Mission and History

Our Mission Statement

The Faculty of Education Graduate Program is dedicated to excellence in research, scholarship, instruction and life long learning. We encourage and nurture our students to become scholars and leaders in faculties of education, school systems, and other educational contexts. We attempt to assure the provision of high quality research, scholarship and educational instruction in an environment conducive for creative critical knowledge, professional and scholarly inquiry. 


The Faculty of Education offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of M.Ed. and Ph.D. The Ph.D. program is a joint program with Brock University and Lakehead University.

The M.Ed. program, currently a campus-based program, has been in existence since the 1975/76 academic year. There are three routes to the degree, the first being a thesis where students are required to complete six half-courses and a thesis. The second route is the major paper where students are required to complete eight half-courses and a major paper. The third route is a course-based only option where students are required to complete a total ten half-courses, including a final capstone course referred to as the Final Project Seminar. The program is campus-based, but does offer some flexibility in some courses with blended approaches of face-to-face interaction and on-line participation. The last time an off-campus course was offered was in 1999, when the Statistics in Education course was offered in Chatham