Curriculum & Instruction: Equity Studies in Education MA, MEd


In addition to the conceptual, the pedagogical standpoint of this program is also rooted in an anti-oppression, equity frame. Acknowledging that we do this work on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, the program instructors operate from a critical pedagogy of care, inclusion, hope, and advocacy for dismantling the ongoing legacy of settler colonialism, racism, hetero/sexism, ableism, classism, linguicism, and other socially-constructed and sustained systems of oppression. While we advocate for and work towards these ideals, we also acknowledge that we are each limited by the experiences and standpoints from which we know and experience the world. It is expected that students in this program will engage in an ongoing critical, self-reflective stance on the processes of equity as we seek to understand and achieve it in school, other social institutions, and society at large, as well as in our own contexts as students, faculty, and citizens working towards a just society.

Program Format

This program is designed to offer flexibility for students. Most classes will be held in the late afternoon/evenings at one of our three campuses, Burnaby, Vancouver, or Surrey.  

The MEd degree route consists of 30 units of course work plus a comprehensive examination.  The MA route consists of a minimum of 25 units of course work plus a thesis.

  • Next Start Term: Fall 2020
  • Applications Open: November 1, 2019
  • Applications Close: February 15, 2020
  • Tuition 2019/20*: $1,908.76/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.


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Students complete:

EDUC 837-5    Seminar in Education, Equity, and Social Theories

Seminar in Education, Equity, and Social Theories

EDUC 837

An in-depth study of selected topics in education, equity, and social theories.

EDUC 855-5    Multicultural and Race Relations Education

Multicultural and Race Relations Education: Policy Development and Program Implementation

EDUC 855

Theory, research, policy development and program implementation in multicultural and race relations education encompass a wide spectrum of areas of educational inquiry.

EDUC 864-5    Research Designs in Education

Research Designs in Education

EDUC 864

Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit. Equivalent Courses: EDUC814

MEd Students also complete:

15 units of elective coursework chosen in consultation with senior supervisor

15 units of elective coursework chosen in consultation with senior supervisor.

EDUC 883-5    MEd Comprehensive Examination

MEd Comprehensive Examination

EDUC 883

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

MA Students also complete:

5 units of elective coursework chosen in consultation with senior supervisor

5 units of elective coursework chosen in consultation with senior supervisor.


EDUC 866-5    Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

EDUC 866

This course introduces students to qualitative research in education and examines topics such as identifying problems, using conceptual frameworks, coding, data analysis, drawing interpretations, and constructing arguments.

EDUC 898-10    Master's Thesis

Master's Thesis

EDUC 898

The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or examine critically new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms.

MA MEd MSc EDUC Course Offerings Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 (revised May 2019)

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