MEd in Home Economics Education (HEE3)

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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.

Online Information Sessions

Tuesday, December 9
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Thursday, January 15
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

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

Podcast interview

Listen to Dr. Mary Leah de Zwart & Dr. Gale Smith talk about creating the program in 2011, on Down The Hall Radio. (Interview begins at 05:35)

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:

September EDUC 500 Research Methodology in Education
January EDCP 537 Foundations of Home Economics Education:
Historical Issues from Home Economics to Human Ecology
May EDCP 536 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Home Economics: Human Ecology and Everyday Life
September EDCP 562 Curriculum Issues and Theories
January EDCP 508 Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy
May EDCP 585 Special Course in Curriculum and Pedagogy:
Enacting Transformative Pedagogies
September EDCP 501 Master’s Seminar in Curriculum and Pedagogy
January EDCP 590 Graduating Paper

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.

Applications are now closed for the January 2016 program.



Tuition & Fees

Program tuition will be divided into eight (8) installments of $1,748.49 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.

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