Queen's University

School of

Graduate Studies

School of

Graduate Studies

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Education Collage



"My graduate learning experience was about understanding and engaging in the research process. The community of support is evident at all levels at the Faculty of Education. It begins and ends with the faculty and staff in Graduate Studies and Research from the first days of registration through to the final submission of my thesis. The guidance and research support from the faculty, and particularly that of my mentor and supervisor Dr. Lesly Wade-Woolley, have led to opportunities to engage in educational research inquiry and apply the theories and methods learned in our coursework to the educational context. The opportunity to disseminate research at international conferences along with the discussions with faculty members and students who have graduated from the program year after year are a few highlights of my experience in the graduate program.”

Jessica S. Chan, M.Ed. 2014, Ph.D. Student (Cognitive Studies)

Program Contact

Graduate Assistant
Graduate Studies & Research
Faculty of Education
Duncan McArthur Hall; Room A106
511 Union Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.6206
E-mail:M.Ed (AWIES);pmeda@queensu.ca
Website: http://educ.queensu.ca/study


Program Overview

The Faculty of Education at Queen’s University offers masters and doctoral programs. They are open to students from various backgrounds including education, medicine, government, and the corporate sector. Because our community values growth and personal development, you will have many opportunities to research meaningful topics and present findings to an audience of your peers.


By keeping our class sizes small, we guarantee you access to the kind of individual attention and one-on-one mentoring that will help you develop both personally and professionally. Our annual Graduate Student Symposium – organized by students for students – attracts student presenters from across Canada, with publication opportunities for all presenters.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Instructors for various colleges
  • Assistant Professors at various universities
  • Vice-Principals and Principals
  • Researchers with various organizations
  • Senior administrative positions, eg. Equity Officer, Professional Practice Leader, Manager of Continuing Education programs, Director of Health Science Education, Supervisory Officer
  • Consultant positions
  • Pursue doctoral studies or postdoctoral fellowships
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M. Ed.: 18-24 months, full time (part time also available)

M.Ed. in Aboriginal & World Indigenous Educational Studies (AWIES ): part time only, online except for the first summer which is face to face.

Ph.D.: 4 years, full time

Graduate Diploma: online

Professional Masters of Education (PMEd): online

Method of Completion

M.Ed.: Pattern 1: Six half-courses, thesis + defence

M.Ed.: Pattern 2: Eight half-courses + project

Ph.D.: Two years course work, comprehensive examination, thesis + defence

​Graduate Diploma: Five online courses

PMEd: Five graduate diploma courses and five professional masters courses (3 courses in a concentration, a course in organizational leadership and an elective)

Fields of Study and Supervisors

Contacting a potential supervisor in advance is optional for Master’s students and required for Ph.D. students. The following fields are available at the doctoral level.

Curriculum Theorizing – Curriculum theorizing is an inquiry into the social, contextual, and historical facets of teaching and learning. This field extends beyond teaching disciplines and formalized curriculum mandates to explore the conditions that influence the practices of teaching and emergence of learning. Curriculum theorizing scholars are engaged in curriculum research across a variety of teaching and learning contexts, both school based and non-school-based, and across the life span.

Educational Studies – This field affords doctoral students the opportunity to work with faculty who are experts in subject disciplines (e.g. Mathematics, History or English education) or  educational Foundations (e.g. Educational Philosophy, Social Contexts).

Literacy and Cognition – This field concerns educational psychology. Current research foci of the researchers involved include learning and development, motivation, social cognition, individual differences in ability, health-related issues, and cognitive processes in learning.

Literacy Education – This field addresses learners’ reading and writing, both in first and subsequent languages. It has components in education psychology, curriculum, and language assessment. Research foci include cognitive processes in reading, reading development, and writing.

Measurement, Assessment, Policy, Leadership and Evaluation (MA PLE) – There is a critical need for educational policy and decision making to be evidence informed. MAPLE represents faculty members who focus on applied inquiry and research related to student, professional and organizational learning and capacity building. More specifically, we are concerned with the measurement of educational outcomes; student growth, assessment and achievement; policy studies and policy making; leadership and governance, knowledge translation and mobilization; collaborative inquiry; and program evaluation for development, improvement, accountability and decision making. Our work explores the meaning of individual, group, classroom, school and system level data as these are interpreted within political, organizational and cultural contexts in Canada and internationally.

Special Education – This field concerns the application of psychological principles to the education of learners with exceptional needs in inclusive settings. Current research foci of the researchers involved include learning disabilities/dyslexia, mathematical disabilities/dyscalculia, and creating appropriate contexts for learners with special education needs.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Ed.: Up to $6,000 per year made up of provincial or national fellowships, research or teaching assistantships, or awards and bursaries.

Ph.D.: Minimum $18,000. The average funding level over the last four years has been $23,000 per year.

We strongly urge all students to apply for external funding from SSHRC, OGS, CGS and other sources. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites


  • Professional experience, a B.Ed. degree or its equivalent, and a minimum of a B- average in a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or
  • Two years professional or industrial experience, and a minimum of a B average in a Bachelor’s Honours degree or its equivalent, or
  • B.Ed. degree, and a minimum of a mid-B average in a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

M.Ed. (AWIES ):

  • In addition to the above, applicants must demonstrate professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or related field. Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree and a B.Ed. degree or a Honours degree, may be considered for admission if they have a minimum of a mid B average in a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and can demonstrate significant professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or related field.


  • Master’s degree in Education or a related discipline with first-class standing from a recognized university
  • Professional experience in education or a related field is an asset

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum score of 92.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadlines M.Ed. and Ph.D. (on campus program): January 15th

Application Deadline M.Ed. (AWIES): March 1st. AWIES is a blended program, the first summer (July) is on-campus and the balance of the program is offered online.

Notification of Admission: Early March (M.Ed. – AWIES late April/early May)

Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones