Master of Education

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Ecological Education

Method of delivery:
In-person
Applications open:
September 1, 2021
Applications close:
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Next start date:
May 2022

Explore a variety of different conceptual frameworks and societal perspectives on the environment and address a range of global issues in this program. Reconnect with the natural and technological environments that sustain us in our emerging post-industrial society through: laboratory and research sessions; seminars on important global environmental issues; and independent opportunities for student-led research and guided inquiry both on-campus and in other field locations in the Georgia Basin region.

Program Overview

Designed For

Teachers of all grade levels, adult and community educators, Aboriginal/First Nation educators, outdoor/experiential educators, and other educators such as park interpreters or naturalists.

Program Structure

  • 2 year, 35-unit program (7 5-unit courses)
  • In-person classes, normally five to six weekends per term on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and/or Sundays
  • Intensive field experiences take place in the Summer terms
  • Outdoor field experiences throughout the Lower Mainland and Haida Gwaii in the second year

Intake Schedule

Applications are typically accepted biennually.

Next Start Terms
Summer 2022
Summer 2024

Program Design & Courses

Program Design

Designed with working professionals in mind, this two-year degree program offers the opportunity to obtain a high-quality master's degree. Our cohort-based model allows students to work through the program and coursework together (18-24 students).

You will be encouraged to consider multiple perspectives on the goals, values and interdisciplinary nature of place-based, indigenous and ecological forms of education, while also obtaining a grounding in models for learning and teaching environmental topics in both school-based and informal settings. Specifically, we consider education ‘for’, ‘in’ and ‘about’ the environment and apply this knowledge to a wide range of formal and informal educational settings.

Courses

Students complete:

EDUC 857-5 ISSUES AND TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Examines the origins of environmental education, the range of program offerings, and the educational concepts which appear to underlie them. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

EDUC 833-5 SOCIAL AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY IN EDUCATION

An in-depth study of the ethical foundations of education. Areas in education where ethical questions arise are identified and elucidated. Classical and modern moral positions are examined for their adequacy as theories of moral justification. The topics include the value of education, freedom and equality, and moral and values education.

EDUC 816-5 DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES FOR DIVERSE EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

Investigates theories and issues associated with developing educational programs and practices in various educational contexts. Addresses the development of new programs and their implementation in schools and other educational settings.

EDUC 861-5 STUDY OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

This course reviews research on learning environments (also known as classroom climates or classroom ecologies) in terms of psychological and social perspectives on educational experience. Implications for student learning, professional development and evaluating education innovations are examined.

EDUC 830-5 IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Problems and practices associated with innovation and implementation including the nature of change in the educational context, the roles of teachers, administrators, change agents, and evaluators.

EDUC 904-5 FIELDWORK III

The Faculty Sponsor will provide further information regarding the Fieldwork course.

EDUC 883-5 MED COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Program courses and order of delivery subject to change.

Locations

At SFU, campus life is rich with opportunities to engage with people, ideas and activities that contribute to personal development and a better world.

Surrey

Our Surrey campus is a vibrant community hub in the heart of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. With easy access to transit, the modern campus is conveniently situated between Metro Vancouver and communities south of the Fraser River.

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories, including the Semiahmoo, Katzie, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen Nations, on which SFU Surrey is located.

Outdoor Field Experience

Field experiences in this program take place at locations throughout the Lower Mainland and in Haida Gwaii, B.C.

The Faculty of Education respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territory of the Xaadas (Haida Gwaii) on which this program takes place.

Faculty

The non-departmental structure of our Faculty makes it relatively easy for students to take advantage of a wide variety of faculty expertise. Meet some of the faculty members teaching in this program.

Future Pathways

Where can this program take you? The world is changing rapidly and so is the full range of career and academic opportunities that await.

Occupations

  • Teachers
  • Adult and community educators
  • Indigneous/First Nations educators
  • Outdoor educators
  • Park interpreters
  • Naturalists
  • Conservationists

Further Studies

Student Experiences

Meet some C&I: Ecological Education MEd students and alumni.

  • "In fact, experiencing the struggles and epiphanies of our two-year program with the same cohort of students was the most valuable feature of my graduate experience!"

"The experiential environmental education course I took in my BEd was a highlight, so when I found the corresponding graduate program, directed by the same instructor David Zandvliet, it was an easy choice."

Johnathan Dyck, 2012 Graduate

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