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Professional Master of Education (Online)

Take your career to the next level with our part-time, online Professional Master of Education program – designed for working professionals just like you.

Our program consists of 10 courses: 3 required courses, 3 elective courses, 3 courses in a field of study that you choose, and 1 required course in organizational leadership. You get to choose a field of study to specialize in to help you make the most of your education - fields include Aboriginal Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Literacy, and Teaching Abroad.

The program attracts students from a variety of settings—schools, governments, universities, professions, and people in career transitions—enriching everyone's experience.

​Program Structure

  • Courses are approximately 36 hours online with your professor and 70-100 hours independently.
  • Courses are 7 weeks in the summer and 10 weeks in the fall and winter to help accommodate your life schedule.

You begin the program by completing five courses: 3 required and 2 electives.

Full course descriptions are available here.

Required courses

  • Self-Regulated Inquiry and Learning (GDPI 800) - Explore current theories of self-regulated learning.
  • Collaborative Inquiry (GDPI 801) - Understand and enact the foundational principles of collaborative learning in professional practice.
  • Program Inquiry and Evaluation (GDPI 802) - Learn to conduct systematic evaluative inquiry in support of data-informed program decision-making.

Elective courses

  • Integrated Planning, Instruction, and Assessment (810) -  inquire into the interconnected structures of planning, instruction, and assessment through an understanding of curricular frameworks.
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning (811) - develop a foundational understanding of innovation in the workplace grounded in exploration of historical, sociological, and philosophical contexts and frameworks.
  • Organizational Learning (812) - examine theory, research and case-studies on organizations in public service sectors using professional inquiry approaches.
  • Knowledge Translation and Mobilization (813) - strengthen connections between research, policy and practice in public service sectors.

After completing the first five courses, you will complete three courses within your chosen field along with the organizational leadership course and an elective from another field of study.

  • Organizational Leadership (803) - Examine the social and cultural construction of leadership, and gain an understanding of the range of roles and responsibilities that a leader has within an organization.

Fields of Study

  • Aboriginal Education - Courses include: Aboriginal Leadership and Knowledge in the School and Classroom, Policy and Models in Canadian Aboriginal Education: From Residential Schools to Culture-Based Education, and Aboriginal Languages and Language Teaching
  • Assessment and Evaluation - Courses include: Using Classroom and Large-Scale Assessment Data, Planning and Implementing Classroom Assessment, and Conducting Quality Program Evaluations
  • Classroom Specialist - Courses include: Innovative Curriculum Planning, The Connected Classroom, and Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Literacy Education - Courses include: Theoretical and Historical Foundations, Component Skills, and Effective Intervention
  • Education Abroad - Courses include: Culture, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Approaches to Professional Learning, and Professional Community Membership

Graduate Ambassador Becky can help with any questions 

Why Choose Queen's

One of the benefits of studying online is that you can complete the program from anywhere. Courses have start and end dates, but you are not required to be on your computer at a set time every day. All materials and assignments are designed for study anytime.

Our goal is to build a strong online community and quality learning experience for you. Our faculty members offer both research and online teaching expertise, and they work with an experienced instructional designer to ensure a quality learning experience and continuous development of our courses.

Our online courses are truly interactive and collaborative by design. There many opportunities for you to interact with professors and peers to help you put your new knowledge and skills into practice and perspective. You will be engaged with your professors and peers in our online community. You will get to know your classmates, discuss ideas and work on team projects, and forge bonds that cross age groups and stages of life.

Our Support and Guidance

In addition to getting a grade on your assignments, you will get valuable guidance and feedback on your learning from professors. Our Graduate Studies Manager is available to offer administrative and academic guidance and is able to provide the unique supports that online students need. You can reach us on the phone as well as online. Our office will keep in contact with you over the term to make sure you have all the information you need to complete your course and advance your program. You have access to all of the same Queen’s services and events as our on-campus students, such as the library and end-of-program convocation.

Application & Tuition Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $105.00 payable to the School of Graduate Studies. There are no registration fees, as students pay per course. Canadian students pay $1340.73 per course, and international students pay $2571.21 per course. Student activity fees are $16.67 per term. All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be waived for Queen's employees.

