GEDU 9001
Foundations of Educational Inquiry 0.5 unit
Co-requisite: GEDU 9001 is a co-requisite of GEDU 9002 and is a prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.
An examination of the purpose, process, nature and ideals of education. Students engage with enduring educational philosophical and theoretical traditions and perspectives, the history of educational thought and the philosophy of education, in particular. A variety of foundational perspectives provide deeper understandings of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of education.

GEDU 9002
Methodological Perspectives on Educational Research 0.5 unit
Co-requisite: GEDU 9002 is a co-requisite of GEDU 9001 and is a prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.
An examination of the import of methodological paradigms in educational research (building on the foundations of educational inquiry). Students investigate: (a) ontological assumptions; (b) epistemological views; (c) the role of logic, sound evidence and justified beliefs; (d) axiology (values and biases); and, (e) rhetorical (research reporting structures) components of educational inquiry.

GEDU 9003
Doctoral Seminar: Contemporary Educational Theory 0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEDU 9001 and GEDU 9002. GEDU 9004 is a co-requisite of GEDU 9003.
An exploration of how educational philosophy, research paradigms and theories are manifested in contemporary educational research debates and dialogues. Through an intensive examination of a range of theories that inform studies in education, students gain an advanced and comprehensive understanding of contemporary educational theory within the Canadian and international contexts.

GEDU 9004
Focused Educational Studies 0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEDU 9001 and GEDU 9002. GEDU 9003 is a co-requisite of GEDU 9004.
A focused exploration of research topics reflective of the current roster of doctoral students. In a seminar setting, individual students study the research and theoretical literature in the educational area(s) that background and inform their research interest(s).

GEDU 9005
Advanced Research Seminar: Focus on Methods 0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEDU 9001 and GEDU 9002
Students gain detailed knowledge and technical expertise related to methods appropriate to their research question(s), aligned with philosophical and methodological orientations. Issues related to research design process are addressed, as they differ from method to method.

GEDU 9006
Special Topics Educational Studies 0.5 unit
GEDU 9007
Special Topics Educational Studies 0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEDU 9001 and GEDU 9002
An exploration of a selected topic in educational studies to provide students with detailed knowledge and further preparation for advanced research.

GEDU 9008
Directed Study 0.5 unit
GEDU 9009
Directed Study 0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEDU 9001 and GEDU 9002
An Directed Study related to topics in educational studies. The curriculum for this course will be determined by the supervisor of the course in consultation with the student and other faculty members, as necessary.

GEDU 9010
Comprehensive Examination: Research/Scholarly Portfolio 1.5 units
Co-requisites: Students complete the first five required 2.5 units (GEDU 9001, 9002, 9003, 9004 and 9005) and any additional special topics (GEDU 9006, 2007) and/or independent studies (GEDU 9008, 2009) while generating the contents of their portfolio.
Develop and orally defend an extensive scholarly portfolio demonstrating sufficient breadth, depth, creativity and engagement to undertake substantive research in the field. Comprising 10-15 artifacts, students will demonstrate knowledge and competence in each of five areas: general, in-depth, research, professional and collegial, and teaching and instruction. Graded Pass/Fail.

GEDU 9100
Dissertation 3.0 units
Prerequisites: successful completion of all coursework and successful completion of GEDU 9010.
Dissertation must constitute a substantial and original contribution to the study of education. To complete this course, students must prepare a research proposal for approval by an appropriate faculty dissertation committee, complete the proposed study, and publicly defend the completed draft in a final oral examination. Graded Pass/Fail.


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