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SFU and Camosun graduate first joint cohort

June 11, 2014

Two years ago, the SFU Faculty of Education joined with Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. to launch a joint Master of Education program for post-secondary vocational and practitioner instructors.

The Curriulcum & Intruction: Post-Secondary M.Ed. program’s first cohort of 11 students from Vancouver Island trades, nursing, accounting, personal fitness and sports management programs will graduate on June 13 at SFU’s convocation ceremony, and again at Camosun’s convocation ceremony on June 20.

The graduating class offers ‘proof of concept’ that it’s possible to successfully integrate non-traditional students who don’t have undergraduate degrees and are from a variety of disciplines, with traditional students in a rigorously academic program.

“This ain’t your grandfather’s training anymore,” quips Tom Roemer, vice-president of strategic development at Camosun College.

The program, taught by SFU and Camosun professors, gives students a thorough grounding in pedagogy, teaching them how to inspire and promote learning.

Roemer says the program “creates a cadre of highly qualified master vocational/practitioner instructors who have the skills to develop new methodology and infuse modern educational philosophies into vocational and practitioner training.”

The program’s interdisciplinary approach to learning was one of its strongest aspects. Most students assumed they would have little in common with their classmates from different disciplines. Yet as they began discussing educational theories, they found that with the exception of content, they actually had more in common with their peers than they thought.

Larry Johnson, Faculty of Education, Community Graduate Programs, assistant director, is impressed by the levels of commitment the students studying in this program had for their own students.

“What was surprising about this program was that all of our students are not only interested in learning how to teach their program, but also how they can help make their own students better citizens in the world.”

Since enrolling in the program, many students have become program and department chairs or moved into advanced teaching positions after beginning the program. Others hope to publish textbooks and contribute recommendations to B.C.’s trade curricula.

The program is currently accepting its second cohort in summer 2015, with classes at Camosun College. For more information contact Dr. Larry Johnson,

Background: Student testimonials

  • Sheryl Cooper, a nursing instructor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at North Island College and M.Ed. student found that the “cohesiveness of the cohort” was the most rewarding element of her experience because it “lead to stimulating and enjoyable discussions with peers and professors. I will miss our bi-monthly Saturday sessions!”
  • “The program fostered understanding of the multifarious complexities of education and curriculum, which has prompted me to have a much more reflective pedagogical practice,” shares Patrick Jones, Camosun Automotive Instructor and M.Ed. student. “I am stepping into the classroom with greater awareness for what must transpire in order to enable and promote learning. As a result, my lesson planning and delivery methods have become more flexible to meet the needs of the students.”

Media Release by Carol Thorbes, Information Officer, SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations.

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