Master of Education Course Offerings
Note: Students must take either EU504: Quantitative Research Methods or EU505: Qualitative Research Methods.
EU501: Investigating the Relationship Between Theory and Practice
This course explores the ways that theory transacts and informs personal learning, professional practices, policy, and research. Students are expected to generate personal and professional lines of inquiry that will inform their current and future professional practices in educational (broadly defined) contexts. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU502: Interpreting Research in Education
This course focuses on methods of research appropriate in educational settings to help participants become informed consumers of the educational research literature. Research from both qualitative and quantitative paradigms will be discussed and analyzed. The intent is to help participants read and understand research studies, so that they may make more informed decisions relating to the application of the research to their own contexts. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU503: Learning Theories
This course involves analysis and application of learning theories from psychological, socio-cultural, and physiological disciplines to educational settings for children and adolescents. Participants will examine their students’ learning from biological, behavioural, cognitive and socio-cultural lenses to gain insights into origins and concomitants of students' school experiences and achievement. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU504: Quantitative Research Methods
Note: This course may be substituted with quantitative methods course from another program only if the course is not offered at the Faculty of Education during the calendar year.
This course provides an introduction to quantitative research designs and statistical principles used in educational research, including survey techniques, correlational designs and experimental methods for investigating causal relations. Topics related to the general linear model will be addressed, including simple and multiple regression, analysis of variance, confidence intervals and tests of significance. Decision making with respect to reliability and validity, violation of assumptions, and related issues will be considered in the context of examples in educational research. Half-course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU505: Qualitative Research Methods
Note: This course may be substituted with qualitative methods course from another program only if the course is not offered at the Faculty of Education during the calendar year.
This course will examine the assumptions, design, and use of a range of methodologies associated with qualitative research in education, including participant observation, asking questions (e.g., interviews, focus groups, surveys), and document review (e.g., content analysis). Critical review and discussion of issues inherent in reviewing, conducting, and reporting qualitative research will be a major component of the course. Half-course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
- Fall 2016: Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
EU598: Capstone Seminar
The Capstone course is the required culminating course of the Master of Education degree program. This course requires participants to integrate knowledge developed throughout the courses taken in the program. Students will engage in presentations relevant to individual lines of inquiry as well as complete a culminating portfolio and formulate a defining narrative linking the portfolio to program goals.
- Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required courses and electives.
Faculty of Education Electives
Note: Required courses are offered during set terms and elective courses rotate terms. Not all electives are offered every term.
The following is the list of electives available through the Faculty of Education. See below for a list of electives available across the university. Students may choose electives from either list.
EU510: Curriculum Theory
The organization of schooling and the role of theory have been associated with curriculum design, ideologies, policies, and concepts. This course focuses on a critical analysis and study of definitions and theories of curriculum. Curriculum is examined as a product, a process, and a context within education. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU511: Child and Adolescent Development
This course surveys current theory, research, and social issues relating to human development during pre-adolescence through emerging adulthood. Biological, familial, social, educational, cultural, and historical influences on adolescent development are explored. Half-course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU512: Cognition and Learning
The goal of this course is to examine current research on selected topics in cognition and learning during the school years. Topics may include biological bases of cognition, perception, memory, problem solving, self-regulated learning, and the influences of motivational beliefs and emotions on learning. Half-course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU513: Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education
This course provides an opportunity to critically consider the context within which schools and school systems exist. An examination of changing patterns of immigration, socio-economic factors, and government policy are among the areas considered. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU514: Leadership in Educational Contexts
Whether in the classroom or in other educational contexts, effective practice hinges on leadership. This course examines intellectual traditions that have influenced education. It also encourages creative thinking about current and future issues in educational leadership, policy, and organizations. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU515: School Culture and Change
This course considers how school and organizational culture is developed and changed. An examination of how policy, resources, research, and leadership link with school culture is provided. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU516: Research on Learning Environments
This course examines research on school learning environments (which are sometimes referred to as classroom climates, cultures or ecologies) in terms of psychological and social perspectives on educational experience. Implications for student learning, professional practice, and inquiry related to educational innovations are considered. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU520: Mathematical Cognition
