Master of Education Aboriginal & World Indigenous Educational Studies
AWIES is a part-time blended (on-line and on-campus) program intended for students with experience in Aboriginal communities.
- Part-time study only (the first July is face-to-face and the balance is online).
- 2 degree patterns: 6 half-courses + thesis or 8 half-courses + project.
- Each course consists of 36 instructional hours.
- Students are assigned and interact regularly with an academic program advisor.
- There are traditional opening and closing ceremonies in July as well as other activities, such as sharing circles, visiting speakers, and the Queen’s Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.
- Program staff are available to assist students.
- Students can expect to complete within 36 to 48 months of part-time study.
- Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of initial registration.
There is only one field of study in this program which is Aboriginal and World Indigenous Educational Studies.
Brief descriptions of the courses offered in the AWIES program can be found in the School of Graduate Studies calendar.
All students are required to take EDUC-872* Educational Research in Aboriginal and Indigenous Contexts, and it is a prerequisite for the advanced research courses, i.e. EDUC-875* and EDUC-876*
Graduates of the Queen's MEd AWIES program undertake or return to successful careers in a wide variety of professional settings, positions of increased responsibility in school boards, teaching at the college, primary or secondary school level, or continue graduate study in the field of education as a doctoral student.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Education AWIES program, applicants must provide evidence of:
- professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or a related field, a BEd degree or its equivalent, and a minimum of a B-average in a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent; OR
- two years of professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or a related field, and a minimum of a B- average in a Bachelor's Honours degree or its equivalent; OR
- a BEd degree and a background in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous issues, and a minimum of a mid-B average in a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent; OR
- demonstrated significant professional experience in Aboriginal and/or indigenous education or related field, and a minimum of a mid-B average in a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent.
In addition to the above academic requirements, an applicant must submit two letters of support from respected members of the applicant's Aboriginal or world indigenous community to which they either belong or are related. Please note that these references do not replace the requirement for applicants to provide two academic references as part of their application package (4 references in total).
Since preference will be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, non-Status, Métis, Inuit) applicants may be requested to provide proof of Aboriginal ancestry where applicable. Documentation which provides proof of Aboriginal ancestry may include: a status card, church records, a Métis card, a verification letter from an official Political Territorial Organization (PTO) or First Nations.
Applicants whose native languages do not include English must obtain a score of 580 or more on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Probationary status may be applicable for candidates who do not meet the admission requirements as described above. A description of this status can be found in the School of Graduate Studies calendar online at: http://www.queensu.ca/calendars/sgsr/Graduate_Student.html
When you begin your on-line application for admission you will be asked to identify your mother tongue. If you are a fluent English speaker, but you also have an indigenous language, please choose English as your mother tongue in order to be able to proceed with the rest of the application. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next cohort of students will begin their program in July 2016 on-campus. Applicants may submit their applications and all supporting documentation for July 2016 admission between mid-September 2015 and March 1, 2016.
Complete applications will be considered as they are received until all available spaces are filled. If this happens prior to March 1, 2016 an announcement will be posted here and on the Faculty homepage. Be sure to check for this announcement before submitting an application as application fees are non-refundable.
Late applications will not be accepted.