Program

The application deadline for this program is November 1.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
MSoTL2 years
Certificate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning1 year

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is an emerging movement of scholarly inquiry that focuses on the reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning, typically at the post-secondary level. The purpose of SoTL research is to improve learning by investigating the many features of discipline specific expertise and best pedagogical practice, and making the results public.

The concept of SoTL will amplify the value of teaching and learning, necessitate deepening of expertise, embrace interdisciplinarity and compel connection and outreach.

SoTL encourages educators in all disciplines to conduct rigorous research into their teaching and learning environments and share what they learn publicly and across disciplines. It is an approach that is grounded in research and discovery, and that encourages the growth of cross-disciplinary communities of practice.

Program options

Master of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Master of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (MSoTL) program will provide you with a level of specialization in conducting SoTL research, while providing opportunities through elective courses to shape the program to your professional goals. If your professional goal is to conduct a particular kind of research, you can take methodology courses to build expertise; if you want to provide leadership and facilitate others' growth, you can take electives that emphasize leadership and change agency.

Research in this master's program will prepare you as a specialist in the scholarship of teaching and learning to:

  • understand the importance of and differences in disciplinary teaching/learning contexts
  • apply research methods appropriate in educational settings, and adapt methods to disciplinary and contextual demands, with a particular focus on the student's context
  • conduct SoTL research and share results through conventional and unconventional academic outlets
  • understand and accommodate differences in disciplinary teaching/learning contexts for conducting research
  • lead and facilitate research into teaching and learning diverse contexts and share the results through conventional and unconventional academic outlets
  • mentor other educators in a variety of settings to inquire into their own teaching and learning and support evidence-based improvement

Certificate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

In the certificate program, you will develop professional proficiency in conducting inquiry in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including:

  • understanding the importance of and differences in disciplinary teaching/learning contexts
  • acquiring research methods educators can apply in their own educational settings, and adapting methods to disciplinary and contextual demands, with a particular focus on the student’s context
  • conducting SoTL research, scholarly and/or artistic work, and sharing results through conventional and unconventional academic outlets

Research supervisors

Name Research areas
Airini .
Geraldine BalzerTeacher education, Secondary school English language arts, Aboriginal education, Decolonization, Transformative education, Service learning
Jennifer Bergen
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, mobile learning, and makerspaces
Andrejs Kulnieks
Kevin Lewis
Paula MacDowellImmersive learning, XR technologies, instructional design, media studies, design-based research, education for social and environmental change
Gail MacKayIndigenous Language Teaching and Educational Technology, Literacy Building and Intercultural Relationships
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
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
Jay WilsonTechnology skill development, media literacy, program evaluation, social agency in teaching /learning, experiential learning, design studio learning

Tuition and funding

Funding

Through the Office of the Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Support, and International Initiatives), the College of Education provides graduate students scholarship and bursary funding. For more information visit our College of Education graduate scholarship opportunities.

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 and Mexico.

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. (Tuition assessment and payment for Spring/Summer terms is split; however, students are required to pay for the full term.)

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2021 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2022 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2022 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
Total per academic year $4,473.00 CAD $8,096.13 CAD

Course-based program

Students in a course-based master’s program with standard tuition must register in a class each term for the duration of their program. If a student is not registered in any classes in a term, they must be registered in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that will assess tuition equivalent to a 3 credit unit class.

Canadian International
Cost per graduate credit unit $241.00 CAD $436.21 CAD
Maintenance of Status course $723.00 CAD $1308.63 CAD
Cost per 3 credit unit graduate class $723.00 CAD $1308.63 CAD

Student fees

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 2021 Winter 2022Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Student fees$759.62 CAD $300.59 CAD$27.50 CAD $27.50 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.

Admission requirements

  • a four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e., 60 credit units)
  • teaching experience or equivalent experience in a non-formal or training environment.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e., 60 credit units)
  • teaching experience or equivalent experience in a non-formal or training environment.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

Application process

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.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

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.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved 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.

Uploading documents

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:

  • Statement of Intent (one or two pages) that includes:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing Masters-level studies in the School of Teaching and Learning?
    • Biography/professional background
    • Future career aspirations
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Contact

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

Director
Dr. Jay Wilson
Email: jay.wilson@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Alison Kraft
Email: sotl@usask.ca