M.Ed. in Educational Policy Studies - Comparative & International Education

This information is only applicable for students who started the program prior to Fall 2013. This program is no longer offered.

The Comparative & International Education program is designed for graduate students who have an interest in the fields of comparative, international, development, and global education. Students will learn about the history, methodologies and theories related to the field of comparative and international education. Through the program, students will explore current international education issues, policies and trends through comparative and critical lenses.

Faculty Research

Faculty conducting research in the areas of Comparative & International Education:

Byrd Clark, Ph.D.

Julie Byrd Clark, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1039
519.661.2111 x 88656
jbyrdcla@uwo.ca
Biography
Larsen, Ph.D.

Marianne Larsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1024
519.661.2111 x 80159
mlarsen@uwo.ca
Biography
Tarc, Ph.D.

Paul Tarc, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
FEB 1032
519.661.2111 x 87586
ptarc2@uwo.ca
Biography
Taylor

Shelley Taylor

Associate Professor
FEB 1029
519.661.2111 x 88582
taylor@uwo.ca
Biography
Rezai-Rashti

Goli Rezai-Rashti

Professor
FEB 1083
519.661.2111 x88659
grezaira@uwo.ca
Biography

  • Aniko Varpalotai

Degree Requirements

Students who started prior to Fall 2012

Academic Route (Thesis Option)

This option is recommended for students with an interest in research or anticipating graduate work at the doctoral level.

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 4 Required Course
    • ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education
    • ED 9514 Comparative and International Education
    • ED 9600 Ontario Educational Policy in a Global Context
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
  • 2 CIE Elective Courses
    • ED 9609 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
    • ED 9617 Globalization and Educational Restructuring
    • ED 9629 Equity and Social Justice in Education
    • ED 9688 Special Topics in Educational Policy Studies: Internationalizing Education: Agendas, Contexts, Pedagogies
  • 2 Milestones
    • ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP)
    • ED 9590 Master's Thesis. 

Professional Route (Course-based Option)

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 5 Required Courses
    • ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education
    • ED 9514 Comparative and International Education
    • ED 9600 Ontario Educational Policy in a Global Context
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
    • ED 9691 Master's Seminar
  • 2 CIE Elective Courses
    • ED 9609 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
    • ED 9617 Globalization and Educational Restructuring
    • ED 9629 Equity and Social Justice in Education
    • ED 9688 Special Topics in Educational Policy Studies: Internationalizing Education: Agendas, Contexts, Pedagogies
  • 1 Elective Courses

Students who started in Fall 2012

Academic Route (Thesis Option)

This option is recommended for students with an interest in research or anticipating graduate work at the doctoral level.

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 1 Required Course
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
  • 5 Elective Courses
  • 2 Milestones
    • ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation
    • ED 9590 Master's Thesis

Professional Route (Course-based Option)

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 2 Required Courses
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
    • ED 9691 Master's Seminar
  • 6 Elective Course

Course Offerings in the Field of Comparative & International Education

It is recommended that students choose their elective courses in consultation with their Academic Advisor. Courses in the field of Multiliteracies & Multilingualism are listed below. Students may choose elective courses from other fields.

  • 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education
  • 9514 Comparative and International Education
  • ED 9537 Multilingualism and Multiliteracies: Teaching Language and Literacy in a Globalized World
  • 9600 Ontario Educational Policy in a Global Context
  • 9609 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  • ED 9617 Globalization & Educational Restructuring: The Dialectic of Global & Local
  • 9617 Globalization and Educational Restructuring
  • 9629 Equity and Social Justice in Education
  • ED 9675 Mixed Research Methods
  • ED 9688 Special Topics in Educational Policy Studies: Internationalizing Education: Agendas, Contexts, Pedagogies
  • ED 9705 Quantitative Research Methods
  • ED 9711 Qualitative Research in Education

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed above, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Timelines page for course offerings.

Thesis

Prospective students are not required to secure a Thesis Supervisor at the time of application; however, those wishing to ensure there are faculty members on staff who research in their area of interest are invited to review the Faculty Research page. At the time of admission, students are assigned an Academic Advisor who will guide them through course and program planning.

Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the MEd Thesis Guide, Program Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.

Proposal:

Once a student in the academic route completes their required and elective courses they will register in ED 9683 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP). By the end of the semester in which a student completes the last required course, a student must secure a Thesis Supervisor, decide on a topic for their thesis, and submit the Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) - Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page). A student may approach any Faculty of Education faculty member to act as Thesis Supervisor.

The IPP provides a structure for the writing of a thesis proposal. An initial review of relevant research provides the background for the proposed study. The methodological framework and the method to be employed are studied and developed. Ethical considerations are investigated and, where appropriate, an ethical review document prepared. The IPP is not a course but a milestone and compulsory element for those writing a Thesis.

The IPP should be completed in one term. The IPP is completed when the proposal and ethical review (where required) have been submitted for approval.

