Credit Courses

The Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University offers three courses on law-related education.

Credit Courses: Undergraduate

Education 446 - Law for the Classroom Teacher This course is offered by Distance Education in the Fall semester and provides teachers and other interested parties with a fundamental knowledge of law in order to better teach the law-related content in the BC curriculum; in particular social studies, science, physical education, personal planning, language arts, social responsibility, and business courses. Topics include the Canadian legal system, legal history, legal reasoning, dispute resolution strategies, the role of the courts, family law, environmental law, property law, and contract law.

Education 448 - Teaching about Justice, Law, and Citizenship The course is offered by distance education in the spring semester and at the Burnaby campus during the summer semester. This course relies on two innovative textbooks "Let's talk about law in Elementary School" and "Once upon a crime..." and includes a variety of strategies for teaching law-related content in elementary and secondary school. These strategies include case studies, mock trials, justice circle, story drama, and simulations.

Education 445 - Legal Context of Teaching This updated course offered by distance education in the summer semester and is designed to provide students, teachers, counselors and school administrators with a comprehensive understanding of the legal and ethical issues, and potential legal liabilities encountered in the British Columbia public school system. Special attention is devoted to the numerous legal aspects connecting law and education. Topics include: Constitutional Foundations and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; understanding student, parent and teacher rights; reviewing challenging behaviours inside and outside of schools including cyber-bullying, identifying legal considerations concerning copyright and the Internet, and discussing other controversial issues such as religion, public education and the Charter, and same sex issues in the curriculum.


Credit Courses: Graduate

Master of Education: Justice, Law and Ethics in Education (SFU)

Please note: This program is no longer being offered. Potential applicants interested in issues of justice, law and ethics are encouraged to apply to the ESE (Equity Studies in Education) program, which has an intake each September.  Click here for further information on the ESE program.

This M.Ed. degree program is designed for educators working in various organizational settings: schools, colleges, universities, and community-based organizations such as law enforcement, human rights organizations, social justice agencies, NGOs, advocacy groups, public legal education agencies, etc.

We are pleased to announce a Fall 2014 intake of the Master of Education in Justice, Law and Ethics in Education program.

See Credit Courses.

MEd in Justice, Law and Ethics.

The Centre for Education Law and Society recently received approval to offer a second MEd in Justice , law and Ethics in Education beginning in September 2014.

The first offering of this new Masters’ program, began in 2011 and concluded in the summer of 2013.

The 2011 to 2013 program had a cohort of twelve students who came from a wide range of professional backgrounds and experiences. These included law enforcement, legal and social justice non -governmental organizations, community support and development and teaching at the K-12 and post secondary levels.

Students were encouraged to connect their learning to their professional lives and to ask questions and investigate problems that were work-related.

Students culminating projects, prepared at the end of their program, as part of their comprehensive examination, were diverse:  For example:

  • Developing an engaging curriculum on a social justice issue, the ethics of water.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of pro bono legal counseling.
  • Investigating how and why parents become engaged, or disengaged, from their children’s’ school experience.
  • Assessing the effect of disciplinary measures on the behaviour of police officers.
  • Inquiring into how best to counsel victims of spousal abuse including the effectiveness of group counseling.
  • Assessing the level of engagement and experiences of students in a post-secondary language school.
  • Investigating factors relating to school attendance in an inner city school.

Overall, students in the program found the program to be interesting, engaging, challenging and relevant to their lives, both professionally and personally.  Here are a few comments student made about the program:

“If you come into this program primarily thinking to upgrade your educational and teaching credential, you will be surprised by how much you did not anticipate. During the program, I reignited my passion for teaching, and renewed my vow to be a life-long learner. The experience has profoundly deepened my understanding and appreciation of social, cultural, historical, political, legal and global  C. L-L.


I found this program to be challenging and thought-provoking, while also allowing me to interact with classmates from a wide variety of backgrounds.


Police Officer


This pioneer program offered me a unique learning opportunity to explore law and justice related subjects. I am now better equipped to help people understand, use and live up to the Canadian values and principles of justice, law and ethics.


Access Pro Bono Society of BC