 18 credit hours plus a thesis; or
b) 24 credit hours plus an internship; or
c) 30 credit hours on the comprehensive-course route

Candidates for the Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) shall be required to complete a minimum of:

a) 30 credit hours (which include an internship) plus a thesis; or
b) 36 credit hours (which include an internship) on the comprehensive-course route.

Unless otherwise indicated, all courses have a 3-credit hour value.

Programmes for some candidates may exceed the above minimum.

2. Candidates may apply for transfer course credits. All course transfers require the approval of the Dean, on the recommendation of the Dean of Education, and are subject to General Regulation D.7 of the School of Graduate Studies.

3. a) A candidate in full-time attendance may register for a maximum of 12 credit hours in any regular semester and a maximum of 6 credit hours in intersession or summer session.

b) A candidate in part-time attendance may register for a maximum of 3 credit hours in any semester, including intersession or summer session.

4. Before submission of the proposal for thesis, project, internship, or paper folio, a Supervisory Committee shall be recommended by the Dean of Education, in consultation with the candidate, and approved by the Dean. The Supervisory Committee shall consist of the Supervisor and at least one other member.

The function of the Supervisory Committee shall be to approve the proposal for the thesis, project, internship, or paper folio, and to exercise supervision in the conduct of the study on behalf of the Faculty, subject to the final approval of the Dean.

C) PERIOD OF STUDY

The period of the study for a graduate programme shall not normally exceed six years beyond first registration. Completion of some programme components may require full-time study on the University campus.

D) EVALUATION

1. In order to continue as a candidate for the Master of Education degree, a candidate who receives a final grade of "C" in any programme course must repeat that course and obtain a minimum grade of "B". In the case of an elective course a suitable replacement course, acceptable to the Faculty, may be substituted for the failed course. Only one such repetition/replacement shall be permitted on the candidate's graduate programme. Should a grade of less than "B" be obtained in the repeated course, replacement course, or any other programme course, the candidate shall be required to withdraw from the programme.

2. When the Faculty has determined, through consultation with the candidate, the instructors of graduate courses, and the programme advisor or thesis supervisor that the candidate's work has fallen below satisfactory level, it may request that the Dean of Education recommend to the Dean that the candidate's programme be terminated.

E) THESIS OR REPORT

See School of Graduate Studies General Regulation J. Theses and Reports (Reports include Internship Reports, Paper Folios, and Project Reports).

F) PROGRAMME REGULATIONS

Every candidate in graduate studies shall comply with the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, the Degree Regulations (Section B-1), and the specific programme regulations as outlined in Section H.

G) APPEALS AND WAIVERS PROCEDURES

Candidates are advised that appeals and waivers of any regulations governing the degree of Master of Education are governed by School of Graduate Studies General Regulations E and F.

H) SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES

1. Educational Leadership Studies

Educational Leadership Studies is designed to prepare candidates for leadership in Education.

a) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations,

i) students must have completed an undergraduate course in statistics (E2900 or the equivalent).

ii) students must have completed a range and number of courses in Education deemed appropriate by the Faculty and Dean of Education.

iii) a minimum of two years of teaching/leadership experience is recommended.

b) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

i) all students in the Master of Education Programme (Educational Leadership Studies) must complete:

and one of the following:

ii) students on the thesis route must complete at least one of the research courses listed below (E6100 is prerequisite):

iii) students on the comprehensive-course route must complete E6290 Research and Development Seminar in Educational Leadership Studies. Normally students would be permitted to register for this course only after all other course requirements have been met, or during the student's last semester of studies.

iv) to meet total credit hour requirements students may choose electives from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student's programme:

v) Closed electives are those listed below:

Courses must be appropriate to the programme and chosen in consultation with the advisor.

2. Teaching and Learning Studies

The graduate programme in Teaching and Learning Studies focuses on the cognitive foundations of teaching and learning as well as the concepts of teaching and learning within the context of speciality areas.

This graduate degree is intended to focus on the study of teaching and learning. Two options are available:

Option One
To study in one of the following areas: Language and Literacy Studies, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Second Language Education, Social Studies, Computers in Education or Teacher-Librarianship.

