Culturally Inclusive Place-Based Education - Summer 2015

This Doctor of Education program is designed to meet the needs of educators in senior roles within schools, colleges, universities, health and community services, Band administrations, and other professional settings throughout Northwestern B.C. It seeks to advance community-based and place-based research in education with a direct bearing on institutional structures, policies and practices.

Central to the program are educational concepts, practices and systems that are responsive to local cultures, economies, and ecologies, building on a decade of prior research and programming within the LUCID research project. The histories and cultures, environments and economies of Northwestern B.C., and particularly of the indigenous First Nations of the area, will be a key frame of reference throughout the program. Indigenous concepts and frameworks will be woven into all of the courses, along with other theoretical and practical perspectives.

Students will be guided to develop and pursue their individual thesis research projects on the basis of theories and methods of community-based research. There will be opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in research teams when this proves desirable.

The program culminates in a degree of the highest standard in the profession of education.

What is the difference between an EdD and a PhD program?

  • Location: varies (see Program Format)
  • Start Term: Summer 2015
  • Apply from: July 15, 2014
  • Apply by: deadline extended to December 15, 2014
  • Tuition 2014/15: $4521.66/term
  • Application Process


*Students complete:

EDUC 964-5    Seminar in Educational Theory

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 950-5    Approaches to Educational Research

The broad paradigms encompassing much current educational research are examined, with emphasis on their philosophical and assumptional bases, as well as general ethical and methodological issues. Particular attention is paid to the critical reading of research and the implications for educational leadership. In addition, students begin to identify a research topic and to develop a defensible research orientation.

EDUC 911-5  Colloquium in Curriculum Theory (I)

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 922-5   Advanced Seminar in Epistemology and Education

An in-depth study of epistemological issues in education, including: concepts of perception, cognition, imagination, memory, understanding, learning and the assessment of learning. Other questions dealt with are: What are the various forms of knowledge? What are the implications for core curriculum? What epistemological assumptions underlie current educational practices? Is the relativity of knowledge thesis defensible? Are the claims of sociology of knowledge sound? What is meant by: objectivity/knowledge/belief/truth? In what sense can 'rationality' be defended as a central educational objective?. Equivalent Courses: EDUC836.

EDUC 961-5    Educational Governance, Reform and Diversity

The nature and impact of recent wide-ranging systemic educational reform in several different countries are critically examined, through two major themes. One theme is the politics and dynamics of governance, with a particular emphasis on participatory forms of political life in a heterogeneous society. The other theme is the politics and culture of difference, and the development of community which respects these differences.

EDUC 983-5    Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

EDUC 899-15*    Doctoral Thesis

Prerequisite: EDUC 983.

*Effective January 1, 2018, the unit value of EDUC 899 increased to 15 units from 10 units.

*Subject to change.

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Admission Information

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must meet SFU doctoral admissions requirements.

  1. One of the following:
    a) A master's degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution, demonstrating strong academic performance, or

    b) A bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33 or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 units of undergraduate/graduate courses from a recognized institution, or

    c) Completion of at least 75% of the course work units required for the relevant department's master's program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. All graduate courses, whether completed at SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution, shall be considered in the calculation.

  2. Submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking substantial original research. This is usually judged from letters of reference from qualified referees, and the completion of a master's thesis or other scholarly work (writing sample).

  3. Several years of exemplary and varied educational and professional experience, preferably in educational leadership.

Of particular value will be evidence that candidates not only have an interest in critical reflection on issues of leadership, but also are judged by their peers capable of providing distinctive leadership in their subsequent educational careers.

Students whose primary 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 Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Program Format:

This program is designed for the working professional with a flexible schedule to accomodate your demanding lifestyle.

  • Cohort model, 20-25 students
  • Classes meet five or six times per term (typically every second or third weekend)
  • Classes are held on Friday evenings and Saturdays.
  • Students complete five 5-unit courses, a comprehensive exam, and a doctoral dissertation.
  • Students are invited to attend a three-day summer institute (July) which will allow for small group study, complemented by extended dialogue with professors, colleagues, and invited world class authorities.

Summer 2015, EDUC 964 - two weekend classes in Vancouver (in May and June), followed by a six-day retreat in the first week of July in the Terrace area.

Fall 2015, EDUC 950 - four weekend classes in Vancouver, September to December 2015.

Spring 2016, EDUC 911 - course taught online, no travel, using a combination of the online learning management system and video conferencing through the Blue Jeans network.

Summer 2016, EDUC 922 - as for previous summer: two weekend classes in Vancouver (in May and June), but six-day retreat in a different location chosen in consultation with the students.

Fall 2016, EDUC 961 - four weekend classes in Vancouver, September to December 2016.

Program Fees:

Tuition 2014/15               $4521.66/term

Other Fees
Student Activity                    $31.80
Graduation(first 3 terms)      $12.00

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)

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

Admissions Contacts:

For admissions/course registration, contact Irene Burrell (; 778-782-8099). If Irene is unavailable, please contact other staff in the Surrey Graduate Programs office.

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