The MEd (General) allows students to study in an area that fulfills their interests and professional needs, and builds upon their current knowledge. The program is designed for working professionals, with online learning being complemented by face-to-face components in July.
Study themes for specific cohorts are developed to reflect new curricula and needs from the field. Study themes include Curriculum and Assessment (2022); Teaching, Learning, and Neuroscience (2023); and Multiple Literacies in Canadian Classrooms (2024).
Curriculum and Assessment - Summer 2022 Start
Students in this study theme will become leaders in enacting curriculum and assessing learning harnessing innovations in curriculum theory for the benefit of your classrooms, schools, and school districts demonstrating how to use classroom assessments to improve student learning, advance teaching, and develop ethical programming. Important features of this program include an emphasis on providing significant opportunities to integrate local issues into class activities, discussion and assignments.
Admission to this cohort is planned for Summer 2022.
"Good curriculum development is when you get a multiplicity of needs from multiple groups and identify the thing that is common so they can all see their needs and interests met from their perspective.”
-Dr. Richard Butt, Professor, Faculty of Education Read more
Teaching, Learning and Neuroscience - Summer 2023
Admission to this cohort is tentatively planned for Summer 2023.
The MEd (General) study theme in Teaching, Learning, and Neuroscience is a unique collaboration between the Faculty of Education, known for its excellent undergraduate and graduate programs, and the Department of Neuroscience, which houses a vibrant and dynamic scientific community recognized internationally for its cutting-edge research.
As a student in the MEd (General) Learning, Teaching and Neuroscience, you will
- study the principles of brain development in order to understand the impact these processes have on learning and behaviour
- examine how neuroscience and educational research can inform the design of learning environments and instructional practices
- gain the skills, tools, and knowledge necessary to enhance teaching practice and facilitate better educational outcomes
- become critical consumers of neuroscience findings, particularly as they are applied to educational settings.
“The project has instilled in me the value of teacher as researcher. If I can link behaviour to a structural or developmental issue I can go from there to best assess and move forward to benefit students.” (Riley Kostek, BSc’09/BEd’11, MEd candidate Read more)
Sample Program Schedule
Multiple Literacies in Canadian Classrooms - Summer 2024
Admission to this cohort is tentatively planned for Summer 2024.
This program invites educators to consider how current research in multiple literacies, English language arts, ESL/EAL, and indigenous literacies can support effective literacy instruction, social action and agency, as well as curriculum design and policy decision-making. This program is designed for educators who wish to explore the cultural and linguistic diversity that characterizes contemporary local classrooms.
“Literacy is not a Language Arts classroom; literacy is in all subjects.” (Sarah Gagnon, BSc/BEd '11, MEd '20 Read more)