Why Education @ Memorial?

The Faculty of Education at Memorial University offers graduate programs at the graduate diploma, master’s, and PhD levels. The Master of Education (MEd) programs are offered in the following areas: Educational Leadership Studies, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies, Counselling Psychology, Post-Secondary Studies and Educational Technology. Educational Leadership Studies is designed to prepare candidates for leadership in Education. The MEd in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies provides opportunities for students to investigate pertinent issues in these interrelated areas from a variety of perspectives: philosophical, historical, social, cultural, cognitive, and technological. The mission of the program 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 graduate programs in Post-Secondary Studies are 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, health professional education, and student services/development). The graduate program in Educational Technology is offered in partnership with Cape Breton University (CBU). It is designed to facilitate the educational use of information technology in a wide variety of settings.

Memorial’s Faculty of Education is responsible for the professional preparation of those who will give leadership in education. The responsibility includes the professional preparation of teachers, administrators, and specialists who will work in primary, elementary, and secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions. The work of the faculty incorporates undergraduate, and graduate studies, and continuing education. The mandate includes specialized research for the improvement of pedagogical practice, and broadly based research for the advancement of knowledge. The faculty initiates and responds to change through a wide range of programs and a variety of field services. It seeks to prepare educators who will have a reasoned philosophy of education, an appreciation of what knowledge is of most worth, a genuine love of learning, and the ability to think critically. It strives to prepare educators who have an understanding of the past, a plan for the present, and a vision for the future.

Description of programs

  • Graduate diploma – The graduate diploma in Post-Secondary Studies, specialization in health professional education, which was created in collaboration with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education and is designed to enhance health professionals' abilities as educators and leaders in educational program design, development, evaluation, and administration. The diploma is intended for educators and educational leaders of formal and informal post-secondary health professional education programs. The graduate diploma in Educational Leadership Studies provides students with an opportunity to explore a broad range of issues in educational leadership, policy and administration. It prepares candidates to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings, including school and district leadership, post-secondary institutions and policy analysis.
  • MEd – The MEd program 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). There are five areas of specialization: 1) educational leadership studies, 2) curriculum, teaching, and learning studies, 3) post-secondary studies, 4) counselling psychology, and 5) educational technology.
  • PhD – The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education is offered to qualified candidates, normally by full-time study. It consists of courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis, and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Faculty of Education website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • PhD – Master's Degree in Education ('A' standing) or an equivalent Master's Degree from an accredited university; evidence of scholarly work; and two years of professional experience in an educational setting. An interview may also be required.


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change.  The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.


Program Information
Degrees Offered:

Graduate diploma (Health Professional Education, Educational Leadership Studies)

MEd (Counselling Psychology; Educational Leadership Studies; Educational Technology; Post-secondary Studies; Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Studies)



course, thesis, internship, paper folio, project


Graduate diploma, MEd: 1-2 years
PhD: 4 years


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Application Deadline:

February 1 (PhD) for Fall admission (2020 only) 

February 1 (graduate diploma and MEd) for Spring and Fall admission

September 15 (graduate diploma and MEd) for Winter admission 

Note: no winter admission for Counselling Psychology program


MEd: $5,000
PhD: $12,000

More funding information

Tuition (NL students):

Graduate diploma: $420/semester
MEd: $635-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

Graduate diploma: $546/semester
MEd: $826-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,154/semester

Tuition (International students):

Graduate diploma: $710/semester
MEd: $1,074-$1,611/semester
PhD: $1,499/semester

Note: The MEd (IT) program also charges a special fee of $2,550.

More tuition information

Please Note:

In addition to the regular tuition fee, a special fee is applicable for the Master of Education (Educational Technology) program. For information regarding special fees, please view the Minimum Expense form.


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Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000