Option Two
To study in a programme of student's own design within Teaching and Learning Studies. This programme is to be designed in consultation with a faculty advisor.

a) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations,

i) students must have completed an undergraduate course in statistics (E2900 or the equivalent).

ii) students must have completed a range and number of courses in Education deemed appropriate by the Faculty and Dean of Education.

iii) a minimum of two years of teaching or related experience is recommended.

b) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

i) all students in the Master of Education Programme (Teaching and Learning Studies) must complete:

ii) students on the thesis route must complete at least one of the research courses listed below (E6100 is prerequisite):

and at least 2 courses from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student's programme.

iii) students choosing Option One, on the internship, paper folio, project, and comprehensive-course route, must complete at least 2 courses within one particular speciality area from the list in vii) below.

iv) students choosing Option Two, must choose courses that have been designated through consultation with a faculty advisor during the first semester of studies in this programme.

v) students on the comprehensive-course route must complete E6390 Research and Development Seminar in Teaching and Learning Studies. Normally students would be permitted to register for this course only after all other course requirements have been met, or during the student's last semester of studies.

vi) to meet total credit hour requirements students may choose electives from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student's programme:

vii) core speciality courses in the study of teaching and learning areas are those listed below:

Language and Literacy Studies

Mathematics Education

Science Education

Social Studies Education

Educational Computing

Teacher-Librarianship

Additional courses in the speciality areas are available.

3. Counselling Psychology

The mission of the programme in Counselling Psychology is to prepare highly knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated, and ethical professional practitioners, who will endeavour to enhance human potential throughout the life span and who can effectively practice within a variety of settings.

The Counselling Psychology faculty promotes counselling as an effective, viable means of assisting individuals throughout the life span. The counselling psychologist, regardless of his or her theoretical stance or work setting, functions as a change agent who is sensitive to and knowledgeable about the range of human development reflected in individual differences and cultural and linguistic diversity. Effective and positive change is brought about by assisting clients to: examine and modify their behaviour for more effective living; cope with, adjust to, or otherwise negotiate the environments affecting their psychosocial well-being; and effect change in the larger society.

The practice of Counselling Psychology is based on theory and research, an understanding of ethical practices, and a set of professional and interpersonal skills. It is essential that graduate students study a variety of conceptual frameworks and research findings as preparation for collaborative work with other helping professionals, paraprofessionals, and a variety of self-help groups.

The Counselling Psychology faculty, while representing a range of views, agree that the uniqueness of the individual and his or her personal strengths must be acknowledged and respected. To fully explore professional issues and personal values, a trusting and open atmosphere must be present.

Individuals from a wide variety of personal, social, and educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the Counselling Psychology programme. The programme provides a broad-based sequence of studies and supervised experiences that will prepare graduate students to be knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who can function in a variety of settings. By the time they have completed this programme, students will have acquired knowledge and competencies in the following general areas:

- individual and group counselling theory and techniques
- legal and ethical aspects of counselling
- human development and learning
- social, cultural, and linguistic diversity
- career education and counselling
- programme development and implementation
- measurement and appraisal
- research and programme evaluation
- application of current technology
- service delivery in rural areas

a) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations, students:

i) must have completed Introduction to Counselling (E3210).

ii) should have completed at least one undergraduate course on each of the following topics: statistics (E2900), assessment (E3280, E3290, E3950, E3955 or E4950), introduction to career education (E3211), introduction to exceptionality (E3220 or E3230). (Or their equivalent)

NOTE: Many of these courses are prerequisites to specific graduate courses and must be completed before taking those courses.

iii) normally have at least one year of teaching (or related work) experience.

iv) must submit a resume that contains a concise rationale for the application (500 words or less) and three letters of recommendation (preferably one from each of the following: previous university instructors, supervisors, or employers).

v) should note admission is selective and controlled by an admission committee of faculty members involved in the programme. An interview may be required if deemed necessary.

vi) should note the Graduate Record Examination may be required.

b) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

i) all students in the Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) programme shall be required to complete:

ii) Students on the thesis route must complete the core courses listed above (24 credit hours) as well as a minimum of 6 credit hours from the closed electives indicated below for a total of 30 credit hours.

iii) Students on the comprehensive-course route must complete the core courses listed above (24 credit hours) as well as a minimum of 6 credit hours from the closed electives and 6 credit hours from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student's programme for a total of 36 credit hours.

iv) All students in the Counselling Psychology programme must complete E6720. The Internship may be fulfilled full-time or part-time and must comprise 600 clock hours with 240 hours of direct service with clients. It cannot be completed as part of your regular employment. It is strongly recommended that students take no other course during the full-time internship.

v) Closed electives are those listed below:

NOTES: Student membership in the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA) or other appropriate professional organizations is strongly recommended for all students in the programme.

