MEd in Home Economics (HEEL)

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Human Ecology and Everyday Life

The next cohort begins September 2013, click here for details and application procedures.

This M.Ed. in Home Economics with a focus on Human Ecology and Everyday Life is a unique, fully online graduate program 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.


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 2011 Foundations of Home Economics Education: Historical Issues from Home Economics to Human Ecology EDCP 537
January 2012 Research Methodology in Education* EDUC 500
May 2012 Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy:  Focus on Human Ecology and Everyday Life EDCP 508
September 2012 Curriculum Issues and Theories** EDCP 562
January 2013 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Home Economics:  Human Ecology and Everyday Life EDCP 536
May 2013 Special Course in Curriculum and Pedagogy:  Enacting Transformative Pedagogies EDCP 585
July 2013 Indigeneity, Technology, and Education ETEC 521
September 2013 Graduating Paper EDCP 590

In addition, two electives 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), and NUTR 405 (Nutrition in Health and Disease, Athabasca University), or on-campus courses or summer institutes.

*May optionally be offered online at a different time or on campus.

**Availability will vary, depending on scheduling.

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 either a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses or academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study. Two copies of transcripts and degree certificates (if any) from all past post-secondary study are required. (Applicants who do not meet these requirements, but who have other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study may be granted admission in certain cases.)
  • 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.


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.

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