M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies - Multiliteracies & Multilingualism

This information is only applicable for students who started the program prior to Fall 2013. This program is no longer offered.

The Multiliteracies and Multilingualism focus program is a specialized cohort program in the field of Curriculum Studies that offers advanced study in applied linguistics and literacy education. The program is designed to critically examine current research, theories, policies and practices and provides a forum for dialogue about important topics such as how to promote educational equity in increasingly multilingual classrooms and about how literacy should be defined, taught and learned.

Faculty Research

Faculty conducting research in the areas of Multiliteracies & Multilingualism:

Byrd Clark, Ph.D.

Julie Byrd Clark, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1039
519.661.2111 x 88656
jbyrdcla@uwo.ca
Biography
Faez

Farahnaz Faez

Associate Professor
FEB 1027
519.661.2111 x 88032
ffaez@uwo.ca
Biography
Heydon

Rachel Heydon

Associate Professor
FEB 1038
519.661.2111 x 81244
rheydon@uwo.ca
Biography
Kehler, Ph.D.

Michael Kehler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

519.661.2111 x 88564
mkehler@uwo.ca
Biography
Hibbert

Kathy Hibbert

Associate Professor
FEB 1030
519.661.2111 x 88557
khibbert@uwo.ca
Biography
External link
Klein, Ph.D.

Perry Klein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1089
519.661.2111 x 88872
pklein@uwo.ca
Biography
Stooke

Rosamund Stooke

Assistant Professor
FEB 1037
519.661.2111 x 80454
rstooke@uwo.ca
Biography
Taylor

Shelley Taylor

Associate Professor
FEB 1029
519.661.2111 x 88582
taylor@uwo.ca
Biography

Degree Requirements

Students who started prior to Fall 2012

Academic Route (Thesis Option)

This option is recommended for students with an interest in research or anticipating graduate work at the doctoral level.

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 2 Required Courses
    • ED 9580 Introduction to Curriculum
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
  • 3 of:
    • ED 9538 Minority Language Issues
    • ED 9557 English Teaching: Current Issues
    • ED 9578 Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning
    • ED 9581 Writing, Reading and Representing across the Curriculum
    • ED 9586 Development of Literacy
    • ED 9588 First and Second Language Acquisition
    • ED 9625 Critical Issues in Language and Literacy Education
  • 1 Elective Course
  • 2 Milestones
    • ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP)
    • ED 9590 Master's Thesis.

Professional Route (Course-based Option)

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 3 Required Courses
    • ED 9580 Introduction to Curriculum
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
    • ED 9691 Master's Seminar
  • 3 of:
    • ED 9538 Minority Language Issues
    • ED 9557 English Teaching: Current Issues
    • ED 9578 Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning
    • ED 9581 Writing, Reading and Representing across the Curriculum
    • ED 9586 Development of Literacy
    • ED 9588 First and Second Language Acquisition
    • ED 9625 Critical Issues in Language and Literacy Education
  • 2 Elective Courses

Students who started in Fall 2012

Academic Route (Thesis Option)

This option is recommended for students with an interest in research or anticipating graduate work at the doctoral level.

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 1 Required Course
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
  • 5 Elective Courses
  • 2 Milestones
    • ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation
    • ED 9590 Master's Thesis

Professional Route (Course-based Option)

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed below, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Calendars page for course offerings.

  • 2 Required Courses
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
    • ED 9691 Master's Seminar
  • 6 Elective Course

Course Offerings in the Field of Multiliteracies & Multilingualism

It is recommended that students choose their elective courses in consultation with their Academic Advisor. Courses in the field of Multiliteracies & Multilingualism are listed below. Students may choose elective courses from other fields.

