The Educational Foundations majorly consists of a core of educational studies courses organized into four strands.
The Learning, Teaching, and Assessment strand engages students in a critical reflection of life in classrooms. The juxtaposition of personal schooling experiences with disciplinary literature about assumptions underlying learning, teaching, and assessment is the driving theme of the courses within this strand. Field experience provides the foundation for more advanced explorations of learning, teaching, and assessment.
The Curriculum Theory strand examines the development of the intersecting and extensive field of curriculum studies. This overview provides an understanding of the historical/contemporary cultural, political, and philosophical concerns in the field. The relationship between pedagogy and theory is explored.
Technology as an Education strand challenges students to think critically about the theoretical, methodological, practical, and political issues related to technology in schools. Students explore the sociology of technology and education along with an introduction to teaching methods utilizing technology practice.
The Equal Opportunity strand leads to an in-depth study of the intersecting dimensions of the social, cultural, and political consequences of schooling. The assumption is that in-depth study of an issue like racism, homophobia, or ecological sustainability helps students appreciate the level of critical thought and practice required to provide education that transforms our society in positive ways. Students choose two courses of their interest, and a field experience accompanies each student choice course.