Overview & Admissions
M.Ed. concentrations in Educational Psychology
The Inclusive Education concentration has its roots in Developmental Science, Philosophy, and Human Rights. This concentration prepares students to work with diverse individuals in a variety of settings that emphasize inclusive practice. As most professional and educational contexts are becoming more diverse, this program is designed to have wide appeal and is relevant to current teachers, consultants, other professionals working in the education system, and to those wishing to understand human development and potential in all inclusive contexts. This concentration includes a defined course progression that emphasizes the philosophies and pedagogical practices associated with positive outcomes for diverse learners, as well as opportunities for research and practice in the field.
General Educational Psychology
The General Educational Psychology concentration permits students with specific experiences and career paths to tailor the program to their particular situations. In addition to small number the core required courses that are to be taken at the beginning of the program, students may select courses from other Concentrations within the MEd including Inclusive Education, Learning Sciences, or other Departmental courses. To ensure that course choices are possible in a reasonable sequence, course prerequisites are met, and a cohesive program sequence is created, students in this Concentration are required to meet with the Program Coordinator or Program Director before registering.
The Learning Sciences concentration has its roots in cognitive science and instructional psychology, and focuses on the study of learning as it occurs in real-world situations, and in the ways in which learning may be facilitated in designed environments. This concentration includes a clear course progression, with some opportunity for complementary and elective courses, that emphasizes an understanding of learning from a scientific standpoint as well as how to apply pedagogical principles to the construction of effective learning communities and contexts, both with the larger aim of promoting success for learners in a variety of realms.
M.Ed. concentrations in Educational Psychology: Project
Inclusive Education: Project
The Inclusive Education: Project concentration is to educate students on the major theories and practices of inclusive education. The program’s focus is on diversity in development behavior and attainment, and eco-systemic and cultural models of teaching, learning, and assessment. Similar approaches are taken to understand disability. Graduates will be able to implement effective teaching programs for students across all spectrums of development. Students will develop a strong foundation in the core content and theories of development, disability, inclusion, and methods. The role of schools and communities is also examined. Students will be trained in application and practice through behaviour, literacy assessment and intervention, differentiated teaching planning objectives, and the completion of a Research Project.
General Educational Psychology: Project
The General Educational Psychology: Project concentration provides students the flexibility to design a program that satisfies their professional and academic needs. The program provides a foundation in core areas of educational psychology (inclusive education, learning sciences) through courses on learning theories, motivation, human development and diverse classroom populations, complemented by research skill development. The role of schools and communities is also examined. Graduates will have the skills to understand and contribute to the growth and enhancement of knowledge and practice in educational psychology and develop tools for implementing new teaching models in the classroom. The program also provides opportunities to study one area in greater depth or to add diverse course experiences, and complete a Research Project.
Click each heading to view admissions requirements:
Academic background & CGPA
Applicants to the MEd program in Educational Psychology must have an undergraduate degree in Education, Psychology, or another field relevant to the proposed studies in Educational Psychology. It is recommended that some prior study of a relevant branch of Psychology form part of the undergraduate training.
CGPA: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in undergraduate studies is expected. Please be aware that a CGPA of 3.0 is a minimum requirement only and does not guarantee acceptance.
If you are an international applicant and wish to find out whether you qualify under McGill University's CGPA Guidelines for Graduate Admissions, visit International CGPA Equivalency.
Proficiency in English
Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not obtained (or are about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized institution in Canada or the US (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of proficiency in oral and written English.
Appropriate exam results must be submitted prior to the application deadline and submitted directly from the language testing proficiency office to McGill. For more information on test requirements, submission of scores, and possible exemptions, visit the McGill Future Graduate Students English Language Proficiency page.
In each case, you must ensure that the official test results are sent directly to McGill (McGill Institution Code: 0935) by the testing service. Applications will not be considered if test results are not available. Note: TOEFL results are only valid for two years from the date the test was written.
Applicants whose mother tongue is not English may be asked to demonstrate an English-language proficiency beyond the submission of the language proficiency test scores.
Please read the program’s admission requirements fully.
Please note that the Department no longer accepts deferrals, except under extraordinary circumstances.
Deadline for online Application for Admission form and uploaded supporting documents: January 15 annually (Fall admission). Click below for the application process and required supporting information.
uApply Online Application
STEP 1. Completed online Application for Admission
- Complete an online McGill uApply Application for Admission. Applicants should review the abovementioned program eligibility requirements prior to starting their online application. Applicants should review the GPS step-by-step Applying and Admissions Help Site before starting their application. Note: in order to finalize and submit your uApply application, a non-refundable application fee is required.
- Built into the uApply online application are numerous questions requiring personal information specific to every applicant. Program specific requirements within the application are as follows:
- Letters of Reference: Within the online application, applicants must provide valid institutional e-mail addresses for three (3) references. McGill University will send an email to each referee applicants identify on the application form, asking for a reference in support of their application to be admitted. Referees will be invited to login to a secure portion of the McGill website where they will be required to answer questions about the applicant and will be given the ability to 1) input (via text box) a reference letter either by typing it in directly or by cut-and-paste from an existing document or 2) to upload a letter of reference in PDF format.
- PROJECT CONCENTRATIONS ONLY: Statement of Research Interest and Preferred Supervisor(s): Within the online application, applicants to the Project Concentrations are required to concisely outline their proposed area(s) of research interest should they be admitted to this program (1100 character or approximately 250 word maximum). Applicants will also be required to list the name(s) of one (1) or more ECP Counselling program faculty member(s), in order of preference, who they would like to supervise their area of research interest(s). Applicants should ensure their preferred supervisor has listed expertise in their chosen area of research interest. Consult the following website to review the list of ECP Faculty members and their program areas of expertise: M.Ed. Concentrations in Educational Psychology faculty members.
STEP 2. Provide references & upload supporting documents
- Within uApply, applicants must upload (in PDF format) the following supporting documentation by the January 15 application deadline. (More details on the uploading process can be viewed on the uApply Help Site).
- Transcripts: An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through uApply - including any McGill transcripts. (Quebec residents: CEGEP transcripts are not required). All transcripts received via the upload process are considered unofficial. If you are offered admission, you will also need to provide official transcripts (sent to us by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution). Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. Please do not send these official records until we request them from you.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV): A completed curriculum vitae using the ECP Curriculum Vitae Form [.doc] must be uploaded through uApply.
- Personal Statement: A statement NO LONGER than 500 words must be uploaded through uApply. Please write the words 'PERSONAL STATEMENT' as well as your first and last name at the top of the page of your pdf document. The personal statement should briefly describe your previous experience (research, educational, extracurricular, work), career goals and any special circumstances that should be taken into consideration for your application. Please note that admissions committee members will read only the first 500 words of any uploaded personal statement.
- International applicants: Submission of English language proficiency, if applicable, as described in Overview & Admissions section above.
Review Process, Notification & Confirmation of Acceptance
- By April 1st of each year, candidates offered potential positions in the program will receive by email a "Recommendation of Acceptance" sent to the email address they provided in uApply. This letter serves to inform the candidate that the Admissions Review Committee has agreed to recommend them into the program and that their application is being transmitted to McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for final review and acceptance. In most cases, this review takes approximately 7-10 days.
- After review by GPS, successful candidates will be contacted by GPS with an official "Offer of Admission".
- Candidates are then required to respond to their offer of admission on-line using your uApply account.
Tuition & fees
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Information about application fees can be found on the Students Accounts website.
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