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Faculty of Education

Summer 2011

community organizations where they begin to appreciate that teaching and learning happens all the time beyond the confines of school class- rooms.

Our first five course certificate, offered completely online to indi- viduals across the province and the world, was our certificate in Adult Education and Training. We also of- fer, both in Regina and at a distance, a 10-course, post-degree certificate program in inclusive education. Over the past 2 years this program was offered in Swift Current and drew a cohort of practicing teachers from across the southwest region of our province. Some of those courses are delivered online. This certificate program is currently being offered in a similar format in Prince Albert—face-to-face instruction on the weekends, one course at a time, supplemented by online support, activities, and readings. The demand for this certificate program continues to outstrip our ability to deliver, but many hope similar courses, perhaps at the graduate level, can soon be offered in La Ronge.

Continued high demand across the province has been for community- based, graduate-level programs as a critical form of professional develop- ment for teachers. We have part- nerships with school divisions and regional colleges across the province. Our first cohort, in adult education, was held in Yorkton 4 years ago. Since then we have completed two more Master’s of Education pro- grams in curriculum and instruction, one in North Battleford and one in La Ronge. This summer, two new


cohorts started in Meadow Lake and in Estevan/Weyburn with students studying educational administration and leadership. In January, another group will start a similar program in Moose Jaw. In addition, in alliance with other western Canadian institu- tions, we have created a primarily online Maitrisse en education francais for francophone teachers. All of these community-based Master’s of Education programs culminate in ac- tion research projects which partici- pants complete in the home commu- nities in which they live and work.

Again, responding to local demand and in partnership with local school divisions and regional colleges, we are beginning the first semester of a 4-year BEd undergraduate pro- gram in Meadow Lake. Some of the courses in this program will be of- fered online.

It is our hope that with

appropriate funding and partners, we will be able to do more community- based programming in the future.

Being in and of community means building community. Establishing a community of learners and making meaningful connections to commu- nity take many forms. Everyone in this province knows the importance of a school to the continued vitality of a community.

Taking education

programs out to communities in a variety of ways ensures that we are truly a provincial university, provid- ing greater accessibility and diverse experiences to a wider number of students at undergraduate and graduate levels.

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