M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies (HOPE-Ed)

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Health, Outdoor, & Physical Experiential (HOPE) Education
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This unique master’s program is based on integrating three streams of study –
Health, Outdoor and Physical Education.

This cohort will be of interest to health, outdoor and physical educators who work in schools and other sites of learning, including health promotion agencies, community health services, and environmental and recreational organizations.  This M.Ed cohort is timely, as many educators and professionals move away from instrumental hierarchical approaches in order to engage students and communities in participatory cultures.

Participants in this program will have an interest in:

  • curriculum development and
  • improving their opportunities for leadership in any of the three areas.

The program has been designed to cater to the needs of professionals whose roles have an educational component and/or some educational responsibility.

The cohort’s core focus of experiential education provides a platform from which all cohort members may begin to explore philosophical connections amongst beliefs, intentions, actions, ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies that will be further developed in the other cohort courses. The program has been designed in a way that allows cohort members to develop depth in their specialist knowledge/stream and breadth of understanding by engaging with a core course in another stream.

With the program’s focus on experiential education and learning, participants will gain insight into facilitating opportunities for participation in and commitment to health, outdoor, and physical education. The potential for participants experiencing shared research is promising, not only in courses but also in the final project. There are rich and productive collaborations that occur within and between the fields of study, and these draw from faculty expertise and collaborations.


The health education stream offers a boutique of courses that invite those enrolled to engage in timely and relevant conversations about the complexities of doing ‘health education’. Framed within constructivist perspectives, participants will be asked to interrogate societal shifts in health education. The social determinants of health will be considered, including an examination of how the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, social class, nationhood and age shape health status. The pedagogical approaches used in this course will be inquiry based and highlight a criticality that can enliven health education moving it beyond a behaviourist approach, while avoiding thinking of health in binary terms (e.g., fit/unfit, healthy/unhealthy or obese/normal).

The inherently interdisciplinary outdoor learning setting invites educators to (re)consider curricular and pedagogical approaches and methodologies beyond classroom walls and school confines.  The outdoor learning courses explore themes such as: experiential learning, environmental education, indigenous principles of learning, local learning, place-based learning, socio-emotional learning, STEM, sustainability, and holistic wellbeing through critical and emancipatory lenses.  The Outdoor Education stream welcomes formal and in/non-formal educators interested in increasing time spent outdoors in their practice.

The three physical education stream courses are designed for physical educators who are ready to move up a gear by refining and expanding their ideas of teaching, learning and knowing. Using some of the innovations in PE such as Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), Inventing Games, Physical Literacy, and Sport Education as a catalyst for thinking about ontological and epistemological issues in PE, teachers will start to explore experiential, constructivist, student-centred and holistic approaches for their own practice.

  • Learn about the core courses for the program, and for each stream, on the schedule tab.

Program Location

We anticipate that the courses for the HOPE-Ed cohort will be delivered off-campus in the Vancouver and surrounding school districts.

Course Times

Course meetings will be held at times that are convenient for cohort members. For examples in previous cohorts, members have elected to meet for six Saturdays, every other week, rather than once a week for 12 weeks.


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Pacific Time)

If you missed the online session on January 9, 2017, you can view the recorded session here:

Previous Sessions:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | New Westminster
Focus:  Physical Education stream, with Steve McGinley

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
New Westminster Secondary School | Library
835 8th St, New Westminster | map

Focus:  Physical Education stream, with Joy Butler and LeAnne Petherick

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Lord Byng Secondary School
3939 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver | map

Focus:  Outdoor Education stream, with Hartley Banack

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Burnaby North Secondary School | Room 103
, Burnaby | map

Focus:  Health Education stream, with Joy Butler

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
York House School
4176 Alexandra St, Vancouver | map

Download the presentation notes:


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Note this is the proposed schedule and is subject to change.

