|Program||Expected Length||Project and/or thesis||Course based|
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 minor thesis
- 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
It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you apply to this program.
|Airini .||Education policy; Performance indicators; learning & teaching evaluation; PS systems & ROI; Indigenous research methods & education success|
|Geraldine Balzer||Teacher education, Secondary school English language arts, Aboriginal education, Decolonization, Transformative education, Service learning|
|Jake Bergen||Teacher education, 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion; Mental Health and Anti-racist Education|
|Egan Chernoff||Teaching and Learning of Mathematics|
|Marguerite Koole||Learning theory, technology-enhanced learning, instructional design, mobile learning, and makerspaces|
|Andrejs Kulnieks||Ecological Literacy, Eco-justice Education, Environmental Education, Arts-Informed Research, and Poetic Inquiry|
|Paula MacDowell||Immersive learning, XR technologies, instructional design, media studies, design-based research, education for social and environmental change|
|Gail MacKay||Indigenous Language Teaching, Literacy Building and Intercultural Relationships|
|Lori McKee||Pedagogies; early childhood education; teacher professional learning|
|Timothy Molnar||Ethics and Responsibility, Theory & Practice in Science Education, Intersections of 'place, nature, and education', Pre-service Teacher Education.|
|Dirk Morrison||Instructional design, distance and e-learning, educational technology, non-formal and informal online learning environments|
|Debbie Pushor||Parent knowledge, parent engagement, a curriculum of parents in teacher education, and narrative inquir|
|Hyunjung Shin||Globalization, political economy and language education, Language, culture & identity, Ethnography Transnationalism & migration, pedagogy, Ethnography|
|Jay Wilson||Technology skill development, media literacy, program evaluation, social agency in teaching /learning, experiential learning, design studio learning|
Tuition and 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.
Graduate students at USask can receive funding from a variety of sources to support their graduate education.
Thesis or project-based master's 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 students||International students|
|September 1 - December 31, 2023|
|January 1 - April 30, 2024|
|May 1 - August 31, 2024|
|Total per academic year|
Course-based master's or postgraduate diploma 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 their 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 assessed tuition equivalent to 3 credit units to stay in their program.
Graduate students in course-based programs registered in any undergraduate classes will be assessed tuition for these classes at the undergraduate rate. International graduate students in these programs registered in undergraduate courses, whether or not the classes are part of their program of study, will also be assessed the undergraduate international differential rate of 4.2.
|Canadian students||International students|
|Cost per graduate credit unit|
|Maintenance of Status course|
|Cost per 3 credit unit graduate class|
In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.
|Fall 2023||Winter 2024||Spring 2024||Summer 2024|
|Student fees||$497.88 CAD||$659.51 CAD||$35.00 CAD||$35.00 CAD|
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.
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
- Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
- A cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
- A minimum of one year of practical experience in education or a related field post degree if the applicant holds a B.Ed. 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
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) or equivalent from a recognized college or university
Submit an online application
Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.
During the application, you'll be asked for:
- Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
- Contact information of your three referees
- For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
- Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions
The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.
At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $120 application fee. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.
Submit required documents
Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.
Preliminary Statement of Marks
- Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
- The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
- All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
- Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will be required only for applicants offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.
College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9
- Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
- Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
- If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.
For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:
- It is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
- Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
- Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.
If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.
College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9
In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:
- A statement/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
- A curriculum vitae or resume with a focus on your educational background and teaching experience
Curriculum Studies Department
College of Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Dr. Marguerite Koole