Students who choose to study on campus are able to build flexible programs of study around their primary area of interest and in line with faculty expertise in social and ecological justice. Examples are anti-racist, anti-colonial education; critical environmental education; gender and sexuality; Indigenous Education; lifelong learning; and process philosophy. They study with award-winning faculty and participate in a vibrant intellectual environment with increasing opportunities to assist with faculty research. They may complement their areas of focus with courses in other departments or units. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of forums to develop research and leadership capacity in areas related to social and ecological justice: the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC), Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI), Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Student Teachers Anti-racism Society (STARS), the Social Justice Anti-racist, Anti-oppressive Forum on Education to name a few. Travel awards are available to support student research presentations at conferences and the College encourages publication in its on-line journal, Education Matters.
On-campus master’s students in Educational Foundations undertake their studies in either a course-based (ten 3cu courses) or thesis route (usually six 3cu courses plus thesis). An average of 80% in the last 60 cu of study is required for the thesis route. Thesis students are encouraged to apply for annual scholarships of $10 000-$15 000 before March 01. Since 1997, EFDT students have won nine university thesis awards. Course-based students may take from one to three 3cu courses per term, completing in one-two years.
The Department of Educational Foundations currently does not have a PhD program. We do take exceptionally well qualified students from time to time on a “Special Case” basis. Please contact the Graduate Chair if you wish more information.