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Integrated Studies in Education

Location

  • Department of Integrated Studies in Education
  • Education Building, Room 244
  • 3700 McTavish Street
  • Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2
  • Canada
  • Graduate Programs (Graduate Certificate, M.A., MATL, and Ph.D.):
  • Education Building, Room 244
  • Telephone: 514-398-1591 (Ph.D. / M.A.) / 514-398-7149 (MATL)
  • Fax: 514-398-4529

The administrative office is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

About Integrated Studies in Education

The Department offers graduate students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge related to specific areas of inquiry in the field of education through our M.A. degrees (thesis or non-thesis options), including our MATL leading to teacher certification, Ph.D. in Educational Studies, and graduate certificates.

The Department offers the following programs:

Three graduate certificates (15 credits):

  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership 1
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership 2
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Three M.A. Thesis and Non-Thesis degree programs (45 credits) in the following areas:

  • Education and Society
  • Educational Leadership
  • Second Language Education

The Department offers an M.A. in Teaching and Learning (MATL) (60 credits) in the following areas:

  • Social Sciences
  • English Language Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • English or French Second Language
    Note: The French Second Language program is not being offered in 2013-2014.

The Department also offers a Ph.D. in Educational Studies. The four research areas currently available are:

  • Curriculum and Literacy Studies
  • Cultural and International Studies in Education
  • Studies in Educational Leadership
  • Studies in Second Language Education

Master of Arts in Education and Society

The M.A. in Education and Society consists of a 45-credit thesis or non-thesis program. The two streams—Culture and Values in Education and Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum—reflect distinct but overlapping areas of educational inquiry. Study in Culture and Values in Education may focus on critical theory, philosophy, art and aesthetics, race/class/gender issues in education, or international and comparative education. The Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum stream emphasizes current perspectives on pedagogy and curriculum, teacher education, in-and-out-of-school learning, practitioner research, and classroom practice. Through both of these streams, the program brings to bear diverse applied theoretical perspectives, including philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, policy studies, gender studies, critical pedagogy, and multi-literacies. Graduates of the program go onto doctoral programs or work in education and non-profit settings. Many in-service teachers take this program for professional development.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Education and Society (Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.A. thesis option is a research-oriented degree in which approximately half of the program consists of thesis research (24 credits). The balance of the program is coursework.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Education and Society (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Education and Society (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.A. non-thesis option consists mostly of coursework, but includes a project worth 6 credits. This option is less research-oriented than the thesis option and suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Education and Society (Non-Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Education and Society (Non-Thesis) — Jewish Education (45 credits)
This program is designed to offer a graduate-level point of entry into the teaching profession for students who typically will have completed a B.A. with a minor or major in Jewish Studies. The M.A. will not provide (Quebec Government) Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) teacher certification (in Quebec, certification is at the B.Ed. level), but at the present time, Jewish schools may hire non-certified teachers of Jewish Studies at their discretion.

Students interested in doing a research-focused M.A. in the area of Jewish education should follow one of the other graduate degree offerings within the area of Education and Society.

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

The M.A. in Educational Leadership consists of a 45-credit thesis or non-thesis program. This program is designed to prepare leaders in the field of education, and in other centres of formal or informal learning, who are committed to personal and institutional improvement. The program fosters the ongoing development of reflective practitioners who have a sense of educational action, the capacity to anticipate needs, the ability to exercise professional judgment within the realities of policy frameworks, and the ability to both lead and support institutional and organizational change at all levels. A central theme of the program is the impact of policy on educational practice at local, national, and international levels.

Local and international students are practising and aspiring school principals and leaders from other organizations. Graduates fulfil Quebec Ministry requirements for school leadership and find positions as school leaders, as well as opportunities in other managerial settings.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Leadership (Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.A. thesis option is a research-oriented degree in which approximately half of the program consists of thesis research (24 credits). The balance of the program is coursework.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Education and Society (Non-Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Leadership (Non-Thesis) — Coursework (45 credits)
The M.A. non-thesis option, consisting entirely of coursework, is less research-oriented and suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Leadership (Non-Thesis) — Project (45 credits)
The M.A. non-thesis option – Project consists of both coursework and a project, which is worth 12 credits of the total program. It is less research-oriented than the thesis option and suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Leadership (Non-Thesis) — Project — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the project must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.

