Program Information

Faculty of Education

Program Information

Program Description

The MPCE runs for eight months with courses in the following:

MPCE 6P01 Graduate Study Preparation Seminar 

Examination of issues related to graduate study in Canada: identifying appropriate graduate programs, securing referees, understanding application protocols, writing statements of intent, and succeeding in interviews. Focus is on developing the academic and social skills needed to successfully transition to graduate study in Canada. Activities may include attending university open-houses, peer-mentoring, and graduate student shadowing. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P02 Canadian Cultural Practices 

What is Canadian culture? is a starting point for inquiry. Emphasis is on the acculturation process experienced by international students studying in Canada. Students are introduced to the academic and social expectations of study-life within Canadian post-secondary programs. Cultural enrichment activities include field trips to local landmarks and participation in Canadian cultural celebrations. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P03 Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice 

Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux, bell hooks, and others writing within Critical Pedagogy form the basis for exploring the connection between ‘education’ and social justice projects. Topics explored include oppressive regimes of power/knowledge, critical pedagogy as a social movement, social change, revolutionary critical pedagogy, Indigenous knowledges, and the transformative potential of Critical Pedagogy. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P04 Ontario Education (K–12) 

Exploration of the structure and organization of elementary and secondary education within Ontario. An examination of public, private, and alternative school systems; consideration is given to the multiple educational paths available to Ontario students. Issues covered include governance, funding, curriculum, teacher education, student achievement, equity, and ethics. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P05 Introduction to Research 

How qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to do research within Education and related disciplines. Students acquire a deeper understanding of the nature and processes of research, and develop skills to critically read and evaluate research. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P06 Philosophical Perspectives in Education 

A comparative examination of the underlying philosophical frameworks that form the basis for the organization of contemporary educational practices. Original writings in education philosophy provide the starting point for intellectual inquiry. Current critical issues within education are considered through multiple philosophical lenses. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P07 In/Equity, Diversity and Change in Education 

Developing a critical understanding of social in/equity through examining the intersecting discourses of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, and language, and how this discursive matrix organizes experiences within education. Attention is given to institutional and individual strategies developed to re/situate, re/visit, and re/claim the politics of meaning and experience. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P08 The Organization of Canadian Higher Education 

Exploration of postsecondary education work that supports students’ development and learning. Issues of knowledge creation, distribution, and maintenance; academic freedom; dissenting opinion; academic integrity; student agency and accountability; the teacher-student dynamic and regulatory structures within higher education are considered. The interconnectedness of examined issues to the processes of acculturation for international students is emphasized. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. 


MPCE 6P09 Qualitative Research Methods 

Focus is on the theory and praxis of using qualitative research methods to investigate social phenomena. Topics include the relationship between theory and methods, interviewing, power dynamics, research design, ethics, accessing participants, and working with school boards and other agencies. Students design an original piece of research using qualitative research methods. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: MPCE 6P05. 


MPCE 6P10 Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research 

A research methods course designed to extend students’ understandings of quantitative and mixed methods research. Issues pertaining to the identification of an appropriate topic of investigation, project design, data collection and analysis, ethics, and implications are extensively covered. Students design an original piece of research using quantitative and/or mixed methods. 

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week. Prerequisite MPCE 6P05




PhD in Education Thesis Defence – Philip Teeuwsen
January 18, 2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Monique Mallet-Boucher PhD Dissertation Defence
December 9, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm