Faculty of Education Strategic Plan 2013-2018
This strategic plan is based on University and provincial priorities, discussion within our Faculty, responses from external reviewers, and suggestions from our students. As with all strategic plans, it is designed to provide direction for our Faculty for the next five years. Ideally, it should be a ‘living’ document that is consulted on a regular basis and that evolves as needs and priorities change over time.
The mission of the Faculty of Education is to enhance the study and practice of education through teaching, research, scholarship and service.
The Faculty of Education will be recognized as a leader in education for its contributions to teaching, research, scholarship and service. We will continue to provide students, faculty and staff with diverse learning experiences and support their professional growth and well-being. The Faculty will be known as a place for inquiry and innovation designed to encourage ongoing critical dialogue and action regarding education and learning across the lifespan. In pursuing this vision we will foster respect, reciprocity, relationships, and responsibility amongst all members of the University community and beyond.
Bachelor of Education Programs Statement
Our Bachelor of Education (BEd) programs (either the two-year After-Degree or the five-year Integrated Music/Education program) provide beginning teachers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to develop the dispositions needed to be ethically responsible professionals in an ever-changing teaching and learning environment. BEd students benefit from a stream-based program, strong university/school partnerships, international course offerings, opportunities to participate in professional /academic conferences, and co-curricular activities.
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education Program Statement
The Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education (PBDE) is a flexible, 30 credit-hour program, that provides ongoing professional development for practicing teachers and administrators in many high priority areas such as advances in new curriculum, educational leadership, teaching English as an additional language, school counselling and teaching in inclusive classrooms. Although a diploma program unto itself, for some students, the PBDE also serves as a ‘springboard’ to the Master of Education program.
Graduate Programs Statement
Our graduate programs provide experienced educators and other professionals with the opportunity to engage in advanced practice and research in a wide variety of areas in curriculum, teaching and learning and educational administration, foundations and psychology. Master of Education (MEd) programs are either thesis- or course-based and the PhD program is offered to cohorts in specific areas or as an individualized program through the ‘ad hoc’ route.
| The Faculty of Education will be recognized for its relevant and
innovative programming and responsiveness to educational
partners while supporting the teaching/research interests of
|i)|| The Faculty will support faculty members in integrating Aboriginal
perspectives, cross-cultural perspectives, technology, and education for
sustainable development in the courses they teach.
The Faculty will continue to ensure that our academic programs and
The Faculty will encourage interdisciplinarity by:
With the assistance of the Faculty Academic Development Officer,
|v)|| The Faculty will explore how the PBDE might best respond to
University and government priorities in areas such as EAL (English as
an Additional Language), ESD (Education for Sustainable
Development), Human Rights, and Aboriginal Education by offering
specializations through targeted course offerings. Currently, the Faculty
provides such targeted course offerings in Educational Administration,
Inclusive Special Education, and School Counselling so this would
expand what we are already doing.
|vi)|| The Faculty will explore the feasibility of generating new revenue
sources to enhance the quality of the programs we offer by increasing
undergraduate tuition rates.
|vii)|| The Faculty will develop a Strategic Enrolment Management Plan that
will guide enrolment in the Faculty’s programs
||Outstanding Student Experience|
| The Faculty of Education will provide students with diverse
research-based learning experiences, designed to foster an ongoing
critical dialogue regarding the role of education in a just and
|i)|| Our students will become better informed of Aboriginal/Indigenous
worldviews, cross-cultural perspectives, technology and education for
sustainable development through the integration of these areas across
courses and programs.
|ii)|| The Faculty will continue to seek funding in the area of technology
through the Faculty of Education Endowment Fund and other sources
so that our students can use equipment and resources consistent with
those found in Manitoba schools.
|iii)|| The Faculty will revise the Diversity and Equity policy for the B. Ed.
program so that we attract, admit, and graduate more students from
|iv)|| The Faculty will strengthen the undergraduate research experience
(consistent with our emerging Strategic Research Plan) by:
a. Offering a “Research in Education” elective course for
B. Ed. students;
b. supporting an annual BEd Research & Inquiry Day;
c. continuing its funding for BEd students to attend the
annual WestCAST conference;
d. developing a process whereby interested BEd students
can be hired as research assistants for faculty members
conducting research in areas of common interest; and
e. continuing its funding for BEd students awarded
the University of Manitoba undergraduate student
|v)|| The Faculty will continue to look for alternative funding sources for
full-time and part-time graduate students and will place this as a high
priority item in communicating with our potential donors.
|vi)|| Informed by the MEd Review and consistent with a Strategic
Enrolment Plan, the Faculty will shift teaching resources from the B.
