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UNB Fredericton

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Master of Education in Critical Studies

The Master of Education in Critical Studies attracts people working in all areas of education: classroom teachers, consultants, directors, administrators, counsellors and others.

This graduate course of study examines questions about unequal power relations in the larger society and their impact on education in its broadest sense. It is an important area for anyone interested in working toward creating more equitable social relations and socially just educational communities.

Students engage with a range of related contemporary critical theories, including:

  • critical race theories
  • post-colonialist approaches
  • feminist theories
  • maternal literacies
  • indigenous theories
  • queer theories
  • critical disability theories
  • class analyses

The program provides a critical foundation for all areas of policy, research and curriculum including critical literacies, early childhood education, First Nations education, inclusion, health education, cultural studies, gender studies, media studies and popular culture studies.


Applicants to the MEd in Critical Studies are required to have:

  • a Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent
  • a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B, or its equivalent)
  • at least one year of teaching or related professional experience.


The MEd in Critical Studies program deadline dates are Dec. 1 (intended start date in May or September) and July 31 (intended start date in January).