General Master's Program

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 3 cu courses plus thesis).   An average of 70% in the last 60 cu of study is expected for the course-based route.  An average of 80% in the last 60 cu of study is expected for the thesis route. Thesis students who apply for admission before March 01 will be considered for a scholarship of  approximately $10 000-$15 000.  Since 1997, EFDT students have won ten 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

Proposed courses:  thesis and/or course based students

** Course-based option in italics.

Thesis

Term One Term Two
  • EFDT 990, 960, and 961
  • EFDT 870.3, Interdisciplinary Seminar   
  • EFDT 844.3, Anti-racist Education
  • EFDT 898.3, Critical Pedagogy and Democracy
  •   
  • ERES 800.3, Introduction to Research
  • EFDT 843.3, Decolonizing Education
  • EFDT 857.3, Critical Pedagogy, Neoliberalism, and Environment

Summer

  • EFDT 837.3 Philosophy and Curriculum
  • EFDT 498.3, Pedagogy of Anti-racist Education

Thesis

Term One Term Two
  • EFDT 990, 960, and 961
  • EFDT 870.3, Interdisciplinary Seminar   
  • EFDT 844.3, Anti-racist Education
  • EFDT 898.3, History of Citizenship
  •   
  • ERES 800.3, Introduction to Research
  • EFDT 843.3, Decolonizing Education
  • EFDT 898.3, Place-based Education and Democracy

Spring/Summer

  • EFDT 842 History of Indian and Native Education and one three credit course TBA

Thesis

Term One Term Two
  • EFDT 990, 960, and 961
  • EFDT 870.3, Interdisciplinary Seminar   
  • EFDT 844.3, Anti-racist Education
  • EFDT 898.3, Democracy and Philosophy
  •   
  • ERES 800.3, Introduction to Research
  • EFDT 843.3, Decolonizing Education
  • EFDT 857.3 Critical Pedagogy, Neoliberalism, and Environment
  • The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Department Head.  Substitution of courses may occur if necessary.

M. Ed. Cohorts

Distinguished Theses

Since 1997 faculty in the department have supervised students who have won number distinguished Masters Thesis and Dissertation Awards.

The titles of these works are:

Places of activism: Engaging youth to explore the places that maintain communities of activism, 2015 M.Ed.
Name:  Karen McIver
Supervisor:  Marcia McKenzie

Triple learning: The journey from student to scholar, 2014 PhD

Name:  Yolanda Palmer

Current Employment:

Supervisor:  Karla Jessen Williamson

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/ETD-2015-02-1951

 

 

Examining the influence of aboriginal literature on aboriginal students’ resilience at the University of Saskatchewan, 2014, M.Ed.

Name:  Christine Fiddler

Current Employment:

Supervisor:  Karla Jessen Williamson

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/ETD-2014-04-1488

 

 

“The safest place”:  Anti-oppression in spoken word poetry, 2013, M.Ed.

Name:  Cody Dill

Current Employment: Saskatoon Public School Division

Supervisor:  Verna St. Denis

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/ETD-2013-01-873

 

 

Investigating learning of the embodied self in motion: Implications for socio-ecological justice education, 2012, M.Ed.

Name:  Vince Anderson

Current Employment:  PhD IND

Supervisor:  Marcia McKenzie

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/ETD-2011-09-255

 

 

Métis traditional environmental knowledge and science education (M.Ed., Social Sciences B , 2011)

Name: Yvonne Vizina

Current Employment  PhD School of Environment and Sustainability

Supervisor: Alexandria Wilson

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/7524

Transforming lives through international community service-learning: A case study (M.Ed., Social Sciences B  2010)

Name: David Peacock

Current Employment

Supervisor: Marcia McKenzie

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/etd-08312009-110030?show=full

 

 

Adult education and the social economy: Rethinking the communitarian pedagogy of Watson Thomson

(M.Ed., Social Sciences B  2009)

Name: Michael Chartier

Current Employment

Supervisor: Howard Woodhouse

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/etd-04132009-123714

 

 

Selectivity in education in learning and teaching: The role and limits of negative prehensions in Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy of education (M. Ed. 2006)

Name:  Adam Scarfe

Current Employment:  Professor of Philosophy, University of Manitoba )

Supervisor:  Howard Woodhouse

 

 

Gendered determinants of job-related training participation in Canada (2004, Interdisciplinary PhD); 

Name: Elizabeth Quinlan

Current Employment:  Associate Professor Sociology University of Saskatchewan

Supervisor:  Dianne Hallman (now Miller) and Don Fischer, Professor Emeritus, Psychology

 

 

Museums, education, and community: A reflection on supervised theory and practice (2003);

Name: Ted Buglas

Current Employment

Supervisor: Don Cochrane

https://ecommons.usask.ca/handle/10388/5763

 

 

Femininity: A retrospective study of women and their reading of teen magazines during adolescence (M.Ed.   2002);

Name: Lisa Fedorowich

Current Employment

Supervisor” Dianne Hallman (now Miller) and Angela Ward, Curriculum Studies

 

 

Wild virtue: Educational practices for environmentally sustainable communities within the traditions of deep ecology (Social Sciences B ,1997). 

Name:  Will Wilson

Current Employment: Professor Lakehead University Check

Supervisor: Robert Regnier

Department Resources

An interview with Doris Dyke former Head, Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, U of S, 1966-1972.