  • ED 9535 Language and Literacy Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning in a Changing World
  • ED 9536 Multiliteracies: Texts and Contexts
  • ED 9537 Multilingualism and Multiliteracies: Teaching Language and Literacy in a Globalized World
  • ED 9557 Adolescent Literacy: Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning
  • ED 9576 Narrative Inquiry: Teachers, Stories & Critical Pedagogy
  • ED 9578 Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • ED 9580 An Introduction to Curriculum
  • ED 9581 Writing, Reading & Representing Across the Curriculum
  • ED 9586 Early Literacy Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning
  • ED 9588 First and Second Language Acquisition
  • ED 9625 Critical Issues in Language & Literacy Education
  • ED 9675 Mixed Research Methods
  • ED 9711 Qualitative Research in Education
  • ED 9705 Quantitative Research Methods

For calendar descriptions of the courses listed above, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are offered every other year. Please check the Timetables & Timelines page for course offerings.

Thesis

Prospective students are not required to secure a Thesis Supervisor at the time of application; however, those wishing to ensure there are faculty members on staff who research in their area of interest are invited to review the Faculty Research page. At the time of admission, students are assigned an Academic Advisor who will guide them through course and program planning.

Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the MEd Thesis GuideProgram Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.

Proposal:

Once a student in the academic route completes their required and elective courses they will register in ED 9683 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP). By the end of the semester in which a student completes the last required course, a student must secure a Thesis Supervisor, decide on a topic for their thesis, and submit the Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) - Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page). A student may approach any Faculty of Education faculty member to act as Thesis Supervisor.

The IPP provides a structure for the writing of a thesis proposal. An initial review of relevant research provides the background for the proposed study. The methodological framework and the method to be employed are studied and developed. Ethical considerations are investigated and, where appropriate, an ethical review document prepared. The IPP is not a course but a milestone and compulsory element for those writing a Thesis.

The IPP should be completed in one term. The IPP is completed when the proposal and ethical review (where required) have been submitted for approval.

The Thesis Supervisor after consulting with the faculty members concerned, will formally appoint a Thesis Supervisory Committee. The Committee will consist of a the Thesis Supervisor and at least one additional faculty member who will act as a Thesis Advisory Committee Member. The Thesis Supervisor must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with Ph.D. supervisory status, as approved by the Credentials Committee of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

When the Thesis Supervisory Committee is satisfied with a student's written proposal, the student may submit the proposal for approval.

  1. If the proposal requires Ethical approval, the student submits the proposal, 4 copies of the Ethical Review form and Approval of M.Ed. Thesis - Form A (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Research Office. Once the Ethical Review has been approved the Research Office forwards the proposal to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Associate Dean.
  2. If the proposal does not require Ethical approval, the student submits the proposal and Approval of M.Ed. Thesis - Form A (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office for approval.

Thesis:

Only after all approvals have been obtained the student must register in ED 9590 Master's Thesis and may proceed with the research and the preparation of the thesis under the guidance and review of the Thesis Supervisory Committee. Please note that ED 9590 is not a course but a milestone.

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Thesis Supervisory Committee. The student will submit the Application for Thesis Examination - Form B (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office. The necessary arrangements will be made by the Graduate Programs Office for the examination of the thesis in accordance with the appropriate University regulations.

Full-time/Part-time

The Multiliteracies & Multilingualism program is offered on a part-time or full-time basis. M.Ed. Educational Studies onsite courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate in-service teachers.

Full-time - minimum three terms of registration. The Academic (thesis) route normally takes 4-6 terms to complete the program and the Professional (course-based) route normally takes 3 terms to complete the program. A typical full-time course load is three courses per term.

Part-time - normally takes 6-8 terms (2-3 years) to complete the program. Part-time students can take a maximum of two courses per term. For students working full-time it is recommended that they take 1 course in the Fall and Winter terms and 2 courses in the Summer term.

Online Study

Students registered in onsite programs may request to register for an online elective course if space permits after online students have registered.

Sakai OWL:

Online and onsite courses are available via the Sakai OWL platform, although instructors of onsite courses use this tool to varying degrees as well. Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: http://owltoo.uwo.ca.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer

Typical Program of Study

Below are examples of typical programs of study for full-time and part-time students following either the Academic or Profession route of study.