Application Deadline & Start Dates

  • September 2017 (Application deadline: July 31, 2017
  • January 2018 (Application deadline: October 16, 2017
  • July 2018 (Application deadline: May 15, 2018)
Questions & Answers

1) What is the difference between the M.Ed. and PME?

The PME differs from the traditional M.Ed. in that the M.Ed. is research-based and requires a thesis/project, while the PME is course-based and focused on the practical application of theory to professional practice. If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., the M.Ed. is a better option as it provides you with the necessary research background. If you are looking to increase your professional credentials and working knowledge of theory, the PME is a great fit.

2) How long will the PME take to complete?  

The PME requires 10 courses for completion.  There are three terms per year- September and January starts (10 week courses) and a July start (7 week courses).  We typically advise students to start by taking one course to get a feel for the workload, and then add from there.  Most students take 1-2 courses per term, and finish at around the 2-year mark.

3) What is the course load like?

The PME is designed for part-time studies, and as such is flexible.  There is no requirement to attend lectures or be online at a certain time, so you can work your coursework around your professional and personal schedule.  You receive all course materials and due dates on Day One of the course, so you know what is coming and can budget your time accordingly. Students who have successfully completed our program typically spend a couple of hours per week per course, and more when there is a larger project due.

4) What does a typical course look like?

PME courses are typically broken into modules, each lasting 1-2 weeks and focusing on a particular theory of the course.  For each module there are typically a few discussion posts (posting your thoughts on the course material and responding to your peers), and then sometimes a small artifact (think blog post or PowerPoint slides).  Some courses have fewer small projects in favour of larger ones, and vice-versa.  There is never any need to come to campus to write examinations. 

5) Will the M.Ed. and/or PME give me certification to teach in Ontario K-12 schools?

No, to gain certification to teach in Ontario you must successfully complete a B.Ed. program, and then be approved for certification to teach through the Ontario College of Teachers.

How to Apply

Applications for admission to graduate programs are completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website, including an online form and step-by-step instructions for setting up your account.

Note: The application for admission is used for all graduate programs at Queen’s University so you will notice that reference is often made to your research interests. Since you are applying for admission to a professional program, please relate your comments in these areas to your professional aspirations rather than to research.

The School of Graduate Studies requires a minimum of two academic references from your current and/or previous instructors and/or professors familiar with your academic/research potential. Professional references from employers in a senior role to your own, in lieu of academic references, are accepted only if it has been more than 5 years since you completed your most recent university degree.

The online application form includes two spaces for reference contact information by default. Applicants who wish to provide a third reference must add additional space by clicking the "add referee" button on the online application.

Referees are notified that you want them to provide a reference for you by email after you have submitted your online application, so please submit your application at least two weeks before the application deadline and be sure to include the correct email addresses of your referees on your online application. Applications will not be deemed complete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all listed references are received.

In addition to the online application and application fee, applicants are required to submit the following documents (paper versions) to the Faculty of Education Graduate Studies and Research Office, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106:

  • Statement of Interest form (the link to the form is on the online application)
  • one paper copy of your resumé/curriculum vitae
  • two official transcripts (envelopes from the institution cannot be opened) from all universities you have attended except for Queen's

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized university
  • Graduation with a B- graduating average or higher (70% graduating average or a ranking in the top third of the graduating class where number grades are not available)
  • Under exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to highly motivated individuals with relevant field experience who do not meet the B- requirement
  • Applicants whose native languages do not include English must obtain a minimum English language requirement of 580 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 237 Computer-based; 88 on the TOEFL iBT test or IELTS Band 7 or higher.

You may apply to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry first and then to the Professional Master of Education or you can apply to the Professional Master of Education directly. In most cases, applicants must apply for admission to the Professional Master of Education within five years after completing the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry.

Contact Us
Graduate Studies and Research Office
Graduate Assistant
Room A106
Tel (613) 533-6206
Fax (613) 533-6057
edonline@queensu.ca