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).
Teaching, Learning and Neuroscience - Summer 2023
Admission to this cohort is 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
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Multiple Literacies in Canadian Classrooms - Planned for 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
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Curriculum and Assessment - Planned for Summer 2025
Why complete a Master of Education degree focusing on practical and exciting research in Curriculum and Assessment? Because curriculum and assessment are at the core of educators’ every day work, and learning new ways of critically enacting with it can have significant positive impacts on classroom instruction and student learning.
In the Curriculum and Assessment study theme, Christine Perreaux (BA/BEd ’99; MEd ’21) developed The 6 Ps of Student-Centred Teaching, innovative programming that departs from traditional memorization, worksheet, drill-and-practice learning, to meet curriculum outcomes through Play, Projects, Peers, Passions, Portfolios and Purpose. “Since changing the approach, we’re seeing outstanding growth in academic achievement and independence,” says Perreaux, whose forthcoming website walks Kindergarten to Grade 2 educators through the Ps, step-by-step, in a manner they can tailor to their needs. Read more
Students in this cohort-based program are shown research-informed ways to design and enact high-quality curriculum, to design and implement assessments that authentically, meaningfully and ethically inform teaching so that it can better reflect and respond to our diverse and inclusive communities, and to help educators ensure that their classrooms are environments that nurture students’ deep understanding, critical thinking, problem-solving, and their personal agency toward self-directed learning.