The Department of Educational Foundations is committed to advancing the study of social and ecological justice education.  It realizes this mission through:

  • a Master of Education program, Cross departmental PhD program and courses in the College of Education Bachelor of Education program
  • scholarly research and publication
  • professional practice
  • community and university service

In its work, the Department addresses a diverse range of areas, including:

  • the interdisciplinary and international study of Indigenous education
  • anti-racist and anti-oppressive education
  • ecological, environmental, place-based and land-based education
  • teacher education
  • sexual orientation and gender study
  • lives of teachers, children, and parents
  • climate change education
  • critical pedagogy, neoliberalism, and education for democracy

The Master's of Education is offered through both a course-based (10 three-credit unit courses) and thesis-based (6 three-credit unit courses and a thesis) program of study.

For more information on the Master's Program Requirements and Application please visit Graduate Studies.

The Department of Educational Foundation's M.Ed. graduates teach in teacher education programs; are employed in institutions of higher learning; coordinate academic programs; work with Indigenous organizations and First Nations governments; assume professional responsibilities in school systems as teachers, principals, vice-principals, superintendents, and directors; engage in school-community development; provide leadership in inter-professional and lifelong learning, and work for professional teacher organizations. This is just a sample of the many interesting career options that are available to graduates of the Integrated MEd program.

Thesis students may be required to do additional courses by their Advisory Committee depending on their background and research area.

Mission and Vision


The Department of Educational Foundations is committed to the advancement of social and ecological justice education, and Indigenous education. This mission is accomplished through the study of foundational disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas such as philosophy, anthropology, history, and sociology of education. The department contributes to research, policy, and practice in these areas.


The Department of Educational Foundations will be a catalyst for learning that shapes a society based on social and ecological justice education, through reconciliation, research, teaching, learning, community engagement, and collaboration.

Master's Programs/Routes

Our programs of study are offered in a blended format with face-to-face summer institutes in July and on-line courses in the fall and winter terms.  Please note that it is not possible to take the entire program on-line or face-to-face in person.

Potential international students: please note that program delivery may affect your study permit.

As resources allow, face-to-face in-person classes will be offered in the Fall and Winter.

The next intake for Land-based Indigenous Education is summer 2021. Applications due February 15, 2021.

PhD Programs/Routes

Graduate Student Work

PhD Student Stavros Stavrou explains the goal of his graduate research.


MEd Student Laura Negraeff discusses her research topic.



For EFDT Graduate Program/Student Support please contact: 

Charmaine Spezowka

Phone: 306-966-5138
Email: efdt.gradsecretary@usask.ca

For EFDT Department support please contact: 

Isabel Bacalao Azpurua

Phone: 306-966-7514
Email: efdt.office@usask.ca

For Land-based Indigenous cohort support please contact: 

Sara-Ann Frampton 

Phone: 306-966-4426
Email: milbe@usask.ca

Visit Us

You can visit our office on campus.

Room 3104
Department of Educational Foundations
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1, Canada