Curriculum & Instruction: Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education M.Ed. -Fall 2014


Read more about this program in the Georgia Straight.

Read Douglas Todd's Vancouver Sun blog post about this program.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education is designed to fill the growing hunger for contemplative perspectives and practices in our educational institutions, communities and world at large. This graduate degree program, the first of its kind in North America, is founded on a robust, broad, deep and coherent conceptual framework that builds on the knowledge, wisdom and understandings developed so far in the contemplative educational field. The core concern of this field is the cultivation of foundational humanity. Theoretical exploration of the key concepts and practices, such as mindful awareness, mind-body integration, well-being, ethical integrity and authenticity, and compassion are based in curriculum as "living inquiry."

Participants in this program will:

  • develop their "contemplative capacity" including  mindful awareness and communication, the ethics of compassion, wisdom, and creativity;
  • examine and interpret traditional and contemporary conceptions of mindfulness and their educational applications;
  • develop their "relational and sustainable selves" that embody resilience, empathy, emotional intelligence and well-being, and body wisdom;
  • build and cultivate dispositions and skills of inquiry as a contemplative mode of learning;
  • deepen, extend and refine their educational leadership perspectives and skills;
  • develop a contemplative education "disposition" that contributes to both their educational philosophy and practice.


Students complete:

EDUC 833-5    Seminar in Social and Moral Philosophy in Education

An in-depth study of the ethical foundations of education. Areas in education where ethical questions arise are identified and elucidated. Classical and modern moral positions are examined for their adequacy as theories of moral justification. The topics include the value of education, freedom and equality, and moral and values education.

EDUC 816-5    Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings

Investigates theories and issues associated with developing educational programs and practices in various educational contexts. Addresses the development of new programs and their implementation in schools and other educational settings.

EDUC 843-5    Embodiment & Curriculum Inquiry

The scholarship on embodiment and its implications for the body as a site for knowledge and its relationship to contemporary curriculum inquiry will be studied with specific emphasis on the area of performative and narrative inquiry and arts education. Central to this course will be the investigation of embodiment from both a philosophical perspective and a literary/poetic perspective.

EDUC 823-5    Curriculum & Instruction in an Individual Teaching Specialty

An intensive examination of developments in a curriculum area selected by the student. In addition the course will deal with major philosophical and historical factors that influence the present state and future directions of curriculum and instruction.

EDUC 820-5    Current Issues in Curriculum & Pedagogy

Focuses on educational issues, trends and practices which impact teaching and learning in schools and other educational settings.

EDUC 904-5    Fieldwork III

The Faculty Sponsor will provide further information regarding the Fieldwork course.

EDUC 883-5    M.Ed. Comprehensive Examination

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

* Program courses and order of delivery may be subject to change.

Faculty Sponsor

Admission Information

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must meet SFU master's admission requirements.

  1. A bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses from a recognized university, or the equivalent. In exceptional cases, applications will be considered where the applicant has followed an alternate educational path and the applicant has extensive experience in an educational or professional setting.

  2. Submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking advanced work in the area of interest. This is usually judged from letters of reference from qualified referees and an academic writing sample.

  3. Several years of exemplary and varied educational and professional experience, preferably in the area of interest.

Students whose native language is not English may be required to satisfy the University and the graduate program committee as to their capability in English (i.e. TOEFL / IELTS scores). Academic equivalency by country.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions on the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

Program Format:

The Master of of Education (M.Ed.) program is designed for working professionals. This two-year degree program offers the opportunity to obtain a high quality master's degree in your local community.

  • Cohort-based model allows students to work through the program and coursework together (18-24 students).
  • Focused on improvement of practice through the study of educational theory, philosophy and practice.
  • Seven 5-unit courses over six terms.
  • Classes meet every second or third weekend on Friday evenings and Saturdays at the program location.

Program Fees:

Tuition        $2,743/term

Other Fees
Recreation/Athletics          $71.06
Student Activity                 $63.59
Student Services               $42.65
Graduation(first 3 terms)   $12.00
Universal Transit Pass      $140.00

Extended Health/Dental – for information please go to If students have existing extended health and dental coverage, an opt out process is required if no further coverage is wanted.

On leave information (per term students)

On leave fees (special fees)

How to redeem Tuition Fee Credits

Fees are subject to change annually.  Please refer to the SFU Calendar for further information.


Admissions Contacts:

For admissions/course registration, contact Program Assistant (; 778-782-8120). If program assistant is unavailable, contact other staff in the Surrey Graduate Programs office.

Learn more about the Faculty of Education Graduate Student Funding Policy.

Information about financial support is available from the Dean of Graduate Studies Office.

Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.