Werklund School of Education

Together, we will advance education policy and research-informed practice

The Werklund School of Education is leading education for a connected world.

Our strong focus on research informs undergraduate teacher education and ongoing professional learning.

We prepare professionals to meet the needs of all learners and, through research, work to solve problems that impact the community.

The school has the second largest number of graduate students of any faculty at the University of Calgary. The majority is enrolled in our professional graduate programs, such as Master of Education, Master of Counselling and Doctor of Education.

We have developed an in-demand Bachelor of Education (BEd) program and have one of the first blended learning BEd programs in Alberta. It is focused on educating teachers for work in rural and remote communities.

The International Foundations Program (IFP) provides academic courses designed to help students gain English-language fluency while learning in an academic environment, preparing them for university studies.

Werklund School of Education campaign goal

$38 million

Werklund Progress

Enabling diverse range of highly qualified students

We create bold solutions for a complex, connected world. Our goal is to influence and advance education policy and professional practice.

Our graduate programs are challenging, innovative, well-supported and accessible for a diverse range of highly qualified students. These programs are responsive to emerging needs and led by recognized experts in their field.

We enable access to opportunities that provide enriched experiences, such as service-learning and international experience. We emphasize teamed participatory approaches. 

Supporting students in the community-based BEd

This unique program launched in 2015 allows students from rural and remote communities to remain there throughout their four-year degree, with a two-week residency on campus every July.

For many people — such as parent Charity Onespot, who lives on the Tsuut’ina Nation just outside Calgary — making the move to a larger centre for further study is not an option.

The community-based pathway is providing her and others a valuable opportunity to pursue a career without having to leave. Onespot aims to graduate from the program in 2019.

Generating transformative research

Research informs all of our programs.

The work undertaken by academic staff and students into how we teach and how we learn provides a better understanding of the educational issues within our communities.

We focus on research that addresses problems and challenges in the fields of education and school/counselling psychology.

By working closely with internationally recognized and respected researchers, Werklund students expand their knowledge as they prepare for professional roles in the fields of education and psychology.

Building strengths in ADHD

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children.

Emma Climie is director of the Strengths in ADHD lab and lead researcher for the Carlson Family ADHD Award. She works to ensure that our approach to working with children affected by ADHD is based on strengths — including self-determination, resourcefulness and resilience.

Our researchers have a number of projects focused on improving the school experience of children and youth with ADHD and other learning disorders.

Understanding community impact

Our connection with the community is critical.

The Partner Research Schools initiative provides an avenue for schools to collaborate with us and to address specific issues impacting their communities.

Our graduate programs and professional learning services provided through Galileo Education Network enable education professionals to access current research. Particularly research with a direct impact on practice in classrooms and schools.

Our research sparks change in professional practice through knowledge translation and professional learning.

Helping struggling families

Many parents acknowledge that the only thing worse than having a child struggling in school is trying to find help. School systems provide assessments, but there are often long wait lists.

That’s where a facility like the Werklund School of Education’s Integrated Services in Education (ISE) comes in. We offer high-quality, low-cost psychoeducational assessments for school-aged students in the greater Calgary area.

ISE provides supervised assessment experience through practicums for our graduate students in School and Applied Child Psychology.

Join us in advancing education policy and research-informed practice

Contact information

Cecilia de la Rocha
Director of Development
Werklund School of Education
403.220.5787
cecilia.delarocha@ucalgary.ca