MEd in Early Childhood Education (ECO3)

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).

Offered Online | September 2013

  • Applications are no longer being accepted for September 2013.  Contact Yvette Kharoubeh if you would like to be notified when about the next intake.

Early Childhood Education

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program, offered online, will include opportunities for participants to inquire into their professional practice with young children. This engaging graduate program offers opportunities to explore issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice.

The early childhood graduate program is an interdisciplinary cross-departmental program that consists of core courses in early childhood education (ECED) and related courses in other departments.  This M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including the seven online graduate courses and 3-credit graduating project (24 credits) posted in the schedule below.

To complete their programs, students choose a minimum of 6 credits of electives, which may include a maximum of 6 credits of undergraduate courses, many of which are offered online, or on-campus courses, for example the ECED 565 Summer Institutes.

  • Listen to our podcast interview of Dr. Mari Pighini discussing what you can do with an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (time stamp 11:18)



Tuesday, October 30 | 4:30-5:30pm (Pacific Time Zone)

View the recorded session here.



While you can complete this program entirely online you may take electives, such as the summer institutes, on campus.

1 2013 Winter 1 (September–December 2013)
ECED 508B (3 credits) Review of Research in Early Childhood Education
Marianne McTavish
2013 Winter 2 (January–April 2014)
EDUC 500 (3 credits) Research Methodology in Education
Mari Pighini
2014 Summer (May–August 2014)
ECED 530B (3 credits) Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education
Lara El-Khatib
2 2014 Winter 1 (September–December 2014)
ECED 531B (3 credits) Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education
Angela Jaramillo
2014 Winter 2 (January–April 2015)
LLED 556 Theory and Research in Early Literacy
Marilyn Chapman
Students work on ECED 590 modules 1-4; submit proposal by August 31, 2015
2015 Summer (May–August 2015)
ECED 585E (3 credits) Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
Jodi Streelasky
3 2015 Winter 1 (September–December 2015)
ECED 585E (3 credits) Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education
Iris Berger / Cristina Delgad
ECED 590 (3 credits) Graduating Project Mari Pighini
2015 Winter 2 (January–April 2016)
ECED 590 (3 credits) Graduating Project (completion)
Mari Pighini

In addition to 8 core courses delivered online, there will be 2 electives to choose from.

  • You may choose to take the electives during the program.
  • Applicants who wish to do so may apply to transfer in up to 6 credits of senior undergraduate credits (2 courses), but there will be no change in fees.
  • More information on the ECED MEd. Program.

ELECTIVES: students may select from the following:

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

  • An approved Bachelor of Education degree, OR
  • An approved four-year undergraduate degree in a *related field, plus a minimum of two years professional experience working with young children in an appropriate setting.
  • An overall average of 76% (B+) or better in all third- and fourth-year courses or at least 12 credits at 80% (A-) or higher on senior-level credits in the intended graduate program’s field of study.
  • Three recommendations from educators and administrators that speak to your engagement with early childhood education or related field, one of which must be an academic assessment by a university instructor.

*Related Fields include, but are not limited to: Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work and Family Studies.

Applicants whose degree is in an unrelated field (e.g., Arts, Commerce, General Studies) may be accepted if they have completed a college or university certificate program in early childhood education.


The minimum degree requirement for admission is a 4-year bachelor degree. This is a Faculty of Graduate Studies requirement that cannot be waived, regardless of professional experience.

Eligibility for candidates with a 3-year baccalaureate will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the academic department and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please contact Yvette Kharoubeh to discuss your individual case, and for an unofficial preliminary assessment of your credentials.

International Applicants

  • Please refer to the UBC Minimum Academic Requirements for international students posted here.
  • We also recommend that you review the English Language Proficiency Requirements posted here to ensure you meet the requirements.
  • Online courses rely on written communication and assignments, note that you can make use of the resources available through the UBC Writing Centre.

If you require assistance with your application as an international student, please contact Carmen Radut, Graduate Program Assistant.


Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

In addition to your online application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC).
  • Three letters of reference. References must be submitted electronically; you fill in the referee’s email address when completing the online application, and an email will be sent automatically to your referee with a link and instructions for submission.
  • Resumé and 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).

You must apply for this program on-line; please PRINT this page and refer to it when you are making your application, paying particular attention to the exact wording for the program you are applying for.

IMPORTANT: If you apply to the wrong program, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will not refund your application fee, or transfer or cancel your application, so please ensure you select the appropriate program or you will have to re-apply and pay an additional application fee.

  • 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” choose “Master of Education” in the pulldown menu.
  • Under “Program” you must choose “EPLT Early Childhood Education – Online – ECO3
  • 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.


  • Three letters of reference. References must be submitted electronically; you fill in the referee’s email address when completing the online application, and an email will be sent automatically to your referee with a link and instructions for submission.
  • 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, including the transfer key(s) on the reverse of the page (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 the attention of Yvette Kharoubeh at UBC Faculty of Education (PDCE), 1304-2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4. The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are sent to other locations on this huge campus.

Please contact Yvette Kharoubeh (604-827-5662, or toll-free in North America at 1-888-492-1122) if you are having problems with the application process.


Program tuition will be divided into eight (8) 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.