School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Education: Professional, Online (Diploma & Master's)

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"I have had a wonderful experience with the online PME program at Queen's University. As a teacher working in the field, the courses in this program complimented my practice in the classroom and added value to my teaching knowledge. The online platform for each course was easy to follow and the support the faculty provided made the experience very rewarding. Because of the flexibility the online PME program provides, I am able to pursue my Master' while working full-time as a teacher. I am looking forward to completing my PME at Queen's University!"

~Mona Taslimi, PME student

Program Contact

Graduate Studies & Research
Jesse Sibanda
Programs and Admissions Assistant
Faculty of Education
Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106
511 Union Street, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6206


Program Overview

Our fully online, part-time graduate programs are designed for educators and other professionals who want to take their careers to the next level by exploring educational theory in relation to their practice. Students join a vibrant online learning community with interactive courses guided and supported by faculty and staff.

Both the GDE and PME programs provide students with the unique opportunity to focus their graduate learning in a chosen concentration of study and apply that learning to solve problems of practice and effect change in their professional context. 

Concentrations include Assessment & Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Educational Administration, Global Education, Indigenous Education, or Literacy Education. The PME program also includes a self-directed Capstone project that allows students to explore current and personally relevant educational issues and challenges.

Courses are approximately 36 hours online and 70-100 hours independently. Courses run 10 weeks in Fall and Winter and 7 weeks in Spring and Summer.

There are three options for completion:

1. enroll directly into the GDE program and then decide whether to apply to the PME program (earn 2 credentials)

2. enroll directly into the PME program (earn 1 credential)

3. begin with a post-graduate certificate through Continuing Teacher Education, then decide whether to apply to the GDE and PME programs as part of the SAGE program (earn 3 credentials)


Career Paths – Employment Opportunities

While our online graduate programs attract many teachers and education administrators, they also draw professionals from other sectors. Professionals who have education and leadership responsibilities and wish to improve their professional practice come to the program from sectors such as health sciences, engineering, business, social services, and the military.  

1. Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized university
  • Graduation with a B- graduating average or higher (70% graduating average or a ranking in the top third of the graduating class where number grades are not available)
  • Under exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to highly motivated individuals with relevant field experience who do not meet the B- requirement
  • Applicants whose native languages do not include English must obtain a minimum English language requirement of 580 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 237 Computer-based; 88 on the TOEFL iBT test or IELTS Band 7 or higher.
2. Application & Tuition Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $110.00 payable to the School of Graduate Studies. Please refer to the Office of the University Registrar website for the most up-to-date fee schedule.

3. Application Deadline & Start Dates
  • September start  - Application deadline:  April 1
  • January start -  Application deadline:  August 1
  • July start -  Application deadline:  February 1 

These deadlines are firm and include the submission of all supporting documentation (transcripts and references).

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website