Master's of Arts

The MA degree involves course work, research and the writing of a thesis. It is for students who plan to continue on to PhD work or who seek careers involving research and teaching in government or post-secondary institutions. Students who enjoy conducting research, writing, presenting and publishing academic papers frequently select this degree. 

The thesis requires students to apply knowledge and skills acquired during your program to design and conduct a primary research study. To complete in a timely manner students are advised to (a) secure a supervisor and committee by April of year one, (b) complete a literature review on their topic in year one of the program and (c) complete the thesis proposal early in the fall semester year two.

Students are encouraged to review and consider faculty area of research & supervision and are welcome to contact potential supervisors in advance of application to discuss their interests. The faculty members in the Special Education are: Dr. Gina Harrison, Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond and Dr. Jillian Roberts.

Important MA features

  • Progress through program together with your peers and community of learners
  • Two years full time (or three years full time with co-op option)
  • Individualized work with a faculty supervisor on your research thesis
  • Students with undergraduate psychology degrees are generally well prepared for this degree
  • 21 unit program consisting of 10 courses (1.5 units each) plus a thesis (6.0 units)

MA course requirements

Course number and units Course name
1.5 units of Development: ED-D 505 or ED-D 506 A/B/C Advanced Concepts in Human Development;Cognitive Development; Social and Emotional Development; Adolescent Development

1.5 units of Learning: ED-D 508 or ED-D 509

Theories of Learning in Educational or Psychology Psychology of Learning and Instruction
ED-D 515 (1.5) Advanced Assessment in Special Education
ED-D 516 (1.5) Advanced Intervention in Special Education 
ED-D 568 (1.5) Inclusive Education in the 21st Century
ED-D 569 (1.5) Developmental Psychopathology and Disorders
ED-D 571 (1.5) Advanced Assistive Technology in the Inclusive Classroom
ED-D 560  (1.5) Statistical Methods in Education
ED-D 561A  (1.5) Methods in Educational Research 
Electives (1.5) Courses to be chosen in consultation with student's supervisor
ED-D 599 (6.0) Thesis

Program courses and requirements are subject to change. Check the Academic Calendar for up-to-date information and course descriptions.

Transfer from MA to MEd programs: In consultation with your supervisor, you may transfer to the MED program. 

Master's of Education

The MEd degree is primarily a course based applied degree that culminates in a time-limited capstone research review project demonstrating your ability to read, evaluate, communicate and apply psychological research. It is especially useful if you're seeking advancement in applied educational settings, community organizations, or government education ministries. Projects and papers emphasize the translation of theory and research to practice. The MEd program is also useful if you are interested in the development and evaluation of educational programs and services.

Important MEd features

  • Progress through program together with your peers and community of learners
  • Two years full time (or three years full time with co-op option)
  • Culminates in a time-limited capstone research review project and comprehensive exam
  • Focus is on developing skills for reading and interpreting both quantitative and qualitative research
  • Not suited for students wanting to continue onto a doctoral program 
  • 10 courses (1.5 units each) plus a project (3.0 units) and final comprehensive exam (1.5 units) for a total of 19.5 units

MEd course requirements

The MEd is 10 courses (1.5 units each) plus a project (3.0 units) and final comprehensive exam (1.5 units) for a total of 19.5 units.

Course number and units Course name
1.5 units of Development: ED-D 505 or ED-D 506 A/B/C Advanced Concepts in Human Development;Cognitive Development; Social and Emotional Development; Adolescent Development

1.5 units of Learning: ED-D 508 or ED-D 509

Theories of Learning in Educational or Psychology Psychology of Learning and Instruction
ED-D 515 (1.5) Advanced Assessment in Special Education
ED-D 516 (1.5) Advanced Intervention in Special Education 
ED-D 568 (1.5) Inclusive Education in the 21st Century
ED-D 569 (1.5) Developmental Psychopathology and Disorders
ED-D 571 (1.5) Advanced Assistive Technology in the Inclusive Classroom
ED-D 560  (1.5) Statistical Methods in Education
ED-D 561A  (1.5) Methods in Educational Research 
Electives (1.5) Courses to be chosen in consultation with student's supervisor
ED-D 597 (1.5) Comprehensive Exam
ED-D 598 (3.0) Project

Program courses and requirements are subject to change. Check the Academic Calendar for up-to-date information and course descriptions.

Transfer from MEd to MA program: Transfers are not automatic. You can submit an application for a transfer to the MA program (due February 1st). 

Program Plan

Special Education 2022 (MED and MA)