Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education is a program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route. Visit the MEd, Interdisciplinary Route page for complete MEd details including fees

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.

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

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.

Program Schedule

Term 1 - Summer

Summer 2020
EDER 619.86 L11 (50091)
Principles of Inclusive Education
Online 

Term 1 - Summer

Summer 2020
EDER 619.88 L12 (50112)
Establishing Inclusive Environments 
Online

Term 2 - Fall

Fall 2020
EDER 619.89 L05 (73408)
Inclusive Education: A Shared Responsibility
Online

Term 3 - Winter

Winter 2021
EDER 619.54 L07 (13013)
Inclusive Leadership
Online

Course Descriptions

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


Course Delivery

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 eLearning website.

 


3 units per course

EDER 619.86 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.

EDER 619.88 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.

EDER 619.89 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.

EDER 619.54 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.


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Brenda Tschanz Graduate Program Administrator (GPA) 403.220.2982, tschanz@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Catherine Chua

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Dr. Catherine Chua, catherine.chua@ucalgary.ca

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