Distance Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
Athabasca University’s Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd) program is one of the oldest graduate programs in distance education. Established in September 1994, its primary focus is on the fields of distance education and training—learning that helps students overcome the barriers of time and space. Distance education and training are rapidly expanding fields and indicators point to their continued and steady growth well into the future.


Today, distance education and training students of all ages are provided with the opportunity to learn in a wide variety of subject areas, formats, and organizations. If distance educators are to adapt to the increasingly sophisticated field of distance education and to maintain their professional competence, continuous upgrading is essential. Professional growth is also required by people from a variety of educational and occupational backgrounds who seek entry into this burgeoning field.

As the demand for distance education and training increases, the need for formal qualifications in their delivery becomes more pressing. Those students who currently work or aspire to work in distance education and training and whose personal commitments demand a flexible and accessible graduate-level program, may find Athabasca University’s MEd program the path to a more rewarding career.

The MEd in Distance Education program from Athabasca University is unique in several ways. It is housed at Athabasca University, one of the world’s leading open universities. All courses for the degree are delivered via a variety of distance education media, including the Internet. There are no face-to-face requirements for completion of the degree. Tuition rates are affordable.

Program participants work in diverse distance education and training settings such as business firms, government agencies, voluntary and professional associations, hospitals and other health-care organizations, schools, colleges, and universities.

Programme Structure

Required Courses
  • Introduction to Distance Education and Training
  • Research Methods in Distance Education
  • Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory
  • Instructional Design in Distance Education
  • Planning and Management in Distance Education and Training
  • Introduction to Current Distance Education Technologies
  • Technology in Education and Training
For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants to the MEd program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary education institution.

If the potential applicant does not have a degree, but believes his or her education and experience is equivalent to an undergraduate degree, then it is the responsibility of the applicant to put forward this position in writing as part of the application process.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19239 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19239 CAD for the full programme and a duration of  .
  • National Applies to you

    17039 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17039 CAD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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  • The total tuition cost for a student living in Canada who takes all her or his courses from Athabasca University, would be $17,039 ($1,549 x 11, three-credit course equivalents). Application and admission fees are not included in the above calculation. The AUGSA fees are included.
  • The total tuition cost for a student living outside Canada who takes all her or his courses from Athabasca University, would be $19,239 ($1,749 x 11, three-credit course equivalents). Application and admission fees are not included in the above calculation. The AUGSA fees are included.


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