MEd in Literacy Education (IKP1)

This program is offered by the Department of Language & Literacy Education. Learn more about LLED programs.

Indigenous Knowledges & Indigenous Pedagogies

UBC M.Ed. Cohort – Vancouver School Board (VSB)


This M.Ed. program offered by the Department of Lanugage & Literacy Education will focus on school and classroom processes and practices that support Aboriginal learners using educational frameworks, theory and approaches that focus on Indigenous knowledge. The goals of this program include:

  1. to build educators’ knowledge, understanding and pedagogic skills about Indigenous education and Indigenous knowledge;
  2. to challenge existing curriculum frameworks and structures so that educators may experience an Indigenous worldview and Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies; and
  3. to provide new professional development opportunities for learning about and practicing Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing and the thoughtful and strategic ways to implement these in education curricula and programming.

The 2012-14 cohort is hosted by the Department of Language and Literacy Education and the office of Indigenous Education in the UBC Faculty of Education. This program will also be supported  by other departments and centres within the Faculty of Education. Students would thus have the opportunity to engage in intersecting communities of learning (within departments; and across departments as part of the community focused on Indigenous education).

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald and Dr. Jan Hare will co-lead this cohort. Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty with expertise in Indigenous Education will teach the courses. This cohort is offered in partnership with the Vancouver School Board.


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This UBC M.Ed. program consists of 30 credits of course work to be completed over seven terms. Please note that the order and selection of courses may change based on the interests and needs of the cohort.

Summer 2012
Summber 2b Indigenous Epistemology & Curriculum (EDST, core course)
Summer 2b Indigenous Storytelling & Education (LLED, core course)
Summer 2a Elective Options (LLED, EDST, EDCP)
Winter 2012/13
Winter 1 Narrativity, Indigeneity and Ecopedagogy (Place-Based Education, EDCP core course)
Winter 2 Research Methodologies with an Indigenous Emphasis (EDUC 500, core course)
Summer 2013
Summber 2a/b Indigenous Inter-generational Learning (EDUC, new core course)
Summer 2a/b Elective Options
Winter 2013/14
Winter 1 Elective Options
Winter 2 Ts`’kel – Research & Writing (EDST, core course)
Summer 2014
Summber 2a/b Capstone Course/Project (EDUC 590, required)


Students will be able to choose 9.0 credits as electives which may include, but are not limited to:

  • EDST 505: First Nations and Educational Change (3 credits)
  • EDCP 585: Theories and Dimensions of Place Based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses (3 credits, new course)
  • EDST 508A: Review of Research in Indigenous Methodologies (3 credits)
  • LLED 565: Indigenous Languages of North America (3 credits, new course)
  • LLED 565: Technology, multi-media and Indigenous language revitalization (3 credits, new course)
  • 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.
  • Three academic letters of reference that speak to your engagement with education (at least two from former post-secondary instructors).
  • Successful work experience with children and/or youth in schools or in the community, with an emphasis on working with Indigenous students and communities.
  • A resumé of your education and professional experience. Contributions to Indigenous communities and organizations should be included.
  • A statement of intent indicating your research interests and goals, and outlining any relevant professional background and areas of study within Indigenous Education that you would like to pursue. Your statement should be approximately one page, or 500-600 words in length.


Program fees will be paid in seven (7) installments, payable in July, September, 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.