We sat down with Heather Henderson, Director of Canadian MEd Leadership Programs to address some of the frequently asked questions she hears from students considering the Master of Education program with CityU Canada in that market.
How big are the classes?
Heather: Typically classes have 10-15 students.
Who teaches the courses?
Heather: We have scholarly practitioners who know Alberta and who know ‘education in Alberta’! Superintendents, assistant superintendents, other central office staff, and those who have recently retired from these positions are our valued instructors.
Where do you meet?
Heather: We meet at our CityU campuses in Calgary or Edmonton, as well as in local school jurisdiction offices or schools and in other facilities that are required. When we do not meet in person, we also offer our programs through a synchronous online platform. Regardless of the platform, our programs are cohort based offering a collaborative experience.
Can I continue to work and go to school?
Heather: Absolutely – most of our students are teachers who work full-time! Once enrolled in the program our participants are also considered full-time students. This is important when considering your tax return.
Why is your tuition more than other schools?
Heather: While we do have 52 credits and that translates into more money – this also means a quicker movement up the salary grid. Of course, there also opportunities for education subsidies and scholarships.
What makes CityU different?
Heather: We have small classes where we meet face-to-face and in a cohort. As well, our faculty are scholarly practitioners who work in the field of education. While we do offer our courses online and synchronously, particularly now with the current pandemic situation, our cohorts continue to learn together.
Our courses offer a blend of theoretical and practical learning suited to school and school district leaders.
Thanks for your time Heather! To learn more about our Master of Education program, link HERE.