1 July 4 – 8, 2017 Summer Institute: Seminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Introduction to Experiential Education EDCP 585
1 Summer 2017 Summer Institute: Stream core courses #1 See below
2 September 2017 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
3 January 2018 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500
4 Summer 2018 Summer Institute: Stream core course #2 See below
4 Summer 2018 Summer Institute: Stream core course #3 See below
4 Summer 2017 or 2018 Summer Institute: Elective (taken from other core streams) TBD
5 September 2018 Knowing, Learning and Teaching EDCP 501
6 Jan-April 2019 Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy: Writing Educational Research EDCP 508B
7 May-June 2019 Graduating Project EDCP 590

Stream 1: Health Education - core courses

1 July 24 - Aug 11, 2017

Approaches to Health Education -OR-

Special Topics in Health Education: Critical Inquiry in Health Education


EDCP 327

4 July 3-7, 2018 Summer Institute, week 1: Health Promotion and Education EDCP 534
4 July 23-27, 2018 Summer Institute, week 2: Researching Health for Social Justice EDCP 585D

Stream 2: Outdoor Education - core courses

1  July 24 - Aug 4, 2017 Summer Institute, week 1: Health Promotion, Wellness and Life Skills in Outdoor Settings EDCP 531
4 July 16-20, 2018 Theories and Dimensions of Place-Based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical & Indigenous Lenses EDCP 532
4 Aug 7-12, 2018 Summer Institute, week 2: Advanced Methodology in Outdoor Environmental Education EDCP 423

Stream 3: Physical Education - core courses

1 July 10-14, 2017 Curriculum Innovations in Physical Education EDCP 530
4 July 9-13, 2018 Summer Institute, week 1: Seminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Physical Education - Elementary EDCP 585B
4 July 30-Aug 3, 2018 Summer Institute, week 2: Seminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Physical Education - Secondary EDCP 585C


Applicant Requirements

All students must meet the admission and application requirements of both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the program, which include:

  • Normally two years’ teaching experience, practice and/or other relevant professional experience.
  • A 4-year undergraduate degree with an average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in all senior-level courses.
  • A resumé/CV.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining your experiences and interests in Health, Outdoor, & Physical Experiential Education (HOPE-Ed) program. Specify your interest in one of the three streams and outline how the specialization in Curriculum Studies supports your professional goals.
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your engagement with Health, Outdoor, & Physical Experiential Education (HOPE-Ed), teaching or other relevant professional experience including, whenever possible, professors familiar with your academic work.

Application Status: CLOSED
Application deadline: contact Yvette Kharoubeh


  • Navigate to grad.ubc.ca/apply/online/.
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and either log in with your CWL or create a CWL if you have never attended UBC.
  • Once logged in, on the “Degree Program Selection,” type the 4-character cohort designation HOPE or M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies – Professional Cohort into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.


Please have these ready to upload when you apply:

Transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), English language assessment report (if applicable), statement of intent, and an up-to-date resume must be uploaded to your application.

In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. Your reference will receive a link to a reference form that they should complete and send back to us.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation HOPE when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

The form is also available here.


  • When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references would include your principal, vice-principal, non-educational references, or someone who has supervised you.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form).

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.


After your application is submitted, all documents are uploaded, and references have been received, your application file is considered complete.

Once the application deadline for the program has passed, all completed application files are submitted to the Department for review.  Applications recommended by the Department for admission are then confirmed against Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies requirements, and accepted applicants are notified. Any special case admissions require an additional review by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.

The entire process generally takes 8 to 12 weeks.

This program is subject to minimum enrollment in order to run. We will advise applicants on the status of this program after the application deadline has passed.


If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

Yvette Kharoubeh

Senior Program Assistant

Program tuition will be divided into seven (7) installments of approximately $2,039 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the  program years. The program total is $14,267.76 plus applicable student fees.
  • The figures quoted above are proposed for the 2016-2017 academic year. Refer to the UBC Calendar (Master of Education (program off-campus) for confirmed fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).


If there is a discrepancy between the fees listed on this website and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar is the correct and confirmed source.


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