Master of Education (MEd) - Urban Indigenous Education Cohort

Developed in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Urban Indigenous Education Centre, the Faculty of Education at York University is offering a Master of Education (MEd) with a focus on Urban Indigenous Issues to a special cohort of part-time students. The program is in response to the need for knowledge and understanding of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives. Admission to this program is completed every two years. The next cohort starts September 2019.

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. This special cohort in the MEd program, focuses on Urban Indigenous Education as an area of study. Admission to this program is completed every two years.

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.

  • Gain knowledge and an understanding of urban indigeneity
  • Develop the critical analytical skills needed for teaching and learning about Indigenous people within urban contexts
  • Develop the expertise to respond to the varied experiences and perspectives of Indigenous people
  • Develop an understanding of the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada

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
EDUC 5440 3.0        Urban Education

Application deadline: March 13, 2019

Click here to apply for the 2019-20 academic year. The next cohort starts September 2019.

Applicants must indicate that they are applying to the MEd Urban Indigenous Education cohort on their application.

Click here for admission requirements.