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Curriculum Studies


Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed.



D. Anderson, P. Clark, P. Gouzouasis, R. Irwin, A. Kindler, M. Milner-Bolotin, J. Montgomerie, S. Nashon, C. Nicol, D. O.’ Donoghue, S. Petrina, A. Phelan, W. Pinar, W. Ross, A. Sinner.

Associate Professors

J. Code, P. Cole, S. Gerofsky, S. Goble, S. Khan, S. Leddy, L. Loutzenheiser, K. Renwick, L. Schnellert, M. Tan.

Assistant Professors

S. Forde, L. Gibson, H. Keenan, J. Muñoz, S. Noori, L. Petherick.

Program Overview

Graduate programs in the field of Curriculum Studies encompass, but are not limited to, investigations into: teacher education, the social construction of knowledge, the curriculum as culturally and politically situated, contemporary curriculum and instructional discourses, and the role of curriculum and curricular reform in K-12 and other learning environments. Students learn about issues of planning and development, program implementation and evaluation, and pre-service and in-service teacher education. Inquiry in the field is multi-disciplinary and includes numerous perspectives and orientations such as: cultural studies, historical consciousness, post structuralism, feminism, multicultural education, semiotics, and critical theory.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements, the Curriculum Studies graduate program requires a master's degree with high standing in a relevant educational discipline and evidence of potential to carry out research.

Program Requirements

The graduate programs (M.Ed., M.A, and Ph.D.) in Curriculum Studies are part of the graduate offerings in the Department or Curriculum and Pedagogy. The Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies is a flexible, research-oriented doctoral program that can be pursued by students interested in the specializations offered in the department. Students are required to take one first-year doctoral seminar and a second year doctoral seminar. In addition to these, two research methodology and two specialization courses along with electives are required (18 credits total). Courses in a student's program are determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor or program advisory committee and are based on the student's prior academic work and research interests. Students in the Ph.D. program typically devote two years to coursework, and two to three years to developing and carrying out a research project designed to make an original contribution to knowledge in the area of specialization. The University allows doctoral students up to six years to complete program requirements.

All Ph.D. students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements, the program normally requires:

  1. 18 credits of senior coursework or a professional concentration in the area of interest, and
  2. two years of teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 30 credits. At least 15 credits must be at 500-level or higher. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300- or 400-level. A thesis, normally 9 credits, is included.

Part-time and full-time study options are offered.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

Same as for the M.A.

Program Requirements

The M.Ed. program consists of a minimum of 30 credits, of which 24 must be courses numbered at the 500-level. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300- or 400-level. Students select either a program consisting entirely of courses (for example, ten 3-credit courses), or 27 credits of coursework, plus a 3-credit graduating project.

Part-time and full-time study options are available.

Contact Information

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.5367
Alan Jay, Graduate Program Assistant

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