Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities

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.


Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (4 course program) towards the MEd Interdisciplinary


Fully Online


One year (4 consecutive terms)


Graduate Program Administrator:
Tom Liu

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. This program aims to foster equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning environments and workplaces that are accessible to all and free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. We strive to promote healthy relationships, develop resilient youth, and encourage student advocacy through a social justice and anti-oppressive lens.

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 eLearn website.

The overall goal of this graduate program is to increase the capacity of those associated with youth-oriented helping professions to nurture healthy relationships, redress oppressive structures, and encourage social justice advocacy. This program hopes to develop future equity, diversity and inclusion leaders and change-makers in various learning environments within different types of workplaces.

This graduate four-course program is designed to assist those drawn to the caring professions in gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to develop healthy and socially just learning environments in formal and informal settings. Educators, social workers, health care providers, and other community service professionals work closely with the public and play a key role in ensuring respect for human diversity regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, disability, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion.

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.

[This] has been a journey that I will never forget. My Master’s degree changed my life completely. I am an entirely new person who is more emotionally connected to the world.


Sarah Beech, MEd

Advancing Healthy and Socially Just Schools and Communities

Sarah graduated with her MEd in 2019. Read more about Sarah's journey

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

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

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

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