Program

Following the School and Counselling Psychology (SCP) program review and accompanying recommendations, the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education is currently redeveloping programming in the areas of counselling and psychology to better serve our students, schools, and communities. 

For this reason, there will be no student intake for the SCP program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Further information regarding future intake timelines will be provided as it becomes available.

Information about other graduate programming options are available at https://grad.usask.ca/programs/find-a-program.php.  

The applications for Special Education and Measurement and Evaluation concentrations are currently open with a deadline of March 1st for a September start date.

All applications and supporting documents must be received prior to the deadline.

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, classroom and large-scale assessment 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
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

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 and Mexico.

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, 2020 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
Total per academic year $4,260.00 CAD $6,730.80 CAD

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 graduate credit unit $229.50 CAD $362.61 CAD
Maintenance of Status course $688.50 CAD $1087.83 CAD
Cost per 3 credit unit graduate class $688.50 CAD $1087.83 CAD

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2020 Winter 2021Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Student fees$699.04 CAD $299.28 CAD$27.50 CAD $27.50 CAD

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

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a Cumulative Weighted Average of at least 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), or Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Honours), or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in an area other than Psychology or Education
  • 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
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a Cumulative Weighted Average of at least 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)

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

Special Education

  • four-year degree in Psychology or Education
  • introductory statistics course
  • minimum six credit units of undergraduate study in the area of Special Education

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

  • six credit units of undergraduate study in Special Education
  • Post-Degree Certificate in Education: Special Education
  • four-year degree in Education
  • introductory statistics course

Measurement and Evaluation

  • four-year degree in Psychology or Education
  • intermediate statistics course

Application process

Submit an online application

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. 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.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A statement/letter of Intent: This should be a two-to-three 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:

  • Supplemental application formdownload 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 letter of recommendation 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 recommendation 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. Laureen McIntyre
Email: laureen.mcintyre@usask.ca

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