Is MEd in TRU worth taking it?


If you want to learn more about the MEd program in TRU, or if you are struggling whether to take it or not, you may check my experience below, and you are welcome to ask for more details about it. I hope the following can help you to gain a clearer picture of the program.

I am Muriel, from Guangzhou, China. Having studied for 16 months, I recently graduated from TRU’s Master of Education program (M.Ed.) (https://www.tru.ca/edsw/education/master_education.html). I just got my three-year Work Permit and I am excited to look for a job in British Columbia.

 

What is M.Ed. and how long will it take?

The TRU’s Master of Education Program (M.Ed.) is a Master Degree program, designed for those who want to advance their career in the education field, to assume a position as an educational leader and capable researcher in education, health care, private industry and government. The M.Ed. program consists of 30 credits, and offers thesis, final project, or capstone exit options. The full-time M.Ed. program can be completed in as less as 16 months.

 

Why I chose TRU’s M.Ed. program?

Having completed my Bachelor’s degree in China, and I wanted a program that would further enhance my ability and extend my job opportunities as well in an affordable budget and time.

First of all, the tuition fee for this program at TRU is reasonable and affordable. I spent $28,990.94 Canadian Dollars in total for the program. Also, it took me only 16 months in total to complete all the courses required for graduation. The program covers various courses that are necessary for working in the education area. When I was searching for jobs right now, I could notice that many requirements from employers did match from what I have gained from the program. For example, they ask for administrative skills which I have learned from Educational Management and Principles & Processes of Educational Leadership; they ask for coordination skills which I have learned from Conflict Management and Legal Issues; they ask for experience and ability for working in multicultural environment which I got in the classes which was very multicultural, and I gained the learning from the course of Diversity as well; and they ask me about my teaching or working value which I learned more deeply from the course of Educational Philosophy.

(photo 3: Kettaneh, H., I. (2015 ). Glocalization of Higher Education. )

Furthermore, because of its two advantages, I considered the M.Ed. program best for job hunting and career development. The first advantage is that I will get a Master’s degree after it. If I would go back to my home country, a Master’s degree would be no doubt the biggest advantage in my job hunting.

If I choose to stay in Canada, a Master’s degree is a lot more in demand nowadays in labour market. I would not be surprised that many agents suggested a Diploma or Certificate program so as to easily find a job. That is partially true. The Diploma program and Certificate program are fit for skill jobs, which could require more labour work. These jobs are more likely to have more labour demands, so people could be easier to find a job by taking a Diploma or Certificate program. However, I prefer working in the office, so it would be the same in Canada that having a Master’s degree is more helpful. I did a job searching before deciding and I found many decent jobs either require a Master’s degree or describe it would be a plus to the position.

Another advantage would be its’ small class. In anywhere in the world, the networking plays an outstanding role in both job hunting and career development. Considering being an international student here, I concerned about adjusting to the new culture and getting network in a short time. That was why I preferred a small class so that I could earn more chances to learn from each other and get others to learn from me as well. It turned out to be true that our classmates could have frequent interactions with each other, and our professors learned and interacted with everyone well through the small class. Because of this factor, when I need references from them, they could refer me in detail.

How were my classes in the M.Ed. program?

There were three courses every semester, except that in the last semester there was only one course. There were four classes every week, and usually from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Because my class schedule was not busy, I had sufficient time to join various events and take part-time work. Most excitingly, it was completely exam free, and therefore we had holidays earlier than many others on campus.

It was quite different to my undergraduate learning experience. The M.Ed. courses were relaxed and fun. First, We were allowed to eat during the class. Because everyone would feel hungry during that time, so many classmates or even our professor would bring some snacks to the class and share with each other. So the class could be more like a knowledgeable and informative tea party. Moreover, all the topics were related to education. So even if I did not have work experience, based on my former education, I had the interest and ability to learn and discussed on various kinds of topics. Also, the whole class was multicultural. We had many domestic students who worked in the schools or educational institutions, aboriginal students, and other international students from Russia, Ukraine, India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and China.

How are graduates from M.Ed. program now?

Because I took one more program, so my M.Ed. classmates were graduated ahead of me. My domestic classmates had got a decent job in the education area before taking the program. After our program, some of them got promoted, becoming either Vice Principal or Principal in their schools, and some of them continued studying for a Doctor’s Degree. As an international student in Canada, my other classmates used to have more concerns about job hunting. However, all of them got a full-time job right now. Their jobs vary differently: Manager, Consultant, Advisor, Coordinator, Teacher, Administrative Officer, Admission Officer, Sales, and even Data Processor. Most classmates got an offer soon after graduation, but two classmates who had a higher expectation, had spent half year in finding their dream jobs, and one of them right now is working at TRU.

