Graduate Programs

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Graduate Program Overview

Graduate Studies in Education offers educators the opportunity to develop specialized areas of interest and integrate their practice within a framework of research and inquiry. Programs are designed for classroom teachers, subject-area coordinators, educational administrators and educational researchers in non-school settings.

With three options for graduate studies in Education (Master of Education, Master of Arts in Education, PhD in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies), educators, practitioners and researchers have several options to deepen their understanding of education and advance their careers at UBC Okanagan.

Graduate students work together with their supervisors to design programs that uniquely meet their interests and goals by choosing courses that cut across our four themes of study: Curriculum, Digital Learning, Diversity, and Educational Leadership and Policy.

These programs do not carry credit toward certification to teach in public schools in British Columbia.

Graduate courses are scheduled to work around the schedules of practicing teachers.  Most classes are held on Saturdays, weeknights and during the summer months, so you won’t need to take time off work to attend seminars.

WHICH DEGREE SHOULD I CHOOSE?

The MEd and MA degrees each provide students with theoretical, practical and analytical expertise, as well as a place in a community of scholar-practitioners dedicated to the study and pursuit of lifelong learning.

Both the Master of Education (MEd) and Master of Arts (MA) in Education are 30-credit degree programs. Students who feel that they might, at some future date, be interested in enrolling in a doctoral program are advised to follow the MA route rather than the MEd route.

Students enrolled in the MEd degree will develop valuable skills and gain experience necessary to work in a professional field in an education environment. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government, higher education, school administration and education consultation.

Designed primarily for professionals in the field, this program can be completed on a part-time basis over two academic years, including summer sessions, through a combination of campus-based and online coursework culminating in a capstone project under the mentorship of a faculty supervisor.

Formal milestones for the program include: developing a unique program of study; working closely with faculty members; and preparing and presenting a capstone project. The MEd degree requires completion of 9 credits of core courses: CUST 562, EDUC 500, and EDUC 521; 15 credits from one or more thematic areas (may also include EDUC 501); EDUC 598 (3 credits); and 3 credits of an approved elective.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education (MA) degree is designed primarily for educators who wish to develop their expertise as educational researchers in addition to their interest in a thematic area of study. The MA degree is designed specifically as a research degree, with students required to carry out and complete an independent research project (master’s thesis). Completion of a master’s thesis is viewed as a prerequisite for the pursuit of doctoral studies in most institutions.

Students must complete 9 credits of core courses: CUST 562, EDUC 500 and EDUC 521; 15 credits from one or more thematic areas (may also include EDUC 501 or alternate course as approved by the Director of Graduate Programs in Education); and a thesis (EDUC 599).

Program requirements

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) offers students opportunities to pursue graduate studies across disciplinary boundaries, and to tailor their course of study to suit their particular needs. At the UBC Okanagan campus, IGS programs are greatly facilitated by the small campus size, which allows students to work more intimately with faculty across a variety of departments and disciplines. The IGS structure allows for both interfaculty and intercampus arrangements for supervision and courses. The course and program requirements provide structure to ensure quality in both the breadth and depth of the student’s academic experience.

Students completing an IGS degree must select one of two program options: Individualized or Themed.

In the Individualized option, the potential supervisor constructs a supervisory committee in consultation with the applicant. The committee and specified coursework are customized to the student’s area of study.

In the Themed option, a number of defined themes have been established to assist students in focusing their studies towards particular areas of interest. A theme is defined as an area of research with courses specified to foster the education of students in that area, and with a cluster of interested faculty associated with the theme to assist students in their program. Students admitted to an IGS program (M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.) have an option of completing a theme while completing their program of study.

All themes require the production of a theme-appropriate IGS thesis/dissertation and the successful completion of several courses specific to that theme of study as specified by the theme committee. For the purposes of specifying required coursework, the theme committee, in conjunction with the supervisor, approves the program plan of the student.

Themes for IGS programs are set from time to time by the College of Graduate Studies. Themes are areas of research and study without their own degree programs at the UBC Okanagan campus, but they are specific enough to warrant concentrated and defined areas of study.