The Thesis Supervisor after consulting with the faculty members concerned, will formally appoint a Thesis Supervisory Committee. The Committee will consist of a the Thesis Supervisor and at least one additional faculty member who will act as a Thesis Advisory Committee Member. The Thesis Supervisor must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with Ph.D. supervisory status, as approved by the Credentials Committee of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

When the Thesis Supervisory Committee is satisfied with a student's written proposal, the student may submit the proposal for approval.

  1. If the proposal requires Ethical approval, the student submits the proposal, 4 copies of the Ethical Review form and Approval of M.Ed. Thesis - Form A (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Research Office. Once the Ethical Review has been approved the Research Office forwards the proposal to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Associate Dean.
  2. If the proposal does not require Ethical approval, the student submits the proposal and Approval of M.Ed. Thesis - Form A (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office for approval.

Thesis:

Only after all approvals have been obtained the student must register in ED 9590 Master's Thesis and may proceed with the research and the preparation of the thesis under the guidance and review of the Thesis Supervisory Committee. Please note that ED 9590 is not a course but a milestone.

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Thesis Supervisory Committee. The student will submit the Application for Thesis Examination - Form B (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office. The necessary arrangements will be made by the Graduate Programs Office for the examination of the thesis in accordance with the appropriate University regulations.

Full-time/Part-time

The Comparative and Internatioal Education program is offered on a part-time or full-time basis. M.Ed. Educational Studies onsite courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate in-service teachers.

Full-time - minimum three terms of registration. The Academic (thesis) route normally takes 4-6 terms to complete the program and the Professional (course-based) route normally takes 3 terms to complete the program. A typical full-time course load is three courses per term.

Part-time - normally takes 6-8 terms (2-3 years) to complete the program. Part-time students can take a maximum of two courses per term. For students working full-time it is recommended that they take 1 course in the Fall and Winter terms and 2 courses in the Summer term.

Online Study

Students registered in onsite programs may request to register for an online elective course if space permits after online students have registered.

Sakai OWL:

Online and onsite courses are available via the Sakai OWL platform, although instructors of onsite courses use this tool to varying degrees as well. Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: http://owltoo.uwo.ca.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer

Typical Program of Study

Below are examples of typical programs of study for full-time and part-time students following either the Academic or Profession route of study.

Students who started prior to Fall 2012

FULL-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis) Professional (Course-based)
Year 1 - Fall ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education

2 CIE Elective Courses
ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education

2 CIE Elective Courses
Year 1 - Winter ED 9600 Ontario Educational Policy in a Global Context

ED 9514 Comparative and International Education

ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
ED 9600 Ontario Educational Policy in a Global Context

ED 9514 Comparative and International Education

ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
Year 1 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation 1 Elective Course

ED 9691 Master's Seminar
Year 2 - Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis  
Year 2 - Winter ED 9590 Master's Thesis  

PART-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis)
Part-Time
Professional (Course-based)
Part-Time
Year 1 - Fall ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education
Year 1 - Winter ED 9514 Comparative and International Education ED 9514 Comparative and International Education
Year 1 - Summer 2 CIE Elective Courses 2 CIE Elective Courses
Year 2 - Fall ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
Year 2 - Winter ED 9600 Ontario Educational Policy in a Global Context ED 9600 Ontario Educational Policy in a Global Context
Year 2 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation 1 Elective Course

ED 9691 Master's Seminar
Year 3 - Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis  
Year 3 - Winter ED 9590 Master's Thesis  

Students who started Fall 2012

FULL-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis)
Full-Time
Professional (Course-based)
Full-Time
Year 1 - Fall ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

2 Elective Courses
ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

2 Elective Courses
Year 1 - Winter 3 Elective Courses 3 Elective Courses
Year 1 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation ED 9691 Master's Seminar 2

1 Elective Courses
Year 2 - Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 2 - Winter ED 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 2 - Summer ED 9590 Master's Thesis

PART-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis)
Part-Time
Professional (Course-based)
Part-Time
Year 1 - Fall ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
Year 1 - Winter 1 Elective 1 Elective
Year 1 - Summer 2 Electives 2 Electives
Year 2 - Fall 1 Elective 1 Elective
Year 2 - Winter 1 Elective 1 Elective
Year 2 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) ED 9691 Master's Seminar 2

1 Elective Courses
Year 3 - Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 3 - Winter ED 9590 Master's Thesis

Fall Term/Winter Term:

  • Onsite courses meet one evening (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm) per week for 12 weeks
  • Online courses run for 12 weeks

Summer Term

  • Intersession (onsite): Two evenings per week for 6 weeks beginning in May
  • Summer Session (onsite): 3 mornings or afternoons per week for 4 weeks in July
  • Summer Online: courses run for 12 weeks on-line beginning in May

Program Planning

Every year in June or July, students are provided access to enter course and program choices for the following year (fall, winter and summer terms). Program Planning is a mandatory process done annually for planning purposes; students do not register for courses one term at a time. Program Planning instructions and related documents can be found on the Program Planning web page. Students will receive notification via email when Program Planning begins. Please consult with your Academic Advisor (or Thesis Supervisor if your course work is complete) in regards to your course and program choices.