Language and literacy programs


The University of Victoria offers graduate programs in Language and Literacy leading to the degrees of MEd, MA, and PhD (Educational Studies). These programs are intended for those wishing to further their knowledge of pedagogical issues and practices relating to the teaching of Language and Literacy in elementary and secondary schools, and for those intending to pursue careers in educational research and teaching at the college or university level. Programs are designed to accommodate students' individual interests and objectives, and are undertaken with the guidance and direction of their academic supervisor.

Students may specialize in a variety of areas and at levels from pre-school to adult. Beyond the conceptual core reflected in required course offerings, recent special topic courses, reflecting faculty expertise, have included:

  • Multiple Literacies
  • Children's Literature
  • Secondary and Post-Secondary Literacy
  • Assessment in Language and Literacy
  • Family Literacy
  • Language Education in International Contexts

Graduate Area Advisor

Program information may be obtained from the Graduate Area Advisors:

Dr. Sylvia Pantaleo
Telephone: (250) 721-7845
Fax: (250) 721-7598
Office: MacLaurin A364

Dr. Ruthanne Tobin
Telephone: (250) 721-7785

Fax: (250) 721-7598
Office: MacLaurin A557

Contact information

Fariba Ardestani
Graduate Program Secretary
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
Telephone: (250) 721-7882
Fax: (250) 721-7598

Admission requirements

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Program Structure

Note: MED professional cohorts are generally part-time

10.5 units of coursework in focus area (delivered in a hybrid model, either online or on campus)
4.5 units Project Completion

Please refer to the UVic Academic Calendar on the courses information or contact

Total: 15.0 units

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: 15.0 units

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)

  • EDCI 699 PhD Dissertation (30)

Total: 39.0 units