At present, the following themes have been identified as part of the IGS program:

  • Community Engagement, Social Change and Equity
  • Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Global Studies
  • Power, Conflict and Ideas
  • Sustainability
  • Urban, Rural and Regional Dynamics

Program Requirements


How to Apply

Select a Graduate Program Research Theme and find a Supervisor before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as satisfying program-specific criteria.

Research and Supervisors

The professional and research interests of the Okanagan School of Education span a broad range, and their research expertise includes both quantitative and qualitative strategies of analyses.

Research Areas

Graduate students can pursue research in the following thematic areas:

  • Studies in Curriculum
  • Studies in Digital Learning
  • Studies in Diversity
  • Studies in Educational Leadership and Policy

Read detailed information on the Graduate Program Themes.

Supervisors

Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to a potential faculty supervisor before beginning the application process. We invite you to discuss your research interests and career goals with us, and we are happy to share our excitement about what we study and teach.


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Peter Arthur | Professor of Teaching | peter.arthur@ubc.ca | 250-807-9207
Research interests: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Metacognition; Growth Mindset and Grit for Academic Success; Curriculum & Program Development; Instructional Design; Enhancing Learning with Technology.
Stephen Berg | Associate Professor | stephen.berg@ubc.ca | 250.807.9682
Research interests: Physical Education; Health Education; Early Learning; Preservice Teacher Education; Children's Physical Activity; Action Research.
John-Tyler Binfet | Associate Professor | B.A.R.K. | johntyler.binfet@ubc.ca | 250.807.8420
Research interests: Conceptualizations of Kindness in School; The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Students’ Well-Being.
Catherine Broom | Associate Professor | catherine.broom@ubc.ca | 250.807.8768
Research interests: Social Studies Methods; History and Philosophies; History of Education and Curriculum; Ecological Education; Culture and Education; Alternative and Holistic Educational Practices.
Robert Campbell | Associate Professor | robert.campbell@ubc.ca | 250.807.9170
Research interests: Educational Technology; Instructional Design; Curriculum Development; Technology Innovation; Integration.
Sabre Cherkowski | Associate Professor | sabre.cherkowski@ubc.ca | 250.807.9306
Research interests: Organizational well-being; mindful leadership; teacher leadership; professional development; learning communities; reflective practice; moral agency
Scott Douglas | Associate Professor | scott.douglas@ubc.ca | 250.807.9277
Research interests: Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL); Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Applied Linguistics; English Language Teaching (ELT); Curriculum and Materials Design; English for Academic Purposes (EAP); Professional Development; Testing.
Wendy Klassen | Associate Professor | wendy.klassen@ubc.ca | 250.807.8106
Research interests: Mathematics Education; Problem Solving; Critical Thinking; Teaching and Learning; Assessment; Mentoring and Reciprocal Learning Teams.
Margaret Macintyre Latta | Professor | Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) | margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca | 250.807.8119
Research interests: Fostering Pedagogical Relationships, Seeing and Acting on Innovation’s Renewing Potential—The Fecundity of Genuine Learning Contexts
Christopher Martin | christopher.martin@ubc.ca | 250.807.8427
Research interests: Philosophy of education; Educational policy; Moral education; Moral and political philosophy; Critical theory; the humanities in medical education; Ethics education.
Karen Ragoonaden | Associate Professor | Centre for Mindful Engagement, smartEducation | karen.ragoonaden@ubc.ca | 250.807.8113
Research interests: Mindfulness and Well-Being, Conceptions of Teaching and Learning, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Indigenous Education.
Greg Wetterstrand | Associate Professor | greg.wetterstrand@ubc.ca | 250.807.8110
Research interests: Educational drama, curriculum theory, social and cultural issues, health and career education, and drama in English language arts education.

Submitting your application package

Required Documents

A complete application package will contain:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • English language test (for applicants where English is not their primary language)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae or resumé
  • Three reference letters
Deadlines

Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application at least two months in advance of published deadlines. For full consideration, students must apply by the following dates:

Intake Apply Before
All applicants
September January 31
January June 2
May October 1

Apply to UBC today!

This link will take you to the College of Graduate Studies application page where you will submit your application. 


