Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Professional Master of Education (Online)

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

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

Full course descriptions are available here.  Each course is 3.0 units/credits. 

Required courses  (students complete all 4 courses)

  • PME 800 - Self-Regulated Inquiry and Learning - Explore current theories of self-regulated learning.
  • PME 801 - Collaborative Inquiry - Understand and enact the foundational principles of collaborative learning in professional practice.
  • PME 802 -  Program Inquiry and Evaluation - Learn to conduct systematic evaluative inquiry in support of data-informed program decision-making.
  • PME 803 - Organizational Leadership - 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.

Elective courses (students select 2 courses)

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

After completing the first six courses, you will complete three courses within your chosen concentration and an elective from another concentration. Students may also undertake PME 896  - Capstone Project, a self-directed course that allows student professionals to explore current and relevant educational challenges within their own practice and organization, or PME 878 - Experiential Practice in Education, which is an opportunity for experiential learning which entails an authentic work/teaching opportunity for students.

Concentrations (students complete all 3 courses in their chosen concentration + 1 elective from another concentration)

  • 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

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 a 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 are 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, 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 receive valuable guidance and feedback on your learning from professors. Our Manager of Graduate Studies in Education 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 Queen’s services and events, such as the library and end-of-program convocation.

Application & Tuition Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $110.00 payable to the School of Graduate Studies. There are no registration fees, as students pay per course. Canadian students pay $1,253.70 per course, and international students pay $2,918.70 per course. There is also a Student Assistance Levy of $16.67 per term. All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.  Please refer to the Office of the University Registrar website for the most up-to-date fee schedule.

Application Deadline & Start Dates

  • September start  -  Application deadline:  JULY 1
  • January start  -  Application deadline:  OCTOBER 1 
  • July start -  Application deadline:  MAY 1

These deadlines are firm and include the submission of all supporting documentation (transcripts and references). 

Advanced Standing with Post-Graduate Certificates Completed Through CTE at Queen's University

Applicants to the Professional Master of Education (PME) degree program qualify for advanced standing in PME 800 (Self-Regulated Learning) and/or PME 811 (Innovation in Teaching and Learning) if they have successfully completed post-graduate certificates through CTE at Queen's - either for British Columbia or Ontario

The following British Columbia post-grad certificates are eligible: 

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Language Learners
  • Mathematics Education
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Librarian

The following Ontario post-grad certificates are eligible:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies
  • Reading and Literacy
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Technology in Teaching

To be considered for advanced standing, submit a written request to edonline@queensu.ca at the time of your application to the PME program. You can download the Advanced Standing Request Letter here



1) What is the difference between the MEd and PME?

The PME differs from the traditional MEd in that the MEd 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 PhD, the MEd 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 3 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 1 course to get a feel for the workload, and then add from there.  Students can take up to 2 courses per term but can make a special request to the Manager of Graduate Studies in Education to take 3 in the Fall and Winter terms only.  Most students take 1-2 courses per term, and finish at around the 2-year mark.  Students have up to 5 years to complete the PME program.

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 anywhere from 2-10 hours per week per course depending on educational background and understanding of course material and demands of an assignment or project.

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 MEd 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.

Two Professional letters of recommendation (e.g. letters from an employer or workplace supervisor) can be submitted in support of applications to professional graduate programs. For applicants who apply to a professional graduate program, a Professional reference form will be generated for their referees. Academic references are also acceptable. 

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 an official transcript (envelopes from the institution cannot be opened) from all universities you have attended except for Queen's. Transcripts sent from the issuing university should be sent to:

School of Graduate Studies
Queen's University
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

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

Apply now! We will guide you through the application process.

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 Assistant
Tel (613) 533-6000 ext. 75201