Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities

Advancing Health and Just Schools and Communities is a program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route. Visit the MEd, Interdisciplinary Route page for complete MEd details including fees

Award-Winning Topic!
The University of Calgary Provost and Vice President (Academic) honoured this program in 2017 with The University of Calgary Curriculum Development Award.

This graduate four-course program is designed to assist educators, social workers, health care providers, and other community service workers in developing the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to develop and support healthy and socially just learning environments inside and outside of formal school settings for all young people, regardless of race, creed, ancestry, ability, color, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Ensuring that learning environments are safe and socially just is important for the promotion of healthy behavior, social-emotional maturity, and resiliency skills. Increasing the capacity of those in the caring professions to help youth develop healthy relationships and positive social-emotional skills is a key factor for reducing rates of bullying, dating violence, and ultimately family violence. Participants will analyze current trends in school, family and cultural violence and assess comprehensive school violence prevention practices, policies, supports, and resources relevant to the Alberta context. The overall goal of this graduate four-course program is to increase the capacity of those in the helping professions to cultivate and enable safe and socially just learning environments for youth, to build healthy relationships, and to reduce violence.

Program Schedule

Term 1 - Summer

Summer 2020
EDER 655.12 L01 (50089)
Promoting Healthy Relationships

Term 2 - Fall

Fall 2020
EDER 655.13 L01 (72604)
Anti-Oppression Education


Term 3 - Winter

Winter 2021
EDER 655.14 L01 (12379)
Developing Resilient Youth

Term 4 - Spring

Spring 2021
EDER 655.01 (course number TBD)
Student Advocacy and Community

Notice re: Summer Residency 2020

The University of Calgary has formally announced that all Summer 2020 classes will be moving fully online. Details on our Summer 2020 courses will be provided in the coming weeks. Please do not make any travel plans such as booking flights or accommodations. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The Werklund School is a leader in online learning, offering robust programs and supports for students seeking alternate program delivery.  Staff and faculty are committed to ensuring the quality of this learning experience will meet the needs of our students and maintain the high standards we have become known for.

Course Descriptions

Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L.

Course Delivery

Details on our Summer 2020 courses will be provided in the coming weeks. Please do not make any travel plans such as booking flights or accommodations. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Fall, Winter and Spring courses are offered fully online using Desire2Learn and Zoom. For additional information regarding online delivery, please refer to the Online Delivery eLearn website.

3 units per course

EDER 655.12 Promoting Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships are critical for robust social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Grounded in neuroscience and social science theories, participants will explore the importance of implementing comprehensive evidence-based policies and practices that promote mental wellness and cognitive, social and emotional competencies that help a community to reduce bullying and other forms of violence.

EDER 655.13 Anti-Oppression Education

Paramount to creating safe learning environments is a critical and socially just evaluation of the roots of violence in the contexts of power, control, and privilege. Participants will examine oppression in the forms of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, and transphobia in order to develop strategies for addressing and preventing prejudice in all its manifestations.

EDER 655.14 Developing Resilient Youth

A healthy community enables greater resiliency among members, especially among youth. One way to encourage resiliency for traumatized youth is to study the impact of toxic stress resulting from abuse, exposure to family violence, mental health, and addiction issues. This course places emphasis on understanding trauma and creating effective supports for vulnerable youth, such as policies and procedures for responding to tragedy and incidents of violence.

EDER 655.01 Student Advocacy and Community

Cultivating student participation in advocacy efforts is an essential component of promoting healthy and socially just schools and communities. Participants will analyze issues impacting students from a critical pedagogical perspective, such as: diversity and inclusion, activism and advocacy, media literacy, social networking, and safe peer relationships. Participants will explore these topics in the context of honoring student engagement and promoting student leadership in advocacy efforts.

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Stacy Gooliaff, Graduate Program Administrator (GPA),

Dr. Tonya Callaghan

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Dr. Tonya Callaghan, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Learning,

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Applications for our 2021 programs will open this fall. All students apply for admission through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.