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Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Studies

The Master of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies provides opportunities for students to investigate pertinent issues in these interrelated areas from a variety of perspectives: philosophical, historical, social, cultural, cognitive, and technological. The conceptual bases of curriculum, teaching, and learning are explored and analysed along with related examples of historical and current policies and practices. The program encourages the development of broad-based insights into issues related to these areas through an emphasis on critical inquiry and reflective practice. It supports students in the development and enhancement of research capabilities and professional expertise and practice.

Students may choose between two program options in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies:


Option One
 
Students may choose to specialize in one of the following areas of study: Computers in Education, Language and Literacy Studies, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, Second Language Education, Social Studies, Special Education and Teacher-Librarianship.


Option Two
 
In consultation with a faculty advisor, students may choose to design a program specialty which addresses their research interests. Specialty foci within Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies are numerous and may include technology and web-based education, arts education, rural and multi-age education, cultural studies and critical theory, and social justice education. Students may alternatively select appropriate courses from other Master of Education program offerings to develop a program to meet their learning goals. Students interested in this option are strongly encouraged to explore and to focus their research and study interests and to discuss these interests with a faculty advisor.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations,

Students must have completed a range and number of courses in Education deemed appropriate by the Faculty and Dean of Education.

A minimum of two years of teaching or related experience is recommended.

For a specialization in special education, a completed Bachelor of Special Education degree or equivalent is required and enrolment will be limited to applicants articulating a research focus for which appropriate thesis supervision is available.

Program Requirements

All students in the Master of Education Program (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies) shall be required to complete:

  • 6100 Research Designs and Methods in Education
  • 6602 Curriculum Studies
  • 6300 Teaching and Learning

students on the thesis route must complete at least one of the research courses listed below (E6100 is prerequisite):

  • 6466 Qualitative Research Methods
  • 6467 Quantitative Research Methods
  • 6468 Critical Approaches to Educational Research
  • 6469 Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Action Research
  • 6909 Narrative Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Research

and at least 2 courses from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student’s program.

Students choosing Option One on the internship, paper folio, project, and comprehensive-course route, must complete at least 2 courses within one particular specialty area from the list in vii) below.

Students choosing Option Two must choose courses that have been designated through consultation with a faculty advisor during the first semester of studies in this program.

Students choosing the Mathematics Education specialization within Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies must complete 6630 Critical Issues in Mathematics Education prior to completing other Mathematics Education specialty courses.

Students choosing the Special Education specialization within Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies must complete a thesis and at least two of the required special education specialty courses.

Students on the comprehensive-course route must complete one of the following courses: 6390 Research and Development Seminar in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies or 6394 Biographical Explorations of Teaching and Learning or 6913 Practitioner Inquiry/Participatory Action Research (prereq. 6469). Normally students would be permitted to register for one of these courses only after all other course requirements have been met, or during the student’s last semester of studies.

to meet total credit hour requirements students may choose electives from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student’s program:

  • students on the thesis route must complete a total of at least 18 credit hours
  • students on the internship, paper folio, or project route must complete a total of at least 24 credit hours and the appropriate course option,

6391 Internship in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies (6 credit hours),

6392 Project in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies (6 credit hours), or

6393 Paper Folio in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies (6 credit hours)

  • students on the comprehensive-course route must complete a total of at least 30 credit hours

core specialty courses in the study of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Study areas are those listed below:


Computers in Education

  • 6610 Research on Computers in the Curriculum
  • 6620 Issues and Trends in Educational Computing

Language and Literacy Studies

  • 6106 Reading and Teaching Popular Culture
  • 6108 Literacy and Language Education
  • 6641 Writing in the Primary, Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • 6642 Developmental Reading (K-8)
  • 6643 Contemporary Issues in Secondary English
  • 6645 Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • 6647 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading and Writing Difficulties
  • 6649 Exploring Multiple Literacies
  • 6693 Literacy for the Young Child in Home and School


Mathematics Education

  • 6630 Critical Issues in Mathematics Education
  • 6634 Teaching and Learning to Solve Mathematics Problems
  • 6639 Technology and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics


Music Education

  • 6502 Contexts of Music Education
  • 6503 Teaching Music from the Podium
  • 6504 Musicianship, Pedagogy, and Learning


Science Education

  • 6653 Contemporary Issues in Science Education I
  • 6655 The Nature of Science and Science Education
  • 6658 Teaching and Learning Scientific Concepts, Laws, and Theories


Second Language Education

  • 6668 Current Issues in Second Language Education
  • 6669 Graduate Seminar in Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • 6673 Second Language Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • 6674 Research in Second Language Writing Education
  • 6676 Research and Practice in TESL/TEFL (Teachiing English as a Second/Foreign Language)

(credit cannot be obtained for both 6673 and the former 6665 or 6667)


Social Justice Education

  • 6105 Social and Cultural Difference and Education
  • 6106 Reading and Teaching Popular Culture
  • 6108 Literacey and Language Education: Sociocultural Perspectives
  • 6440 Family School Relations: Leadership and Policy Implications
  • 6465 School Violence: Leadership and Policy Implications
  • 6468 Critical Approaches to Educational Research
  • 6909 Narrative Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Research
  • 6913 Practitioner Inquiry/Participatory Action Research (prereq. 6469)

Social Studies Education

  • 6670 Teaching and Learning Social Studies
  • 6671 Research in Social Studies Education
  • 6672 Issues and Trends in Social Studies


Special Education

  • 6710 Issues in Development and Implementation of Special Education Policy and Practices
  • 6712 The Nature and Assessment of Behaviour Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • 6714 Principles and Practices in Exceptionality
  • 6755 Nature and Assessment of Learning Disabilities


Teacher-Librarianship

  • 6662 Seminar in Teacher-Librarianship
  • 6664 Seminar on School Improvement


Additional courses in the specialty areas are available.


It is important to note that this is not a distance program, and some courses will require on-campus attendance.

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