Program/Degree

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

Delivery

Fully Online

Duration

Four course topic delivered over Summer, Fall, and Winter terms

Contacts

Graduate Program Administrator:
Brenda Tschanz
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Academic Coordinator:
Dr. Catherine Chua
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Program Overview

In this graduate topic in the MEd Interdisciplinary program, we critically examine issues and build learner capacity to support inclusive education in K-12 education. Designed in collaboration with the Alberta Ministry of Education, the topic will be of interest to current teachers, school and system leaders, educational consultants, and post-secondary instructors.

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.

Program Goals

  • Develop a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge and links theory with systematic inquiry in relation to the expectations for educators in Alberta as detailed in Competency Four of the draft Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) (2016).
  • Emphasize six principles of inclusive education: (a) anticipate, value and support diversity and learner differences, (b) high expectations for all learners, (c) understand learners' strengths and needs, (d) Reduce barriers within learning environments, (e) capacity building, and (f) shared responsibility.
  • Develop a critical, systematic, and research informed knowledge base within the larger field of inclusive education.
  • Engage in the scholarship of leadership, teaching, and learning through reflexive processes of research informing practice and practice informing research.
  • Review, critically analyze, and report on educational research literature using a range of academic writing genres to make informed practice and policy decisions.
  • Investigate, understand, and resolve complex problems of educational practice.
  • Demonstrate collaboration, communication, and knowledge-building competencies.

Target Audiences

  • Teachers, school leaders, and school jurisdiction leaders
  • Educators and consultants who work in the area of inclusive education
  • Post secondary instructors who aim to inquire into inclusive education practices

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.


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

Principles of Inclusive Education

Learners will critically examine six principles of inclusive education: (a) anticipate, value and support diversity and learner differences, (b) high expectations for all learners, (c) understand learners' strengths and needs, (d) Reduce barriers within learning environments, (e) capacity building, and (f) shared responsibility. Educational, demographic, human rights, economic, and community considerations and issues will be also be examined.

Registration info:
EDER 619.86 L06 (50061)

Term 1 - Summer

Establishing Inclusive Environments 

This course will focus on a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge and links theory with systematic inquiry in relation to the expectations for educators in Alberta. Learners will build their capacity to establish, promote, and sustain inclusive learning environments where diversity is embraced and every student is welcomed, cared for, respected, and safe. Learners will critically examine evidence-informed practices and inclusive strategies, supports, and interventions including technological innovations.

Registration info:
EDER 619.88 L07 (#50083)

Term 2 - Fall

Inclusive Education: A Shared Responsibility

Learners in this course will critically consider ways in which school leaders, teachers, education professionals, families and community partners can effectively collaborate to create ongoing opportunities to develop, strengthen and renew their understanding, skills and abilities to create flexible and responsive learning environments The course will emphasize knowledge, skills, benefits and challenges of collaboration and partnering in inclusion education.

Registration info:
EDER 619.89 L02 (#72911)

Term 3 - Winter

Inclusive Leadership

This course is designed to engage learners in connecting learning from the first three courses through conceptualizing the complexities of their own and/or other contexts and investigating related problems of practice. Understanding of the benefits, challenges, and possibilities of inclusive education will be deepened through critical consideration of topics such as the following: understanding the policy landscape, building leadership and teaching capacity; designing and assessing inclusive schooling and learning environments.

Registration info:
EDER 619.54 L06 (#13375)