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The mission of the Adult Learning and Education graduate program at UBC is to contribute to the creation, elaboration, exchange and application of knowledge concerning the education and learning of adults wherever they occur. Read more

General Information

The mission of the Adult Learning and Education graduate program at UBC is to contribute to the creation, elaboration, exchange and application of knowledge concerning the education and learning of adults wherever they occur. This includes the development of scholars and reflective practitioners who will shape society and its institutions in ways that promote lifelong education and learning for all.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Education
- Specialization: Adult Learning and Education
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Registration options: Full or Part-time
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

The Adult Learning and Education (ALE) program is the oldest graduate adult education program in Canada with historical roots in traditions of social welfare, community development and extension education. ALE is concerned with the development of scholars and practitioners who will shape society in ways that promote lifelong learning for all. Our ALE program challenges students to understand the diverse contexts in which adult learning occurs and their role in these from a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and philosophical perspectives.

MEd:

- Campus-based MEd program (30 credits)
- Online MEd in Adult Learning and Global Change: 30 credits

MEd Requirements

The MEd program is a professional degree for people who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills as practitioners in any adult education setting.
MEd students take three core courses, one research methods course and several electives which can include courses in other departments and faculties.
Students have the option of completing the program with 30 credits of coursework or completing 27 credits of course work plus a graduating paper/project focused on an issue or concern in their field of practice.

English Requirements

English Proficiency Test Score: Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score of 600 (paper version), 250 (computer version), 100 (iTB) is required for admission to all programs in Educational Studies. Visit TOEFL’s website
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): Minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0.
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 81.

The applicants must have an official report of their score on one of these tests sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Educational Studies at the address below by the application deadline. Score reports more than two years old will not be accepted.

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Scholars in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE) are engaged in a range of theoretical and practical fields. Read more
Scholars in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE) are engaged in a range of theoretical and practical fields: leadership and administration, policy and change, social diversity and community engagement. Themes running through our research and teaching include equity and social justice, professional education, policy studies, educational leadership and organizations, and adult learning within institutions and community settings. We develop and organize collaborative programs in support of particular research areas of interest including those in policy, international development education, and workplace learning. This field ties into work at multiple levels, elementary, secondary, ​and higher education systems, and extends into larger communities, both locally and internationally.

The Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education consists of three graduate programs representing the application of cognate scholarship to domains of practice. All programs offer courses of study leading to Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Educational Leadership and Policy program and the Higher Education program also offer courses of study leading to Doctor of Education degrees. Applications must be made to one ​of the three programs and to one of the fields offered within each program according to the degree level of interest (see the list at the top of this entry).

This MA is a research-based degree and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. During their program of study, MA students are expected to have exposure to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.

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UBC, in cooperation with partner universities in Australia (Monash University, Melbourne), South Africa (University of the Western Cape) and Sweden (Linköping University), offers an innovative online, coursework-only, professional graduate program in Adult Learning and Global Change. Read more

General Information

UBC, in cooperation with partner universities in Australia (Monash University, Melbourne), South Africa (University of the Western Cape) and Sweden (Linköping University), offers an innovative online, coursework-only, professional graduate program in Adult Learning and Global Change. Instructors in required courses are drawn from these four universities, so students benefit from a truly international instructional staff.

This program is for those seeking multiple, critical perspectives on the central role adult learning plays as individuals and communities engage with the positive and negative effects of globalization.

Students proceed through the two-year, 30-credit M.Ed. program as a cohort drawn from the four participating institutions and will get to know one another well, working together in various groupings throughout the program. Required courses are sequenced so that, with careful planning of electives, all requirements can be completed in 24 months. The 9 credits of electives may be taken at any time and are usually selected from on-campus courses (for those in the Vancouver area), from various distance-mode courses at UBC and elsewhere, and from directed studies courses tailored to student interests.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Education
- Specialization: Adult Learning and Global Change
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: Online / Distance (100%)
- Program components: Coursework only
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

The University of British Columbia, in cooperation with partner universities in South Africa (University of the Western Cape), Sweden (Linköping University), and Australia (Monash University) offers an innovative online, coursework-only Master of Education (MEd) in Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC).
The program is designed for individuals who wish to understand adult learning in the context of global change, and thereby improve their professional practice. This courses in the program will benefit those working with adults in formal and informal educational settings, including human resource development in business, industry and government, and activist organisations, international and/or community development, non-governmental organisations, healthcare, cultural, and professional organisations, to name a few.
Students proceed through the two-year, 30-credit program as a cohort drawn from the four participating institutions. Instructors are also drawn from these universities; students will benefit from a truly international staff.
After completing this program students will be able to:
- Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories and discourses of “globalization.”
- Identify the various ways context shapes adult learning and relevant public policy.
- Discuss why and ways learners resist or embrace “education.”
- Analyze relationships nested in successful attempts to foster change through learning.
- Plan learning interventions that help adults increase their influence over the direction and pace of local and global change.

