Curriculum studies


The Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria offers a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies. The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies has Curriculum Studies as a research area. These programs foster critical analysis of educational thought and practice (for example, the thinking and practice of planning, implementation, evaluation, learning and teaching) to discern unintended as well as intended effects. This analysis is focused not only at the system level, but also and more importantly, at the level of each person's daily professional practice, where the political and the personal are inevitably intertwined. Underlying this analysis is the ethical question of how to act responsibly and appropriately.

The programs are intended for educators from all venues (for example, schools, colleges, hospitals, government, business, industry, private practice, and the family) working at all levels of responsibility (for example, policy development, administration, evaluation, planning, teaching, advising, coaching, counselling or parenting). Curriculum Studies programs are generalist programs which offer a site in which educators can take up questions of practice that arise in their particular settings. The programs are designed to support educators to become more thoughtful and informed practitioners.

A masters program can be completed part-time in the summers and/or late afternoons during the academic year; or it can be completed through full-time study. For information on fees, please visit

Graduate Area Advisor

Graduate Area Advisor, Dr. Kathy Sanford

Telephone: (250) 721-7804
Fax: (250) 721-7598
Office: MacLaurin A526

Contact information

Fariba Ardestani
Graduate Program Secretary
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 2Y2
Telephone: 250-721-7882
Fax: 250-721-7598

Admission requirements

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Program Structure

Course requirements (effective September 1, 2014):


  • EDCI 514 Educational Discourses (1.5)
  • EDCI 581 Research Methods in Education (1.5)

Electives (4.5) Approved by the academic supervisor

  • EDCI 599 Thesis (7.5)
Total: 15 units

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies: Curriculum Leadership in BC 

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies - International Cohort
The MEd in Curriculum Studies - International cohort is a full time program. Please note that MEd International cohort is not our regularly offered program. Pease check about the cohort availability with the department.

Course requirements (effective September 1, 2014):


  • EDCI 614 Discourses in Educational Studies (1.5)
  • EDCI 681 Advanced Research Design (1.5)
  • EDCI 693 Candidacy Examination (3.0)

Electives (3.0) Approved by the academic supervisor

  • EDCI 699 PhD Dissertation (30)
Total: 39.0 units