Graduate Program Overview

GRADUATE STUDIES FOR LEADERS IN CURRICULUM AND TEACHING UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

The Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan offers a graduate program that addresses the relationship between practice and theory in curriculum research, design, implementation, evaluation, and leadership.Those choosing to pursue a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies will be encouraged to focus on aspects of praxis leading to expertise and leadership in that area.

Who would be interested in an MEd in Curriculum Studies? Anyone participating in teaching in its various forms – in the K-12 system, the postsecondary system, and informal education – who wants to study one or more aspects of curriculum, such as research, development, implementation, evaluation and leadership for change.

Areas of Focus

The Department of Curriculum Studies offers a flexible program with three defined areas of focus:
Curriculum Innovation

M.Ed. Focus on Curriculum Innovation:
Developing Understanding and Pursuing New Concepts and Practices

Within our Curriculum Innovation focus, we provide individuals who work with curriculum in a variety of settings the opportunity to consciously develop or refine their theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, and practical approaches to their work with curriculum in classrooms, schools and in broader contexts.  Through our courses, we invite graduate students to explore the important role of existing curriculum and push the boundaries of future development in the area of curriculum design and application.

Part of the motivation behind our program is the need to support the understanding and application of effective curriculum. The following statement from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education supports our belief in the need for innovation in curriculum.

Saskatchewan’s Educational partners have a long history of commitment to providing the best research-abased educational programs possible. This commitment, combined with high quality curriculum and instruction, effective assessment practices, a wide range of resources, and supportive families and communities, prepares students to live full and rewarding lives, embrace opportunities and challenges, and actively engage with their communities. (Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, 2010)

Course Offerings
To support our students we offer a flexible and diverse program of studies. We do our best to accommodate the hopes and desires of those returning to University to pursue graduate studies. Reflecting this stance, specific course offerings within our Curriculum Innovation focus include:

  • ECUR 805.3 - Trends and Issues in Educational Research and Development
  • ECUR 809.3 - Models and Methods for the Evaluation of Educational Programs
  • ECUR 810.3 - Design and Practice of the Evaluation of Educational Programs
  • ECUR 819.3  Trends and Issues in Mathematics Education
  • ECUR 830.3 Research in Teaching Effectiveness
  • ECUR 832.3  Action Research Practicum
  • ECUR 835.3 Teachers and Children’s Identity Composition in Curriculum Making
  • ECUR 843.3 Reading Process and Practice
  • ECUR 844.3 Narrative Inquiry
  • ECUR 870.3 Literacy Education and Curriculum
  • ECUR 898.3 or ECUR 899.6 Individual Reading Courses in Curriculum
    - For Specific 898/899 Titles please refer to Course Offerings
  • ERES 845.3   Qualitative Research
  • ERES 840.3   Quantitative Research

As well, M.Ed. students with a focus on Curriculum Innovation take the required courses that all students in the Department of Curriculum Studies take:

  • ECUR 811.3 & ECUR 812.3: Principles and Practices of Curriculum Construction
  • ERES 800.3: Introduction to Education Research Methods
  • ECUR 990.0: Seminar in Curriculum Research
  • GSR 960.0 and GSR 961.0: Ethics

Contact Person
Please contact Dr. Jay Wilson at jay.wilson@usask.ca for more information or a consultation to design a program of studies to meet your needs and interests.

Early Childhood Education

M.Ed. Focus on Early Childhood Education:
Situating Children’s Learning in the Context of Families and Communities

Within our ECE focus, we provide individuals who work with young children in a variety of settings the opportunity to consciously develop or refine their theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, and practical approaches to their work with children, parents, and families.  Through our courses, we invite graduate students to explore the underpinnings of high quality programs which collaboratively engage educators, children, and families in planning and facilitating healthy, safe, culturally sensitive, and stimulating curricula that promote children’s abilities and interests.

The place of parents, families, and communities is positioned as a central pillar in our course offerings in early childhood education.

The rationale for parent and community engagement in public education is obvious and clear. The children and schools are theirs. Parents are the primary educators both philosophically and practically, and for schools to succeed, for learning and well-being to be achieved, community support is required. (Saskatchewan School Boards Association, 2006, p. 2)

Course Offerings
Reflecting this stance, specific course offerings within our ECE focus include:

  • ECUR 898.3 Re/Presenting Families in Schools
  • ECUR 898.3 Engaging Parents in Teaching and Learning
  • ECUR 805.3 Practicum in Parent and Family Engagement
  • ECUR 898.3 An Examination of the Underpinnings of Early Childhood Education
  • ECUR 877.3 Early Literacy Development.

