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Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts

The master of arts (MA) degree signifies the acquisition of advanced knowledge in the student's field of specialization and competence in conducting significant and original research in education. The program is for educators who wish to critically examine current educational theory, research and practice. Participants are encouraged to examine their own instructional practices and to consider the match between practices and developing education theories.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if superior scholarly or professional achievement is demonstrated.

Admission is granted to a specific degree and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses and a thesis or two extended essays for a minimum of 30 units.

Thesis Option

Students must complete a minimum of two courses from the following

EDUC 816 - Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings (5)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Allan MacKinnon
Mo 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
G031 Vicki Kelly
TBD
G032 Natalia Gajdamaschko
TBD
EDUC 820 - Current Issues in Curriculum and Pedagogy (5)

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

EDUC 822 - Evaluation of Educational Programs (5)

Processes used in program evaluation; including test and other measurement devices; and political, social and philosophical issues relating to the evaluation of educational programs.

EDUC 823 - Curriculum and Instruction in an Individual Teaching Speciality (5)

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 830 - Implementation of Educational Programs (5)

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 833 - Social and Moral Philosophy in Education (5)

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 837 - Seminar in Education, Equity, and Social Theories (5)

An in-depth study of selected topics in education, equity, and social theories.

EDUC 855 - Multicultural and Race Relations Education: Policy Development and Program Implementation (5)

Theory, research, policy development and program implementation in multicultural and race relations education encompass a wide spectrum of areas of educational inquiry.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Kumari Beck
Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SUR 2750, Surrey
EDUC 858 - Intercultural Perspectives and Practices in Francophone School Contexts (5)

In this course, students will be introduced to the foundations of intercultural education, and engaged in critically analyzing school practices - including their own underlying assumptions and teaching practices - relating to cultural diversity and identity in multicultural Francophone school contexts. Students will derive classroom applications and become familiar with policies, contemporary research, and practices in the field of intercultural education in Canada and other Francophone countries.

Section Day/Time Location
G031 Distance Education
EDUC 864 - Research Designs in Education (5)

Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit. Equivalent Courses: EDUC814.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Engida Gebre
Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SUR 3280, Surrey
EDUC 901A - Seminar in the History of Educational Theory A (3)

The historical roots of educational thought are examined from a broad cultural perspective. Major works in disciplines such as philosophy, psychology and sociology which have had significant impact on educational theorizing will be studied. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between theory and educational practice. Corequisite: EDUC 901B.

EDUC 901B - Seminar in the History of Educational Theory B (3)

A further consideration of concepts explored in the EDUC 901 "A" course, with a view to providing students with opportunities to apply these ideas within their own educational settings. Corequisite: EDUC 901A.

EDUC 902A - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Educational Theory A (3)

Contemporary educational theories and theories from supporting disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, philosophy) will be examined and analysed. The relationships among contemporary theories, current practice and educational change will be focal. Corequisite: EDUC 902B.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G002 Mark Fettes
Th 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
EDB 7610, Burnaby
EDUC 902B - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Educational Theory B (3)

A further consideration of concepts explored in the EDUC 902 "A" course, with a view to providing students with opportunities to apply these ideas within their own educational settings. Corequisite: EDUC 902A.

and a minimum additional two courses as chosen by the specialization

and a thesis

EDUC 898 - Master's Thesis (10)

The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or examine critically new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms.

Extended Essays Option

Students must complete a minimum of two courses from the following

EDUC 816 - Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings (5)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Allan MacKinnon
Mo 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
G031 Vicki Kelly
TBD
G032 Natalia Gajdamaschko
TBD
EDUC 820 - Current Issues in Curriculum and Pedagogy (5)

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

EDUC 822 - Evaluation of Educational Programs (5)

Processes used in program evaluation; including test and other measurement devices; and political, social and philosophical issues relating to the evaluation of educational programs.

EDUC 823 - Curriculum and Instruction in an Individual Teaching Speciality (5)

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 830 - Implementation of Educational Programs (5)

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 833 - Social and Moral Philosophy in Education (5)

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 837 - Seminar in Education, Equity, and Social Theories (5)

An in-depth study of selected topics in education, equity, and social theories.

EDUC 855 - Multicultural and Race Relations Education: Policy Development and Program Implementation (5)

Theory, research, policy development and program implementation in multicultural and race relations education encompass a wide spectrum of areas of educational inquiry.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Kumari Beck
Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SUR 2750, Surrey
EDUC 858 - Intercultural Perspectives and Practices in Francophone School Contexts (5)

In this course, students will be introduced to the foundations of intercultural education, and engaged in critically analyzing school practices - including their own underlying assumptions and teaching practices - relating to cultural diversity and identity in multicultural Francophone school contexts. Students will derive classroom applications and become familiar with policies, contemporary research, and practices in the field of intercultural education in Canada and other Francophone countries.

Section Day/Time Location
G031 Distance Education
EDUC 864 - Research Designs in Education (5)

Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit. Equivalent Courses: EDUC814.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Engida Gebre
Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SUR 3280, Surrey
EDUC 901A - Seminar in the History of Educational Theory A (3)

The historical roots of educational thought are examined from a broad cultural perspective. Major works in disciplines such as philosophy, psychology and sociology which have had significant impact on educational theorizing will be studied. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between theory and educational practice. Corequisite: EDUC 901B.

EDUC 901B - Seminar in the History of Educational Theory B (3)

A further consideration of concepts explored in the EDUC 901 "A" course, with a view to providing students with opportunities to apply these ideas within their own educational settings. Corequisite: EDUC 901A.

EDUC 902A - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Educational Theory A (3)

Contemporary educational theories and theories from supporting disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, philosophy) will be examined and analysed. The relationships among contemporary theories, current practice and educational change will be focal. Corequisite: EDUC 902B.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G002 Mark Fettes
Th 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
EDB 7610, Burnaby
EDUC 902B - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Educational Theory B (3)

A further consideration of concepts explored in the EDUC 902 "A" course, with a view to providing students with opportunities to apply these ideas within their own educational settings. Corequisite: EDUC 902A.

and a minimum additional two courses as chosen by the specialization

and two extended essays for oral examination by two readers

EDUC 882 - MA Extended Essays (6)

Students enrolled in this option will develop two extended essays based on their course assignments and submit them for oral examination as specified in Graduate General Regulations. These essays may make significant use of non-written media. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Specialization

The program can focus on an area of specialization such as educational theory and practice, equity studies, foundations, health, French education, imaginative education, or can be pursued as a general program. Each specialization will determine a minimum of two courses that will be considered core for the specialization from the courses listed above. Current information about the specializations is available from the graduate programs office in the Faculty of Education. Each specialization is subject to the normal faculty approval process.

Thesis

Normally, before the fourth course, a master's thesis research plan is presented to the tenured or tenure track member of the faculty whom the student proposes to be senior supervisor. The senior supervisor and at least one other faculty member chosen in consultation with the senior supervisor constitutes the supervisory committee. The master's thesis is examined as prescribed in Graduate General Regulations 1.9 and 1.10.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within nine terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.