Current Context

One of the leading research-intensive faculties of education in Canada, the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta consistently ranks in the top three nationally and in the top 100 internationally, aiming to be one of the best in the world. As such, the Faculty of Education is a flagship for the University of Alberta. Our strengths in teaching, research, professional contributions, community engagements, and service are diverse and numerous. Faculty members publish in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals, hold tricouncil funding, and receive many other external grants that support research and scholarship.

As an applied Faculty, knowledge mobilization is a longstanding and key aspect of our contribution to the public good. Our academic staff are sought after for their expertise. Their research and scholarship demonstrably impact educational, psychological, and library and information policy and practice. Our scholars are deeply engaged with community and actively share their work across an array of traditional and creative engagement formats.

Our research not only impacts the academic community nationally and internationally, but it also impacts the lives of children, youth, and their families every day in real ways. We have strong relationships with the educational sector including school divisions, the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the College of Alberta Psychologists, and the Ministry of Education.

Our undergraduate students complete the teacher education program positioned for successful careers as educators and are hired to work in classrooms and other education contexts throughout and beyond the province. Our School of Library and Information Studies offers the only fully online master’s program in LIS in Canada and has been so successful that approximately two-thirds of SLIS graduate students are online students.

The Faculty is also home to several accredited graduate programs including Library and Information Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Counselling Psychology, and School and Clinical Child Psychology. Our Faculty continues to enjoy significant numbers of applications to our undergraduate and graduate programs beyond our capacity to accommodate with our existing resources.