Master of Education (MEd) - Urban Indigenous Education Cohort

In response to the need for knowledge and understanding of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives, the Faculty of Education at York University, in collaboration with the TDSB Indigenous Education Centre, offers admission to a special cohort of students who will complete the Masters in Education (MEd) degree with a focus on Urban Indigenous issues in education. Admission to this program is completed every two years.

Program Information

In response to the need for knowledge and understanding of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives, the Faculty of Education at York University, in collaboration with the TDSB Indigenous Education Centre, offers admission to a special cohort of students who will complete the Masters in Education (MEd) degree with a focus on Urban Indigenous issues in education. Admission to this program is completed every two years.

Indigenous people are often rendered invisible in a bustling multicultural cityscape. The impact for Indigenous children, youth and their families is frequently one of alienation. Students in urban settings confront particular challenges including: not being recognized as Indigenous students; not seeing themselves represented in the teaching population; and not seeing themselves represented in the curriculum. They attend school despite a long, negative and hurtful relationship between Indigenous people and schooling. In urban settings, school board administrators, teachers, employees and other service providers for Indigenous people may confront challenges, including: identification of Indigenous students; delivery of programs; and a lack of knowledge and understanding of urban indigeneity, Indigenous students’ experiences, and the complexities of teaching Indigenous subject material. This program takes these challenges seriously.

The MEd with a focus on Urban Indigenous Education highlights the integration of Indigenous subject material across the curriculum for all students. The program is of interest to educators and service providers who want to improve their knowledge and understanding of urban indigeneity.  The program takes up urban Indigenous education as an area of study and provides students with the critical analytic skills necessary for teaching and learning about Indigenous people within urban contexts. It develops expertise for responding to the varied experiences and perspectives of urban Indigenous people. It addresses the interests of Indigenous students, families and communities.  And it advances students’ understanding of the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

 

Location

Classes will be held at the TDSB Indigenous Education Centre (IEC) located in downtown Toronto at 16 Phin Ave (Donlands & Danforth) and is easily accessible by subway.

Course Electives

EDUC 5120 6.0 Theory and Research in Language, Culture and Teaching
EDUC 5611 3.0 Indigenous Ways of Knowing
EDUC 5225 3.0 (de)Colonizing Research Methodologies
EDUC 5440 3.0 Urban Education

Admission Criteria

Please note that the Master of Education (MEd) application should be completed for admission. Applicants should highlight at the top of the application that they are interested in participating in this special cohort, and address their interests in the written component of the application.

Application requirements and admissions criteria adhere to those for the Master of Education degree.

How to Apply

The requirements for admission to the MEd are outlined in the York University calendar and at www.futurestudents.yorku.ca/graduate/steps-apply

NOTE: When applying, include at the top of your statement of intent that you are applying to the MEd in Urban Indigenous Education.

Contact Information

For specific information on the Masters of Education (MEd) special cohort in Urban Aboriginal Education, contact:

Dr. Susan Dion
sdion@edu.yorku.ca

Graduate Program in Education
282 Winters College
416-736-5018
gradprogram@edu.yorku.ca
edu.yorku.ca/graduate-studies

Faculty of Graduate Studies

230 York Lanes
416-736-5521
gradstudies.yorku.ca

To contact Graduate Admissions or to apply on-line please visit www.gradstudies.yorku.ca or call 416-736-2100 ext. 55521