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

  • offering a Master of Education program, special case PhD programs 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 is dedicated to addressing a diverse range of thematic areas, including:

  • the interdisciplinary and international study of Indigenous education
  • adult and lifelong learning
  • anti-racist and anti-oppressive education
  • ecological and environmental education
  • process teaching and learning
  • teacher education
  • sexual orientation and gender study

Other thematic areas involve the study of philosophy, anthropology, Indigenous studies, adult education, women’s studies, history and the sociology of education and international education.

The Master of Education is offered through both a course-based (10 courses) and thesis-based (6 courses and a thesis) program of study. We have a generall masters offering which features a themed study on Indigenous Education or Teaching for Democratic Practice.

We also offer four distinct theme based cohorts in conjunction with the Center for Continuing and Distance Education: Land-based Indigenous Cohort, Critical Environmental Cohort, Lifelong Learning Cohort, and the Aboriginal Education Cohort.

For more information on our Masters 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.

Mission and Vision


The Department of Educational Foundations is committed to the advancement of social and ecological justice education, and Indigenous education. These are accomplished through the study of the foundational disciplines of philosophy, anthropology, history, and sociology of education. The department explores the international study of Indigenous education, adult and lifelong learning, anti-racist and anti-oppressive education, acknowledgement and validation of treaties, land based and sustainability learning, ecological and environmental education, process teaching and learning, and gender and sexual diversity studies.


The Department of Educational Foundations is committed to achieving their mission through reconciliation, research, teaching, learning, community engagement, and collaboration. We are a catalyst for learning.

Graduate Student Work




Graduate and Department Support

Sherry Richert

tel. +1 (306) 966-7514

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