Graduate Student Resources

Graduate offerings provide opportunities for educators to further develop areas of interest and integrate their practice within a framework of educational research and inquiry.

Events and Announcements

  • Graduate Social
    Let’s Talk Research!

    Thursday, May 23
    5 to 7 p.m.
    EME 1123

    We will hear from Lori Walter, Centre for Scholarly Communication, about developing and preparing research proposals. Leslie Shayer, current Master’s of Arts student, will present her Three Minute Thesis on Mindfulness and Math Anxiety.



Course Selection & Registration

Course selection is made in consultation with a student’s supervisor. If you don’t know who your supervisor is, you can refer back to your offer letter. It’s important that you connect with your supervisor as soon as possible.

You should also consult the Okanagan Academic Calendar for your program requirements  and course offerings.

You can contact the Director of Graduate Programs should you have additional questions.

Scheduled Graduate Courses

Please see the list below for scheduled courses for the current and upcoming terms. Detailed course scheduling can be found via the Student Service Centre. All courses are tentative and subject to change.

CUST 562 (3)
Curriculum Issues and Theories
Instructor: Philip Balcaen
Delivery method:  Online
Dates (Saturdays): May 4, 11, 18 & 25 and June 8 & 15
Time: 9am-3pm

EADM 556 (3) 
Conceptualizing Leadership
Instructor: Sabre Cherkowski
Delivery Method: On-Campus – EME 1123
Dates: April 23 & 30, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 and June 4, 11 & 18.
Time: 5pm-8pm

EDUC 500 (3) 
Research Methodology in Education Part 1
Instructor: Stephen Berg
Delivery Method: Online
Dates: July 2-July 19
Time: No Scheduled Meeting

ETEC 550 (3) 
Designing and Instruction
Instructor: Peter Arthur
Delivery Method: On-campus – EME 1153
Dates: July 2-July 19 (daily)
Time: 1pm-4pm

The Summer Institute in Education (SIE) is a series of credited one, two, or three week-long seminars offered by the Okanagan School of Education during the summer months.  As a graduate student, you may take either three credits (if completing an MA) or six credits (if completing an MEd) of these courses during your studies. The topics are very diverse, and reflect the broad range of professional interests in the Okanagan valley.

Note: not all SIE courses can be used for graduate credit.  Please consult with your graduate supervisor concerning course selection.

Learn more

CUST 563 (3)
Conceptions of Curriculum Studies:  Theory and Research
Instructor: Philip Balcaen
Delivery method:  Online
Dates (Fridays): Sept. 27, Oct. 11 & 25, Nov. 8, 15 & 29
Time: 9am-4pm

EDUC 500 (3)
Research Methodology in Education Part 1
Instructor: John-Tyler Binfet
Delivery Method: On-campus
Dates (Saturdays): Sept. 7 & 21, Oct. 5, 12 & 26, Nov. 2
Time: 9am-4pm

EADM 582 (3) 
Leadership for Change:  Systems, Innovation, and Reform
Instructor: TBA
Delivery Method: Online
Dates: Sept. 3 – Nov. 29
Time: No Scheduled Meeting


EDUC 598 (3) Sept. 3- Dec 17
EDUC 598 (3) Sept. 3- Apr. 29
EDUC 599 (3) Sept. 3- Dec 17
EDUC 599 (3) Sept. 3- Apr. 29

EDUC 521 (3)
Readings and Discourse in Education
Instructor:  Scott Douglas
Delivery Method: Online
Dates: Jan. 6 – Apr. 8

EADM 554 (3) 
Policy and Education
Instructor: Christopher Martin
Delivery Method: On-campus
Dates (Thursdays): Jan. 9 – Apr. 24
Time: 5pm – 8pm

***Additional course coming soon****


EDUC 598 Jan. 6- Apr. 29
EDUC 599 Jan. 6- Apr. 29

Program Information

Graduate students are supported financially through a combination of internal and external funding sources, which might include: Scholarship and Fellowship Awards and Research Assistantships (RA).

It is best to speak with your potential supervisor about funding opportunities that are generally available to Education graduate students.

Students are expected to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships if they are eligible, and to actively pursue financial opportunities at their discretion. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarships.

