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Society, Culture and Politics in Education

Degrees Offered: M.Ed.



A. Abdi, V. Andreotti, M. Gleason, D. Kelly, A. Mazawi, L. Roman, C. Ruitenberg, H. Wright.

Professors Emeriti

J. Archibald, D. Fisher, V. Strong-Boag, C. Ungerleider.

Associate Professors

C. Ahenakew, J. Ellis, S. Rocha, T. Webb.

Assistant Professor

A. Parent.

Program Overview

The goal of the Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE) graduate program is to use the social sciences and humanities to study education and to address major issues affecting educational policy and practice. The program addresses social justice issues such as the unequal distribution of resources, disparity of educational outcomes, power relations, recognition and representation from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to post-colonial, feminist, anti-racist, materialist, and First Nations perspectives.

The SCPE graduate program offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Society, Culture and Politics in Education. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Studies program also offers a concentration in SCPE. Students wishing to pursue an M.A. in this concentration will consult with a supervisor to meet the requirements described in the EDST M.A. section. Both M.Ed. and M.A. programs are also available as part-time studies.

Students interested in the SCPE program have diverse academic, professional, and community backgrounds, varied research interests and represent a wide range of contexts and interests including but not limited to social justice education. SCPE faculty and students often bring their knowledge to current affairs, policymaking, community, classrooms, workplaces, and families. SCPE aims to develop scholars, researchers, and practitioners.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.Ed. program are expected to meet the Admission Requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The M.Ed. is a 30-credit program designed for professionals in education whose primary focus is understanding and improving educational practice. It is primarily course-based. Requirements are as follows:

  • EDST 509, EDST 577 and EDST 597
  • One of EDUC 500, EDST 571, EDST 545 or EDST 546
  • One three-credit SCPE-specific elective (e.g., EDST 502, EDST 506, EDST 570, EDST 576, EDST 578, EDST 593) and 12 credits of open electives
  • Graduating paper (EDST 590) or one other 3-credit EDST graduate course

Contact Information

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