CityU offers two Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in Canada, the M.Ed. Leadership in Education and the M.Ed. School Counselling. All programs in Canada are taught by leading Canadian practitioners from local school districts in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.
For additional information on the M.Ed. programs in Canada, please visit the school page on the City University of Seattle in Canada website.
Dr. Jill Taggart arrived in Vancouver in 2011 and began teaching at City University in both the Masters of Education and Masters of Counselling program. In 2013, she was appointed as Professor and Director of Canadian Education programs at CityU in Canada, responsible for MEd in Leadership and MEd in School Counselling programs in British Columbia and Alberta. In BC classes are held throughout the lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan (Kelowna). In Alberta cohorts for the MEd Leadership program are currently located in Red Deer, Edmonton and Whitecourt.
Jill has both a research and clinical counselling background: a Master of Science in Research Methods and Statistics, a MSc in Behavioural Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Southampton in the UK. She is passionate about the influences of early attachment relationships on personal and professional identity development and this has been the theme in her research and clinical practice. She is particularly interested in investigating K-12 leaders’ and school counsellors’ own attachment history as a predictor of interaction style. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and also sees counselling clients in private practice.
At CityU, in addition to her program management role, she teaches the following courses on the Master of Counselling program: Introduction to Counselling Skills; Culture and Diversity in Counselling; Development and Sexuality, Research Methods, Thesis Supervision and Practicum Supervision. On the MEd program Dr. Taggart teaches Child and Adolescent Development and Research Methods, Counselling Theories and Thesis supervision.
Jill is a co-founding member of the Human Animal Research Institute (HARI) with colleagues in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. HARI’s aim is to research the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy in at-risk child and youth populations. She has presented her research at the International Association for Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) in Japan (2007) and Sweden (2010).
Before returning to academia, Jill worked for the Federal Government in Ottawa and at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK. She also ran her own marketing consultancy.
Program Director and Professor, Canadian Education Programs Dr. Jill Taggart
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The M.Ed. Leadership in Education programs will prepare students to:
Appropriately uses a variety of vocational and career assessment instruments for career development.
Develops professional ethics to include knowledge of legislation and accountability structures;
Find and accesses research and best practices to inform own practice; applies data-driven decision-making to the development and assessment of programs and communicates results to various audiences;
Promotes program improvement and accountability based on in-depth knowledge of research and inquiry;
Selects, applies, and interprets a variety of appraisal and assessment techniques for a diverse population;
Understands and develops the leadership skills needed to promote educational reform and successfully lead school initiatives;
Uses communication and counselling skills to work well with professional colleagues, parents, and community members to enhance student success;
Works effectively with diverse students, families and colleagues.
The M.Ed. School Counselling will prepare students to:
Career and student guidance: Contextualizes education to develop relevance for academic learning through career education and personal planning including guidance for individual student’s options and the facilitating of career options;
Communication and counselling skills: Develops counselling skills appropriate for school based practice for individual, group counselling as well as communication and counselling skills to collaborate at an interdisciplinary level within the school and community and to advocate for each student;
Data-driven decision making: Uses a variety of multi-dimensional assessment tools to inform decision making and planning for individual student growth and success;
Ethical and legal issues in school counselling: Develops professional ethics to include knowledge of legislation and accountability structures;
Human development and relationships: Applies background in human development to facilitate maximizing learning opportunities for students, families and staff;
Multicultural and diversity awareness: Understands and respects human diversity within cultural contexts and responsibilities;
Research and inquiry: Uses research methods and relevant data to make effective decisions for school counselling program improvement plans and to inform own practice;
School counselling as a profession: Understands and develops a professional identity as a school counsellor, gains awareness of own strengths and limitations, and makes decisions based on legal and ethical issues within accountability structures.