Students who plan to work in the school system should be aware of the Department of Education regulations to be eligible to work as a school counsellor.

Students who plan to become registered psychologists in Newfoundland and Labrador should review the requirements of the Newfoundland Board of Examiners in Psychology.

4. Post-Secondary Studies

The graduate programme in Post-Secondary Studies is designed to prepare candidates to function in a variety of roles in informal and formal post-secondary learning environments (including academic, technical, professional, adult education, and student services/development). It facilitates a study of the post-secondary educational system through an examination of its foundations, directions, organization and administration; and through curriculum and instructional development options for occupational preparation and adult education.

a) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations,

i) candidates must have completed an undergraduate course in statistics (E2900 or the equivalent); at least 3 credit hours in adult learning (E2801 or the equivalent); and 3 credit hours in post-secondary education (E2720 or the equivalent).

ii) Two years of successful experience in working with adult learners is recommended.

b) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

i) candidates for the Master of Education (Post-Secondary Studies) must complete courses in the following areas that form the programme core:

and not fewer than 6 credit hours from closed electives in vi) below.

ii) students on the comprehensive-course route must complete E6890 Research and Development Seminar in Post-Secondary Studies.

iii) students on the internship route must complete E6891 Internship in Post-Secondary Studies (6 credit hours).

iv) normally, students will be permitted to register for E6890 and E6891 only after all other course requirements have been met.

v) to meet total credit hour requirements students may choose courses from other graduate offerings within the Faculty, the University, or other universities provided the courses chosen are appropriate to the student's programme. Students on the thesis route must complete a total of at least 18 credit hours; and those on the internship or comprehensive-course route a total of at least 30 credit hours.

vi) Closed electives are those listed below:

Courses must be appropriate to the programme and chosen in consultation with the advisor.

5. Information Technology

The graduate programme in Information Technology is offered in partnership with the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB). It is designed to facilitate the educational use of information technology in a wide variety of settings. The programme will be of interest to educators at all levels including K-12 teachers, school administrators, those in the post-secondary system, business and industry, as well as those in most other adult learning situations.

Information technology in this Master of Education programme encompasses computer, communications, networking and multi-media applications. The overall intent of the programme is to:

Candidates for the programme will have attained, prior to acceptance, some fundamental knowledge and skills with respect to information technology through pre-requisite experiences, and have attained a recognized undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline with at least a second class standing (see specific regulations for details). The programme components are designed to enable candidates to build on their prior experience through the development of pedagogical links and information technology applications. It is intended that the programme be offered primarily as a part-time programme through distance delivered courses, with other delivery formats to be considered/utilised where feasible. Access to specific computer hardware, software, and the internet is required and will be the responsibility of each candidate.

A steering committee comprised of three members from each of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University and the Institute for Education at UCCB is responsible to the Associate Dean of Graduate Programmes and Research, Faculty of Education, for selected aspects of the programme. The latter include assessing student applications, recommending approval of instructors who are not regular faculty members at either UCCB or Memorial University, and recommending course or programme changes. This committee is to be co-chaired by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programmes and Research, Faculty of Education, Memorial University and the Director of the Institute for Education at UCCB, or their designate(s).

