Program

Application deadline is April 1st for Canadian students and March 1st for International students.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Ed.2 years

This program addresses the relationship between practice and theory in curriculum research, design, implementation, evaluation, and leadership, as well as expertise in educational technology and communication. Those choosing to pursue a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies will be encouraged to focus on aspects of praxis leading to expertise and leadership in that area.

Who would be interested in an M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies? Anyone participating in teaching in its various forms – in the K-12 system, the post-secondary system, and informal education – who wants to study one or more aspects of curriculum, such as research, development, implementation, evaluation and leadership for change.

There are three program options for this degree:

  • Thesis based: in addition to coursework, you will work with a supervisor to conduct an original research study
  • Project based: as above, but instead of a thesis you will be completing a project or practicum
  • Course based: you will take a selection of courses including a capstone class 'scholarship in teaching'

In addition to the choice of structure above, this program has three defined areas of focus that you may choose:

  • Curriculum innovation
  • Early childhood development
  • English as an additional language

Research supervisors

If you are applying to the thesis or project based program, we recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Jeff BakerIndigenous Science Education; Indigenous Research Methodologies; Environmental Education; Faculty Development
Geraldine BalzerTeacher education, Secondary school English language arts, Aboriginal education, Decolonization, Transformative education, Service learning
Beverley BrennaLiteracy education (reading and writing focus), children literature, special education, process drama, teacher education
Egan ChernoffMathematics education, Probability, Heuristics, Biases, Fallacies, Popularization, Social media, The math wars
Brenda KalynTeachers & students experiences in learning places and impact of experience on curriculum and pedagogy, holism, physical education, culture and dance
Marguerite KooleLearning theory, technology enhanced learning, instructional design, digital identity, online learning contexts, constructionist philosophy
Timothy MolnarEthics and responsibility, Meaningful learning in science education, Nature of science, philosophies of place and nature, Teacher education
Dirk MorrisonInstructional design, distance and e-learning, educational technology, non-formal and informal online learning environments
Beverly Pain
Gale Parchoma
Jeffrey ParkLiteracy, Writing /composition theory, Creativity, Gender, Arts-based methodologies, Poetic inquiry, Narrative, English Language Arts, Curriculum
Debbie PushorParent knowledge, parent engagement, a curriculum of parents in teacher education, and narrative inquir
Hyunjung ShinGlobalization, political economy and language education, Language, culture & identity, Ethnography Transnationalism & migration, pedagogy, Ethnography
Jennifer Tinkham
Linda Wason-EllamEarly and struggling readers including (EAL) and children (FASD), children literature, teaching in multilingual classrooms, ethnographic research
Jay WilsonTechnology skill development, media literacy, program evaluation, social agency in teaching and learning, experiential learning, design studio learnin

Tuition and funding

Funding

In their applications, students should identify their financial status and state if attendance is contingent on receiving financial aid. The department employs graduate students as marking assistants and a limited number of scholarships, research fellowships and teaching assistantships are available. There is a keen competition for this financial support. Applications for Departmental Scholarships, Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships may only be submitted after a student has been admitted.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Course based program

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $210.10 $315.15
Cost for a three credit unit class $630.30 $945.45
Maintenance of Status course $630.30 $945.45

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Education

  • A four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), or equivalent, from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A minimum of one year of practical experience in education or a related field post degree if the applicant holds a BEd degree or a minimum of three years of practical experience in education or a related field post degree if the applicant does not hold a B.Ed. degree.

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It isrecommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A letter of intent, no more than two pages describing what has pushed you to consider taking a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies or what you would like to learn in your Master of Education in Curriculum Studies
  • Copies of your academic transcript(s): your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended
  • A resume with a focus on your educational background and teaching experience

Contact

Curriculum Studies Department
College of Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Graduate Chair
Email: ecur.gradchair@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Patti Gillies
Email: patricia.gillies@usask.ca