The graduate certificate in imaginative education is a professional credential signifying knowledge and ability in educational practice. This program is for educators who wish to critically examine current educational theory, research and practice. Participants are encouraged to examine their own instructional practices in relation to research and theory.
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 credential and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.
This program consists of courses for a minimum of 15 units.
Students must complete
Imaginative Education (IE), is an approach to teaching that describes the central roles played by 'cognitive tools' (learning tools tied to language) In our intellectual development in the growth and transformation of imagination and its engagement in learning. Persistent conflicts underlie claims about the purposes, and, thus, the most appropriate forms, of education. IE embodies an innovative approach to the theory and practice of everyday education. IE is an approach in which the imagination is seen as one of the great and lately neglected, workhorses of learning. The course will examine the distinctive theoretical and practical dimensions of IE and demonstrate preliminary practical applications of this approach to particular subject areas / contexts. Prerequisite: Course only available to students in the Graduate Certificate in Imaginative Education Program.
The preliminary exploration of Imaginative Education (IE) theory and practice that students began in EDUC 725 (Engaging Students' Imaginations K-Post Secondary: Introducing Cognitive Tools) expands, in this second course, to include more comprehensive lesson and unit design. Course work will extend students' theoretical understanding of IE Into the practical context of students' chosen subject area. Students will deepen their understanding of IE concepts by employing different cognitive tools and cognitive toolkits in comprehensive lesson/unit design and practice. Prerequisite: Course only available to students in the Graduate Certificate in Imaginative Education Program; EDUC 725.
Students will build on their study of Imaginative Education (IE) from previous terms in the context of assessment and evaluation. This course will focus on appropriate means to assess and evaluate student learning within an IE cognitive-tools approach. Students will explore theoretical and practical dimensions of assessment in general and will critically examine (In theory and through reflective practice) how assessment/evaluation may be applied within an imaginative learning context. Prerequisite: Course only available to students in the Graduate Certificate in Imaginative Education Program; EDUC 726.
This course is designed both to integrate previous learning about Imaginative Education (IE) with students' lived understanding of their educational practice, and to encourage and support students' ongoing professional growth after the program ends. Students will investigate the philosophy and design of action research for teachers, with a particular focus on inclusive and imaginative approaches to the development of academic understanding and self-reflective learning. Prerequisite: Course only available to students in the Graduate Certificate in Imaginative Education Program.
Following an introduction to Action Research (AR) and the development of an inquiry question in EDUC 729, this course requires students to engage in research. Students will Integrate their ongoing learning about imaginative Education (IE) with their lived understanding of their educational practice. Prerequisite: Course only available to students in the Graduate Certificate in Imaginative Education Program; EDUC 729.
Students are also required to complete a short Orientation to On-Line Learning and Graduate Studies course (0 units) at the start of the program.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements within three 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.