The Master of Education (International Student Program) (MEd ISP) has a strong focus on Administration and Leadership in Education designed to provide international students an opportunity to enhance their academic background in educational leadership, gain a greater understanding of Canadian issues and challenges in administration and to achieve a high level of academic inquiry skills in educational research.
While the emphasis is on organizational and administrative practice and behaviour, social, legal, structural, and political contexts are examined from a holistic perspective. The MEd ISP program is organized into an intensive four-term course-based program consisting of ten half-credits. Candidates begin with introductory graduate study courses in the first term, followed by a sequence of interrelated graduate courses in Terms 2, 3 and 4 concluding with the culminating seminar. In special circumstances, with the approval of the Department Chair, students may choose to complete a Major Research Paper (MRP).
The MEd ISP consists of a series of required 10 half-credits. In addition, students must complete EDUC 5N99 (non-credit seminar) successfully.
Term 1 (Summer)
EDUC 5N99: Graduate Seminar in Education. A non-credit graduate seminar that focuses on issues in graduate studies and educational research student's encounter while developing their programs of study and preparing their proposals, projects and theses. Note: This course is a required course for all full-time students.
EDUC 5P99: Introduction to Studies in Education. Education as a field of study and multiple ways of knowing. Review of current educational theories, trends, and issues. Provides a foundation for research literacy.
Term 2 (Fall)
EDUC 5P60: Constructions of Organization. Analysis of organizational theories as they relate to educational institutions. Emphasis on how people shape and are shaped by organizations and how reciprocal processes affect administrative and professional practice.
EDUC 5P73: Challenges of Educational Leadership. Exploration of purposes and assumptions of leadership in educational contexts. Examining tensions and connections between leadership and management in administrative and professional practice.
EDUC 5P92: An Introduction to Educational Research. Interdisciplinary analysis of research methods used in education with an emphasis on basic research concepts and their application. Note: this is a required course for all students; failure to obtain a minimum grade of 70% could result in withdrawal from the program.
EDUC 5Q96: Field Experience. A one-semester field experience for the International Student Program. Students visit elementary and secondary schools to observe school practices and to reflect on coursework theories and concepts.
Term 3 (Winter)
EDUC 5P21: Comparative and International Education.Cross-disciplinary study of international and intercultural issues in social context. Exploration of the implications for curriculum and pedagogical strategies in associated areas including Multicultural, Comparative, Global and Development Education.
EDUC 5P62: Politics, Power, and Policy in Education. Examination of policymaking as a political process. Focus on the actors who negotiate educational policy and their conflicting and shared interests.
EDUC 5P72: Effecting Change in Education. Analysis of mandated and emergent change in educational institutions. Focus on developing informed responses that balance stability and change for sustainable improvement.
Term 4 (Spring/Summer)
EDUC 5P85: Reflective Practice. Exploration of the notions of reflective practice and reflective scholarship, including self-study narratives and practical action research. Personal forms of inquiry involve reflection in, on, for, and, about practice.
EDUC 5Q97: Culminating Seminar in Educational Studies.Culminating seminar integrating theory and accumulated knowledge related to fields of specialization and to practice. Exit paper must be approved by course instructor.