Academic Departments

General Information


The College of Education offers innovative undergraduate and graduate programming through a design, delivery, and support model based on department and unit structures.

Our four academic departments are home to 48 faculty members with teaching and research specializations that together provide the backbone of the Bachelor of Education degree.

College units (principally the Undergraduate Programs Office) ensure students programs of study and internship experiences meet Saskatchewan Ministry of Education provincial regulatory body licensing requirements. The Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) offers on- and off-campus supports for Aboriginal students enrolled in BEd programs.

Academic departments under the authority of the College of Graduate Studies and Research offer graduate programs. Under the University of Saskatchewan system, the College is administered through the Office of the Dean and academic programs are established through the Collegium (faculty appointed to the ranks of professors in any of the four departments of the College).

Four specialized research centres support the outreach and public service work of the college and its faculty.  Furthermore, the teaching, research, and service work of the College is supported by a cadre of highly skilled and professional administrative and support personel.  These individuals manage the day-to-day and longterm progress of the College toward its goals.

College Departments

Curriculum Studies

The Department of Curriculum Studies is home to 20 faculty and several seconded teachers from the surrounding school divisions who, together, offer a flexible program with three defined areas of focus: Curriculum Innovation, Early Childhood Education and English as an Additional Language. Department faculty and lecturers provide major contributions to the undergraduate program of the College of Education. Two distinct Master’s programs are offered (MEd in Curriculum Studies and MEd in Educational Technology and Design) and annually the department admits students under the cross-departmental doctoral program (Cross-Departmental PhD, Specialization in Curriculum Studies).

Educational Administration

The Department of Educational Administration offers undergraduate courses focused on teacher leadership; teacher professionalism; legal issues that confront teachers, students, parents, and administrators; the operation and management of schools; and the relationships between teachers and students, teachers and parents, teachers and school-based and -board administration, and teachers and other professionals who work in tandem with schools. The department’s nine fulltime faculty support programming at both the Master’s (MEd in Educational Administration) and doctoral (PhD in Educational Administration) levels designed for students with academic interest in the administration, leadership, or management of organizations with educational mandates. Since 1986, the department has been home to the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU).

Educational Foundations

The Department of Educational Foundations, home to 13 faculty, is committed to advancing the study of social and ecological justice education.  It realizes this mission through its contributions to the college undergraduate program, offering Master’s (MEd in Educational Foundations) and doctoral (Cross-Departmental PhD, Specialization in Educational Foundations) courses in areas as diverse as Indigenous education, adult and lifelong learning, anti-racist and anti-oppressive education, ecological and environmental education, process teaching and learning, and sexual orientation and gender studies in education.

Educational Psychology and Special Education

The Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education offers courses that provide Education students with skills in the areas of classroom and behavior management, interpersonal communications, evaluation of their students' academic performance, guidance and counseling, and provide insight into development and learning to assist teachers in their professional responsibilities. The department’s nine faculty support two Master’s programs (MEd in School and Counseling Psychology and MEd in Special Education) and doctoral level study (Cross-Departmental PhD, Specialization in Educational Psychology and Special Education). In 2015, the Counselling, Assessment, Intervention, & Research Services (CAIRS) unit was developed and housed in the department.

Administrative and Program Units

General Information

Decision-Making Principles

The work of the College of Education is guided by the following six decision-making principles:

    1. Student experience is central to our work;
    2. All elements of a faculty member's assigned duties are critical, and require support and balance, for faculty flourishing;
    3. Responsiveness to the field and the profession is critical (local, provincial, national, and global) and we respond through high-quality teaching, research, and engagement;
    4. Academic freedom, balanced with responsibility, as well as professionalism and respect are critical in college growth and success;
    5. Positive perceptions from the university community and the field are required for us to thrive; and
    6. A balance between moral and ethical, innovative, and financial responsibility are necessary in advancing our work.

Administrative and Program Units

Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean supports the work of the College of Education—its students, faculty, staff, various departments, units, and centres—as a whole. Led by Dr Michelle Prytula, the unit is the central home for administration, financial management, human resources, communications, alumni affairs, philanthropy, facilities, and general program access.  Working closely with both the Associate Deans and Department Heads, as well as the central senior administration of the University of Saskatchewan, the Dean provides short- and long-term direction over the work of the College.

