18 months
13304 CAD/module
6326 CAD/module
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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 from Mount Saint Vincent University may be right for you.

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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.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 .

Your Career

The Educational Foundations program from Mount Saint Vincent University 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 requiring knowledge of the history and philosophy of education.

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, a Master’s degree in Foundations of Education can help you achieve your goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Education 
  • History of Canadian Education 
  • History of Educational Ideas 
  • Schooling and Social Justice
  • The Aesthetic in Experience
  • 19th and 20th Century Critical Thinkers 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students admitted to the Master of Education or Master of Arts in Education programs will possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and minimum average of B (GPA 3.0). Both MEd and MA candidates are required to write a short essay in which they outline their reasons for wanting to undertake graduate study in Educational Foundations. Academic referees should evaluate a student’s skill in writing, research and critical analysis. MA candidates should demonstrate advanced research and writing competencies. Candidates may be asked to submit samples of academic writing to verify adequate preparation for MA work.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13304 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13304 CAD per module during 18 months.
  • National

    6326 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6326 CAD per module during 18 months.
  • National: (6 courses) $6,326
  • International: (6 courses) $13,304

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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