Curriculum & Instruction: Justice, Law and Ethics in Education MEd
(With three introductory workshops held the week of July 4-8, 2011 at the SFU Burnaby campus.)
This program leads to the Master of Education (MEd) degree and is intended for educators in a variety of settings (school district, post-secondary, community).
- Grounded in research, theory, and practice
- Focuses on the development of participants' ability to make just and ethical decisions in their workplace.
- Encourages participants to view issues and problems in their workplace in deeper, more complex and educative ways.
- Provides an opportunity for participants to critically examine current literature and research on curriculum and pedagogy, with the aim of developing and implementing engaging and pedagogically sound programs and curricula in law-related and justice-related topics.
- Addresses current legal, justice and ethical issues facing educators today, and which impact policy and practice.
- Issues of diversity, human rights, inclusion, multiculturalism will be examined in the context of teaching and learning.
- Introduces participants to: the Canadian legal system and relevant case law, provincial and federal statues, conflict resolution strategies, school law issues, ways of teaching law and justice-related education, inclusion and diversity challenges and solutions, ethical perspectives and dilemmas, the philosophy and practice of the ethics of care, critical pedagogy, and other current issues.
Students are required to attend three introductory workshops during the week of July 4-8, 2011, held at the SFU Burnaby campus (organized by CELS).
The MEd is awarded to students who demonstrate:
- The systematic acquisition and interpretation of a significant body of knowledge necessary for advanced professional practice.
- A detailed understanding of applicable methods for research and advanced academic enquiry.
- The ability to conceptualize, design and implement a research program for the generation of new knowledge that will satisfy the highest standards of academic and professional review.
||Special Topics: Legal and Ethical Issues in Policy and Practice|
This course has two primary foci. One is to review the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on educational policy and practice, and other related societal issues, taking an historical approach from 1982 onwards. The second focus is from a policy perspective. Namely, this course will review policy development and policy analysis within the framework of education and curriculum.
||Development of Educational Programs 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.
||Current Issues in Curriculum & Pedagogy|
Focuses on educational issues, trends and practices which impact teaching and learning in schools and other educational settings.
||Seminar in Social and Moral Philosophy|
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.
||Research Designs in Education|
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.
||Multicultural and Race Relations Education|
Theory, research, policy development and program implementation in multicultural and race relations education encompass a wide spectrum of areas of educational inquiry.
The Faculty Sponsor will provide further information regarding the fieldwork course.
||MEd Comprehensive Examination|
The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Contact Dr. Cassidy for academic inquiries regarding this program.
Applicants must meet SFU master's admission requirements.
- A bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses from a recognized university, or the equivalent. In exceptional cases, where the applicant has followed an alternate educational path that the applicant has extensive experience in an educational or professional setting.
- Submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking advanced work in the area of interest. This is usually judged from letters of reference from qualified referees and an academic writing sample.
- Several years of exemplary and varied educational and professional experience, preferably in the area of interest. Of particular value will be evidence that the candidate manifests an interest in the study of the human mind in its cultural and historical contexts.
Students whose native language is not English may be required to satisfy the University and the graduate program committee as to their capability in English (i.e. TOEFL / IELTS scores). Academic equivalency by country.
The Master of of Education (MEd) program is designed for working professionals. This two-year degree offers the opportunity to obtain a high quality Masters degree in your local community.
- Cohort model, 20-25 students
- Focused on improvement of practice through the study of educational theory, philosophy and practice.
- Seven 5-unit courses over six terms.
- Classes meet every second or third weekend on Friday evenings and Saturdays at the program location.
Student Activity $63.25
Student Services $40.99
Graduation(first 3 terms) $12.00
Universal Transit Pass $140.00
Extended Health/Dental – for information please go to www.ihaveaplan.ca. If students have existing extended health and dental coverage, an opt out process is required if no further coverage is wanted.
On leave information (per term students)
On leave fees (special fees)
Fees are subject to change annually. Please refer to the SFU Calendar for further information.