Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities


Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (4 course program)




One year (4 consecutive terms)


Graduate Program Administrator:
Brenda Tschanz

Academic Coordinator:
Dr. Tonya Callaghan

Program Overview

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 asses comprehensive school violence prevention practices, policies, supports, and resources relevant to the Alberta context.

Program Details

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the Online Delivery eLearn website.

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.

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.

A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.

Fee details are available through the University Calendar. An explanation of fees is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies' website.

The University of Calgary offers multiple ways to meet the cost of your education. Please refer to the Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries page to learn more about options available to students. For additional information, please contact Student Financial Support.

Please refer to the MEd Interdisciplinary page for the latest Admission Requirements and Transcripts information.

Program Schedule & Course Descriptions

  • Program begins each Summer term (refer to the Academic Schedule for specific dates)
  • Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L
  • 3 units per course

Term 1 - Summer

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.

Registration info:
EDER 655.12 L01 (50082)

Term 2 - Fall

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.

Registration info:
EDER 655.13 L01 (72318)

Term 3 - Winter

Developing Resilient Youth

A healthy community supports youth resiliency in numerous ways. This course will explore the concepts of resiliency and trauma, and how they apply to the lives of contemporary youth. This course also places emphasis on implementing and sustaining effective resilience supports for youth across different contexts and settings.

Registration info:
EDER 655.14 L01 (12138)

Term 4 - Spring

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.

Registration info:
EDER 655.01 L01 (30311)

Have Questions? Connect with Us

Brenda Tschanz

Graduate Program Administrator

Brenda Tschanz

Tonya Callaghan

Academic Program Coordinator

Dr. Tonya Callaghan

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