Master of Arts in Second Language Education

The M.A. in Second Language Education consists of a 45-credit thesis or non-thesis program. It provides an overview of the state of the art in second-language acquisition, assessment and evaluation, and research methods, including quantitative and qualitative approaches. The program covers a wide range of current topics in applied linguistics and offers opportunities to specialize in educational sociolinguistics, curricular/methods and program planning areas (for example, content-based second-language teaching or “immersion”), language testing, language policy and planning, and critical applied linguistics. Graduates may go on to doctoral work in applied linguistics. They may also seek employment at ministry, school board, or other sites of active research on second languages. Many graduates also continue active careers in school contexts as second-language teaching practitioners, program administrators, or evaluators.

From a range of pedagogical, linguistic, cognitive, political, and sociocultural perspectives, this program combines theoretical and applied studies of how second and foreign languages are learned and used.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Second Language Education (Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.A. thesis option is a research-oriented degree in which approximately half of the program consists of thesis research (24 credits). The balance of the program is coursework.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Second Language Education (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Second Language Education (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.A. non-thesis option, consisting entirely of coursework, is less research-oriented and suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.

Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL)

The M.A. in Teaching and Learning is a professional program leading to Quebec teacher certification for those already holding an undergraduate degree in a MELS-identified teachable subject area (Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Sciences, English, TESL, TFSL). This 60-credit degree program is comprised of 45 credits of coursework, coupled with 15 credits of internship. Throughout the MATL, emphasis will be on the attainment of the QEP professional competencies, and evidence of mastery of these will be demonstrated in order for students to successfully complete the program. Upon completion, students are recommended to the MELS for certification.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching and Learning — English or French Second Language (60 credits)
This 60-credit degree program is comprised of 45 credits of coursework, coupled with 15 credits of internship. Upon completion, students are recommended to the MELS for certification to teach English or French Second Language.
Note: The French Second Language program is not being offered in 2013-2014.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching and Learning — English Language Arts Option (60 credits)
This 60-credit degree program is comprised of 45 credits of coursework, coupled with 15 credits of internship. Upon completion, students are recommended to the MELS for certification to teach English Language Arts.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching and Learning — Mathematics Option (60 credits)
This 60-credit degree program is comprised of 45 credits of coursework, coupled with 15 credits of internship. Upon completion, students are recommended to the MELS for certification to teach Mathematics.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching and Learning — Social Sciences Option (60 credits)
This 60-credit degree program is comprised of 45 credits of coursework, coupled with 15 credits of internship. Upon completion, students are recommended to the MELS for certification to teach Social Sciences.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching and Learning — Science and Technology Option (60 credits)
This 60-credit degree program is comprised of 45 credits of coursework, coupled with 15 credits of internship. Upon completion, students are recommended to the MELS for certification to teach Science and Technology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

The Ph.D. in Educational Studies prepares graduates for careers in a variety of education-related fields. The Ph.D.’s core areas are curriculum and literacy, cultural and international studies in education, educational leadership, and second-language education. The program has been designed to ensure flexibility, and students experience both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific research opportunities. The program begins with a set of common courses and proceeds to specialization through advanced coursework and dissertation topics focused on areas of expertise that are supported by the research interests of current faculty members. Graduates find work as researchers, teachers, consultants, curriculum developers, and administrators in a wide range of settings, including universities, school boards, government agencies, and international NGOs.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Educational Studies
The Ph.D. in Educational Studies provides an integrative perspective on education by drawing on a range of related disciplines and research orientations. Students develop scholarly and innovative expertise in at least one of three contexts of inquiry and awareness of all three: a) the broad context of culture and society; b) the international, national, and local contexts of educational leadership and policy studies; and c) the more specific contexts of schools and other sites of teaching and learning. Students begin with a set of common core courses and proceed to specialization through advanced coursework and dissertation topics focused on areas of expertise that are supported by the research interests of current faculty members.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Educational Studies — Language Acquisition
Students must satisfy all program requirements for the Ph.D. in Educational Studies. The Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic relating to language acquisition, approved by the LAP committee.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Educational Studies — Gender and Women's Studies
The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership 1 (15 credits)
This 15-credit program addresses the needs of experienced and aspiring school leaders who are taking increased responsibility for the students and communities they serve. The management of schools is increasingly seen as making a major contribution to the learning and personal development of students. The professional development of school leaders, educational reform, and school partnership form the basis for the program. Course selection to be approved by Graduate Certificate Program Director.
Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership 2 (15 credits)

This 15-credit program explores more deeply leadership theory and educational issues and applications in a practicum. Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership 2 should normally have completed the first certificate. In combination, the two certificates allow school administrators to acquire the 30 graduate credits in the field of educational leadership required by the MELS. Course selection to be approved by Graduate Certificate Program Director.

