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School of Education
& Open Acadia


(30 credit hours)

The program is offered through two summer institutes and a series of online courses offered during the school year. Three elective courses provide an opportunity for students to follow up on specific interests. The program is designed to be course based, but students with an interest in research can choose a thesis option.



EDUC 5753 Math in the Curriculum
This course explores the historical role of mathematics in the curriculum, reasons (social and otherwise) for the inclusion of specific fields or topics, and the social impact of curricular changes. A case study will examine a historically significant curriculum change through the lenses of current curriculum theories.

EDUC 5863 Math in Context: Proof and Reasoning
This course explores historical, societal, and research based influences on mathematics teaching and curriculum, through a focus on the topic of proof and reasoning.

EDUC 5873 Technology and Curriculum: Math
Any technology from chalk to computer changes what is possible in a classroom, which in turn has implications for what we teach. This course explores those implications in mathematics teaching, with a special focus on dynamic geometry software.

EDUC 5883 Contemporary Curriculum Innovations in Mathematics
Theories of innovation will be applied to a case study of current curriculum reform at all grade levels in mathematics. Particular attention will be paid to the role of research, government reports, professional standards developed by the NCTM and other professional organizations, and current curriculum development projects (e.g., APEF Math).

EDUC 5633 Curriculum Foundations
This course is designed to examine the nature of curriculum and the basic principles of the curriculum development process. The nature of curriculum is approached by a search for commonalities that are present in the conflicting views of curriculum. The curriculum development process is examined through major theoretical models of the process and the curriculum organization patterns across Canada. Special attention is given to the role of the teacher and principal in this process as well as the functions and competencies of other curriculum workers. Recent innovations in curriculum organization serve as reference points throughout this course.

EDUC 5643 Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies
This course focuses on current issues in the field of curriculum theory. In particular, students are invited to study and discuss the impact of critical theories and the concept of post-modernity on curriculum development in schools.

EDUC 50G3 Research Literacy
This course focuses on major research paradigms most often used by professional educators. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the practical application of skills required of informed practitioners to participate effectively in problem solving in the work setting. Students will be provided with opportunities to develop a set of abilities that may be used to critically understand and use the dominant language of research. This includes reading, analyzing, engaging in, and writing research.


EDUC 5053 Problems in Education: Teaching and Learning to Solve Mathematics Problems

This course explores the role of problem solving in mathematics teaching both as a topic of study and as a teaching method. Students will read about problem solving, think about problem solving, discuss problem solving, design teaching materials around problem solving, and solve a lot of problems.

The course will be of interest to practising mathematics teachers, prospective mathematics teachers, and teachers of other subjects who are interested in including mathematics concepts and problem solving in their teaching. Note that there will be an expectation that materials developed in the course will be used in a classroom setting in March/April, so prospective students should plan to be teaching at that time.

EDUC 5303 Principles of Assessment: Mathematics Education

This course is an introduction to assessment to support mathematics education. Basic principles of measurement and current issues in assessment are discussed from a critical framework. Topics include large scale assessment, classroom based assessment and the uses of assessment in schools.