It was a great and impressive experience in taking the M.Ed. program at TRU. I hope that you will find your unique experience, potential development, and bright future through this program as well. Thank you for reading my post. Please feel free to leave your questions about the program, and I would love to share more with you.

 

 

汤姆逊河大学教育学硕士值得你进修吗?

如果你想了解更多有关汤姆逊河大学教育学硕士专业,或者还在纠结于要不要学习它,你可以来看看我的经历。当然,我也同时欢迎你们提出问题。我希望我的这篇文章能够帮助你对这个专业有一个大致的了解。

我叫 Muriel,来自中国广州。我在加拿大汤姆逊河大学进修了16个月,最近毕业于教育学,并取得了硕士(简称 M.E.D)学位。(https://www.tru.ca/edsw/education/master_education.html)。我刚刚获得了三年的工签,现在我正忙于在不列颠哥伦比亚省找到一份精彩的工作。

什么是教育学硕士 (M.E.D),学习它需要多久?

汤姆逊河大学教育学硕士旨在为希望在教育行业进一步深造,预计成为一名教育管理者或教育研究人员的人提供进一步学习的机会。教育学硕士专业共计30个学分,如果你想要全天课程,那么最短你可以在16个月内修完这门专业。

为什么我选择在汤姆逊河大学学习教育学硕士?

综合考虑到我已经在国内完成本科教育,并希望能够在有限的时间和花费内提升个人的能力,获得更多的工作机会,我选择在国外进行教育学硕士。

首先,汤姆逊河大学学费合理,在我的考虑范围之内。学习这个专业,我一共花了28990.94加元,同时,学习专业里毕业要求的所有课程也只花了我16个月的时间。教育硕士这个专业中包含了一系列针对教育行业的课程,在我寻找工作岗位的时候,我能够清楚的看到应聘要求的许多内容都能够一一的与我所学习的内容对应。例如,应聘中要求应聘者具有行政管理能力,而我恰好在 Management and Principles & Process of Education Leadership 中学到。他们要求调配技能,而我又恰好在 Conflict Management and Legal Issues 中学到了这些内容。不仅如此,通过学习教育硕士专业,我又获得了比别人多的优势,例如我的硕士专业。

教育学硕士专业的课堂是怎样的?

在教育学硕士专业中,学生每学期要学习三门课,在即将毕业的最后一个学期中将学习一门课。每周有四节课,一般来说上课的时间是从下午的5:00到8:00。因为我的课程表不是特别的紧,因而我有一些业余的时间去打工。最令人激动的是,这门课没有任何期末考试,并且我们的假期也比其他大学同学早些开始。

教育硕士专业比起我的本科教育来说,它更好玩,学到的东西也更有意义。首先,我们可以在课堂里吃东西。因为是晚餐时间,很多同学都觉得特别饿,因此老师和学生都会带一些零食到课堂中来与大家分享。这样,我们的课堂就变得更加的活泼,交流性也得到了大大的提升。此外,我们所讲的所有专题都与教育密切相关。这样一来,尽管我没有许多的工作经验,但是凭我在课堂中所学到的实际的知识,我已经能够参与讨论一系列的话题。最重要的是,我们整个课堂都是来自不同国家不同肤色,多民族多文化的。他们有的是本地已经工作了的人,有的是原住民,还有的是来自俄罗斯,乌克兰,印度以及中国的同学。

教育学硕士毕业生现在的情况怎么样?

因为我在硕士学习期间多修了一门课,因此我的同学都比我提前毕业。我的一些加拿大同学在学习这门学科之前已经在教育行业从事工作,毕业后,他们大多数都得到了升值的机会,成为了副校长或校长。有一些能还在继续考博士学位。作为一名在加拿大的国际学生,我们最初都很担心是否能够找到一个好的工作,但是最终呢,我的国际同学们都得到了一份全职工作。他们有的是经理,有的是领事,有的是顾问,有的是老师。绝大多数的同学都能够在毕业后很短的时间内获得一份工作。
在汤姆逊河大学的学习时光中精彩而又有趣。我由衷的希望你也能够找到属于你的独特的教育经历,开发你潜在的力量,找到属于你的美好未来。再次感谢你阅读我的这篇文章,如果有什么问题,欢迎你在下方留言询问,我很愿意与你们分享我的更多学习经验。

(这篇文章由邓浩楠翻译,原文作者 Mengyuan Huang,在翻译过程中有删减和改动。)
(This post is translated by Haonan Deng. The original author is Mengyuan Huang. Post has been edited and partially deleted while translating.)



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