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Master of Arts, Education and Society

Next application deadline: 15 Jan 2015 for Fall 2015 admission. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

The M.A. in Education and Society encourages students to study educational issues manifested in cultural, historical, philosophical, economic and political contexts. The two streams – Culture and Values in Education and Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum – are intended to reflect distinct but overlapping areas of educational inquiry. Study in Culture, Values and Education may focus on, for example, philosophy, art and aesthetics, values, spirituality and religion, gender issues or international and comparative education. The Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum stream emphasizes current perspectives on pedagogy and curriculum, teacher education, in- and out-of-school learning, practitioner research, and classroom practice. Through both of these streams, the M.A. program brings to bear diverse applied and critical theoretical perspectives including, for example, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, policy studies, gender studies, critical pedagogy, and multiliteracies.

The program encourages research into educational issues that have a culture and/or values orientation as a key investigative focus on more specific topics such as philosophy of education, international and comparative education, intercultural education, values/moral education, gender education, religious/spirituality education, peace education, or art and aesthetics education.

Application Information

General Information:

Application requirements, procedures and dates can be found in the Graduate eCalendar.

Apply on-line for Admission to McGill University’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. Click on the red icon at the top right that says Apply Now.

Admission Requirements:

General requirements: A minimum of two years of professional teaching experience is required before entry into the program.

Requirements for Concentration in Mathematics and Science Education:

  • A strong content background in mathematics or an area of science is needed for this program. It is recommended that candidates have a Bachelors and/or Masters degree in mathematics, a science discipline, or a related field. Equivalent experience in one of these areas may be considered in place of a degree. If you do not have the specified content background and degree, we ask that you explain, in your application materials, how your experiences have strengthened your mathematics or science content knowledge.
  • Elementary or secondary teaching or experience working in other learning environments (such as after-school programs, etc.) is desirable.  This should be described in your application materials.

Program Information

There are multiple options for completing the Master of Arts: Education and Society:

    1. Thesis: The M.A. thesis option is a research-oriented degree in which approximately half of the program consists of thesis research. The balance of the program is coursework.
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    2. Thesis (Mathematics and Science Education): This MA concentration emphasizes research in mathematics and science education, including a specific focus on teacher education in the area of math and science. Graduates will gain sufficient research experience to conduct empirical research in math and science education and sufficient teacher education experience to assume roles as teacher educators in university or other settings. The program includes targeted opportunities for candidates to develop skills, knowledge, and practices specific to teaching and learning mathematics and science, mathematics and science teacher preparation, and research in both of these areas.
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    3. Thesis (Gender and Women's Studies): The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
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    4. Non-Thesis: The M.A. non-thesis option consists mostly of coursework, but includes a project worth 6 credits. This option is less research-oriented than the thesis option and suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.
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    5. Non-Thesis (Gender and Women's Studies): The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
      Full list of courses and course descriptions
    6. Non-Thesis (Jewish Education): This program is designed to offer a graduate-level point of entry into the teaching profession for students who typically will have completed a B.A. with a minor or major in Jewish Studies. The M.A. will not provide (Quebec Government) Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) teacher certification (in Quebec, certification is at the B.Ed. level), but at the present time, Jewish schools may hire non-certified teachers of Jewish Studies at their discretion.
      Students interested in doing a research-focused M.A. in the area of Jewish education should follow one of the other graduate degree offerings within the area of Education and Society.
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For more information please contact Michael Lariviere at 514-398-1591 or by email.