As well, M.Ed. students with a focus on ECE take the required courses that all students in the Department of Curriculum Studies take:

  • ECUR 811.3 & ECUR 812.3: Principles and Practices of Curriculum Construction
  • ERES 800.3: Introduction to Education Research Methods
  • ECUR 990.0: Seminar in Curriculum Research
  • GSR 960.0 and GSR 961.0: Ethics

Contact Person
Please contact Dr. Debbie Pushor at 306-966-7573 or debbie.pushor@usask.ca for more information or a consultation to design a personal program of studies to meet your needs and interests.

English as an Additional Language

For information on this focus please contact:

Dr. Hyunjung Shin

Students in each focus take similar core courses and different electives that suit their learning goals. While each individual course has a focus, students are also expected to develop aspects of their area of interest. In addition to course offerings from Curriculum Studies, students are able to take elective courses from other departments providing these courses contribute to their areas of interest. Students may also take up to 6 cu of coursework through another Western Canadian university if these courses are approved as part of their official Program of Studies.

Program Options

  •     M.Ed. (Thesis) - 21 credit units plus thesis
  •     M.Ed. (Project) - 24 credit units plus project (6 cu) – 30 cu total
  •     M.Ed (Portfolio) – 27 credit units plus portfolio (3 cu) – 30 cu total

    Students interested in a PhD program should meet with the Graduate Coordinator.

MEd Courses

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Required courses for the MEd degree in Curriculum Studies:

    ECUR 811.3 - Curriculum Perspectives
    ECUR 812.3 - Curriculum Theory and Practice
    ERES 800.3 - Research Methods: Introductory Level
    GSR 960.0 - Introduction to Ethics and Integrity (online)   
    GSR 961.0 Ethics and Integrity in Human Research (online)
    ECUR 990.0 - Seminar in Curriculum Research (online)
    ECUR 992.6 - Project or
    ECUR 991.3 – Portfolio or
    ECUR 994 - Thesis

Elective courses for the MEd degree in Curriculum Studies (please check with Department for current offerings):
    ECUR 805.3 - Trends and Issues in Educational Research and Development
    ECUR 809.3 - Models and Methods for the Evaluation of Educational Programs
    ECUR 810.3 - Design and Practice of the Evaluation of Educational Programs
    ECUR 819.3  Trends and Issues in Mathematics Education
    ECUR 830.3 Research in Teaching Effectiveness
    ECUR 832.3  Practicum
    ECUR 835.3 Teachers and Childrens Identity Composition in Curriculum Making
    ECUR 843.3 Reading Process and Practice
    ECUR 844.3 Narrative Inquiry
    ECUR 870.3 Literacy Education and Curriculum
    ECUR 898.3 or ECUR 899.6 Individual Reading Courses in Curriculum
        - For Specific 898/899 Titles please refer to Course Offerrings
    ERES 845.3   Qualitative Research
    ERES 840.3   Quantitative Research

There is also a special option in Library and Information Science:
    Required courses:
    ECUR 811.3 - Curriculum Perspectives
    ECUR 812.3 - Curriculum Theory and Practice
    ERES 800.3 - Research Methods: Introductory Level
    ECUR 990.0 - Seminar in Curriculum Research
    Students select 9 - 12 c.u of courses through distance delivery in Library and Information Science from the University of Alberta.

    The program is completed through electives in language and literacy, and technology.

MEd Educational Technology and Design
    Required courses for the MEd degree in Educational Technology and Design:
    Please refer to the Educational Technology and Design (ETAD) information.

Requirements for Admission

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To be recommended for admission to the graduate program in Curriculum Studies, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. A Bachelor of Education degree or the equivalent of a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree.
  2. A minimum of one year of practical experience in education or a related field post degree if the applicant holds a BEd degree or
  3. A minimum of three years of practical experience in education or a related field post degree if the applicant does not hold a BEd degree.
  4. A minimum 70% average in the applicant’s most recent 60 cu of coursework.
  5.  Three letters of reference from academic or professional referees.
  6. A one or two page letter describing either what you would like to learn in your ECUR MEd or what has brought you to considering entering an ECUR MEd program
  7. An interview with faculty in Curriculum Studies.

NOTE: The Educational Technology and Design strand may have different requirements. Please refer to separate information.

Procedures for Applying

Information for Applying to Graduate Studies in Curriculum Studies.