Program Highlights

Are you interested in a critical study of educational issues? Do you want to become a more effective educator by thinking deeply about how the foundational disciplines of history, philosophy and sociology affect educational theory and practice? If so, the Master’s programs in Educational Foundations may be right for you. Find out about admission requirements » 

The Foundations of Education

The foundations of education are three distinct scholarly traditions of practice – philosophy of education, history of education, and sociology of education – that inform education and conceptualize frameworks for education research. Sociologists of education study social phenomena such as racism and homophobia and how they exist in and are affected by formal and informal educational contexts. Historians of education research documents and artifacts of value to our understanding of past educational practices and their influence today. Philosophers of education analyse key educational concepts such as ‘teaching’ and ‘authority’ and make significant distinctions for educational policy-making and practice.

Here are three suggested areas of study in Foundations, each built around core course offerings:

  • Philosophy, History & Sociology of Education: study all the foundations or specialize in one; learn how to use a method of inquiry for individual or collective practice.
  • Value, Bias & Social Justice: examine key themes, their socio-historical influence and value for decision-making in policy and practice.
  • Arts, Media & Culture: study the arts as historical, sociological, and philosophical projects in teaching, learning and research.
Once you are admitted to the program, you will work with the Program Coordinator to design a program plan that will focus on one of these areas, or another area of study in the field of Educational Foundations.

Graduate Courses in Educational Foundations

As a graduate student in our program, you will complete graduate courses in Educational Foundations, Foundations designates from other program areas, and elective courses from these or other graduate program areas.

Read course descriptions for Educational Foundations courses »

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See the graduate program requirements »

Program Options

You can choose from three Master’s programs: the Master of Education, the Master of Arts in Education, and the Research Master of Arts. Learn more about our program options »

A Flexible Learning Environment

At the Mount, we are committed to providing our students with flexible and accessible learning options. We understand that you may be working, studying full-time, or balancing the demands of your family, your career, and your education, and we’re ready to help you succeed. We welcome both full-time and part-time students.

We accept new students in September and January of each year. If you would like to begin your studies in May or July, you can request permission from the graduate program coordinator, Dr. Michelle Forrest.  

Your Career

Our program is designed for those working in traditional education systems (schools, school boards, government ministries of education, teachers' unions), as well as for those in any other occupation, profession, or business requiring knowledge of the history and philosophy of education, and of how education is practised as a social system. This degree is the most widely applicable of all the graduate degrees; if you want work in policy studies, public administration, in leadership positions in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, in public service, or in other caring professions, a Master’s degree in Foundations of Education can help you achieve your professional goals.

Our MA and RMA can also prepare you for doctoral study; after completing one of these degree programs, you can apply to continue directly into the Inter-University PhD in Educational Studies.

Are you ready to get started? Apply now »