Advanced Standing Credits

There are two ways students can apply to earn advanced standing credits towards a Master of Education (MEd) degree in the Faculty of Education!

  1. During the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree:
  2. Through Additional Qualification (AQ) and Principals' Qualification Program (PQP) courses at York University that are offered through our Professional Learning unit.

Please note: Teachers who are interested in applying an advanced standing credit for a Master’s degree that will be used to progress to a higher pay category should check with their federation in advance of completing the degree in order to ensure that they will qualify.

See details below:

Advance Standing Credits from BEd

Advanced Standing Credits from BEd

Students can work towards counting an additional research project from their York University Bachelor of Education degree towards 3.00 advanced standing credits towards the Master of Education (MEd) degree at York University! Please see the terms, conditions and processes below.

In order to qualify:

  • Students will complete an additional research project as an extension of EDFE 4200 in their Bachelor of Education degree. This additional research paper will be assessed by a faculty member.
  • If students pass the course and the project is assessed at a B+ or higher (a pass), students can be eligible to count this paper to 3.00 credits in a Master of Education (MEd) degree in the Graduate Program in Education at York University if the remaining steps are completed within the timelines. This will be counted as an “Advanced Standing Credit.”
  • Students must not have met the maximum number of Advanced Standing Credits in the degree through other means already.
  • Students must successfully complete the petitions process within the required timelines after being registered in the Graduate Program in Education.

Timelines:

  1. Students must register in the Master of Education (MEd) program at York University within the next two years.
  2. Students must be accepted into and registered into the Master of Education (MEd) program at York University within two years of completing the assignment and Bachelor of Education degree:
    1. During their first term of study, students must submit a petition package that includes the following documents:
      1. Completed, signed petition form (along with the petition package requirements as outlined by FGS)
      2. A copy of the grade sheet, received from your EDFE 4200 Course Director, which indicates your passing grade on the additional assignment.
      3. A copy of the transcript showing completion of the course

Note: The minimum time for their degree completion will remain the same, but students can receive 3.00 credits towards the degree.

Participation:

As an Undergraduate BEd Student at York University:

  1. During their participation in EDFE 4200 in their Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree in the Faculty of Education at York University, complete an additional research project—as outlined—and submit it to the appropriate faculty member by the established deadline. Due to deadlines for reporting marks for convocation, extensions cannot be provided.
  2. Students will receive a signed sheet that includes their grade for the paper. If their paper was assessed at a B+ or higher (a pass), students are eligible to use this verification towards 3.00 credits towards the Master of Education (MEd) degree in the Graduate Program in Education at York University within the next two years.
    • This course will not count towards the GPA in the Bachelor of Education degree or the Master of Education degree at York University.

As a Student in the Master of Education (MEd) Program at York University:

  1. When students have been accepted into and are registered in the Master of Education (MEd) degree program in the Graduate Program in Education at York University within two years of successfully completing this assignment and the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree, they can complete the remaining steps in the process.
  2. During the first term in the Master of Education (MEd) program, students must submit a petition in order to request that the successful completion of the assignment be counted towards their degree. The following documents must be submitted to the Graduate Program in Education within this timeline:
    1. Completed, signed petition form (along with the petition package requirements outlined by FGS)
    2. A copy of the grade sheet, received from your EDFE 4200 Course Director, which indicates your passing grade on the additional assignment.
    3. A copy of your transcript showing completion of the course
  1. The 3.00 graduate course will only be credited if the following conditions are met:
    1. The student is currently registered in the MEd within the two-year deadline of successfully completing the assignment and the Bachelor of Education degree.
    2. The student successfully completed the assignment in EDFE 4200 and provides verified proof (i.e. signed grade sheet) of this success with the petition.
    3. The complete petition must be submitted to the Graduate Program in Education during the first term of study in the MEd program. Upon successful completion of course(s) in the first term, the petition will be considered.
    4. The maximum number of Advance Standing credits must not have already been met for the MEd degree.
    5. The FGS Petitions committee will consider the application and verify that the conditions have been met before proceeding.

Please note: Students are still required to complete the coursework with adherence to the minimum and maximum timelines for your graduate program.

Please note: A copy of the petition decision letter for the approved 3.00 advanced standing credits will be added to the student’s file, but will not show up on the transcript. A mark is not granted, but the credits will count towards degree completion.

Please note: For students registered in the MEd program who have successfully completed this additional assignment in EDFE 4200, there is no obligation to count the credits as “advanced standing credits” towards a course in the MEd program. If the petition is not completed during the established timelines, it is understood that students are not interested in counting the credits; no action will be taken to initiate the process by the Graduate Program in Education. By completing the petition, students are informing the Graduate Program in Education that they would like to count the coursework toward the degree.

Relation to salary increases for teachers:

Teachers who are interested in applying an advanced standing credit for a Master’s degree that will be used to progress to a higher pay category should check with their federation in advance of completing the degree in order to ensure that they will qualify.

Advance Standing Credits from Professional Learning

Advanced Standing Credits from Professional Learning

Students who have completed Additional Qualification (AQ) and Principals' Qualification Program (PQP) courses at York University may also qualify for Advanced Standing Credits in the Master of Education (MEd) degree program. Find out how to earn these credits!

Relation to salary increases for teachers:

Teachers who are interested in applying an advanced standing credit for a Master’s degree that will be used to progress to a higher pay category should check with their federation in advance of completing the degree in order to ensure that they will qualify.