Program

December 1st is the deadline to apply if you wish to begin studies in September.

Please note, as of July 1, 2016, admission to the Master of Education School and Counselling Psychology stream will occur on an alternate year basis. This means applications will be reviewed, and admission acceptances will occur, once every two years (e.g., applications accepted from January 2016 to December 1, 2017 for a September 2018 start date).

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Ed.2-4 years

The M.Ed. School and Counselling stream is available only as a thesis based program. The M.Ed. Special Education or Measurement and Evaluation streams are available as either a thesis or a course based program.

There are two majors available in this program which provide students the opportunity to specialize in the areas of School and Counselling Psychology; Special Education; and Measurement and Evaluation.

School and Counselling Psychology

This two-year full-time thesis program integrates research and practice, and is unique across Canada in providing training in both school psychology and counselling psychology.  The program prepares future counsellors and psychologists who provide direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect (consultative, collaborative, advocacy) psychological services to children, youth, young adults, their families, school personnel, and the community working as members of interdisciplinary teams in various  academic, research, school, mental health, government, community agency, and private practice settings.

Special Education or Measurement and Evaluation

This research intensive program is designed to prepare practitioners and researchers with specialization in either Special Education or Measurement & Evaluation. Students can enroll in the thesis route  or course-based route. Program graduates in the special education stream are prepared to assume leadership or consultative positions in schools/school divisions, government agencies, businesses or post-secondary institutions. Program graduates in the Measurement & Evaluation stream may obtain employment as data analysts, research scientists, test developers, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations. Graduates of the program typically pursue careers as consultants, administrators, program designers/evaluators, or undertake further graduate work.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you apply to this program.

Name Research areas
Tim ClaypoolAboriginal student success experiences throughout their education, interdisciplinary collaboration in graduate programs, school psychological services
Laurie HellstenPhysical activity and wellness, beginning teacher and professional identity and mentorship, program evaluation, survey research
Pei-Ying LinPre-service teachers’ beliefs and practices of assessments, classroom assessments and test accommodations for students with special needs
Stephanie MartinPsychology and experiences of adolescent girls and women, women’s mental health and healing experiences, training & supervision in applied psychology
Laureen McIntyreLanguage basis of learning difficulties and disabilities, professional identity and mentorship
Amin MousaviStatistical modelling in Social and Behavioral sciences, Psychometrics, Large scale assessment, Technology and Educational measurement
David MykotaSubstance use, program evaluation, resilient children and youth, child and youth psychopathology, e-learning
Jennifer NicolMusic therapy, counselling psychology, coping, health and wellbeing, qualitative research design, arts-based research.

Tuition and funding

Funding

The department has a limited number of scholarships, bursaries and graduate teaching fellowships available to students that are awarded on the basis of academic merit. The Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) qualifies the candidate to instruct undergraduate courses in Educational Psychology and Special Education. Scholarships and GTF carry the expectation that the recipient will provide research assistance or teaching duties in the year that it is awarded.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Course based program

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $210.10 $315.15
Cost for a three credit unit class $630.30 $945.45
Maintenance of Status course $630.30 $945.45

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Bachelors of Arts Honours or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • At least one year of successful work experience in a human services field
  • In addition to the general requirements above, this program requires specific courses from your undergraduate degree, see full course list below
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

In addition, you'll need the following depending on which concentration you are applying for:

Special Education

  • Four year degree in Psychology or Education
  • Minimum 6 credit units of undergraduate study in the area of special education
  • Introductory statistics course

Course-based M.Ed. in Special Education - Advanced Standing Entrance Requirements

  • Post degree certificate in Education - Special Education
  • Four year degree in Education
  • 6 credit units of undergraduate study in Special Education
  • Introductory statistics course

Measurement and Evaluation

  • Four year degree in Psychology or Education
  • Intermediate statistics course

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • Current resume
  • Personal Statement of Intent: This should be a 2-3 page (maximum) letter that supports your application. The statement should include reference to your academic or professional preparation of the program, indication of your commitment to the program and relevance of the program to your career aspirations.

Finally, applicants to the School and Counselling Psychology program need to provide the following:

  • Pre-requisite Checklist Form A - download PDF document
  • Approved Prerequisite Equivalent Courses - Check the most up-to-date Course Equivalency List. Courses that have been assessed as equivalent (or not) to University of Saskatchewan courses are listed by university. The attached list is current to October 1, 2012. If a course you'd like reviewed for equivalency is not listed, please forward a course equivalency request to the EPSE graduate secretary at epse.gradsec@usask.ca and attach the course syllabus/calendar course description.
  • A Personal Letter of reference from a recent supervisor or employer able to comment on your personal qualities that suggest your suitability for a future career as a helping professional. This is a separate reference letter sent to the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education by the writer and is in addition to the three Letters of Recommendation supplied through the online application process.

Contact

Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Graduate Chair
Dr. Stephanie Martin
Email: stephanie.martin@usask.ca

Graduate Student Support
Charmaine Spezowka
Email: epse.gradsec@usask.ca