Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6 t: 778.782.3395 f: 778.782.3203 www.educ.sfu.ca
MISSION AND VISION
t h e p r i n c i ples that g uide u s towa r d our goa l s
OUR role in your education
In the Faculty of Education at SFU over the past six years alone:
Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education is committed to scholarly excellence, leadingedge pedagogy, innovative curriculum, engagement with teachers, differentiated staffing, and a participatory democratic culture. A global leader in educational research and a pathfinder in Canada’s teacher education, the Faculty of Education is committed to ethical practice, equity, social justice and diversity. OUR VISION
The Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education – a diverse community of scholars – promotes a broad spectrum of scholarly and professional inquiry to advance theory, pedagogy and the practice of education. We look beyond precedents and categories to honour inquiry and imagination. The Faculty is committed to a culture that develops the individual and fosters social renewal. Our scope extends throughout the lifespan and celebrates human differences. A spirit of hope inspires our work.
6500+ students have enrolled
in Undergraduate Programs 3600+ student teachers completed the PDP program 3500+ practicing teachers
have enhanced their practice through Field Programs 700+ graduate students have
completed their master’s and doctoral degrees in Education 1000+ international students
have furthered their study in Education at SFU 300+ local students have had
teaching experience abroad through International Programs $9 million+ in research
funding has been generated
The Learning Kit Project, led by Dr. Phil Winne one of the Canada Research Chairs in our Faculty and a co-editor of the The Handbook on Educational Psychology, is mapping pathways and developing catalysts to empower people who live, work and learn in Canada’s knowledge-driven economy. The aim of the Learning Kit Project is to accelerate, coordinate, and expand research and development in e-learning and the learning sciences. The research team has developed software tools to assist learners across the life course so that they can study more effectively, learn more easily, and continue to improve skills for life-long learning.
Dr. Stephen Campbell has established the ENGRAMMETRON, one of the world’s first mathematics educational neuroscience laboratories. Dr. Campbell’s work in educational neuroscience advances knowledge and understanding to improve the effectiveness of Computer-Enhanced Mathematics Learning Environments in mathematics teacher education. His research explores computer-assisted learning and the ways it may contribute to or inhibit the learning of mathematics. To date, the ENGRAMMETRON has been granted more than one million dollars in research funds, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation: New Opportunities grant.
Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG) The IERG is founded on the work of SFU education professor and
internationally-renowned scholar, Dr. Kieran Egan, a recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and winner of the Whitworth Award. The theories, principles, and practices developed by Dr. Egan and the IERG researchers is called Imaginative Education, which focuses on engaging the imaginations of students and teachers to make the learning experience meaningful. The work of IERG has been developed and expanded world-wide and the practice of Imaginative Education is demonstrated in classrooms locally and abroad.
The Centre for Research on Early Childhood Health and Education (CRECHE) focuses on child health and early education, specifically in relation to the interplay between biology and environmental experiences that influence child health and in turn, psychosocial development and learning. The Centre’s mission is to generate and share knowledge about child health and early education to enrich the lives of young children and their families. Through community outreach in real world settings, the Centre also strives to promote change that favours children in early education and public policy at local, national and international levels.
Centre for Education, Law, and Society (CELS) CELS is an endowed centre within
the Faculty of Education and was created to promote an understanding of law and its role in society. Working primarily with teachers, school administrators, as well as, educational and legal organizations, the main purpose of CELS is to improve the legal literacy of children and youth through a program of teaching, curriculum development, research, and community initiatives. Law-related education addresses issues of social justice, human rights and multiculturalism and has a natural connection with peace and global education. Rethinking Teaching in Higher Education
Rethinking Teaching in Higher Education is a group of researchers based at Simon Fraser University, McGill University (Montreal), and Concordia University (Montreal). The primary research interest of this group is teaching development as they work with professors through workshops to draw on their understanding of knowledge development in their disciplines, and link this understanding to the way they teach. In the process, an analysis of the rationale for a teaching method and how it relates to learning occurs, as well as, different strategies for teaching also emerge.
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Academic and research work
A SELECTI O N O F O UR R ESEA RCH CENTRES
WE DELIV E R ACADE M IC PROGRAM S THAT ARE INNOVATIVE AND RESPONSIVE For example, our graduate programs are identified with a record of academic excellence, our field programs are designed based on the needs of teachers in today’s classroom, and through a differentiated staff model, our PDP modules are infused with the expertise of teachers from your communities. In the Faculty of Education, we have five program areas:
We have a range of undergraduate programs for students in all faculties interested in learning more about the field of Education. Opportunities range from selecting a single course elective to completing one of our many Education minors.
Professional Programs sponsors the acclaimed Professional Development Program (PDP). The PDP was the foundation on which Simon Fraser University built the Faculty of Education, and is a full-time, one-year program that is offered in the Lower Mainland and various communities throughout the province.
