About the Faculty of Education

At UVic Education we equip future educators of all kinds to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

Our faculty offers dynamic programming, research opportunities with nationally and internationally renowned leaders in their fields, and experiences that connect the past, present and future in a myriad of educational places and spaces.

We offer choices: teacher education, Indigenous education, counseling psychology, kinesiology, recreation and health education, adult education, leadership and more. Our graduates are always in high demand and go on to shape the practice of education in almost every sector of society.

Ralf St. Clair

Dr. Ralf St. Clair, Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Dr. St. Clair brings a wealth of leadership and administrative experiences, stretching from Europe to North America, to the Dean of Education position including roles such as Director of a major state literacy centre, Director of First Nations and Inuit Education Programs, Director of Faculty Master’s Programs, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Chair of a large interdisciplinary department. Dr. St. Clair has been actively involved in creating international partnerships and recruitment opportunities, and he is currently a leader in the establishment of an international graduate program between three countries.

Dr. St. Clair is a leading researcher in the areas of adult literacy and community initiatives, the formation of aspirations by First Nations youth, and research patterns in higher education. His research record includes partnerships at the local, national, and international levels, and over the last five years he has received $1.4 million in research funding. Included in his current research portfolio is a national partnership study among First Nations communities in several Canadian provinces. He is the sole author of two books and editor of another. He has published a substantial number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has served as an editor on several special journal issues.

Dr. St. Clair’s record of teaching includes educational and social research, adult and continuing education, understanding educational inquiry, and critical influences on educational praxis. Of significance is his substantial engagement in, and knowledge of First Nations education and on-line and distance learning platforms and approaches.

The Faculty of Education is committed to the education and development of professionals in a broad spectrum of educational and community settings within a context of lifelong learning.

The Faculty will advance educational thought and research, model exemplary practice, seek, generate and disseminate knowledge and provide professional service in the fields of education, exercise science, recreation and health education.

It will strengthen its leadership position in the delivery of programs and research at the provincial, national and international levels.