MEd in Curriculum Studies (NENU)

EDCP This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.
Learn more about EDCP programs.

Northeast Normal University (China) & University of British Columbia (Canada) Collaborative Partnership

Click here to view the NEO3 program page.

This Northeast Normal University (NENU) and University of British Columbia (UBC) partnership has been developed between with the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP) at UBC and the School of Education Science at NENU, in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Teacher Education, UBC.

The partnership is designed to provide students with the opportunity to graduate with a UBC Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree.

By integrating research and practice, the partnership between UBC and NENU aims to:

  • further the preparation of educators for specialized areas in curriculum and pedagogy,
  • facilitate the professional development of educators involved in the conceptualization, design and implementation of curriculum appropriate to cultural contexts,
  • bring a diversity of cultural backgrounds and perspectives to bear on issues of curriculum studies, and
  • provide opportunities for international interaction between students from both institutions.

The NENU/UBC partnership will enable students to take courses in a variety of areas including Mathematics Education, Science Education, Art Education, Curriculum Theory, etc.  Other areas of specialization supported by faculty members at both EDCP and NENU will be offered, for example ‘Schooling in Comparative Perspective,’ a new UBC graduate course, has been designed specifically for the NENU students.

Visa – Study Permit

You must apply for a Study Permit from the Canadian Embassy. The process can take from 3-6 months so please apply as early as possible. Visit the Government of Canada website for information and an application kit.


Below are some useful links to assist you in making your accommodation arrangements, we recommend that you review the options provided below. If you wish to live on-campus you need to apply early as there are limited residence spaces available.

Another website you might find helpful is

Students will have the opportunity to study a range of approved UBC courses at NENU prior to applying for admission to the UBC M.Ed. program.  Successful applicants will then be able to transfer up to four of those courses into their UBC M.Ed. program.

The UBC M.Ed. program is a 30-credit program (i.e., students will be required to complete ten 3-credit courses for the degree). The final 3-credits of the program may be a capstone project, which will be developed from original research conducted by students while in Canada.

Courses Currently Offered at NENU applicable toward the UBC M.Ed. Degree

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Chinese Philosophies of Education
  • Curriculum Development and Reform in China
  • Review of Research in Curriculum Studies (Chinese Context)

These four NENU courses have been approved by UBC’s Faculty of Graduate Studies for transfer into the UBC MEd in Curriculum Studies. Each course is worth 3-credits, that is, each is equivalent to a typical UBC graduate course.

Suggested Courses at UBC for the UBC M.Ed. Degree

  • Research Methods
  • Curriculum Issues and Theory
  • Curriculum Evaluation
  • Two courses in specialization (mathematics, curriculum, complexity science)
  • EDCP 590 (Graduating Project)

Students must take 6 courses (18 credits) at UBC including EDUC 500 (Research Methodology) which is available in both Term 1 (September through December) and Term 2 (January through April).  UBC classes in this program will begin the week of September 3, 2012 and finish the week of August 5, 2013.

2012/13 Application Deadline:  March 1, 2012

The basic admission requirement to the Master’s program is an approved bachelor’s degree. In addition, successful applicants typically have high grades; a coherent, well-written statement of intent; and strong references. Teaching experience is preferred.

All students must meet UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements 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.
  • An overall 85% average unless the applicant attended a National Key University. Degrees from National Key Universities require an 80% average.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants are required to submit a satisfactory official score report from one of the following organizations, obtained no more than two years prior to the application date:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, minimum score 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer based), or new minimum TOEFL score of 92 (with a minimum of 22 for each component).
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System. Minimum overall band score 6.5, with no component less than 6.

The official score reports must be sent directly by the testing organization to this department: Institution Code 0965, Department Code 85.

In addition to your on-line application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC) you have attended.
    • If the official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, then two official copies of the degree certificate are required.
    • Include both original language and official English translations (usually provided by the university) of all transcripts and degree certificates.
  • Three (sealed) letters of reference. It is strongly recommended that references be submitted electronically (by filling in the referee’s email address when completing the online application). If you wish to submit references by mail, the referee’s signature must appear across the seal of the envelope to ensure confidentiality. The form is available here.
  • A one page statement indicating how you think this program will contribute to your work in this field (if you did not complete that in the online application).
  • A Resumé.

You must apply for this program on-line; please print out these instructions and refer to them when completing your on-line application:

  • Go to
  • Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions
  • When you are ready to apply, click on “Apply Online”
  • Read the instructions, and click on “Create Your Account” (unless you have already begun your application, in which case you should “Login”)
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application” and then click on “Start a Completely New Application”
  • Under “Degree Selection,” choose “Master of Education” in the pulldown menu
  • Under “Specialization,” you must choose ” Master of Education – PDCE Curriculum Studies – NE02
  • Please make sure you choose the correct specialization, as the Faculty of Graduate Studies will not transfer or refund applications submitted to the wrong degree.
  • Proceed with your application as instructed
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” for the application to work
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.

Some Application Reminders:

  • We need sealed transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended, whether or not they issued you a degree, except UBC. If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number and we will print your transcript.
  • If you have transcripts, please enclose or fax us photocopies (604-822-2015). We can make a quick adjudication of your eligibility even before all of your “official” documents arrive. Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts.
  • Send everything – EVERYTHING – to PDCE (1304-2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4). The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are at other locations on this huge campus.
  • It is preferred that references are submitted electronically: when you submit your application, include the referees’ email addresses. This will generate an automatic email which contains a link to a site where your referees can enter their reference, and then submit it. They can type as much as they want, despite the apparent size of the text box. This link will only be available when your application is submitted. If you plan on having your referee(s) submit a reference by mail, please leave the email address blank on the application.
  • If you decide to submit any or all of your references by hard copy you can download the reference form for this program here. A letter can take the place of the reference form but it must answer the questions posed in the reference form. The reference form is designed for professors to fill out. If any of your referees are not professors, please ask them to write about your ability to successfully complete a graduate degree with this particular focus. Please note: the reference letters must be received at UBC in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature written across the sealed envelope flap.

The proposed tuition fee for international students enrolled in the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies program will be paid over a minimum of three (3) installments in a 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.
Visa – Study Permit

You must apply for a Study Permit from the Canadian Embassy. The process can take from 3-6 months so please apply as early as possible. Visit the Government of Canada website for information and an application kit.


Below are some useful links to assist you in making your accommodation arrangements, we recommend that you review the options provided below. If you wish to live on-campus you need to apply early as there are limited residence spaces available.
On-campus Residence Housing
On-campus Graduate Housing
Off-campus Housing
UBC AMS Off-campus Rentals
Another website you might find helpful is