No course taken in Certificate 1 can be repeated in Certificate 2.

Graduate Certificate; Teaching English as a Second Language (15 credits)
This 15-credit program is designed as professional development for in-service teachers and candidates with a background in education, language studies, linguistics, or a related field, or as preparation for application to our M.A. in Second Language Education. The five courses that comprise the certificate provide a solid background and offer in-depth study in the field of second-language education from a range of perspectives and with a focus on research and applications to teaching. Please note that this certificate does not lead to teacher certification. The Graduate Certificate in TESL is designed to be available to students worldwide. Courses are offered in a combination of online and face-to-face formats, and are sequenced in such a way that students can complete the certificate in one year. The maximum time for completion is three years. The first three courses are offered online, and can be undertaken anywhere an Internet connection is available. The final two courses are offered face-to-face in the Summer semester either on-site at McGill or at off-site locations with collaborative partners, if numbers warrant.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 18, 2013).

Integrated Studies in Education Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Graduate Certificates, M.A., and Ph.D. Programs

  1. Applicants to the Certificate and M.A. programs must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized university. A minimum standing equivalent to a CGPA of 3.0/4.0, or 3.2/4.0 for the last two full-time academic years, is required. A concentration of courses related to the area chosen for graduate work is usually required. (See #5 below.)

    Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold an M.A. in Education or a recognized equivalent degree from a recognized university. The applicant's record should indicate high academic standing (a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0) and evidence of research competence in the proposed area of doctoral research.

  2. Applicants to the Certificate and M.A. programs must submit:
    • A current curriculum vitae
    • A letter of intent specifying academic and professional experience and interests (specifically, research interests for the Thesis option or project interests for the Non-Thesis Project option)

    Applicants to the Ph.D. in Educational Studies program must submit:

    • A current curriculum vitae
    • A letter of intent identifying the applicant's proposed research topic, potential supervisor, and expected professional direction. Please note that it is the Ph.D. applicant's responsibility to secure a supervisor as part of the admission process.
    • A four- to five-page summary of the proposed research topic identifying the applicant's main research questions, the research trends that have led to the questions, ways in which the research could be conducted, and relevant references
  3. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a university-level instructor; the other may be from an administrator in an educationally relevant context.
  4. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must meet one of the following English proficiency criteria:
    • IELTS with a minimum overall band of 7.0; or
    • TOEFL:
      • iBT (Internet-based test) – total score of 92 with a minimum score of 22 each for the Writing and Speaking sections and a minimum of 20 each for the Reading and Listening sections
      • PBT (paper-based test) – 580

    The Department reserves the right to evaluate the applicant's language proficiency before initial registration.

  5. Further requirements applicable to specific options:

    Graduate Certificates in Educational Leadership 1 and 2 – Normally, applicants are required to have at least two years of relevant educational experience (in leadership roles or related professional experience).

    Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language – Applicants are required to pass a written and oral English language proficiency test set by the Department.

    Master of Arts in Second Language Education – Normally, applicants are required to have a minimum of 36 credits including a combination of relevant courses in education and language studies.

    Normally, applicants are required to have at least two years of relevant professional experience in education.

    Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – Normally, applicants are required to have at least two years of relevant educational experience (teaching or related professional experience).

    Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL) (Non-Thesis) – Please see the Departmental website for additional admission requirements: www.mcgill.ca/dise/progs/matl. Applicants to the MATL TESL option are required to pass a written and oral English language proficiency test set by the Department.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Proposal (for Ph.D. applicants)
  • Ph.D. applicants must secure a Thesis Supervisor as part of the application process.

Application Deadlines

Integrated Studies in Education
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A
Integrated Studies in Education (MATL)
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: N/A Fall: N/A Fall: N/A
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: Dec. 15 Summer: Dec. 15 Summer: N/A
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 18, 2013).

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