Tuition & Funding

Tuition amounts presented here are estimates only and all fees are subject to change. For official tuition and fee information, visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MA Full-time $7,002.29 $8,604.67
MA Part-time $4,209.40 $4,850.68
MEd Full-time $7,002.29 $11,265.92
MEd Part-time $4,209.40 $4,850.68
PhD Full-time $1,665.26 $2,925.58

Tuition is paid three times a year, on the first day of each term: Winter Term 1 (September), Winter Term 2 (January), and Summer Term (May).

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct. 

Every student enrolled in a master’s program is required to maintain continuous registration by paying tuition installments according to Schedule A or B, plus authorized student fees.

All graduate students are automatically assessed fees according to Schedule A (Full-time).

UBC will continue to assess fees whether or not you are registered in courses during any given semester.  Graduate students are required to pay a minimum program fee or set number of installments. Students that complete their program before the minimum number of installments have been paid should be aware that there will be a lump sum of all outstanding program fees due upcoming completion.

If you are planning on taking a master’s degree through part-time study (Schedule B), you must obtain departmental approval prior to the beginning of the term in which fees are first assessed. To do so, students must submit the Tuition Schedule ‘B’ form to the Graduate Program Assistant.

Only students planning to take their degree through part-time study are permitted to select Schedule B. The normal fee for the part-time master’s degree is payable in three installments per year according to the schedule (plus authorized student fees). No candidate who selects Schedule B will pay total fees of less than the first nine installments (plus authorized student fees).

Students who select Schedule B are advised that, by virtue of their part-time status, they are ineligible to receive government loans, interest-free status, and University fellowships or scholarships. Students are not permitted to switch from Schedule B to Schedule A after the due date of the first installment.

UBC will continue to assess fees whether or not you are registered in courses during any given semester.  Graduate students are required to pay a minimum program fee or set number of installments. Students that complete their program before the minimum number of installments have been paid should be aware that there will be a lump sum of all outstanding program fees due upcoming completion. 

All students in the doctoral program are “full-time” for the assessment of tuition and authorized student fees. Authorized student fees apply to all doctoral programs regardless of credit load or place of residence.


Students & Theses

Meet Our Students

Graduate students in Education are immersed in intimate, cohort-based learning and benefit from a rich, caring and supportive community of education scholars.

Follow the Okanagan School of Education’s student activities, events and initiatives on Facebook or check out the announcements on Graduate Student Resources.

Theses and Dissertations

Search all UBC Okanagan School of Education student publications at cIRcle, the University’s digital repository for research and teaching materials.


UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Education graduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a closely-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan is situated near the northern border of the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow a business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above*.

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Full-time UBC Okanagan graduate students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

The Student Residence website includes helpful information about Important Dates for living on campus, plus options and resources for Living Off Campus.

Kelowna Off Campus Student Housing is a public Facebook group that shares notes about housing options, finding roommates, and vacancies in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.*

* UBC does not verify or endorse information shared on this third-party website, which is offered here as a public resource only.

Join the club! Make friends with similar interests, compare notes, and organize and participate in academic and recreational events via the Okanagan School of Education’s Facebook community.

There are orientation events for all graduate students, including the College of Graduate Studies’ incoming graduate student orientation and Create, a campus-wide orientation for all new students.

Stay active. Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax. The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days a week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

The Aboriginal Centre is a home away from home for all Aboriginal students by providing a sense of belonging and community, a place to catch up, wind down, make lunch, share opportunities and celebrate success.

The College of Graduate Studies is your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

The Library’s Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles and grant proposals.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support related to teaching, TA training and use of technology in educational programming.

Careers and Occupations

With an MEd or MA in Education from the University of British Columbia, graduates are well-positioned to thrive in a variety of occupations, such as:

  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Alumni Relations
  • Athletic coach
  • Child Life Specialist
  • College Instructor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Corporate Trainer/Developer
  • Curriculum Developer
  • District Program Administrator
  • Education Management
  • Education Materials Sales
  • Educational Consultant
  • Educational Resource
  • Educational Therapist
  • English as a Second Language teacher (ESL)
  • Grant Writer
  • Higher Education instructor
  • Media Centre Specialist
  • Principal
  • Professional Development Coordinator
  • Program Recruiter
  • SEO Content Writer
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Superintendent
  • Tutor

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The ‘Your Next Step’ program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.