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Faculty of Education to launch innovative international MEd cohort in second-language education

The Faculty of Education will start accepting applications on April 1 for a new international master of education (MEd) cohort specializing in second-language education (SLE).

Starting in August 2022, the SLE cohort responds to the needs of international professionals keen to develop advanced practice in the area of language education. This cohort will mark the first time international students are able to complete an education graduate program full time during the day, and will take two years to complete.

SLE faculty, Prof. Sandie Kouritzin and Prof. Clea Schmidt, are thrilled to welcome cohort students into such a dynamic teaching and learning environment. Informed by four decades of teaching and research experience in the SLE field, the program prioritizes opportunities for collaboration and professional growth.

“The international MEd cohort offers a completely re-imagined cluster of courses, including the foundational Proseminar, along with a careful balance among political, cultural and social theories of SLE, and courses that address the spectrum of early childhood, K-12, and adult contexts of instruction,” Kouritzin said.

“As a culminating program activity, each student will be supported in completing a customized project reflecting their individual learning and academic interests,” Schmidt said.

Fifteen international students will participate in the cohort. An orientation prior to starting coursework has been planned and organized by Schmidt. Focused on local social and cultural activities, it will familiarize students with the Manitoba and Canadian contexts and allow for meaningful networking and community building among students and faculty.

In the event that COVID pandemic restrictions are still in place, efforts will be made to offer this program as a cohort on time and online until it is safe to travel. Canadian study permits will still be required.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 7, 2022. Orientation begins mid-August 2022, and classes will start in September 2022.

For more information about the program content and design, visit the specialization webpage, or contact Kouritzin or Schmidt. For information about graduate admissions, funding opportunities at the university, or specific program application requirements, please e-mail GradPrograms [dot] Education [at] umanitoba [dot] ca. For Canadian government requirements regarding study permits, please visit Canada Immigration.

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