M.Ed. in Education Psychology/Special Education

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

The Educational Psychology/Special Education core focus area is research intensive with a strong applied focus in the following areas: cognitive processes and structures particularly in writing, reading, science and mathematics education; the study of students who are gifted and talented; developmental disabilities and autism; psychosocial aspects of schooling and prejudice during childhood; and inclusive education.

A number of our applicants are teachers but not all have teaching certificates. These students have in the past come from areas such as Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology and are interested in the more applied educational or special education focus of our program.

Graduates of our program have secured positions of leadership in school boards and health science centers, international teaching, private organization teaching, community and social service employment, doctoral studies and university faculty positions.

Faculty Research

Faculty conducting research in the areas of Educational Psychology/Special Education:

Sandieson, Ph.D.

Robert Sandieson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1105
519.661.2111 x 88620
sandie@uwo.ca
Biography
Specht, Ph.D.

Jacqueline A. Specht, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1112
519.661.2111 x 88876
jspecht@uwo.ca
Biography
Edmunds, Ph.D.

Alan Edmunds, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1179
519.661.2111 x 88622
aedmunds@uwo.ca
Biography
Klein, Ph.D.

Perry Klein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1089
519.661.2111 x 88872
pklein@uwo.ca
Biography
Leschied, Ph.D.

Alan Leschied, Ph.D.

Professor
FEB 1108
519.661.2111 x 88628
leschied@uwo.ca
Biography
Jaffe, Ph.D.

Peter Jaffe, Ph.D.

Professor
FEB 1118
519.661.2018 x 82018
pjaffe@uwo.ca
Biography
Nowicki, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Nowicki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
SH 3356
519.661.2111 x 80186
enowick2@uwo.ca
Biography
Schwean

Vicki Schwean

Faculty of Education Dean, Professor
FEB 1007
519.661.2111 x 82080
vschwean@uwo.ca
Biography
Rodger, Ph.D.

Susan Rodger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1109
519.661.2111 x 88605
srodger2@uwo.ca
Biography
Brown, Ph.D.

Jason Brown, Ph.D.

Professor
FEB 1110
519.661.2111 x 88617
jbrow97@uwo.ca
Biography

Degree Requirements

Academic Route (Thesis Option)

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

  • 4 Required Courses
    • ED 9526 Psychology in Education: Issues, Theories and Practices
    • ED 9621 Introduction to Statistics in Education
    • ED 9622 Research Design in Education
    • ED 9657 Exceptional Students in the Classroom: Issues, Theories and Practices
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • 2 Milestones
    • ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP)
    • ED 9590 Master's Thesis

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.

Professional Route (Course-based Option)

  • 4 Required Courses
    • ED 9526 Psychology in Education: Issues, Theories and Practices
    • ED 9622 Research Design in Education
    • ED 9657 Exceptional Students in the Classroom: Issues, Theories and Practices
    • ED 9691 Master's Seminar
  • 4 Elective Courses

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.

Course Offerings in the Field of Educational Psychology/Special Education

It is recommended that students choose their elective courses in consultation with their Academic Advisor. Courses in the field of Educational Psychology/Special Education are listed below. Students may choose elective courses from other fields.

  • ED 9523 Developmental Psychology & Education
  • ED 9526 Psychology in Education: Issues, Theories & Practices
  • ED 9550 Ethics and Human Development
  • ED 9621 Introduction to Statistics in Education
  • ED 9629 Equity & Social Justice in Education
  • ED 9640 Safe Schools: Emerging Research, Policy and Practice for School Systems
  • ED 9641 Testing & Assessing Student Learning
  • ED 9652 Students with Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • ED 9657 Problems & Issues in Special Education
  • ED 9658 Pscho-educational Perspectives & Learning in the Gifted
  • ED 9660 Special Topics in Educational Psychology & Special Education: Learning Disabilities
  • ED 9660 Special Topics in Educational Psychology & Special Education: Behaviour
  • ED 9675 Mixed Research Methods
  • 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 Educational Psychology / Special 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.

FULL-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis) Professional (Course-based)
Year 1 - Fall ED 9526 Psychology in Education: Issues, Theories and Practices

ED 9657 Problems & Issues in Special Education

1 Elective Course
ED 9526 Psychology in Education: Issues, Theories and Practices

ED 9657 Problems & Issues in Special Education

1 Elective Course
Year 1 - Winter ED 9621 Introduction to Statistics in Education

ED 9622 Research Design in Education

1 Elective Course
ED 9622 Research Design in Education

2 Elective Course
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) Professional  (Course-based)
1-Fall ED 9526 Psychology in Education: Issues, Theories and Practices ED 9526 Psychology in Education: Issues, Theories and Practices
2-Winter ED 9621 Introduction to Statistics in Education 1 Elective Course
3-Summer 2 Elective Courses 2 Elective Courses
4-Fall ED 9657 Problems & Issues in Special Education ED 9657 Problems & Issues in Special Education
5-Winter ED 9622 Research Design in Education ED 9622 Research Design in Education
6-Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation 1 Elective Course

9691 Master's Seminar
7-Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis  
8-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.