English Requirements

English Proficiency Test Score: Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score of 600 (paper version), 250 (computer version), 100 (iTB) is required for admission to all programs in Educational Studies. Visit TOEFL’s website
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): Minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0.
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 81.
- The applicants must have an official report of their score on one of these tests sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate - - Program Assistant, Department of Educational Studies at the address below by the application deadline. Score reports more than two years old will not be accepted.

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Research degrees embrace the notion of preparing "Stewards of the Discipline", scholars capable of generating new knowledge, conducting research with a high degree of competence and integrity, transforming knowledge, and communicating the results to advance the field. Read more
Research degrees embrace the notion of preparing "Stewards of the Discipline", scholars capable of generating new knowledge, conducting research with a high degree of competence and integrity, transforming knowledge, and communicating the results to advance the field.

The Master of Arts (MA) is a research-intensive (thesis-based) degree intended to prepare students for further research. This program is available in the on-campus format only.

Master of Arts (MA) in Adult Learning

The MA in Adult Learning program is informed by a rich heritage rooted in a commitment to human, community and social development. As a hub of interdisciplinarity, the focus of graduate studies within this specialization is on adult learning and adult education. Our graduate students draw from multiple and diverse contexts and interest areas, which include: traditional post-secondary and continuing education; business and industry; NGOs; community development and international organizations.

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The Brock University Master of Education International Student Program (MEd ISP) curriculum is designed to provide international students an opportunity to enhance their academic background and gain a greater understanding of Canadian issues and challenges in achievement of academic inquiry skills in educational research. Read more
The Brock University Master of Education International Student Program (MEd ISP) curriculum is designed to provide international students an opportunity to enhance their academic background and gain a greater understanding of Canadian issues and challenges in achievement of academic inquiry skills in educational research. The ten half-credit courses of the MEd ISP are organized into an intensive, four-term program (14 months). The MEd (ISP) is situated in the Administration and Leadership in Education field of specialization and is offered as a cohort program for full-time students only. Students begin the program in the summer term (July 2 start date) and follow a prescribed program of study. All students in this program are registered in the Course Pathway. With permission from the ISP Steering Committee and the Graduate Program Director/Department Chair, a limited number of students may transfer into the Research Pathway – MRP option after they have successfully completed the fall term. You can find more information on the program structure and modules here: https://brocku.ca/education/futurestudents/graduateed/internationmastersofed/programdescription

Admissions Information

Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in any discipline with an overall Grade Point Average Brock equivalent of 75%. Professional work experience is a valuable asset but not necessary. Applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution, or at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency through a TOEFL iBT score of 80, or an IELTS score of 6.5. MEd ISP applications must be received by February 15th of each year in order to be considered for admission. Intake into the MEd ISP is early July of each calendar year. You can find more information on the admissions requirements here: https://brocku.ca/education/futurestudents/graduateed/internationmastersofed/admissioninformation

Fees

A non-refundable application fee of $130.00 in Canadian funds must be submitted for the MEd ISP program. Applications will not be processed without the application fee. For the current MEd ISP tuition, please visit Brock Financial and Administrative Services website. This fee includes four terms of study (16 months) and required textbooks. The tuition fee must be paid prior to commencement of the MEd ISP (payment plan is available). Details of payment will be provided upon admission to the program. Living expenses, transportation, ancillary fees and medical insurance premium are the responsibility of the student.

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Our programs are designed to help students to succeed in their areas of interest by supporting them with top-tier researchers and academics, extensive library services, and helpful administrative support. Read more
Our programs are designed to help students to succeed in their areas of interest by supporting them with top-tier researchers and academics, extensive library services, and helpful administrative support. Our master's students become teachers, administrators, and counsellors who influence the lives of young people. Many graduates from this program hold important roles in various sectors of education at the provincial, national and international levels.

Visit the website: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=44

Fields of Research

• Applied Linguistics
• Applied Psychology in Schools
• Counselling Psychology
• Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies
• Curriculum Studies

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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