UCCB courses offered as part of this programme are indicated by the prefix "UCCB EDU" followed by the specific course number.

a) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations, Faculty of Education, Memorial University, candidates must have successfully completed:

i) an undergraduate course in statistics (E2900 or the equivalent at Memorial or another university); and

ii) one of a diploma or certificate in information technology from an accredited institution; UCCB EDU 530; Memorial University E2751 and E3751; or equivalent as determined by the programme steering committee.

b) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

i) all candidates for the Master of Education (Information Technology) must complete E6100 Research Designs and Methods in Education.

ii) candidates on the thesis route must complete:

Three credit hours from:

nine credit hours selected from the core elective UCCB courses approved for this programme:

Three credit hours from E6822, E6823, E6802, E6426, or from other Memorial University, Faculty of Education graduate course offerings as deemed appropriate for each candidate's programme and approved by the programme steering committee

iii) candidates on the comprehensive-course route must complete:

iv) normally, candidates will be permitted to register for E6590 only after all other course requirements have been met

v) candidates who have successfully completed the UCCB graduate level Certificate in Education (Technology) will be given advanced standing credit for the nine UCCB EDU course credit requirements for the thesis route or 12 UCCB EDU course credit requirements for the comprehensive-course route on this programme

vi) candidates who have successfully completed the former UCCB EDU 534 and/or EDU 543 with at least a UCCB grade of B (70%) toward the UCCB graduate level Certificate in Education (Technology) prior to September 2000, will receive up to 12 advanced standing credit hours appropriate to their degree option (EDU 534 will be considered equivalent to EDU 531 and EDU 533, and EDU 543 equivalent to EDU 535 and EDU 537)

vii) thesi- route candidates will be subject to regulation J of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University, supervised by a faculty member at Memorial University, and where feasible co-supervised by a UCCB faculty member.

COURSES

A selection of the following graduate courses shall be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Faculty allow:

