Master's 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 structure

The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of ★33 for course-based programs, or ★24 for thesis-based programs. This includes ★6 in the department core courses and ★6 in the specialization core courses. Each student's program includes study in core areas, research methods, electives, and a thesis or capping exercise.

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

Department Core Courses

  • EDPS 580 - Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspective & Practice
  • EDPS 581 - Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research

Specialization Core Courses

  • EDPS 590 - Foundations of Education: Perspectives on Canadian Issues
  • EDPS 591 - Foundations of Education: Perspectives on International Issues

Specialization Electives

Course-based programs require three courses (★9). Thesis-based programs require two (★6).

  • EDPS 501 - Courses proposed and taught by SJI faculty (only applicable to 501s offered from Fall 2017 onwards)
  • EDPS 515 - Sexual and Gender Minorities in Education and Culture
  • EDPS 520 - Adult Education, Popular Movements and NGOs in the Global South
  • EDPS 522 - Citizenship Education
  • EDPS 523 - Education and Development Theory
  • EDPS 525 - Globalization, Global Education and Change
  • EDPS 526 - Race, Racialization and Education
  • EDPS 527 - Youth, Culture and Education
  • EDPS 528 - Global Transformations, Indigenous Knowledge and the Crisis of Sustainability
  • EDPS 530 - History of Education
  • EDPS 544 - Critical and Feminist Pedagogical Research
  • EDPS 562 - Social Theory and Education
  • EDPS 563 - Education from a Sociological Perspective
  • EDPS 564 - Education and Social Change


500-level and above courses taken across the department or faculty, chosen in consultation with the supervisor or program advisor.

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

A list of courses to be offered throughout the year can be found by accessing Bear Tracks.

Course-Based Program

EDPS 900 - Directed Research Project

Thesis-Based Program

Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a thesis-based Master of Education shall present a thesis embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor.