The canadian Nipissing University provides education masters course for those who are interested in studying a particular field in education or develop professional skills for working in education. These courses are attended by adult students in order to get the Master of Education degree awarded by Nipissing University and be prepared as educational leaders for learning environments or organizations.
Education Masters Course can be attended full-time or part-time, and students cand register in onsite courses (Nipissing University offers three campuses in North Bay, Bracebridge and Brantford) or online courses. The full-time education masters course lasts two years, while the part-time courses could last up to six years since enrolment.
Students who choose to take education masters course in the fall, winter or spring/summer terms could also attend classes online (via blackboard learn) or onsite (this case also has two options: courses scheduled only in weekends, or at weeknights). The Nipissing Education Masters Course provides both theoretical material and learning via practice, as it challenges students with critical analysis of research and other missions that create their practice.
The specialized courses that are taught are clasified in five categories (adult education, language and literacy, leadership, special education, and teaching and pedagogy) and they refer to: understanding education, survey of research methods, principles of curriculum and instructions, educational leadership, theories of learning, critical pedagogy and approaches to democratic education, holistic education, organizational management, interpersonal relations in administration, developing curriculum for adult learners, adults as learners, mentoring as supportive practice; issues, assessments, readings and practicum in special education, foundations of special education, mental health in school populations, the gifted learner, models and methods for program development with gifted learners; education law in schools, organizational management, conceptions of student risk and resilience and educational leadership, interpersonal relations in administration, supervision of instruction, safe schools; ethics, values and decision making in education and schooling; models of teaching, reflective practice, curricular strategies, curricular issues, evaluation of curriculum and instruction, holistic education; narrative inquiry in teaching, learning and research; making multiple meanings, developmental reading, early literacy, literature based instruction in language, integrated approaches to language curriculum, research themes in second language education, etc.
Soon after being admitted to Education Masters Course, every single student is assigned a faculty advisor; also, in order to help the student in creating a thesis or completing a research paper, the faculty allocates every student a supervisor which could be his faculty advisor or a totally different person. All degree requirements should be completed within three years -for full-time Education Masters Cours attendants, while part-time students have to finish them within six years.