Students who started prior to Fall 2012

PART-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis)
Part-Time
Professional (Course-based)
Part-Time
Year 1 - Fall ED 9580 Introduction to Curriculum ED 9580 Introduction to Curriculum
Year 1 - Winter One of:

ED 9538 Minority Language Issues
or
ED 9557 English Teaching: Current Issues
or
ED 9581 Writing, Reading and Representing across the Curriculum
One of:

ED 9538 Minority Language Issues
or
ED 9557 English Teaching: Current Issues
or
ED 9581 Writing, Reading and Representing across the Curriculum
Year 1 - Summer ED 9625 Critical Issues in Language and Literacy Education

1 Elective Courses
ED 9625 Critical Issues in Language and Literacy Education

1 Elective Courses
Year 2 - Fall One of:

ED 9578 Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning
or
ED9586 Development of Literacy
or
ED 9588 First and Second Language Acquisition
One of:

ED 9578 Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning
or
ED9586 Development of Literacy
or
ED 9588 First and Second Language Acquisition
Year 2 - Winter ED 9678 Diverse Traditions:Approaches to Educational Research ED 9678 Diverse Traditions:Approaches to Educational Research
Year 2 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation 1 Elective Course

ED 9691 Master's Seminar
Year 3 - Fall 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 3 - Winter 9590 Master's Thesis

FULL-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis)
Full-Time
Professional (Course-based)
Full-Time
Year 1 - Fall ED 9580 Introduction to Curriculum


Two of:
ED 9578 Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning

ED 9586 Development of Literacy

ED 9588 First and Second Language Acquisition
ED 9580 Introduction to Curriculum


Two of:
ED 9578 Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning

ED 9586 Development of Literacy

ED 9588 First and Second Language Acquisition
Year 1 - Winter ED 9678 Diverse Traditions:Approaches to Educational Research


Two of:
ED 9538 Minority Language Issues

ED 9557 English Teaching: Current Issues

ED 9581 Writing, Reading and Representing across the Curriculum
ED 9678 Diverse Traditions:Approaches to Educational Research


Two of:
ED 9538 Minority Language Issues

ED 9557 English Teaching: Current Issues

ED 9581 Writing, Reading and Representing across the Curriculum
Year 1 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation ED 9625 Critical Issues in Language and Literacy Education

ED 9691 Master's Seminar
Year 2 - Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 2 - Winter ED 9590 Master's Thesis

Students who started Fall 2012

FULL-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis)
Full-Time
Professional (Course-based)
Full-Time
Year 1 - Fall 3 Elective Courses 3 Elective Courses
Year 1 - Winter ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

2 Elective Courses
ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

2 Elective Courses
Year 1 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation ED 9691 Master's Seminar

1 Elective Courses
Year 2 - Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 2 - Winter ED 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 2 - Summer ED 9590 Master's Thesis

PART-TIME

Term Academic (Thesis)
Part-Time
Professional (Course-based)
Part-Time
Year 1 - Fall 1 Elective 1 Elective
Year 1 - Winter 1 Elective 1 Elective
Year 1 - Summer 2 Electives 2 Electives
Year 2 - Fall 1 Elective 1 Elective
Year 2 - Winter ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
Year 2 - Summer ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) ED 9691 Master's Seminar

1 Elective Courses
Year 3 - Fall ED 9590 Master's Thesis
Year 3 - Winter ED 9590 Master's Thesis

Fall Term/Winter Term:

  • Onsite courses meet one evening (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm) per week for 12 weeks
  • Online courses run for 12 weeks

Summer Term

  • Intersession (onsite): Two evenings per week for 6 weeks beginning in May
  • Summer Session (onsite): 3 mornings or afternoons per week for 4 weeks in July
  • Summer Online: courses run for 12 weeks on-line beginning in May

Program Planning

Every year in June or July, students are provided access to enter course and program choices for the following year (fall, winter and summer terms). Program Planning is a mandatory process done annually for planning purposes; students do not register for courses one term at a time. Program Planning instructions and related documents can be found on the Program Planning web page. Students will receive notification via email when Program Planning begins. Please consult with your Academic Advisor (or Thesis Supervisor if your course work is complete) in regards to your course and program choices.