Bachelor of Education graduates have the opportunity to use their Specialty courses to gain advanced standing in our Master of Professional Education (MPEd). The MPEd is a professionally-focused, course-based Master’s degree delivered completely online, allowing students to work full-time while completing the program.
Western Education’s Master of Professional Education (MPEd) is a professionally-focused, course-based Master’s degree designed to address problems of practice in teaching and related industries. We offer many different fields of study within the MPEd, and most are delivered online over a two-year period of study. Courses are delivered sequentially, enabling students to work full-time while completing the program.
MPEd courses are delivered online using OWL. The exact format will depend on the instructor and the time zones of the students, but courses typically include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. For example, the instructor may provide weekly electronic readings, a monthly class meeting (with students joining via webcam), weekly discussion boards, student-led forum discussions and periodic student presentations via webcam.
Students in our MPEd programs come from a wide array of backgrounds. Many are professional teachers, though they also come from other industries such as higher education, policy, government, nursing, policing and business. Their professional experience ranges from one year to three decades.
We group our students into cohorts of 20-25 people who progress through the program together. This allows for strong relationships and networks to develop, and gives students the opportunity to really get to know each other.
Absolutely! Our MPEd is an online degree structured to enable (and encourage) students to work while completing the program. Courses are sequential, meaning students complete one course at a time.
Graduate school is an excellent opportunity to explore a topic that interests you more thoroughly. A Master’s Degree carries a lot of weight in the teaching job market and those who have a Master’s Degree are regarded as experts in their field. In addition, a Master’s Degree is the basic requirement for teaching at the college or university level.
Obtaining an MPEd can also help make you a better teacher, as the degree has a strong emphasis on pedagogy, teaching methods, philosophy of education and educational technology. This skill set will enrich your teaching career and demonstrate your readiness for leadership positions.
As well, obtaining a graduate degree has been shown to provide many personal and professional benefits. The Council of Ontario Universities’ 2015 report on Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey reveals that Master's and Doctoral graduates have:
Laddering is the opportunity to apply specific Western University Bachelor of Education Specialization courses towards advanced standing in our MPEd. Bachelor of Education graduates who ladder into an MPEd will be able to complete the MPEd in 14-16 months, instead of the regular 24-month period of study.
Students in the MPEd take one course at a time, enabling them to continue working full-time while pursuing their degree. While the MPEd is typically 6 terms in length, BEd students who ladder into the program are able to complete the MPEd in only 4 terms:
MPEd laddering opportunities are based on the specialty area or teaching subjects you complete in Western's Bachelor of Education. Currently, the following partnerships exist:
|BEd Specialty Area||MPEd Field of Study||Start Date|
|Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion and Mental Health||Teaching Students with Exceptionalities||Summer - June|
|Early Childhood Education||Early Childhood Education||Intersession - May|
|French-Elementary / French-Secondary||Curriculum and Pedagogy||Intersession - May|
|International Education||International Education||Intersession - May|
|Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education||Curriculum and Pedagogy||Intersession - May|
|Urban Education||Equity, Diversity and Social Justice||Intersession - May|
|BEd Teaching Subjects||MPEd Field of Study||Start Date|
|I/S English||Literacy Education||Intersession - May|
|I/S Mathematics||Mathematics Education||Summer - June|
Note that these partnerships are subject to change
The MPEd degree is a full-time program. Tuition fees are $3654 per term (domestic fee, for 2016-2017) and there are three terms per year - September (Fall), January (Winter) and May (Intersession/Summer). BEd graduates who ladder into the MPEd will receive advanced standing for two terms and pay four terms of tuition instead of six.
Note: tuition is assessed by status (full-time) not by course. Fees are set annually by the Board of Governors and are published on the Office of the Registrar's website.
Possibly. There are several routes to reach A4 pay status, and the completion of an eight-credit Master’s Degree is one possible route. The recognition of advanced standing (or laddering credits) will depend on each union’s assessment. We recommend all students review the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) membership requirements.
Western Education's MPEd degree is an eight-credit degree, however, if you ladder into the degree from Western's BEd you need only complete five-credits to obtain the degree.
If you decide that you wish to take additional elective courses to have a complete eight-credit Master's Degree, we suggest that you take the additional courses over the Fall and Winter terms. You have the option of completing the additional courses through the Faculty of Education graduate programs or through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student program which is a consortium of Ontario universities that allow students to take courses through their institution without being charged additional tuition. Further information regarding these options will be shared with you during the summer time before such decisions need to be made.
BEd students can apply to ladder into an MPEd during the second year of their BEd. Applications are typically due in December of year two. More information will be sent to BEd students during the winter of year 1 and the fall of year 2.
The Admissions Committee will consider a student's undergraduate average, a letter of intent, three references and a resume. These are not weighted and are considered in no particular order.
Prospective Bachelor of Education students - contact Katie Mentone, Recruitment Coordinator at email@example.com or 519-661-2111 ext. 80518
Current Bachelor of Education students - contact Melanie Molnar, MPEd Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-661-2111 ext. 80553