Note: Limited funding is available on a highly competitive basis for full-time MA students only.

Research Assistantships (RA) are employment opportunities for qualified students offered by faculty members with research grants and contracts. As a paid research assistant, graduate students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student’s thesis or dissertation. Graduate students are encouraged to explore potential research assistantships with their graduate supervisor.

Note: RAs are not guaranteed because they follow the financial cycles of the supervisor’s external grants and contracts.


Vicki Green Graduate Award: Endowed by Dr. Vicki Green, Professor Emeritus, this $2,550 award is offered to a graduate student studying issues in social, economic, ecological, environmental and/or political sustainability. Learn more about the Vicki Green Graduate Award.

UBC Awards: The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards.

External Awards: All prospective graduate students (Domestic and International) should explore and apply for external awards and fellowships, including awards offered by Canada’s three research councils: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

Graduate scholarships and awards may also be available from foundations, private companies or foreign governments (check with your country’s education authority).

Students can choose to opt-out of the Health and Dental Plan and/or the U-Pass. All other student fees are mandatory.

All students are automatically enrolled in the UBCSUO Extended Health and Dental Plan. However, if you are covered by a similar plan through work or family (MSP does not count!), you may choose to opt out.

To opt-out of the UBC Health and Dental plan, students must submit an online application.
Note: Select “UBC Okanagan” in the search field on the home page. When redirected you the UBCO plan, navigate on the menu to the right under the ‘Coverage’ section where you fill find details about the opt-out. Please ensure that you have proof of your other coverage.

For more information please contact:

Student Services Coordinator, UBCSUO
Office: University Centre, Room 133
Phone: 250.807.8842
Fax: 250.807.8079

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.

Students can take a leave of absence for a period of four, eight, or twelve months. A leave will begin on the first day of the term. Once on-leave students cannot undertake any academic research work, or use any of the University’s faculties during the period of leave. More information including the Leave of Absence form can be found on the College of Graduate Studies website.

Note: You will be charged an on-leave fee per instalment. See the Fees section in the Academic Calendar.

Contact Grad studies

Once you have completed your final project or thesis, the Okanagan School of Education will notify the College of Graduate Studies.  Graduate Studies verifies degree completion, reviews fees and advises the student.  They will also notify Enrolment Services and Teacher Qualification Service (TQS).

You will need to apply for graduation through the Student Service Centre.  You will also need to apply to TQS.

Apply to TQS

If you are looking to change your Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) category, you will need to submit an application to TQS so that they can evaluate your academic credentials.

Note that the College of Graduate Studies will inform TQS of your degree completion; however, you still need to apply and you are responsible for submitting your transcripts to TQS.

Application to Change Category

Program Completion & Graduation

Every candidate for a degree must make a formal application to graduate via the Student Service Centre (SSC). An application is required regardless of whether you plan to participate in the scheduled ceremonies. Students may convocate in either November or June annually. A convocation ceremony is not held in November and students who choose to graduate in November will be invited to participate in the June convocation ceremony.

All degree program requirements must be completed by the degree completion deadlines set by the College of Graduate Studies.


Form to be completed by the student in consultation with the graduate supervisor.

A course at the 400 or 500 level may stand as an elective or thematic area course with approval from the student’s supervisor and the Director of Graduate Programs within the Okanagan School of Education.

Graduate Course Approval Form


The Supervision Agreement is for new or changing of supervisors.

Supervision Agreement

This is the Annual Progress Report (A) for thesis-based students. This form must be completed by both the student & supervisor and reviewed by the program coordinator by June 1st of each year. Please check with your program regarding submission deadlines.

Annual Progress report form (a)

This is the Annual Progress Report (B) for non-thesis-based students. This form must be completed by both the student (in the MA – English, MEd, MEng, MSN, or MSW programs) & supervisor/advisor (if applicable) and reviewed by the program coordinator by June 1st of each year. Please check with your program regarding submission deadlines.

Annual progress report form (b)

Review the College of Graduate Studies resources and forms for Preparation and Examination.

Meet the Director

Sabre Cherkowski is an associate professor and the Director of Graduate Programs at the Okanagan School of Education.

Professor Cherkowski has a background in teaching and coaching in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Full Profile