Students who wish to become teachers must prepare their undergraduate coursework accordingly by selecting the appropriate majors and minors and then applying to the Professional Development Program (PDP). Normally, the PDP year is either a fifth year of a B.Ed. degree or part of a second degree course sequence. A unique initiative administered by the Faculty of Education through Undergraduate Programs is the Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL) program. FAL was designed with the aim of enhancing the confidence and ability of SFU’s students to have a successful post-secondary experience through the development of written and oral literacy skills.
We are dedicated to the development of outstanding teachers – ethically responsible and competent professionals who are committed to preparing children and youth to live as ethical, informed, and contributing citizens in a democratic, pluralistic society. Successful completion of the PDP leads to a recommendation to the B.C. College of Teachers for a B.C. Teaching Certificate. www.educ.sfu.ca/pdp
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Academic Programs Graduate Programs
Graduate Programs provides highquality master’s and doctoral degrees in Education both on-campus and in communities across British Columbia. Our students and alumni have advanced to successful careers in education, government and industry. Graduate degree programs offered in the Faculty of Education includes specializations in: • Arts Education • Counselling Psychology • Curriculum and Instruction • Educational Leadership • Educational Psychology • Educational Technology and Learning Design • French Education (in French) • Mathematics Education • Philosophy of Education • Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
Field Programs provides experienced school practitioners and administrators in B.C. with ongoing professional development opportunities that can lead to either a diploma or master’s degree in Education. Students in Field Programs engage in focused, reflective inquiry into classroom practice.
Education affects society everywhere in the world. International Programs focuses on multicultural and global education. Education professors and recognized leaders from educational institutions collaborate to deliver international programs for both local and international students. These programs usually include field experience, as well as coursework. International Programs has successfully delivered programs in partnership with universities in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and North America.
Ensuring that these programs are both innovative, responsive, and relevant to today’s classroom, Field Programs works with school districts, teachers, or other educational agencies to design specialized programs. These programs include non-credit programs, post-baccalaureate programs, as well as graduate diploma programs and master’s degrees in professional practice. Program themes have included: • TLITE –Teaching and Learning in an Information Technology Environment • Supporting ESL Learners Across the Curriculum • Exploring French Second Language Education • Exploring Fine Arts Education • Teachers as Leaders and Mentors • Supporting Diverse Learners www.educ.sfu.ca/fp
From a PDP practicum in Mexico, Trinidad, Dalian, or Cuba, to teachers from China and Korea among other countries coming to study for Graduate Programs’ degrees, the Faculty of Education at SFU is committed to the internationalization of its programs. www.educ.sfu.ca/intled
The Faculty of Education offers a variety of French language education programs, including Core French, French Immersion and Francophone Teacher Education, as well as graduate degree programs. These programs are taught entirely in French. www.sfu.ca/educfr
WHE R E O N EARTH IS THE FAC ULTY OF ED UCATION?
1 CANADA 2 USA 3 MEXICO 4 BERMUDA 5 CUBA 6 JAMAICA 7 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 8 PANAMA 9 BRAZIL 10 CHILE 11 SOUTH AFRICA 12 SWAZILAND
13 BOTSWANA 14 RWANDA 15 KENYA 16 GHANA 17 NIGERIA 18 SOMALIA 19 SAUDI ARABIA 20 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 21 JORDAN 22 SWITZERLAND 23 FRANCE 24 GERMANY
25 UNITED KINGDOM 26 GREENLAND 27 SWEDEN 28 FINLAND 29 RUSSIA 30 JAPAN 31 KOREA 32 CHINA 33 PAKISTAN 34 INDIA 35 BANGLADESH 36 LAOS
37 TAIWAN 38 PHILIPPINES 39 VIETNAM 40 THAILAND 41 CAMBODIA 42 MALAYSIA 43 SRI LANKA 44 SINGAPORE 45 BRUNEI 46 INDONESIA 47 AUSTRALIA 48 NEW ZEALAND
Commu n i t y i n volve me n t The Faculty of Education is a global education leader with a reputation based on engaging meaningfully with communities. From these partnerships have emerged innovative and responsive programs that meet the needs of classroom practice today, and our academic research pursuits inform dialogue for education issues in the future. Over the years, we have worked closely with schools, school districts, administrators,
government, and networks of educators. These partnerships essentially facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative initiatives that include the expertise and voice of a diverse group of education stakeholders. Engaging with the community is also a way for us to ensure we are responsive to needs and that our programs are relevant. In terms of program delivery, we offer Education courses at all three of the
SFU campuses – Burnaby,
Surrey, and Vancouver – and have established off-campus programs that are delivered directly in some of the communities we serve. In the Faculty of Education, community partnerships will continue to be a priority as we continue and expand our work throughout British Columbia, across Canada, and around the world.
Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6 t: 778.782.3395 f: 778.782.3203 www.educ.sfu.ca