Department of Educational Policy Studies

Welcome to Educational Policy Studies! The department offers programs at the Master and Doctoral levels across four specialization areas: 

Prospective Student Information

Looking for information on the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degrees? See Undergraduate Programs for more information. 

Our Department is home to many talented students studying at the Master's and Doctoral levels.

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Undergraduate Courses 

The Department administers core undergraduate courses  EDU 211 and EDPS 410. Course timetables and registrations are done via Bear Tracks. For any registration questions or difficulties for these courses contact


All students in the Faculty of Education will now make use of the new Education Student Services (ESS) centre. Located on the first floor of the Education complex, ESS is the new first point of contact for all general inquiries from current and prospective students in the faculty.

In-person and online learning is also being supported by the U of A’s Office of the Registrar, which launched a new Student Service Centre to provide one point of contact for the information, support and services students need for their university journey. Current students are reminded to monitor their university email account for updates and changes throughout the year. 

“From a student services perspective, I think we’re better off now. If students want to access a service in person, it's there in person. If they want it remotely, it is there remotely—they can access all student services from anywhere.” – André Costopoulos, Vice-Provost and Dean of Students

Important Dates + Events

Department News

  • Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane Wins Canadian Children's Book Award

    November 24, 2021

    Join us in congratulating Educational Policy Studies PhD student Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane, who has been awarded the 2021 Norma Fleck Award for Children’s Non-fiction for her book ‘Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance.'

  • Norma Dunning wins 2021 Governor General's Literary Award

    November 23, 2021

    Join us in congratulating Educational Policy Studies alumni and instructor Norma Dunning for winning the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for her short story collection "Tainna: The Unseen Ones." Dr. Dunning received her PhD in 2019 and is a regular instructor in the department.

  • Illuminate Magazine: EDPS Doctoral Grad Claims Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal

    June 30, 2021

    Michelle Lavoie wanted to find new ways to mentor 2SLGBTQ+ youth and young adults through art practice. Her research using narrative inquiry methodology yielded hundreds of creative works and new insights into co-created, dialogic, non-hierarchical ways of thinking and knowing. It also earned Lavoie one of the most prestigious academic awards a Canadian student can receive.

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