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Educational Foundations


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Verna St. Denis

Graduate Secretary: Sherry Richert
Phone: (306) 966-7514

College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada S7N 0X1

Students taking an outdoor education course.

The Department of Educational Foundations Integrated Master of Education program provided a niche for a research-minded educator like myself, who has always wanted to do research in adult education and lifelong learning. I greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and encouragement that my research ideas have received in the Department, and the flexibility the program offers for pursuing courses and interests that further my academic and professional goals. After completing my Master's degree, I hope to apply my knowledge and research skills to the field of medical education as a research associate.

J. M. Goldberg
Thesis Student

Educational Foundations

Students' programs in Educational Foundations focus on the study and promotion of social and ecological justice education. Thematic areas include Indigenous and anti-racist education, environmental and ecological education, comparative and international education, gender and sexual orientation issues, as well as critical and creative approaches to various educational practices including process philosophy, critical pedagogies, place-based learning, and land-based learning.


Students may apply anytime, but only applications received by March 1, for a September start date, will be considered for devolved funding.


Department of Educational Foundation's M.Ed. graduates teach in teacher education programs; are employed in institutions of higher learning; coordinate academic programs; work with Indigenous organizations and First Nations governments; assume professional responsibilities in school systems as teachers, principals, vice-principals, superintendents, and directors; engage in school-community development; provide leadership in inter-professional and lifelong learning, and work for professional teacher organizations. 

M.Ed. +

The master's degree in Educational Foundations is also called the Integrated Master of Education. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for students to undertake graduate study in social and ecological justice education. Through its course offerings, the program provides for the interdisciplinary and international study of Indigenous education, adult and lifelong learning, anti-racist and anti-oppressive education, ecological and environmental education, process teaching and learning, sexual orientation and gender study. Other related thematic areas may include the study of philosophy, anthropology, Indigenous studies, lifelong and adult education, women's studies, history and sociology of education. Classes are offered on campus or through two year cohort delivery which offers thematic specializations and a blended delivery format that allows part time study at a distance. Thematic areas offered through cohort delivery include: Land Based Indigenous Education, Critical Environmental Education, and Lifelong Learning. With these cohorts, students take online classes and come together for summer institutes.


  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from a recognized college or university or documented and approved equivalency
  • a Cumulative Weighted Average of at least 70% (University of Saskatchewan grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study
  • demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS of 6.5 in each category