Future MEd Students

The Master of Education program is known for its range of methods for accommodating individuals from all across the globe. Below are the different delivery methods and program options for individuals considering taking a Master of Education through St. FX.

Delivery Methods

Face-to-face Learning

In the MEd program, some classes are held in locations in Antigonish and across the province. Face-to-face learning affords students the opportunity to learn with others in a physical classroom space. These classes are interactive and may involve group projects and manipulatives.

Online Learning

Taking courses online provides a flexible and convenient opportunity for you as a student. In the MEd program, you will have opportunities to take courses via online, multimodal, or blended classroom formats. Our online platforms include Moodle (asynchronous or any-time, anywhere) and/or Collaborate (synchronous or real-time). Moodle is a learning management system, which provides students with the flexibility of choosing the time of day or night they wish to participate in their course. Moodle is often used for discussions and document sharing throughout the term. Collaborate is real-time, meaning you and your peers are present at the same time. Through Collaborate, you will be able to listen and speak with others and through interactive tools, see and share activities. To ensure that you are prepared to be an online learner and to help you prepare for a positive and successful online experience, here are a few tips and suggestions:

  • You must have access to a computer and the Internet on a regular basis.
  • You should check your course daily to participate in discussions and to get course materials and updates. Also, keep your StFX email inbox active, as it is the professor’s method of communicating with you.
  • Moodle and Collaborate tutorials are available. Participate in a tutorial before the course begins to ensure that you are prepared for the first class. A Moodle and/or Collaborate tutorial will help your understanding of the transition from the traditional classroom into an online classroom

Blended Learning

A Blended learning format is used for some courses in the MEd program. This means that there is a combination of face-to-face classes and online classes. When registering for a blended class, make sure you are choosing a section for which travel and time are not issues on the dates listed for the face-to-face classes.  In a blended learning format usually there are two face-to-face sessions and the rest are online meetings.

Multimodal Learning

As a way to be responsive to full-time graduate students who are on-campus and as a way to respond to students who appreciate face-to-face learning, a multimodal format may be offered. Normally the instructor is teaching from a multimodal classroom in Xavier Hall (on-campus). There are several students in the classroom with the instructor. Other students come into the course online.

Program Options

Candidates for the MEd are normally required to take their first two courses, EDUC 505 and EDUC 534, on the StFX campus in Antigonish during the summer session immediately after being accepted into the program. EDUC 505 is a prerequisite for EDUC 506, EDUC 507, and EDUC 508. Normally, EDUC 506, EDUC 507, or EDUC 508 is taken after core courses are completed. Students planning the project route or the thesis route are strongly encouraged to take EDUC 506 or EDUC 507.

Course-Based Route:

Students who choose the course-based route are required to complete 36 credits in graduate education courses. Students taking the course-based route must complete all required courses in either the Educational Administration and Policy Stream or the Curriculum and Instruction Stream. In both streams, the courses EDUC 506 or EDUC 507 may be substituted for EDUC 508. Remaining credits can be earned by taking elective courses. Usually, these are taken within either the Leadership or Curriculum areas. In some cohort groups, EDUC 593 is a required course.

Project-Based Route:

Students taking the project-based route must complete 10 3-credit courses and EDUC 590. It is strongly suggested that EDUC 593 be taken as the final elective course prior to commencing EDUC 590. Projects tend to focus on a school-based, or school board-specific interest that directly involves the candidate. The project is not bound to typical research presentation parameters such as a thesis would be. It is more flexible in its delivery and end product, but must include—to some degree—a research question, methodology, and an appropriately constructed literature review.

Thesis-Based Route:

Students choosing the thesis-based route in the Educational Administration and Policy Stream must complete EDUC 505, 534, 561, 573, 533, 506 or 507, and 599 (12 credits). Students choosing the thesis- based route in the Curriculum and Instruction Stream must complete EDUC 505, 534, 536, 532, 527, 506 or 507, and 599 (12 credits). Students in both streams must also take two 3-credit elective courses. It is strongly suggested that EDUC 593 be taken as the final elective course prior to commencing EDUC 599. A graduate thesis is an in-depth study of a specific issue that affects education.