The Teacher Education department offers a Master of Education (MEd) in Educational and Leadership Mentorship degree for students who have met all of the criteria for teacher certification in the province of British Columbia. This includes an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution and professional certification from a recognized teacher certification program.
UFV's MEd follows a cohort model that is designed for certified educators employed in K–12 classrooms, schools, and district-level positions. This program enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to engage in innovative and sustainable leadership and mentorship within their schools and districts.
The MEd consists of six courses for a total of 30 credits. Courses are designed for working professionals and are scheduled over a two-year period. Beginning in the Summer semester, courses are offered on a part-time basis (evenings, weekends, and through two summer institutes) at the Abbotsford campus. Cohort intake is every two years. In the final semester, students complete a capstone project in which they integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained in course and field work.
This program is intended to assist certified teachers in attaining a category upgrade with the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) of British Columbia. Upon successful completion, students will receive a Master of Education from UFV.
The Master of Education is offered every two years. To be considered for entrance, completed applications must be received by January 31 (see Note) of the year in which the program begins. Applications received later will be considered as space permits.
Note: Information on the next expected intake is available here.
Applicants will be ranked by academic performance and suitability (as identified through their statement of interest, résumé, and reference letters). 10% of the seats in the MEd are held for Indigenous applicants who meet the program's admission requirements.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. There will be additional costs for textbooks.
The Master of Education degree is a seven-semester, 30-credit, part-time cohort program.
The program is located at the Abbotsford campus.
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To maintain status as a MEd student and to continue in the program, students must maintain an overall minimum program grade point average (PGPA) of 3.00. Students will be reviewed at the end of each semester, and those below a PGPA of 3.00 will be withdrawn from the program.
Credit towards the degree will not be available for any course where the final grade is less than a B minus (B-).
There is no opportunity to repeat courses within the expected two-year completion. However, students have a maximum of five years to complete all degree requirements.
Readmission into the program is not permitted, except for extenuating personal circumstances to be approved by the Teacher Education department head.
It is generally expected that students in the UFV MEd, as members of a cohort, will complete all 30 credits at UFV. However, as UFV is part of the Western Deans Agreement, applicants may apply to the MEd Chair for transfer credits. If transfer credits are assessed as applicable, a recommendation will be made to the Dean/AVP in order to grant transfer credit of up to 25% for courses taken elsewhere. This credit agreement is based on the General Regulations of Graduate Studies, which requires that 75% of a graduate-level program be taken at UFV.
To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum grade of B- in each of the six courses.
Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV graduate degree must be approved by the the Senate. Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.
Students must complete the program requirements within seven consecutive semesters, except for extenuating personal circumstances to be approved by the Teacher Education department head.
Note: Students should also be familiar with the General Regulations for Graduate Studies.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.