Graduate Degrees Offered

MA Degree

This degree requires a minimum of 30 credits including 24 credits at the 500-level or above. These 30 credits are to be divided as follows:

  • Master’s thesis – 9 credits
  • Research core – 6 credits
  • Specialty area (chosen in consultation with advisor) – 12-15 credits

This degree may be completed by part-time study, but candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for full-time study.
Time limit: Up to 5 years.

Please read the full information in our M.A. handbook.

MEd Degree

The MEd degree consists of 30 credits, 3 of which may be a graduating paper (e.g. to fulfill the “Capstone Experience” for Teacher Qualification Service (for BC teachers)) but not required.
Students must take 10 courses fulfilling the following guidelines:

  • 24 credits must be at the 500-level
  • EDUC 500
  • 12 credits must be in the specialization area in LLED; 9 credits may be any 500-level course in LLED or any other department
  • 6 credits may be at the 300/400 level

Students may choose to take all 30 credits at the 500-level. Course selection should be done in consultation with students’ graduate supervisor. This degree may be completed by part-time study.
Time limit: 1 ½ years to 5 years

Flexibility in course selection

  • no fixed course requirements other than 3 credits required by the Faculty of Education (EDUC 500; recommend CUST 562)
  • includes 18-24 credits of LLED electives
  • may include 6 credits of 300- and 400- level courses
  • may include 6 credits of electives outside LLED

Interest Areas in LLED

  • oral language
  • children’s literature
  • literacy (reading & writing) literacy intervention
  • drama
  • ESL
  • ESL/EFL literacy
  • modern languages education
  • teacher-librarianship
  • resource-based teaching
  • integrating computers in language arts
  • elementary, middle years and secondary language arts

Please read the full information in our M.Ed. handbook.

PhD Degree

The PhD in Language & Literacy Education may be completed in any of our program specializations. It normally consists of a one-year residency in the Department, together with a dissertation.
Students are normally expected to advance to candidacy by the end of their third year (having completed their comprehensive exams and dissertation proposal, and relevant coursework).
Time limit: Up to 6 years.

Please read the full information in our PhD handbook.