Department of Educational Policy Studies

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

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


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

Welcome to Winter 2022

 As we begin a new term and new year, we encourage all members of the U of A community to be mindful of the current public health measures in effect to keep us all safe and healthy. 

Covid-19 Vaccinations and the CampusReady Pass

Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to help stop the long-term spread of COVID-19. As of November 1st,  2021, the U of A requires everyone on our campuses to be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations can be booked on-campus at the University Health Centre and UHC Pharmacy. The U of A CampusReady pass is accepted as a valid means of proof for attendance at U of A campuses and properties/facilities for students, staff and faculty. You are required to upload proof of vaccination or exemption and have a CampusReady pass before coming to campus or properties/facilities.

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Changes to Student Services 

As of Fall Term 2021, all students in the Faculty of Education will 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

Congratulations to our Doctoral Students

Please join us in congratulating our doctoral students on successfully defending their PhD/EdD examinations!

  • Kenchera Ingraham, "A Narrative Inquiry into the Identity Making of Black Women in Canadian Higher Education" (PhD, defended on 29 June 2021)
  • Alleson Mason, "Coming in From the Cold: Sites of Black Educational Resistance in Edmonton, Alberta" (PhD, defended on 28 June 2021)
  • Candy Khan, "Employees' Perceptions of Anti-Harassment Training Program Design: Whole Person Pedagogical Application" (EdD, defended on 27 May, 2021)

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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