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.
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.
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。
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。
（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.)