Ed. to the graduate level so that we can admit more eligible graduate
students, particularly in high–demand areas.
|vii)|| The Faculty will partner with the Faculty of Graduate Studies,
International Student Centre, and the English Language Centre to
increase its international student enrolment and provide the kinds of
social, academic, and financial supports that are necessary to optimize
students’ experiences and success. We will also explore ways in which
our international students can interact more regularly with our
domestic students as a way of enhancing reciprocal inter-cultural
|viii)|| The Faculty will develop an Internationalization Strategy that aligns
with the University’s plan and is consistent with the intent of the
Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) Accord on
Internationalization in Teacher Education.
|ix)|| The Faculty will continue to develop reciprocal arrangements with
other post-secondary institutions to build capacity and provide
opportunities for faculty and students.
|x)|| The Faculty will work with our Donor Relations Officer to develop a
strategy to secure additional sources of financial support so that,
regardless of their financial limitations, students will be able to take
advantage of provincial, national and international exchange
opportunities if interested
|xi)|| The Faculty will develop proactive strategies for promoting
professional norms and a respectful learning environment and for
dealing with incidents involving unprofessional conduct in a timely,
respectful, and transparent fashion by:
a. Engaging in regular formal dialogues with students and
representatives from the Manitoba Teachers’ Society on
issues of professionalism; and
b. Discussing issues regarding professional ethics with
representatives in other professional programs across
|xii)|| The Faculty will re-examine our Communication Plan to ensure that
future students, current students, and the general public can easily
access accurate information regarding the programs that we offer and
the research we are conducting. This will involve developing an
effective strategy for ensuring that all information is accurate on our
website and in other forms of communication.
|xiii)|| Given the University’s policy on shared instructional space, the
Faculty, in collaboration with Education Student Council, will consider
how the physical environment of the Education Building can be
improved to create a greater sense of pride and community.
|| Aboriginal Achievement
| Working collaboratively with others, the Faculty of Education will
be a respectful and reciprocal centre of Aboriginal/Indigenous
education to support Aboriginal communities and schools
|i)|| The Faculty will increase its enrolment of Aboriginal students from 6%
to at least 10% by:
a. Revising the Diversity and Equity policy within the
B.Ed. Admissions process; and
b. Developing an Aboriginal Recruitment Strategy in
collaboration with University 1, Diversity Services, the
Privacy Office, the University of Manitoba ACCESS program,
and the Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement;
c. Partnering with Aboriginal organizations that have access to
communities to collaborate on recruitment strategies.
|ii)|| The Faculty will strengthen its commitment to better preparing teacher
candidates for working effectively and respectfully with Aboriginal
students in educational settings and by increasing practicum
opportunities in Aboriginal and northern communities.
|iii)|| The Faculty will collaborate with Aboriginal groups and school
divisions to develop new PBDE and graduate cohorts and programs
that are designed to build capacity in Aboriginal education.
|iv)|| The Faculty will collaborate with Aboriginal groups to develop
research capacity that is responsive to, and respectful of, Aboriginal
people and communities and is designed to improve teaching practices
and ultimately, the academic achievement of Aboriginal students.
| The Faculty of Education will be a respectful, caring workplace of
choice for all academic and support staff (full-time, part-time and
sessional), providing opportunities for leadership, recognition, and
|i)|| The Faculty will support faculty and staff who wish to have a broader
understanding of Aboriginal/Indigenous and diverse worldviews in
order to develop a more welcoming and inclusive workplace.
|ii)|| With the support of others, the Dean will develop a faculty
Recruitment, Retention and Renewal Plan.
|iii)|| The Faculty will look for creative ways to support faculty and staff
(including sessional instructors) in their orientation to the University
and the Faculty, and to provide opportunities for ongoing professional
and leadership development.
|iv)|| The Faculty will increase opportunities for professional dialogue and
collaboration within our Faculty and across the University.
|v)|| The staff will be encouraged to participate in university-wide
committees and other community-based initiatives and will be
supported and recognized for their contributions.
|vi)|| The Faculty, in partnership with Marketing & Communications Office
(MCO), our Communications Coordinator, and our Donor Relations
Officer and others, will develop a narrative of teaching that will
strengthen our presence and reputation in the University and in the
community and will elevate the profile of the teaching profession.
|vii)|| The Faculty will continue to provide a Research Grants Facilitator who
will support faculty in the areas of research development, grant
applications, and scholarly review.
|viii)|| Working with the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and
Learning (formerly known as University Teaching Service or UTS) the
Faculty will promote itself as a valuable teaching/research resource for
teaching and learning across the lifespan.
Posted June 2014