Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between MA over a MEd? Is one better than the other?

The only difference between the two degrees is the thesis requirement (MA) vs. the project and comprehensive exam (MEd). The MA culminates in a thesis; whereas, the MEd is course-based.

Students who wish to conduct research should take the MA. You will work closely with a faculty supervisor whose interests are aligned with your own, and you will be mentored throughout the research process. Many students who choose the MA route are also interested in pursuing a PhD after completing the MA. 

Students who choose the MEd route wish to have the advanced graduate training without the requirement to complete a research project. The vast majority of students don’t wish to pursue further graduate work after the MEd.

There is no great advantage of having one degree over the other. The route you choose to take will be dependent on your academic and professional goals.

I’m interested in being registered as a psychologist. Does the Master’s in Educational Psychology lead to registration or licensure to work as a psychologist?

None of the current area program specializations (e.g., Learning and Development, Special Education, and Measurement….) are designed to lead to professional practice as a psychologist.

Is this a school psychology program?

We also do not currently offer a program in school psychology, although we hope to offer such a program in the near future. If you are interested in becoming a psychologist, please see the College of Psychologists of B.C. website for registration requirements, including coursework, practica, and internship requirements of professional psychology programs.

What type of careers options can I have when I complete a Master’s in Educational Psychology

Our graduates go onto positions of leadership and policy development within schools, government, healthcare, and within community-based agencies. Our graduates obtain learning assistance and special education positions in schools as well as in clinical settings. The high calibre of training and professional development that students achieve throughout our programs make them highly competitive for such specialized positions.

Can I complete this degree while having a full-time job?

Yes, we offer many of our classes in the late afternoon to accommodate professional work schedules. A large proportion of our students are currently employed full-time.