Our Master of Education (MEd) program is a flexible educational experience that works to meet your academic, professional, and personal goals. Our MEd program includes two fields of study: Educational Studies and Education for Change. Educational Studies is a broad field with specialization options, while Education for Change leads you to specialize in an area that is meaningful to you, in Environmental and Sustainability Education, Indigenous Education, or Social Justice Education.
Fields of Study
- MEd: Educational Studies. The Educational Studies field refers to a wide range of educational research, theory, and practice within formal, non-formal, and informal contexts. This is a dynamic field of study in areas such as educational sociology, philosophy, psychology, law, policy, leadership, measurement, assessment, and curriculum content areas such as mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies, to name a few.
- MEd: Educational Studies with Gerontology Specialization. The Gerontology Program at Lakehead University actively collaborates with the Faculty of Education to provide you with an innovative, interdisciplinary learning perspective. Research and theory in Gerontology is reviewed, and the thesis or portfolio, where applicable, is taken in the collaborating academic unit and must have a gerontological focus.
- MEd: Educational Studies with Gender and Women's Studies Specialization. The Department of Gender and Women's Studies at Lakehead University is dedicated to furthering an understanding of the importance of gender as a category of analysis in scholarly inquiry. Through interdisciplinary instruction, you will critically assess the relevance of existing models of knowledge in reflecting gendered experience and scholarship. The aim of the program is to encourage the development and integration of gendered teaching, learning, and research within the university community and the community at large. The Gender and Women's Studies specialization may be taken in the Educational Studies field, or with a specialization in the Education for Change field.
Education for Change
- MEd: Education for Change: Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE). ESE focuses on theory, research, and practices that analyze the cultural and ecological politics of sustainability and foster mutually flourishing relationships between humanity and the natural world. It includes approaches such as climate change pedagogy, ecopedagogy, environmental justice education, food education, humane education, outdoor education, and place-based education.
- MEd: Education for Change: Indigenous Education (IE). IE is grounded in Indigenous historical, philosophical, sociocultural, and political foundations and Indigenous research, protocols, and practices that focus on educational aspects of the politics of colonization and decolonization, honouring Indigenous knowledges and relationships to land, exploring Indigenous approaches to well-being, and revitalizing traditional worldviews and languages.
- MEd: Education for Change: Social Justice Education (SJE). SJE focuses on theory, research, and practices that analyse and address social forces both in and out of schools that perpetuate injustice and oppression, and includes approaches with diverse emphases such as anti-racist education, anti-classist education, fat pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, humane education, Indigenous education, inclusive education, and queer pedagogy.
Once you complete our MEd program through either the course route, portfolio route, or thesis route, you will receive your MEd degree. In the Education for Change field, the appropriate specialization will be noted on your transcript. For more information about our MEd program, as well as its requirements, fields, and how to apply, please see the following resources: