Critical Learning

This concentration offers interdisciplinary study for both course-based and thesis based students focused on Indigenous ways of knowing and an art of teaching respecting Indigenous protocols and knowledge, with strong social justice, anti-racist and anti-oppressive elements. The program of study provides a robust theoretical basis for examining teaching practices through critical race theory, queer theory, feminist theory, and anti-colonial theory lenses and for taking action toward development and enactment of anti-racist pedagogy across the disciplines.

PLEASE NOTE:  While the Department of Educational Foundations does offer some online courses, the Masters of Education program is a blended program so candidates will earn their degree by engaging in both online and face-to-face studies.

Delivery

Course Based Route

A course-based Master of Education (M Ed.) program of study requires successful completion of 10 three-credit courses in total. The course-based Indigenous Education concentration offers courses in a blended-delivery format that allows both online and face-to-face learning.  Students may complete a capstone project as the final component of this program route.  Note: The course-based route does not prepare candidates for advanced academic (doctoral) studies.

Indigenous Education Concentration

Required Courses:

  • EFDT 990: Graduate Student Seminar (required non-credit seminar)
  • GSR 960: Introduction to Ethics and Academic Integrity (required on-line non-credit seminar)
  • GSR 961: Ethics and Integrity in Human Research(required on-line non-credit seminar)
  • EFDT 870.3: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Education
  • One research course – EFDT 845.3; ERES 800.3; ERES 810.3 - or another research course approved by the advisory committee

Suggested Courses:

Select 24 credit units from the following Indigenous Education Concentration courses, two of which must be offered by Educational Foundations (having the prefix: EFDT).  Note: These courses will be offered on a rotating basis, so will not be offered in every semester of every year.  Please consult with your advisor to plan your program route.

  • EFDT 422.3: Pedagogy of Anti-racist Education
  • EFDT 450.3: Indigenous Epistemology and Pedagogy
  • EFDT 817.3: Trends and Issues (capstone course)
  • EFDT 824.3: (re)Considering Experience: Narrative Inquiries into Time, People, and Place (online)
  • EFDT 837.3: Educational Philosophies and Curriculum
  • EFDT 842.3: History of Indian and Native Education
  • EFDT 843.3: Decolonizing Aboriginal Education
  • EFDT 844.3: Theory and Practice of Anti-Racist Education
  • EFDT 846.3: Aboriginal Languages and Linguistic Diversity in Education
  • EFDT 848.3: Resilience in Aboriginal Education
  • EFDT 884.3: Life History as Education (online)

Thesis Based Route

A thesis-based Master of Education (M Ed.) program of study requires successful completion of 6 three-credit courses and a thesis. The Indigenous Education concentration offers courses in a blended-delivery format that allows both online and face-to-face learning.  Thesis research should explore Indigenous Education issues.

Indigenous Education Concentration

Required Courses:

  • EFDT 990: Graduate Student Seminar (required non-credit seminar)
  • GSR 960: Introduction to Ethics and Academic Integrity (required on-line non-credit seminar)
  • GSR 961: Ethics and Integrity in Human Research(required on-line non-credit seminar)
  • EFDT 994: Research (in this route students must register in this course each term until the thesis is completed)
  • EFDT 870.3: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Education
  • One research course – EFDT 845.3; ERES 800.3; ERES 810.3 - or another research course approved by the advisory committee

Suggested Courses:

Select 12 credit units from the following Indigenous Education Concentration courses. Note: These courses will be offered on a rotating basis, so will not be offered in every semester of every year.  Please consult with your supervisor to plan your program route.

  • EFDT 422.3: Pedagogy of Anti-racist Education
  • EFDT 450.3: Indigenous Epistemology and Pedagogy
  • EFDT 824.3: (re)Considering Experience: Narrative Inquiries into Time, People, and Place (online)
  • EFDT 837.3: Educational Philosophies and Curriculum
  • EFDT 842.3: History of Indian and Native Education
  • EFDT 843.3: Decolonizing Aboriginal Education
  • EFDT 844.3: Theory and Practice of Anti-Racist Education
  • EFDT 846.3: Aboriginal Languages and Linguistic Diversity in Education
  • EFDT 848.3: Resilience in Aboriginal Education
  • EFDT 884.3: Life History as Education (online)