The goal of this course is to examine the ways in which mathematical cognition develops and changes through the lifespan. Research from psychology and neuroscience will be addressed. Research related to special populations will also be explored. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU521: Mathematics Education Research
This course examines contemporary and seminal mathematics education research. Research explored in this course will consider central issues for mathematics education for teaching and learning, as well as relevant theories in the discipline. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU522L: Literacy Assessment in the Elementary School, K-8
This course will focus on an examination of the formal and informal components of evaluation, appropriate evaluation techniques, procedures, collection, and utilization of research data for improving literacy learning for elementary school students. Research based instruction for prevention and remediation of reading difficulties of students will be explored. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU530: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy and Content
This course will address theories of learning as they relate to teaching and learning in a digital age. Participants will ask and answer questions around how technology is changing learning and instruction, how to integrate technology in effective pedagogy, and how technology can enhance learning in particular content areas. Critical examination of current and emerging learning technologies will be conducted using examples in the field and through evaluation of existing and future research. This examination will include measurement and application of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge and the impact of digital technologies on self-regulated learning, higher order thinking, and collaborative knowledge construction. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
- Winter 2017: Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
EU531: Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Students
This course deals with differentiating curriculum for gifted students in classes of mixed abilities. It is suitable for regular classroom teachers from kindergarten through grade 12, as well as teachers of the gifted. Teaching techniques and activities suitable for gifted students are modeled. Emphasis is placed on practical application of theory and research. Half-course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU532: Education and Brain
This course will explore current research about the structure and function of the brain as they apply to teaching. How learning occurs, how memories are created, and how to optimize both processes will receive special emphasis. Students will learn about different technologies for studying the brain. In addition, students will examine behaviors and substances for their harmful or beneficial impacts on the brain, and investigate various brain disorders and their implications for learning. Finally, students will critique instructional techniques reputed to be based on brain research and draw implications for education from brain research findings. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU533: Multicultural and Multiliteracies in the Classroom: Theory and Practice
This course involves an exploration of the theoretical literature and research on the relationships between literacy and technology in various socio-cultural contexts. Consideration will be given to instructional frameworks, methods, and materials for technology-enhanced literacy instruction with diverse learners will be given. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU534: Pedagogy and Language Teaching
This course will explore the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning while focusing on the issue of student engagement and active learning activities within the L2 class. By researching current pedagogical trends on second language teaching, students will learn to create new and engaging activities taking advantage of their own students’ technological capabilities. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU550: Independent Reading Course
The purpose of this course is to allow a student, in consultation with an instructor, to articulate an independently developed course in which the student does research and reading on a topic of professional interest. Assignments of appropriate rigor and scope will also be agreed upon and negotiated between the instructor and the student. Students may be permitted to take up to one independent reading course. Availability of independent reading courses is subject to faculty interest and availability. Students enrolling in an independent reading course must complete the Independent Study – Letter of Agreement form, as well as a Graduate Program Change Request form and a Directed Studies form that are obtained from the graduate program assistant, approved by the academic advisor, and submitted to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
EU551: Special Topics in Education
This course is reserved for one-time or limited time offered courses. The course will cover special topics in education that may be related to current cohort needs or particularly contemporary or current issues in education. Half course, 0.50 credit units, one term.
Possible Electives Outside the Faculty of Education
The following is a list of electives outside of the Faculty of Education that previous Master of Education students have taken. Feel free to browse the graduate academic calendar to find a course of interest. Normally, approval from course instructor is required prior to registration. The graduate program assistant and/or the graduate coordinator will help students find suitable electives and secure instructor permission where possible. Electives must be approved by the graduate program coordinator.
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
- BU604: Organizational Behaviour
- BU658: Organizational Dynamics and Change
Faculty of Social Work
- SK504: Research Methods in Social Work
- SK615: Clinical Social Work Research and Data Analysis
- SK657: Treatment of Children and Adolescents
- SK667: Play Therapy
- SK668: Social Work Practice with Survivors of Trauma
Faculty of Arts
- SY616: Global Environment Problems and Change (Department of Sociology)
- RE633f: Buddhism and Western Psychology (Department of Religion and Culture)
Faculty of Science
- KP651: Neurocognition of Movement (Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education)