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Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Education

The master of education (MEd) is a professional degree signifying advanced knowledge about and advanced training 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 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 comprehensive examination for a minimum of 35 units.

Students must complete three of

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 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.

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.

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
G031 Magally Constant

and three additional courses as chosen by the specialization

and a comprehensive examination

EDUC 883 - MEd Comprehensive Examination (5)

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 TBD
G031 TBD


The program can focus on an area of specialization such as equity studies, foundations, health, French education, imaginative education, or can be pursued as a general program. Each specialization will determine a minimum of three 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 program specialization is subject to the normal faculty approval process.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination normally occurs in the term in which course requirements are completed or in the term immediately following. The examination is set by faculty members associated with the program, in association with the graduate director.

Community Graduate Programs – Themed Cohort Option

This program is also offered as a themed program that is often situated in communities. It caters to practicing educators who wish to improve their abilities to critically read, evaluate and integrate educational theory and research. The program's focus will be on a theme that integrates scholarly inquiry with focal interests and professional practice needs.

Classes normally are scheduled every second weekend at the program location.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within six 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.