Undergraduate Programs Office

Under the leadership of Dr Dawn Wallin, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs, Partnerships, and Research), the Undergraduate Programs Office (Office of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate) provides oversight and support to undergraduate students of the College of Education.  The unit holds responsibility for BEd student applications, affairs, records, and standards, and provides general short- and long-term direction over the undergraduate program of the College.

Research and International Office

The Research and International Office (Office of the Associate Dean, Research) facilitates, monitors, and supports research, graduate student activity, and international initiatives in the College. Overseen by Dr David Burgess, Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Supports, and International Initiatives), the Office is service-oriented and focused on improvement, growth, and capacity-building among faculty and students, alike.

Indian Teacher Education Program

The Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is the primary support network for First Nations undergraduate students studying in the College of Education. Offering supports and programming on-campus and in communities, the main purpose and goal of ITEP is to prepare First Nations teachers who will be able to respond to the challenges associated with the ever-changing educational needs and objectives of students in our school systems.

Research and Development Centres

Aboriginal Education Research Centre

Established in 2005, the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC)—a research arm of the Department of Educational Foundations—seeks to create, support, and disseminate innovative Indigenous education research. Through partnerships with scholars, faculty, students, community-based organizations, schools, federal and provincial governments, AERC is working to build stronger relationships among those involved with Indigenous education.

Counselling, Assessment, Intervention, & Research Services

The Counselling, Assessment, Intervention, & Research Services (CAIRS) centre provides graduate student training in, faculty research opportunities for, and greater community access to psycho-educational assessment and interventions in learning disabilities, attentional challenges, behavioral disorders, intellectual challenges, giftedness. CAIRS offers an affordable, additional referral source for school systems that may have lengthy wait lists for needed psycho-educational assessments, all under the supervision of Registered Psychologists (faculty of the College of Education and community members).

Saskatchewan Centre for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

The Saskatchewan Centre for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (#SC4TLM) represents a variety of backgrounds and interests in mathematics education. Stemming from wide-ranging experience and expertice, the research and development initiatives of the centre are similarly varied and engage real-world problems of teaching and learning in mathematics. First and foremost, the #SC4TLM is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in Saskatchewan, Western Canada, and beyond. Second, the centre is interested, whenever possible, in collaborating with in-service teachers of mathematics. Third, the #SC4TLM is dedicated to increasing, through popularization, social media, and other methods, the public understanding of mathematics education. To achieve these lofty goals, the centre has cemented numerous relationships with teachers, professors, schools, divisions, ministries, societies, associations, councils, institutes, organizations, units, groups, and universities, resulting in numerous activities, for example, camps, workshops, presentations, conferences, grants, publications, which, when considered collectively, befit a centre housed in kisiskāciwani-sīpiy.

Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit

The Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU) is a non-profit centre that serves as designer, coordinator, and administrator of leadership development and research activities within the Department of Educational Administration.  Founded in 1986, SELU is a collaborative agency designed to advance educational and human services initiatives in Saskatchewan and beyond.  Clients include the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education; public and separate school divisions; First Nations authorities; the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission; and other local, national, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Sustainability Education Research Institute

Established in 2012, the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) is a collaborative, innovative, and internationally-linked centre that houses faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, staff, and other partners conducting research on environment and sustainability in relation to education. SERI acts as the Network Management Office for its flagship project, the Sustainability and Education Policy Network, which is funded by a 3 million dollar SSHRC Partnership Grant (2012-2018).

Our Program Partners

Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program

The Saskatchewan Urban Native Education Program (SUNTEP) is a cooperative initiative between the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, and the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina. SUNTEP offers support and specialized cross-cultural programming for Métis and non-status Aboriginal students.  Students may enroll in the SUNTEP program offered in conjunction with the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan on the main Saskatoon campus and in Prince Albert.

Aurora College Teacher Education Partnership

Aurora College in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, offers undergraduate teacher education opportunities for Aboriginal and Northern students.  The goal of this partner program is to provide uniquely Aboriginal and Northern culture-based education meeting the specific needs of NWT students and schools. The Indian Teacher Education Program is also offered through Aurora.

St. Peter's College Teacher Education Partnership

The College of Education has a collaborative relationship with St. Peter’s College that allows students to complete the first year of the Bachelor of Education program in Muenster, Saskatchewan. Students will participate in a specialized learning community providing an introduction to the profession, will have access to volunteer experiences that will reinforce their commitment to children and youth, and will benefit from the education excellence and academic support offered through this rural college experience.