6100. Research Designs and Methods in Education
6104. Foundations of Programme Evaluation
6202. Social Context of Educational Leadership
6203. Leadership: Theory and Practice
6204. Educational Administration: Theory and Practice
6205. Educational Policy: Theory and Practice
6290. Research and Development Seminar in Educational Leadership Studies
6300. Teaching and Learning
6311. Administrative Theory and Practice II
6320. Human Resource Development I: Personnel Administration
6321. Supervisory Processes in Education
6322. Human Resource Development III. Performance Appraisal of Educational Personnel
6330. Educational Finance
6335. Legal Foundations of Educational Administration
6340. School Business Administration
6390. Research and Development Seminar in Teaching and Learning Studies
6410. Seminar on Philosophical Issues in Educational Policy and Leadership
6415. The Process of Educational Policy: An Historical Approach to Policy Studies
6420. Ethical Issues and Perspectives in Educational Practice and Policy
6425. Comparative Perspectives in Public Education, Reform, and Leadership
6426. Computer Applications in Educational Administration
6427. School-Community Partnerships
6428. Administration of Student Services
6430. The Sociology of School and Classroom Life: Policy Implications
6435. Culture, Socialization and Schooling: Policy Issues and Implications
6440. Family-School Relations: Leadership and Policy Implications
6445. The Basics of Policy Analysis in Education
6450. Educational Policy Analysis in Practice
6455. Policy Analysis: A Comparative Perspective
6460. Policy Analysis: Reporting and Implementing
6461. Advanced Policy Analysis
6465. The Sociology of School Violence: Policy Implications
6466. Qualitative Research Methods
6467. Quantitative Research Methods
6468 Critical Approaches to Educational Research
6501. Field Experience in Educational Administration
6590. Research and Development Seminar in Information Technology in Education
6600. Learning and Motivation
6602. Curriculum Studies
6610. Research on Computers in the Curriculum [Prerequisite: 6620]
6615. Educational Software Prototyping and Evaluation
6620. Issues and Trends in Educational Computing
6630. Critical Issues in Mathematics Education
6631. Current Research in Teaching and Learning of Secondary Mathematics [Prerequisite: 6630]
6632. Current Research in Teaching and Learning of Elementary School Mathematics [Prerequisite: 6630]
6633. Current Research in Technology in Mathematics Education [Prerequisite: 6630]
6634. Teaching and Learning to Solve Mathematics Problems
6635. Teaching and Learning Geometry
6636. Teaching and Learning the Concept of Number and Operations
6637. Teaching and Learning Algebra
6638. Using Diagnostic Teaching in Mathematics Education
6639. Technology and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
6640. Text Interpretation
6641. Writing in the Primary, Elementary and Secondary Schools
6642. Developmental Reading (K-8)
6643. Contemporary Issues in Secondary English
6644. Drama in the Secondary School
6645. Literature for Children and Adolescents
6646. Literature in the Secondary School
6647. Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading and Writing Difficulties
6648. Drama in the Primary and Elementary Schools
6649. Exploring Multiple Literacies
6650. Current Issues in Science Education
6653. Contemporary Issues in Science Education I
6655. The Nature of Science and Science Education
6656. Research in Science Education
6658. Teaching and Learning Scientific Concepts, Laws and Theories
6660. Information Technology
6661. Applications of Media in Education
6662. Research Seminar in Teacher-Librarianship
6663. The Organization of Learning Resources
6664. Seminar on School Improvement
6665. Second Language Curriculum
6666. Research in Second Language Education
6667. Second Language Instruction
6668. Current Issues in Second Language Education
6670. Teaching and Learning Social Studies
6671. Research in Social Studies Education
6672. Issues and Trends in Social Studies
6675. Current Issues in Rural Education
6680. Cognition in Education: Foundations
6681. Cognition in Education: Specialist Research Methods
6685. Cognition in Education: Argumentative Reasoning [Prerequisite: 6680]
6686. Cognition in Education: Assessment [Prerequisites: 6680, 6681]
6687. Cognition in Education: Specific Cognitive Disabilities [Prerequisite: 6680]
6688. Cognition in Education: Inferring From Text [Prerequisite: 6680]
6689. Cognition in Education: Instruction [Prerequisite: 6680]
6690. Cognition in Education: Motivation [Prerequisite: 6680]
6691. Cognition in Education: Metacognition) [Prerequisite: 6680]
6692. Cognition in Education: Social Cognition [Prerequisite: 6680]
6693. Literacy for the Young Child in Home and School
6700. Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling
6701. Issues and Methodologies in Learning and Developmental Research
6702. Counselling: Theory and Practice
6703. Personal and Professional Development Group (Non-Credit)
6704. Counselling II: Theory and Practicum
6705. Nature and Development of School Counselling Services
6706. Career Education and Career Counselling
6707. Assessment for Counsellors (1 credit hour)
6708. Group Counselling: Theory and Practice
6709. Assessment of Intelligence and Learning Skills
6710. Development and Implementation of Special Education Policy and Programmes
6711. Behavior Modification in the Educational Setting
6712. The Nature and Assessment of Behaviour Disorders in Children and Adolescents
6713. Educational Applications of Contemporary Cognitive Psychology
6714. Principles and Practices in Exceptionality
6715. The Theory and Practice of Peer Helping Programmes
6716. Working with Families and Parents
6717. Counselling Adolescents
6718. Elementary School Counselling
6719. Cultural Issues in Counselling
6720. Internship in Counselling Psychology (9 credit hours)
6750. Professional Practices and Consultation in School Psychology (1 credit hour)
6751. Principles and Procedures of Psychoeducational Assessment (1 credit hour)
6752. School Psychology and the Curriculum
6753. Practicum in School Psychology
6754. The Physiology and Psychology of Reading
6755. Nature and Assessment of Learning Disabilities
6756. Identification and Remediation of Problems in Learning Mathematics in Grades K-8
6757. Advanced Studies of Developmental Disabilities
6758. Theory of Educational Measurement
6801. Foundations of Post-Secondary Programmes
6802. Adult Learning and Development
6803 Research in Post-Secondary Education
6804 Leadership and Human Resource Development in Post-Secondary Education
6805 Advanced Human Resource Communications
6822. Foundations of Instructional Design in Post-Secondary Education
6823. Principles of Programme Design and Development
6831. Organization and Administration of Student Services for the Adult Learner
6832. Issues and Trends in the Administration of Post-Secondary Education
6840. Counselling Communities
6841. Student Development Theory, Services and Programmes in Post-Secondary Education
6890. Research and Development Seminar in Post-Secondary Studies
6891. Internship in Post-Secondary Studies (6 credit hours)
6900-6920. Special Topics
6940. Administration of Student Services in Post-Secondary Education


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