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

  • offering a Master of Education program, cross departmental 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
  • anti-racist and anti-oppressive education
  • ecological and environmental education
  • teacher education
  • sexual orientation and gender study

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

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 foundational disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas such as philosophy, anthropology, history, and sociology of education. The department contributes to research, policy, and practice in the national and international study of Indigenous education, adult and lifelong learning, anti-racist and anti-oppressive education, acknowledgement and validation of treaties and land claims, land based and sustainability learning, ecological and environmental education, process teaching and learning, and gender and sexual diversity studies.


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.

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.


Graduate and Department Support

For EFDT Department please contact: 

Sherry Richert

tel. Coming soon.


For EFDT Graduate Program/Student Support please contact: 

Charmaine Spezowka

tel. 306-966-5138


You can also visit our office on campus.

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