Acadia's School of Education, with support from Open Acadia and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, offers admission to part-time MEd programs for cohort groups of professional educators living in specific geographic areas or working in specialized areas. A graduate program of courses is scheduled for each cohort, typically over a two-year period, and then cohort members proceed through the designated program together as a group. If you would like further information on forming a cohort, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at the School of Education, or John Christopher, Manager of Programs at Open Acadia.
The School of Education, in collaboration with Open Acadia, offers intensive three-week Summer Institutes in July at Acadia each year designed to meet the professional development needs of educators. Courses are scheduled over 12-15 days of intensive study, with morning and afternoon slots that allow many students to take two courses simultaneously.
The Summer Institute also includes a Summer Conference Day featuring keynote speakers and workshops.
In addition to on-campus and cohort options, a number of MEd courses are available in a flexible online format. Some of these courses are open-entry courses that allow students to register and begin their course at any time of the year, while other online courses have more specific milestones and timings established by the Instructor. Online open-entry (register anytime) courses currently available include:
You can also apply for admission as an Independent Student; independent students can take up to four courses before applying for admission into a Master of Education degree program. To apply to take Graduate courses as an Independent student you need to complete the Registration/Admission form on our website. You are also required to submit official transcripts from all educational institutes you have attended as well as a current resume. If you are applying on a letter of permission from another institute we will need a copy of this as well.
It is the graduate student’s responsibility to track their own progress through their degree program using the University Academic Calendar and their program planner, paying careful attention to degree requirements, regulations, and important dates. Full-time students are reminded to check the course listing tab on the Open Acadia website to confirm course start and end dates. Part-time students are advised to get their core courses first, to the extent possible. Core courses are not offered as often as electives and students can end up at the end of their program waiting an entire semester for the core course to come up in rotation, whereas electives are relatively easy to access near the end of their program.
It is also a strict expectation of all graduate programmes is that students will be available to attend all classes. While excusable illness or family emergencies sometimes unexpectedly arise, students who know in advance that they are not available to attend pre-arranged classes should consider themselves ineligible to enroll in the relevant course.