Faculty criticism results in delay of complete launch of uSask's revised BEd

April 2, 2012

The University of Saskatchewan's College of Education is delaying the complete launch of a revamped BEd program after some professors were critical of the planned changes. This September, one set of entering students will be the first to take a completely different set of courses, known as the 2012 program, while the remaining new students, along with current students, will carry on with the existing program from 1998. A critique of the revised program points to an overemphasis on Aboriginal readings in some courses to the exclusion of other marginalized groups, and suggests the program is lacking lessons on how teachers should teach a specific subject area. Due to the criticism, the college decided to try the program as just a pilot project in the fall. Meanwhile, the college has struck 2 subcommittees to address the contentious parts of the curriculum. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix