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Gestion de la diversité : a French Language Doctor of Education at SFU

March 06, 2014

Burnaby, March 5, 2014 – In January 2015 a third cohort of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) will start at SFU’s Faculty of Education. Offered entirely in French, this program is intended for leaders in education working in school systems (teachers, principals, administrators), and professionals working in governments or organizations with a non-governmental, community- based or cultural vocation.

The program focuses on gestion de la diversité (management of diversity). As in any pluralist society, the Canadian Francophonie faces many challenges stemming from its own linguistic and cultural diversity. This Doctor of Education aims at fostering a better understanding of political, ethical and legal aspects of education related to diversity.

Diane Dagenais, the SFU professor responsible for the program notes : “In this doctorate, our students connect research, theory and practice in order to understand diversity; they inquire about the broader context of diversity and then learn to identify and manage specific aspects present in their work environment. We give students tools they can use to become true agents of change in their own communities.”

The Doctor of Education program is delivered in hybrid mode to accommodate the work schedules of busy professional students. Each semester starts and ends with a face-to-face weekend class. Other classes are delivered online via videoconference and through a learning management system.

In spite of the physical distance that separates them, students from British Columbia and the rest of Canada have a strong feeling of belonging to a learning community. Abdoulaye Yoh, a student from the 2011 cohort says : “The Educational Leadership doctorate at SFU is a wonderful human adventure, enriched by the spirit of camaraderie present in the cohort and by the wide diversity of experience that my fellow students bring.”

DEADLINE for applications: July 15, 2014.

For more information on the program or to register for an information session:

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Danielle Arcand, 778-782-6866,
Diane Dagenais, 778-782-3222