Master of Education

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Imagination in Teaching, Schooling and Place

Method of delivery:
In-person
Applications open:
November 1, 2023
Applications close:
April 15, 2024
Next start date:
September 2024

This Master of Education (MEd) program focuses on understanding how learners’ imaginations develop and exploring ways to engage and grow imagination in learning the material of the curriculum.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Designed for

Educators, teachers, leaders and decision-makers within the education system (public, private or independent K-12, pre-schools, day cares, Montessori, colleges, universities, and alternative learning centers).

Note: This program is intended for working professionals who are working within their profession throughout the program, therefore may not be suitable for international applicants. See resources for international students.

Program Structure

  • 2 year, 35-unit program
  • In-person classes every second or third week on Friday evenings and Saturdays
  • Summer term classes may meet during the week in the daytime
  • Designed for working professionals

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).

This program aims to respond to the particular challenges of the new B.C. curriculum, with its emphasis on Essential Questions, Big Ideas and Competencies, teachers of all grade levels will learn how to adapt curriculum and pedagogy to foster students' imaginations to engage with and respond to curricular themes and topics.

  • Explore and evaluate alternative and innovative ideas about education for more effective teaching, and relate them to the B.C. curriculum
  • Engage in the active reworking of subject matter to capture learners’ imaginations by engaging with the theories and practices of Imaginative Education within the context of the B.C. curriculum
  • Plan, implement and evaluate their use of these innovative ideas in practice, drawing on active research and other traditions to inform research design and methods

Courses

Students complete:

EDUC 823-5 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN AN INDIVIDUAL TEACHING SPECIALTY

An intensive examination of developments in a curriculum area selected by the student. In addition the course will deal with major philosophical and historical factors that influence the present state and future directions of curriculum and instruction.

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 879-5 LEV VYGOTSKY'S THEORIES IN EDUCATION

Covers all major aspects of Lev Vygotsky's cultural-historical activity theory of human development and its contemporary applications in education. Concepts include the zone of proximal development of higher psychological functions, language and consciousness, interfunctional relations, analysis according to units, and "tool-and-result" methodology.

EDUC 820-5 CURRENT ISSUES IN CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY

Focuses on educational issues, trends and practices which impact teaching and learning in schools and other educational settings.

EDUC 904-5 FIELDWORK III

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

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 883-5 MED COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Program courses and order of delivery subject to change.

LOCATION

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.

FACULTY

Meet the faculty sponsors for 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

  • K-12 teachers
  • Early childhood educators
  • Montessori educators
  • Educational consultants and analysts
  • Training and development specialists

Further Studies

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Meet Curriculum & Instruction: Imaginative Education, MEd students and alumni.

  • "I was looking for a program which could help me deepen my understanding of how we learn and this program was just what I was looking for."

  • "Take a degree in Imaginative Education - it will revolutionize you, validate you, and ignite or stoke the fires of passion for teaching in your very core."

  • "It is amazing to see all the different ways teachers across the world engage with their students in authentic, meaningful ways. I am encouraged and inspired by the beauty that is education."

"I encourage prospective students to apply for graduate studies if they want to take the next steps in furthering their self-development."

Sally Song, 2019 Graduate (C&I: Imaginative Education, MEd)

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UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS

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