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Master of Education with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education (Educational Policy Studies)


[Oct. 5, 2022] Please Note - EDITORIAL UPDATE. The word Department was replaced with the word Faculty on this page. Please see Amendments to the Calendar  for more information.

Grounded in the traditions of the Indigenous peoples of Alberta, the international and interdisciplinary focus of this specialization attracts students from a variety of disciplines and locations. This specialization combines the conventional parameters and standards of university education with the collective efforts of Indigenous students, scholars, and Elders.

Its aim is to facilitate and support individuals whose work is grounded in the values, integrity, and knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples locally and globally. Cultural activities include orientation week-ends, sharing circles, Elders support and ceremony.

Program Requirements


In addition to the program core courses (6 units), students must complete specialization core courses and optional courses for a total of 33 units for course-based programs, or 24 units for thesis-based programs.

Specialization electives options


  • EDPS 536 - Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Practices in Indigenous Education
  • EDPS 636 - Indigenous Ontologies in the Global Context
  • EDPS 601 - Cree Language Course

Options/Electives:


  • 500-level and above courses taken across the faculty, chosen in consultation with the supervisor or program advisor.
  • Students may undertake a supervised individual study course if permitted by their specialization program and only with prior approval by their advisor/supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. Permission will not be granted if the proposed content is available through regular course offerings.

Thesis-based Program:


  • Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a thesis-based Master of Education shall present a thesis embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor.

Ethics Requirement


Students in both the course-based and thesis-based Master of Education with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education must meet the FGSR Ethics and Academic Citizenship Training Requirement  through the completion of INT D 710  (for both master’s and doctoral students) and INT D 720  (for doctoral students) by the end of the first term of registration in their degree program.

Professional Development Requirement


Students in both the course-based and thesis-based Master of Education with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education fulfill the FGSR Professional Development Requirement through their program.

Length of Program


There is no residence requirement for the Master of Education program.

The maximum time to complete the course-based MEd program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MEd program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.