Study Options


Acadia's School of Education, with support from Open Acadia and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, offers admission to part-time MEd programs for cohort groups of professional educators living in specific geographic areas or working in specialized areas.  A graduate program of courses is scheduled for each cohort, typically over a two-year period, and then cohort members proceed through the designated program together as a group.  If you would like further information on establishment of a cohort, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at the School of Education, or John Christopher, Manager of Programs at Open Acadia.

Taking Courses as an Independent Student

You can also apply for admission as an Independent Student; independent students can take up to four courses before applying for admission into a Master of Education degree program. To apply to take Graduate courses as an Independent student you need to complete the Registration Form:

You are also required to submit official transcripts from all educational institutes you have attended as well as a current resume. If you are applying on a letter of permission from another institute we will need a copy of this as well.

Online Courses

In addition to on-campus and cohort options, a number of MEd courses are available in a flexible online format.  Some of these courses are open-entry courses that allow students to register and begin their course at any time of the year, while other online courses have more specific milestones and timings established by the Instructor.  Online open-entry (register anytime) courses currently available include:

  • EDUC 5003 Human Development and Learning
  • EDUC 5053 Mentoring Beginning Teachers
  • EDUC 50G3 Research Literacy
  • EDUC 50J3 Principles of Assessment for Counselling
  • EDUC 5123 Curriculum Practice for Diverse Learners
  • EDUC 5203 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • EDUC 5213 Organizational Theory and School Culture
  • EDUC 5273 Education and the Law
  • EDUC 5303 Principles of Assessment for Education
  • EDUC 5563 Career Counselling
  • EDUC 5773 Community Perspectives on School and Society
  • EDUC 5843 Instructional Design: Multiage Pedagogy
  • EDUC 5913 Theoretical Perspectives on Leadership


Summer Institute

The School of Education, in collaboration with Open Acadia, offers intensive three-week Summer Institutes in July at Acadia designed to meet the professional development needs of educators.  Courses are scheduled over 12-15 days of intensive study, with morning and afternoon slots that allow many students to take two courses simultaneously. 

The Summer Institute also includes a Summer Conference Day featuring keynote speakers and workshops. 



It is the graduate student’s responsibility to track their own progress through their degree program using the University Academic Calendar and their program planner, paying careful attention to degree requirements, regulations, and important dates. Full-time students are reminded to check the course listing tab on the Open Acadia website to confirm course start and end dates. Part-time students are advised to get their core courses first, to the extent possible. Core courses are not offered as often as electives and students can end up at the end of their program waiting an entire semester for the core course to come up in rotation, whereas electives are relatively easy to access near the end of their program.


It is also a strict expectation of all graduate programmes is that students will be available to attend all classes. While excusable illness or family emergencies sometimes unexpectedly arise, students who know in advance that they are not available to attend pre-arranged classes should consider themselves ineligible to enroll in the relevant course.

Contact Us

phone Phone: 902-585-1434
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Fax:  902-585-1057 
phone Rhodes Hall, Attn: Open Acadia
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS 
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