Master of Education in Curriculum Studies (General Curriculum)

30 credit-hours

The MEd (General Curriculum) is a 10-course (30 credit hour) program that offers maximum flexibility for the working professional and the time-constrained full-time student. In both part time and full-time models, there are 3 required courses, and the remaining 7 courses are electives. This elective space in the program allows you to focus on particular areas of interest. The option for self-directed studies including Readings, Projects and professional development Explorations further provides choices for student looking for a broad Masters of Education. As with other MEd programs, a supervised research Thesis is an option within the 30 credit hour requirement.

In our Curriculum Studies program, you will:

  • Explore aspects of curriculum studies
  • Challenge dominant discourses of democratic action, empowerment, and change
  • Focus on equity and social justice within diverse cultural frameworks
  • Investigate current curriculum theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective
Required Courses (all students)
  • EDUC 5633 – Curriculum Foundations
  • EDUC 5643 – Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies (Prerequisite: EDUC 5633 or permission)
  • EDUC 5513 – Research Design
Required Courses (thesis and non-thesis)
Non-thesis students

Additional requirements:

  • 21h electives selected from graduate courses offered by the School of Education or approved graduate courses offered by other departments or schools
Thesis students

Additional requirements:

  • 12h electives selected from graduate courses offered by the School of Education or approved graduate courses offered by other departments or schools
  • EDUC 5113 – Qualitative Research in Education or EDUC 5523 – Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
  • EDUC 5966 – Graduate Thesis

We are accepting applications for a Fall 2024 start date in the MEd (General Curriculum) Program for both part-time and full-time students.

Applications for the 2024 intake of Acadia University's Master of Education in Curriculum Studies is Open. The application deadline is May 1st 2024 for a Fall 2024 intake.

We encourage you to read the information and requirements for the graduate-level admissions process.

Applications for graduate education programs at Acadia include:

  • Application (Online)
  • Application Fee
  • Letter of Intent (uploaded)
  • Resume/CV (uploaded)
  • Official Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (mailed)
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference (one Academic, one Professional)

Instructions for Letter of Intent for MEd-Curriculum:  Curriculum Studies

In addition to the general application procedures for graduate studies, the “letter of intent” is an important artefact that helps the reviewers of applications know and understand you, your background, your intentions, and your interest/motivation in this program.  It often helps reviewers differentiate among applications; they are especially important when there is tremendous demand for a program.

Please use the following prompts and questions to guide your letter of intent.  Please keep your letter of intent to a maximum of two pages.  You do not need to speak to each point; rather we suggest you write to the points that will be most helpful allowing us insight into your background, passions, curiosities, etc.

  • Describe how your teaching experience provides a foundation for rigorous discussions of curriculum in schools.
  • Discuss what you perceive as the biggest problems with public schooling today.
  • What is your primary purpose for pursuing graduate studies in education?
  • What do you hope to learn through your participation in this graduate program?

Mailing Address:
Acadia University, Graduate Studies
18 University Ave, 214 Horton Hall, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

Please visit our Graduate Admissions page to learn more about entry requirements.

If you have any questions about the application process for a graduate education program at Acadia, please contact our Graduate Studies Office, by emailing

Applicants should be advised that the application process is competitive. Students in the pool of applications often meet the minimum requirement yet distinguish themselves through other aspects of the application documentation and/or process. Given the number of applications received, the faculty is not resourced sufficiently to respond to queries about unsuccessful applications.


NOTE:  Students are responsible for contacting the teacher certification branch to determine if a program and constituent courses meet requirements for upgrades to licenses or new endorsations for a change in job designation.

Please also be aware that it is your responsibility to monitor your own program and to ensure that you have met degree requirements.

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