Master of Arts

Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based, on-campus degree

Research degrees embrace the notion of preparing "Stewards of the Discipline", scholars capable of generating new knowledge, conducting research with a high degree of competence and integrity, transforming knowledge, and communicating the results to advance the field.

The Master of Arts (MA) is a research-intensive (thesis-based) degree intended to prepare students for further research. This program is available on-campus only.


Adult Learning

Informed by a rich heritage rooted in a commitment to human, community and social development. As a hub of interdisciplinarity, the focus of graduate studies within this specialization is on adult learning and adult education. Our graduate students draw from multiple and diverse contexts and interest areas, which include: traditional post-secondary and continuing education; business and industry; NGOs; community development and international organizations.

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Curriculum & Learning

Encompassing issues of content, context, and teaching in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Students can explore contemporary themes of curriculum and learning, including issues of globalization, gender, culture, power, traditions of wisdom, ecology in education, and the ideas and practices of social justice, examined from social, cultural, historical, political, discursive, ecological and other interpretive perspectives.

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Language & Literacy

  Prepares students to understand and conduct research on various dimensions of literacy, linguistic and cultural diversity, especially as they relate to the acquisition, use, teaching, and learning of languages, multiliteracies (multiple meaning-making systems, including print, visual, oral, audiovisual, and gestural texts), and new literacies and digital media . This program is open to applicants from a broad array of regions/countries.

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The Master of Arts program in Leadership draws upon the social sciences and humanities to prepare researchers and practitioners for the analysis and resolution of issues and problems related to educational policy and the direction and management of schools, school systems, other institutions, and governmental bodies concerned with public and private education. This specialization prepares graduates for administrative and research-related careers with an understanding of organizational change in the field of educational leadership.

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Learning Sciences

An interdisciplinary field of scholarship that works to further scientific, humanistic, and critical theoretical understandings of learning as well as to engage in the design and implementation of pedagogical innovations to support learning. The primary mission is the advancement of knowledge and the preparation of future researchers and scholars of the discipline.

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Spring 2019

Registration Start Date: February 4, 2019
Start of Classes: Monday, May 6, 2019
End of Classes: Monday, June 17, 2019

EDER 603.08 L11 Case Study Research Approaches in Education
Course# 31261     

Summer 2019

Registration Start Date: February 4, 2019
Start of Classes: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
End of Classes: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fall 2019

Registration Start Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Start of Classes: Thursday, September 5, 2019
End of Classes: Friday, December 6, 2019

EDER 618 L01 Research Design and Statistics I
Course# 76345     

EDER 620 L01 Introduction to Interpretive Inquiry
Course# 76343         

EDER 620 L01 Introduction to Interpretive Inquiry
Course# 76343

EDER 612 L01 Participatory Methodology in Education
Course# 76341

EDER 608 L01 Research Methods in Education
Course# 74421

EDER 635.04 L01 Topics and Perspectives in the Field of Adult Education
Course# 74421

EDER 682 L01 Conceptualizing Interpretive Inquiry
Course# 71979

EDER 664.06 L01 Special Topics in Language and Literacy
Course# 75843

EDER 678.01 L04 Cognitive and Socio-Cultural Foundations of the Learning Sciences
Course# 74634

EDER 678.01 L04 Cognitive and Socio-Cultural Foundations of the Learning Sciences

Winter 2020

Registration Start Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Start of Classes: Thursday, January 10, 2020
End of Classes: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

EDER 624 L01 Introduction to Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
Course# 24693

EDER 635.02 L01 Global Trends in Adult Education

EDER 684 L01 Contemporary Themes in Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice

EDER 664.02 L01 Issues in Contemporary Bilingual Education

EDER 619.02 L01 Introduction to Leadership & Governance

EDER 678.02 L03 Introduction to Learning Design and Development         

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