M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies (IBTL)

EDCP This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.
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Develop your capacity for improving Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Theory, and Pedagogical Practice.

The UBC M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies leading to an IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research is designed for those who wish to pursue professional study in education, and deepen their understanding of teaching and learning.  It is for professionals who wish to reflect on issues of practice with colleagues, and are:

  • Actively engaged in developing and inquiring into curriculum
  • Researching their own teaching
  • Providing curriculum and pedagogical leadership in schools and/or online
  • Rethinking current educational trends and issues

This is a balanced and comprehensive program that unites academic breadth with significant, modern learning theory.  It is for practitioners whose professional goals require a rich knowledge base that is both disciplinary and interdisciplinary and related to this IB specialization.

Why the Cohort Approach?

The program is designed for practicing educators who bring with them a rich experience in teaching and/or leading in IB contexts.  This is a part-time graduate program organized around full-time teaching or administrative schedules.  It allows for constant interplay between scholarly and school-based work.  The orientation of coursework includes a focus on problematizing and critically analyzing aspects of participants’ work as educators and leaders in IB contexts.

Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research

The UBC IBTL M.Ed. cohort is recognized by the IBO as meeting the “course of study” requirements that will lead to the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR). Learn more.

Meet the program advisor and learn more about applying to become a graduate student.

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11th | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Richmond Secondary School
7171 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, B.C. | MAP


Let us know if you will join us on February 11, or be notified of future sessions for this program:

The Faculty of Education is very pleased to collaborate with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in the offering of this M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies program.  The IBTL M.Ed. Cohort is recognized by the IBO as meeting the “course of study” requirements that will lead to the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR).

Students who complete the Master’s program, and who fulfill the requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR) will be eligible to receive both.


Pathway UBC M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies, focus on IB (IBTL Cohort) IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR)
1 Meet admission requirements and apply to the IBTL program Should have 3 years of teaching experience in IB settings at the time of application
2 Admission granted to the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies
3 Enrol in IB ACTLR (Form A1)
4 Complete course work Investigative work in courses will focus on IB experience
5 Apply for UBC graduation
6 Graduate
7 Register for IB ACTLR (Form B1) when teaching experience requirement is fulfilled, and within 5 years of the start of the Master's program

Certificate Requirements

The IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR) is a credential offered by the IB Organization.  Students interested in attaining the ACTLR will:

  1. Enrol in a course of study in an IB recognized university.  This UBC M.Ed. program was recognized in April 2015.
  2. Complete an IB enrollment form to become a candidate for the IB educator certificate of choice.
  3. Register for certification upon completion of the course of study.

Eligibility for the ACTLR has additional requirements as follows:

  1. Candidates must be qualified teachers with five or more years of teaching experience.  These five years must include three or more years of continuous teaching of the same IB programme in one IB World School.
  2. Applicants must arrange for a letter of attestation from their current or past school head or IB coordinator confirming that three or more years of IB teaching experience has been completed.

Students are strongly advised to contact the IBO directly to discuss their IB years of experience qualification.  Qualification for the ACTLR is provided by the IBO, it is the student’s responsibility to confirm that their experience profile will meet the IBO requirements.

Proposed Schedule

The 30-credit program is offered part-time over a two-year period, with scheduling designed to accommodate the needs of practicing teachers and educators. Courses will be offered in the Lower Mainland area or at the UBC Point Grey campus with some online sessions.

EDCP 501- Introduction to IB Across the Curriculum
EDST 565 – Ethics, Internationalization and Global Citizenship Education
EDCP 585 – Curriculum in Math, Science, Arts, History & Music
EDCP 562 – Introduction to Curriculum Issues & Theory (Curriculum as Interdisciplinary)
EDUC 500 – Research Methods
EPSE 565 – Inquiry Approach to Teaching and Learning
LLED 565 – Curriculum in Language/Literacy, Literature & Language Acquisition
EDCP 508 – Review of Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy
Elective (Discipline or inter-discipline-based course)
EDCP 590 – Graduating Project (MEd)

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • Normally two years’ teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.
  • A completed 4-year undergraduate degree with an average of at least 76% on all senior-level credits.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining your experiences and interests in IB teaching and learning.
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your engagement with IB teaching, including, whenever possible, professors familiar with your academic work.
  • Resumé.

Application Status: open
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 IBTL or Curriculum Studies into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  • When you reach the “Experience & Interests” page of the application, please make sure you choose the appropriate program, as there may be more than one. It should include IBTL.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Declare& Submit”.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • 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, 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). NOTE: Please see “Supporting Documents” below for more information on paper references.

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.


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 IBTL 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.

importantIn addition to those uploaded to your online application, you must submit two (2) sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended (except UBC), even institutions where you did not complete a program to:

Yvette Kharoubeh
Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
Scarfe Building
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


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 $1,988.28 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the three program years. The program total is $13,988 plus applicable student fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change. Historically, this change has been a 2% increase per year (beginning in May). The figures quoted above are current for the 2015-2016 academic year.