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MA | Field of Curriculum Studies

The MA in Education Studies in the field of Curriculum Studies offers you an opportunity to engage with top-tier researchers and academics. Many graduates of the program have gone on to hold important roles in various sectors of education at provincial, national, and international levels, and to engage in advanced study and research at the doctoral level. We invite you to visit our Faculty Research page for more information on the exciting research being conducted at the Faculty of Education. 

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Program information

Description

The MA in Education Studies in the field of Curriculum Studies offers you an opportunity to engage with top-tier researchers and academics. Many graduates of the program have gone on to hold important roles in various sectors of education at provincial, national, and international levels, and to engage in advanced study and research at the doctoral level.

MA STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE ONE OF TWO PROGRAM PATHWAYS 

8 courses + MRP (Master’s Research Project) 

6 courses + Master’s Thesis  

(Exceptional students may be invited by Curriculum faculty to fast track into our PhD program at the end of their first year.) 

Many graduates from this program hold important roles in various sectors of education at the provincial, national and international levels. 

The MA program also prepares students for advanced study and research at the doctoral level. 

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit our Faculty Research page for more information on the exciting research being conducted at the Faculty of Education. 

Important note: When submitting an application to the Master of Arts in Education Studies program, applicants must indicate their preferred Thesis Supervisor in their Statement of Intent. Applicants are advised to review the Faculty Research page and contact faculty in their area of interest to confirm that this potential exists. 

Milestones

Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the Master's Thesis Guide (PDF), Program Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.

Proposal:

Once a student completes their required and elective courses (usually within the first 2 terms), the proposal will be written in the Summer term. Further information about the proposal can be found in the Master of Arts Thesis Guide: https://www.edu.uwo.ca/CSW/my-program/graduate-degrees/docs/Masters_Thesis_Guide-August_2020.pdf.

Thesis:

After the proposal is approved, you can then start writing your thesis! More details surrounding writing the thesis can be found in the Master of Arts Thesis Guide: https://www.edu.uwo.ca/CSW/my-program/graduate-degrees/docs/Masters_Thesis_Guide-August_2020.pdf.

Timing/delivery

The MA program in the field of Curriculum Studies is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Times to Completion:

Full-time - Typically 24 months (2 years)

Part-time- Typically 9 terms (3 years)

Below is the typical program of study for full-time students:

Term

Full-time

Year 1
Fall

ED 9580 Introduction to Curriculum

2 Elective Courses

Year 1
Winter

ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

2 Elective Courses

Year 1
Summer

ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP)

Year 2
Fall

ED 9590 Thesis

Year 2
Winter

ED 9590 Thesis

Year 2
Summer

ED 9590 Thesis

Part-Time students can take 1-2 courses per term.

Below is the typical program of study for full time students in the MA - MRP

Term

Full-time

Year 1
Fall

3 courses

Year 1
Winter

3 courses

Year 1
Summer

2 courses

MRP

Courses

Students Starting after September 2015:

Curriculum Studies: Students may choose to focus their research in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Multiliteracies
  3. Mathematics Education
  4. Curriculum and Pedagogy

Thesis based students will be required to complete 6 courses + Thesis. MRP based students will be required to complete 8 courses + MRP

Details for those who are in the area of Curriculum Studies, you will be required to complete:

  • 6 half courses
    • 2 required half courses
      • 9678 Diverse Traditions: Introduction to Educational Research (calendar copy: An introduction to the major approaches to researching questions about education. The methods arising from their assumptions are reviewed, with emphasis on the nature of questions addressed and the forms of explanations sought. Students will apply the emergent issues in their own areas of interest.)
      • 9580 Introduction to Curriculum(calendar copy: A critical study of key concepts in contemporary curricular discourse, beginning with a focus on definitions and conceptions of curriculum ideologies, curricular language, and alternative approaches to curricular research and design. The writings of a variety of Canadian international scholars provide the basis for discussion and critique.)
    • 4 Elective Courses, such as:
      • Teaching in a Virtual World
      • Language and Literacy Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning in a Changing World
      • Multiliteracies: Texts and Contexts
      • Multilingualism and Multiliteracies: Teaching Language and Literacy in a Globalized World
      • Adolescent Literacy: Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning
      • Teaching & Learning in Mathematics
      • Mathematics Curriculum: A Critical Appraisal
      • Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education: Policy and Society
      • Learning in Science
      • Science & Science Teaching
      • Talking About Teaching: Forms of Pedagogic Discourse & Practice
      • The Analysis of Teaching: Bridging Theory & Practice
      • Narrative Inquiry: Teachers, Stories & Critical Pedagogy
      • Action Research: Teachers as Researchers
      • The Education of Teachers
      • Early Literacy Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning
      • Adult Education & Lifelong Learning
      • Critical Issues in Language & Literacy Education
      • Assessing and Evaluating Student Learning
      • Curriculum, School & Society
      • Quantitative Research Methods
      • Qualitative Research in Education
      • Special Topics in Curriculum: Inclusive and International Mathematics
      • Special Topics in Curriculum: Understanding the Young Child
      • Special Topics in Curriculum: Discourse Analysis
      • Special Topics in Curriculum: Critical Pedagogy
    • Thesis

Students may have the option to enrol in an Independent Reading and Research Course.

Potential Supervisor

Members

Isha DeCoito

George Gadanidis

Rachel Heydon 

Kathryn Hibbert 

Mi Song Kim

Immaculate Kizito Namukasa 

Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw

Anton Puvirajah

Zheng Zhang

Adrianne Bacelor de Castro

What I like about my MA program is the diversity we find in the faculty; multiple cultures among students and a multiplicity of areas and topics of study and research we can work with. 

My MA program helped me think about alternative careers and professional pathways I haven't thought about prior to coming to Western.

- Adrianne Bacelor de Castro, Graduated 2020

Beyond the program details

Admissions

Required:

  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.

Recommended:

  • Honours degree.
  • A qualification leading to certification as a teacher (e.g. B.Ed.).
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience, or experience within the field of education.

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if places are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status:  If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
  • Conditions:  Full-time applicants will be required to register in 2 half courses during the Fall Term and maintain a 75% average in each course to clear conditions.  Part-time applicants will be required to register in one half course in the Fall Term and one half course in the Winter Term and maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer).

Current students can access fee information by logging into the Student Centre (use your Western email log in and password). Students are notified each term once fee amounts have been posted in the Student Centre; it is each student's responsibility to log into the Student Centre and pay fees by the due date indicated. Failure to do so may result in a late payment fee or deregistration.

For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the methods of payment that are accepted, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.

Funding

Please visit our Scholarships Page for more information.

Technology

Instructors of onsite courses use the Sakai OWL platform, although it is not required.  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: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.

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