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Master’s Degree Program

Indigenous Education (MIEd)

The Master of Indigenous Education degree prepares graduates to be effective educators and leaders in Indigenous Education.

This master’s program provides you with opportunities to learn and experience different forms and systems of Indigenous knowledge. You will learn how to conduct research with Indigenous peoples, and how to integrate Indigenous knowledge into school curricula.

This program is designed for teachers currently working in band or urban schools with high Indigenous student populations, and for those interested in Indigenous education.

Graduates are knowledgeable about Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation. They become leaders, administrators, and strong advocates in teaching, language revitalization, land-based education, and social policy work and development.

We offer the following graduate programs:

Master of Indigenous Education (thesis-based)

The thesis-based master's program provides the introduction to scholarly activities and independent, original research and is generally critical to students intending further study at the doctoral level.

Master of Indigenous Education (project-based)

This master's program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply theory in the field. Projects may have a research element, but of more limited scope and the research is not independent, original research.

Master of Indigenous Education (course-based)

The course-based master's program consists of 10 courses.

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Program: Master of Indigenous Education
Length: 2 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Indigenous Education at the University of Regina?

The key benefits of Education graduate programs are:

  • Cohort programming
  • Expanded availability of blended (hybrid) and fully online course options
  • Structured and transparent course scheduling (posted 2-year tentative course schedule)
  • Increasing availability of open-source education resources
  • Access to research opportunities (thesis) or experiential learning opportunities (project or capstone course)

Students who hold a Saskatchewan Professional “A” Teachers Certificate and an approved bachelor’s degree may be eligible to use the Master of Indigenous Education degree to reclassify with their respective board of education.

Indigenous Education Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must have a four-year degree applicable to the program (normally a B.Ed., B.A.Ed., or equivalent) and a minimum grade point average of 70 per cent. At least two years of teaching or other relevant professional experience is preferred.

Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. Admission is subject to availability of space.

For more information about admission requirements, refer to the graduate calendar.

What are some of the courses that Master of Indigenous Education students take?

ED 817 Research Methods with Indigenous Peoples

This course, through readings and discussion, will examine issues and research methods particular to research with Indigenous peoples including ethical considerations and protocols. Students will examine the developing paradigm in Indigenous research and explore research methodologies proposed by Indigenous researchers.

EFDN 804 Integration of Indigenous Knowledge into School Curricula and Educational Practices

Through readings, interaction with cultural experts, and discussion students will examine oral and written forms of Indigenous knowledge. Students will apply learnings of Indigenous knowledge systems to the integration of Indigenous content and perspectives into school curricula and educational practice.

EFDN 805 Indigenous Epistemology: Traditional Knowledge Systems

This course takes place in a cultural camp setting where students will interact with Elders and cultural experts to explore different forms and systems of Indigenous knowledge. Students will practice Indigenous ways of being, learning, and teaching, and compare their learning with the research.

EC&I 821 The Impacts of Cultural Concepts on the Design of Aboriginal Education Programs

This course will explore perspectives of various Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Topics will include traditional gender relations, spiritual interpretation, Aboriginal science and the impact of colonialism. The cultural concepts deducted from the discussions of the topics and from Aboriginal curricula will be explored as the basis for Aboriginal education programs.

EC&I 823 Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Effective Teaching Practice for Aboriginal students

This course examines culturally relevant pedagogy for Aboriginal students in relation to theories of decolonization. Participants engage in activities and discussions of readings to analyze effective teaching practices and to reflect on their own professional beliefs and actions to advance of Aboriginal Education.

Can I transfer into this program?

Transfer credit may be awarded when a student has successfully completed graduate-level coursework at the University of Regina (while registered in a different program) or at another accredited institution of higher education, either during or prior to starting their program at the U of R. Transfer credit is only considered for courses (not for thesis, project, or practicum work) that are relevant to the degree program, achieved a grade of 70 per cent or more, and are still current for the program. Up to a maximum of 40 per cent of the course work credit hours may be used for transfer credit (not including thesis, project, or practicum hours).

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Once you have been accepted as a fully-qualified graduate student with no conditions or holds on your admission, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships, awards, and graduate teaching assistant positions.

Students with first-class academic records and outstanding research programs may also be eligible to apply for national awards such as the SSRHC Masters Awards.


  • Indigenous Graduate Students in Education Scholarship
  • Darlene Ware and Joan Helmsing Graduate Scholarship
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Graduate Women in Education
  • Mary Cronin Literacy Scholarship
  • Gordon Nordvall Scholarship in Science and Environmental Education

Apply for these scholarships and more by visiting our Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), the U of R online graduate scholarship application system.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:

  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards
What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities can students participate in as part of this program?
  • Education Career Expo
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Student Boot camp
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Research Symposium
  • Graduate Student Development Conference
  • Indigenous Research Showcase
  • University of Regina Careers Day
  • Volunteer Fair

What Can You Do With a Master of Indigenous Education Degree?

Upon successfully completing the Master of Indigenous Education, you will be ready for the next step of your career. The master’s degree can lead to roles in administration and other career prospects in Education. Graduates work in elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions (both on-reserve and off-reserve) as well as in government roles and the public and private sectors.

Some of the jobs graduates go on to include:

  • Teacher
  • University Instructor
  • Polytechnic Instructor

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