Doctoral Program with SJI Specialization

Social Justice and International Studies in Education (SJI) is a specialization that focuses on the theoretical, philosophical, and ideological underpinnings of education as well as the social and cultural contexts in which education takes place. Formerly known as "educational foundations," the SJI specialization draws heavily on philosophy, history, sociology, and other social sciences in its approach to the study of education within varying local, national and international settings.

Program Requirements

The EdD and PhD degrees across the Faculty require a minimum of ★36. This normally includes a minimum of ★24 in graduate courses and a dissertation.

At this time, the SJI program is only admitting to the PhD route. Students are not normally admitted to the EdD in this Specialization.

See the Graduate Course List for current Educational Policy Studies graduate courses.

Department Core Courses

  • EDPS 680 - Policy Research and Education
  • EDPS 681 - Frameworks for Research in Educational Policy Studies

Specialization Core Courses

None

Options

  • 500-level or 600-level courses taken across the department or faculty chosen to enhance the program.

A list of courses to be offered during the Fall Session (September to December) and Winter Session (January to April) can be found through Bear Tracks, the University's secure online service for students, applicants, and staff. Information about courses offered during the Intersession (May to August) will be available on Bear Tracks when the University publishes its Spring/Summer Guide, normally by December.

Students may undertake a supervised individual study course if permitted by their specialization program and only with prior departmental approval. Permission will not be granted if the proposed content is available through regular course offerings.Candidacy examination

The completion of coursework, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training and the Candidacy Exam must be completed within three years of the start of the program. For part time students, these requirements must be complete within four years of the start of the program.

Dissertation

Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a doctoral program are required to present a dissertation embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor and supervisory committee.

Candidacy examination

The completion of coursework, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training and the Candidacy Exam must be completed within three years of the start of the program. For part time students, these requirements must be complete within four years of the start of the program.

Residence Requirements

The minimum period of residence for the PhD degree is two academic years of full-time study at the University of Alberta. Students pursuing the EdD degree may satisfy their residence requirement in one of two registration patterns. Students are expected to have significant contact with theUniversity of Alberta during their residence through time spent on campus and through interactions with the faculty and graduate students at the University:

Pattern A

As part of the program there will be a period of full-time study for a minimum of 12 continuous months.

Pattern B

Students must complete at least ★18 (courses and/or THES registration) in each of the first three years. For students who start their programs part-time, the candidacy exam must be completed by the end of year four.