M.Ed. in Home Economics Education (HEE4)

EDCP This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.
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Offered Online | Human Ecology & Everyday Life

This M.Ed. in Home Economics Education with a focus on Human Ecology and Everyday Life is a unique graduate program, offered fully online, for teachers of home economics, human ecology, family studies, and family and consumer science. It will also be of interest to professionals involved in educational programs that focus on health and nutrition, the environment and sustainability, and related projects such as school gardens. The online learning environment makes it accessible anywhere in the world.

Its underlying themes include interdisciplinary inquiry, human-environment interactions, local and global communities, ecological sustainability, researching practice, and social responsibility.

As a participant, you will have an opportunity to increase your qualifications in home economics education and enhance your ability to conduct useful teaching and learning activities as follows:

  • Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories of learning and teaching in Transformative Practice, Human Ecology and Everyday Life.
  • Analyze different approaches to curriculum development and implementation and their implications for programs based on ecology and issues of daily life.
  • Place curriculum and pedagogy for Human Ecology and Everyday Life in historical context, understanding the social, political, economic, and cultural factors that direct past, present, and future decision making.
  • Use a stance of inquiry toward your professional practice as an educator in a variety of settings.


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Pacific Time)

If you missed the online session on January 11, 2017, you can view the recorded session here:


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View a recording of the January 15 online info session here.

Proposed Schedule

The UBC M.Ed. in Home Economics consists of 30 credits of course work which are typically completed in 2.5 years. All courses will be delivered online. The proposed schedule is as follows:

1  Sept 2017 Foundations of Home Economics in Education: Historical Issues from Home Economics to Human Ecology EDCP 537
 2  Jan 2018 Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
 3  April 2018 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Home Economics: Human Ecology and Everyday Life EDCP 536
 4  Sept 2018 Special Course in Curriculum and Pedagogy:
Enacting Transformative Pedagogies
EDCP 585
 5 Jan 2019 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500
 6 April 2019 Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy EDCP 508
 7 Sept 2019 Master’s Seminar in Curriculum and Pedagogy EDCP 501
 8  Jan 2020 Graduating Paper EDCP 590

In addition, two electives at the 300-400 level are to be chosen in consultation with an advisor, based on student interests. Electives may be online courses such as EDCP 492 (Textile Studies), EDCP 493 (Food Studies), EDCP 494 (Family Studies), EDCP 495B (Inquiry into Home Economics) and NUTR 405 (Nutrition in Health and Disease, Athabasca University), or on-campus courses or summer institutes.


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

  • Teaching experience in formal or informal settings related to home economics, human ecology, life skills, and/or environmental education.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Three recommendations from educators, administrators, and/or professors who can speak to your engagement with education, your interest in the topic area, and your academic abilities and potential to complete a graduate program.
  • Resumé and 600-word statement of intent expressing your interest in, and experience with, the topic area and how the program fits with your professional goals.

Application Status: Open
Application deadline: contact Linda Haftner


  • 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 HEE4 or M.Ed. in Home Economics Education – 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 HEE4 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:

Linda Haftner

Senior Program Assistant

Tuition & Fees

Program tuition will be divided into eight (8) installments of $1,783.46 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the three program years. The program total is $14,267.68 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.

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