Why Education @ Memorial?

The Faculty of Education at Memorial University is responsible for the professional preparation of those who will give leadership in education. This 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, as well as 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 with specialization in health professional education is intended for educators and educational leaders of formal and informal post-secondary health professional education programs. Created in collaboration with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education, the program is designed to enhance health professionals' abilities as educators and leaders in educational program design, development, evaluation, and administration.

  • 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.

  • The graduate diploma in Reading Development and Instruction is a four course online graduate diploma with a strong focus on reading development and instruction. The diploma is intended as a program of study for students who want to further develop their professional learning and deepen their understanding of reading development to better support classroom-wide instruction, including the instruction of children who experience reading difficulty.


  • The Master of Education in Educational Leadership Studies is designed to prepare candidates for leadership in Education. It prepares candidates to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings, including school and district leadership, post-secondary institutions and policy analysis.

  • The Master of Education 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 Master of Education in Counselling Psychology is designed 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.

    *We are not currently considering applications for this program. We would encourage you to consider our other Master of Education programs at this time. For more information or advice, please feel free to contact our office.

  • The Master of Education 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, health professional education, and student services/development).

  • The Master of Education 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.

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 connect with 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 application to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.

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.

Potential career options and outcomes

Student affairs/services positions (advisor, manager, director positions in Admissions, Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Student Recruitment, Health and Wellness, Residence Life); vocational, college, and university lecturers/instructors; educational developers; instructional/educational technologies designers; administrative positions at vocational, college and university institutions.

Graduate student and alumni profiles

Our graduate students come from all parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and the world. View the student profile below to learn more about what they do and why they chose Memorial.

 Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Fees are approved by the University’s Board of Regents. In the event of a discrepancy between the fees approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fees approved by the Board will prevail. Financial policies are enforced through the Department of Financial and Administrative Services. For the complete and official list of all fees and charges, visit

Program Information
Degrees Offered:

Graduate diploma, MEd, PhD


course, thesis, internship, paper folio, project


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


St. John's, online

Application Deadline:

November 20 (graduate diploma in Reading Development and Instruction) for Winter admission

February 1 (PhD) for Fall admission (every second year; next intake in Fall 2022) 

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

*Please note, applications for MEd in Counselling Psychology are not being considered at this time, until further notice.

September 15 (graduate diploma and MEd) for Winter admission 


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

More funding information

Tuition (NL students):

Graduate diploma: $420/semester (the Graduate Diploma in Reading Development and Instruction has an additional special fee of $3,500)

MEd: $635-$953/semester (the MEd in EducationalTechnology has an additional special fee of $2,550)

PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

Graduate diploma: $546/semester (the Graduate Diploma in Reading Development and Instruction has an additional special fee of $3,500)

MEd: $826-$1,239/semester (the MEd in EducationalTechnology has an additional special fee of $2,550)

PhD: $1,154/semester

Tuition (International students):

Graduate diploma: $710/semester (the Graduate Diploma in Reading Development and Instruction has an additional special fee of $3,500)

MEd: $1,074-$1,611/semester (the MEd in EducationalTechnology has an additional special fee of $2,550)

PhD: $1,499/semester

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 and the Graduate Diploma in Reading Development and Instruction. For information regarding special fees, please view the Minimum Expense form.

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Tel: (709) 864-8000