What is Educational Foundations?

The Department of Educational Foundations is committed to advancing the study of social and ecological justice education.  It realizes this mission through:

  • offering a Master of Education program, special case PhD programs and courses in the Collge of Education Bachelor of Education program
  • scholarly research and publication
  • professional practice
  • community and university service

In its work, the Department is dedicated to addressing a diverse range of thematic areas, including:

  • 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 thematic areas involve the study of philosophy, anthropology, Indigenous studies, adult education, women’s studies, history and the sociology of education and international education.

The Master of Education is offered through both a course-based (10 courses) and thesis-based (6 courses and a thesis) program of study. We have a regular on-going on-campus offering which features a themed study on Indigenous Education or Teaching for Democratic Practice.

We also offer four distinct theme based cohorts in conjunction with the Center for Continuing and Distance Education: (i) the Land-based Indigenous Cohort, (ii) the Critical Environmental Cohort, (iii) the Lifelong Learning Cohort, and beginning in the summer of 2015, (iv) the Aboriginal Education Cohort.