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Master’s Degree Program

Indigenous Language Education (MILEd)

The Master of Indigenous Language Education degree prepares graduates to be leaders in Indigenous Language Education.

This master’s program provides fluent language speakers with the required skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to become effective Indigenous language educators. It prepares teachers to support the increasing demand for Indigenous language learning.

This program provides students with opportunities to learn, to understand, and to experience different forms and systems of Indigenous knowledge. This program is designed for teachers currently working in Indigenous Language revitalization, particularly in Indigenous communities.

Graduates are equipped to integrate Indigenous knowledge into school curricula. They become leaders and administrators, as well as strong advocates for language revitalization, land-based education, and social policy work and development.

We offer the following graduate programs:

Master of Indigenous Language 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 Language 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 Language Education (course-based)

The course-based master's program consists of 10 courses. The capstone synthesis provides an opportunity for students to integrate the theoretical and practical elements of their program by writing a final synthesis paper that demonstrates their academic growth and brings deeper meaning to their graduate experience.


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Program: Master of Indigenous Language Education
Length: 2-3 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Indigenous Language 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 Language 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 Language 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.

EC&I 858 Theories and Research in Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism & Multilingualism

This course examines current theories and research in second language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism and makes connections between this research and the teaching and learning of additional languages. The primary focus of the course is oral language development. Research methodology for studying language acquisition will also be examined.

EC&I 871AQ Land-based Education and Language Pedagogy

This course will explore how land-based education can inform language pedagogy. This is a language immersion camp which will foster embodied knowing and the holistic aspect of language. Students will work with Elders and Indigenous knowledge keepers to deepen their understanding of language pedagogy and to increase their language fluency.

EC&I 871AR Approaches to Indigenous Language Revitalization

This course will explore approaches to Indigenous language revitalization. Language learning methodologies and approaches for Indigenous language revitalization will be reviewed and applied to Indigenous community contexts. Through readings and interaction with Indigenous Elders and Indigenous language keepers, students will develop resource materials to support community language needs.

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 Language Education Degree?

Upon successfully completing the Master of Indigenous Language Education, you will be ready for the next step of your career. 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
  • Civil servant
  • Administrator

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