Education - ProfessionalMaster of Professional Education (MPEd)
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The fact that the program can be completed online enables me to thrive and be successful. I am able to work full time, and continue to be available to my young family, without having to attend classes on campus.
What do you do in your spare time?
Watch my daughters play ringette and soccer, and run with my husband.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
I would suggest familiarizing yourself with your board’s focus. I wish I had known that our school board’s directive was going to be in math, as I was debating between applying to the math or the Multiliteracies MPEd.
What idea, suggestion, or comment would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
I really appreciate the quick responses and support from the graduate office. As well, the online librarian assistance is extremely helpful.
What’s your favourite book?
It’s a tie: Make it Stick and Outliers.
Have you taken any professional courses that Western makes available to grad students?
I attended the resume and cover letter workshops, as well as the career day. I also met one-on-one with a resume consultant. I participated in the career center’s video recording interview process as well. It benefited me by improving my resume, cover letter, and interview skills.
Our Master of Professional Education (MPEd) is a fully online graduate degree program designed to prepare candidates for advanced success in leadership and/or teaching roles. It is a course-based degree (with a final capstone project) that prepares students to solve real problems in local settings of professional practice.
Successful completion of the program does not lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers.
- 3 Terms (TESOL field only)
- 6 Terms (All other fields)
- Full-time study
- Fully online (Except TESOL and Aboriginal Educational Leadership)
- A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
- Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.
Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if seats are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
Applicants to the Applied Behavior Analysis field are required to have a background in psychology.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper and pencil version, 213 for the computer version, or 86 for the internet version with no individual score below 20. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS Academic). Minimum acceptable score is 6.5/9 overall with no individual score less than 6.0 for consideration of direct entry.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 80 on each section and an overall score of 85.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). Minimum acceptable score is 60.
Applicants are encouraged to submit early. Please visit Education - How to Apply for more information.
Fields of Research
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Leadership
- Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice
- French Education
- Global and International Education
- International School Leadership
- Leadership in Indigenous Education
- Literacy Education
- Mathematics Education
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Teaching Students with Exceptionalities