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Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in curriculum and instruction 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.

As per Graduate General Regulation 1.7.7b, students who successfully complete this certificate and are subsequently accepted into the master of education (MEd) in curriculum and instruction program, may apply 15 units from the certificate program toward completion of the MEd program.

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 credential and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses for a minimum of 18 units.

Students must complete two of

EDUC 714 - Special Topics (0)

Variable units: 3, 4, 5.

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.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Mark Fettes
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Larry Johnson
G032 TBD
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 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.

and any two additional EDUC graduate courses

Course selection is determined by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies in Education or their delegate.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within four 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.