Graduate Studies & Research in Education

Important Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Turcotte Hall and the Faculty of Education offices are closed until further notice. All staff are currently working remotely and will continue to provide services to students. We can be reached at edu.masters@uleth.ca.


Spring 2021 Information Update

From Dr. Chris Mattatall, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research | October 26, 2020

Dear current and future Graduate Students, 

I love how Mark Batterson frames things, “You’re always one decision away from a totally different life!” That’s you!  You have chosen to pursue a graduate degree and undoubtedly it will alter the very pathway of your future life.  That’s exciting!

We realize, of course, that with COVID-19 many decisions have had to be made that altered the normal route that many of you were planning on taking through your graduate program.  Some of you are looking forward to beginning your graduate journey in Summer 2021 and you may be concerned about what that may look like.  

Let’s talk a bit about Spring 2021 and Summer 2021

All Faculty of Education graduate programs and courses scheduled for the Spring 2021 term are proceeding. The vast majority of our graduate students will not be impacted as your Spring 2021 courses were scheduled online and remain unchanged.  

For those in our MEd Counselling Psychology program—who normally take their Spring courses face to face on campus—your courses will be held remotely again this term as they were in the fall term, and they will once again retain their synchronous format, meaning that your instructor may use this scheduled time to meet with you through a scheduled Zoom or Teams class session.  

If you are currently working on a thesis, your colloquium and Thesis oral defence will proceed as planned, however they will be held virtually. 

If you are completing your practicum this term, it will go ahead as planned and you will be expected to use the format and procedures that your practicum site has decided to use.  

What will Summer 2021 look like?

The University of Lethbridge has not made any decision yet regarding program delivery for Summer 2021.  It is our hope and intention to offer courses face to face, but with the uncertainties of how COVID-19 is unfolding across the country and the world, we cannot at this time guarantee that courses will be held in person.  

Once we hear more about the Summer 2021 term, we will reach out to you with information pertinent to your program.

We’re here to help

We understand, of course, that these uncertainties are not without anxiety and stress, and we will do everything we can to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed decision about your program. 

While we will miss seeing students again this term in person, we will continue to provide supports virtually. If you are contemplating changes to your program, let us provide you with the resources you need to make an informed decision. 

If you have questions or would like further information, please be sure to contact us at edu.masters@uleth.ca

Your Graduate Studies and Research in Education team.

Dr. Chris Mattatall, Associate Dean (chris.mattatall@uleth.ca)

Susan Pollock, Program Manager (susan.pollock@uleth.ca)

Kevin Matis, Program Specialist (matis@uleth.ca)

Margaret Joblonkay, Administrative Assistant (margaret.joblonkay@uleth.ca)


COVID-19 Resources

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University of Lethbridge COVID-19 Updates

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Fall 2020 Information Update
From Dr. Chris Mattatall, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research | August 28, 2020

Dear Graduate Students, 

Welcome to the Fall 2020 term!!   

It is likely that we speak for everyone when we say that COVID-19 has changed how we expected the 2019-2020 school year to end and how the start of this school year would begin.  The word “unprecedented” has been used so often we think it’s beginning to lose its meaning.   However, we think it’s still important to note that given the unusual circumstances we continue to find ourselves in as we begin this fall term, an information update is necessary.

First though, to each of you who took courses remotely this summer, we cannot express adequately enough how impressed we were with your professionalism, your understanding, and your willingness to contribute to your courses and make them work.  We are so appreciative!  For those of you just starting your graduate journey, you were likely hoping to start your degree working together in-person on campus this summer.  Although that could not happen this year, we want you to know that we’ve heard from your instructors, who told us the virtual start to your Master’s degree did not impede a strong start to your program. Congratulations on an impressive start to your degree!

Let’s talk a bit about Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

All Faculty of Education graduate programs and courses are going ahead as scheduled this fall. The vast majority of our graduate students will not be impacted as your Fall 2020 courses were scheduled online and remain unchanged.  

For those in our MEd Counselling Psychology program—who normally take their fall courses face to face on campus—your courses will be held remotely this term, but they will retain their synchronous format, meaning that your instructor may use this scheduled time to meet with you through a scheduled Zoom or Teams class session.  

If you are currently working on a thesis, your colloquium and Thesis oral defence will proceed as planned, however they will be held virtually. 

If you are completing your practicum this term, it will go ahead as planned and you will be expected to use the format and procedures that your practicum site has decided to use.  

What will Spring 2021 look like?

As our province, country and world continue to grapple with this world-wide pandemic, universities are beginning to look ahead to January 2021 and attempt to determine if we will meet face to face or remain a virtual campus through online courses.  The University of Lethbridge has not made any decisions yet regarding program delivery in Spring 2021.  Once that decision is made it will be announced widely through all of the university’s communication methods.  Again, the vast majority of our graduate students will not be impacted regardless of how the university proceeds in January, but some of you may be.  Once we hear more about the Spring 2021 term, we will reach out to you with information pertinent to your program.

While we will miss seeing students again this term in person, we will continue to provide supports virtually. If you are contemplating changes to your program, let us provide you with the resources you need to make an informed decision. If you have questions or would like further information, please be sure to contact us at edu.masters@uleth.ca

Your Graduate Studies and Research in Education team.


From the Associate Dean, Dr. Chris Mattatall - May 22, 2020:

Dear Graduate Students, 

A reminder that all Faculty of Education graduate programs and courses are going ahead in Summer 2020. We look forward to connecting with you virtually during your summer courses.  

We want to ensure that all of our graduate students are aware of the situation for the fall term. All components of courses will be online for the Fall 2020 term.  

The vast majority of our graduate students will not be impacted as your Fall 2020 courses were scheduled online and remain unchanged. 

A few Fall 2020 courses will transition from face-to-face to online, and while the delivery method is adapting, the quality of instruction and content will remain. Your scheduled class times remain in place, and instructors may utilize these times for synchronous online meetings. Please rest assured that your program will retain its rigour and calibre. We have been utilizing blended delivery for decades and are putting this experience to good use in modifying on-campus courses to an online presence for the Fall term.  

If you are currently working on a thesis, your colloquium and Thesis oral defence will proceed as planned, however they will be held virtually. 

While we will miss seeing students in person, we will continue to provide supports virtually. If you are contemplating changes to your program, let us provide you with the resources you need to make an informed decision. If you have questions or would like further information, please be sure to contact us at edu.masters@uleth.ca

Your Graduate Studies and Research in Education team.

Dr. Chris Mattatall, Associate Dean (chris.mattatall@uleth.ca)

Susan Pollock, Program Manager (susan.pollock@uleth.ca)

Kevin Matis, Program Specialist (matis@uleth.ca)

Margaret Joblonkay, Administrative Assistant (margaret.joblonkay@uleth.ca)