MEd in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education (URL9)

EDUC This multidisciplinary program, offered by the Faculty of Education, is a collaboration among multiple departments. Learn more about Faculty-wide graduate programs administered by the Office of Research in Education (ORE).

Urban Learner Program

A cutting edge program, the UBC Urban Learner graduate program has been developed to further an understanding of challenges and achievements in urban education. It draws from, and builds upon the expertise and rich experiences of school teachers and other education practitioners working in urban school environments. While appreciating and extending the rigor of inquiry in urban education, the program challenges past stereotypes of urban ‘problems’ and languages of ‘risk’ and places the notion of Caring Cosmopolitanism and the institutions of Education at the heart of the revival of urban schools, networked public, communities, and landscapes.

A cosmopolitan vision as presented in this program invites in education professionals an ethical and reflexive outlook of care  of self and the Other, underpinned by a grasp of the complex and multidimensional social and political realities, and embodied and technological social networks, in which they practice, live, and act.  The vision hence draws on the vast resources and strengths of urban learning communities and institutions and, of course, the diversity and rich heritage of its people and their histories.

The Urban Learner M.Ed. in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education therefore aims to:

  • Enhance and extend further the cohort participants’ knowledge and understanding of urban education, and the rich “urban assets”: of culture,  new media, the arts, civic and sacred institutions, commerce, architecture and public spaces, etc.;
  • Recognize, appreciate and celebrate the work of educators who are actively trying to ‘make a difference’ in the lives of children, parents and diverse communities in multicultural urban areas;
  • Extend cohort participants’ understanding of the networked technologies, discourse, practices, and lived experiences entailed in Caring Cosmopolitanism towards positively enhancing urban education environments and the impact on those living in those environments;
  • Support cohort participants in inquiring about their own (and others’) practice as researchers, specific to their profession in urban education settings;
  • Encourage collaborative approaches to academic, professional and community engagement and growth; and
  • Provide a rich and rewarding course of study which culminates in fulfilling the participants’ career stage standing as required by the Teacher Qualification Service of British Columbia (TQS).


Sep-Dec 2010 Living Inquiry Within Urban Communities (3 credits) CCFI 501
Jan-Apr 2011 Advanced Seminar in Urban Education (3 credits) CCFI 572A
May-Jun 2011 Theorizing Knowledge: Caring Cosmopolitans (3 credits) CCFI 502
Jul 2011 The Urban Learner Summer Institute (6 credits) CCFI 572B & CCFI 565B
Sep-Dec 2011 Advanced Seminar: Narrative Studies in Urban Settings (3 credits) CCFI 508A
Jan-Apr 2012 Research Methods (3 credits) CCFI 508B
Summer 2012 *Complete two electives of coursework in a relevant field of study (6 credits)
Summer/Fall 2012 Major Paper/Graduating Project (3 credits) CCFI 590

* Students can choose to complete the required two electives at a time other than Summer 2012, they must be completed between September 2010 to December 2012.  Contact the Cohort Advisor for approval.

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

  • An approved Bachelor’s degree and, for K-12 teachers, one year of teacher education, OR
  • A 5-year Bachelor’s degree in Education; OR
  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Education or other appropriate area provided the applicant has completed all the necessary prerequisites listed below.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits or at least 12 credits of third or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of intended graduate study.
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience.


Program fees will be paid over a minimum of seven (7) installments, payable in September, January and May of each year. For current information on tuition and student fees, please log in to the Student Service Centre.

To find out what it costs to take one of our graduate programs, please refer to the list of programs accepting applications.