MEd in Physical Education (TGU2)

EDCP This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.
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Teaching Games for Understanding

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) – Teachers who use this approach see their students as active participants (mentally, physical, emotional) in the process of learning games. As we all know, students and adults alike learn in a variety of ways and progress at different rates. Knowing that students are always at different stages of understanding, teachers can use the TGfU model to focus in on individual, social and contextual processes.

Students learn about the games presented through a series of modified games. These games are designed to highlight tactical problems – situations that engage students and help them develop the skills they need at that time. Students do practice skills, but in the context of a game rather than separate from it. As they play, they consider what they might best do, before they are taught how best to do it.

This Master’s Program comes on the heels of the recent International TGfU Conference held at UBC in May 2008. Our internationally known instructors will build upon the practical ideas, shared research, and reflections that presenters brought to this landmark event, and use publications that emerged as a result of their collaborations. Courses will examine current teaching perspectives, constructs of ability, and curriculums, move into analyzing TGfU from pedagogical and learning theory perspectives, and finally, consider, define, and implement developmentally appropriate TGfU activities.

  • Listen to an interview with Brian McAskill, a student (and soon to be graduate) of the TGU1 Physical Education MED cohort, on episode 21 of “Down the Hall – Radio PDCE“, the interview starts at 04:04here.


The UBC M.Ed. in Physical Education consists of 30 credits of course work and a graduating project.   The proposed M.Ed. schedule is as follows (see below for information on transferring into the MA Program):

June 23 & July 3-7, 2012 PE Summer Institute: Curriculum Innovation in Physical Education EDCP 530
Sep-Dec, 2012
Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
Jan-Apr, 2013  Research Designs in Education EDUC 500
May-Jun, 2013 Review of Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy: TGfU EDCP 508A
July 1-5, 2013 Seminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Physical Education – Early Years EDCP 585B
July 8-12, 2013 Seminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Phsyical Education – Beyond Early Years EDPC 585C
Sept-Dec, 2013
Knowing, Learning and Teaching EDCP 585
Jan-Apr, 2014 Case-Study Research and Cross Case Analysis
(*Master’s Thesis, 3 cr for MA Students)
EDCP 513
Apr-Jun, 2014 Review of Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Writing Educational Research
(*Master’s Thesis, 3 cr for MA Students)
Apr-Jun, 2014 Master’s Graduating Project EDCP 590

MA Option

For those who wish to transfer into the M.A. program, your schedule will include the following changes:

  • Year 2 Summer, choose two of the following courses:
  • Seminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Physical Education – Early Years (EDCP 585B)
  • Seminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Phsyical Education – Beyond Early Years (EDCP (585C)
  • Education Action Research (EDCP 512), OR Video Ethnography in Ed. Research: culture, Technology and Interpretation (EDCP 510), OR a Research Elective
  • Master’s Thesis (EDCP 599 – 9 credits)
  • will replace the Master’s Graduating Project, April – August 2014

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

  • Normally two years’ teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.
  • A resumé and 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining your experiences and interests in physical education, physical education teaching, and physical education research.
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your engagement with physical education teaching, including, whenever possible, professors familiar with your academic work.
  • A completed 4-year undergraduate degree and an average of at least 76% on all senior-level credits.


Program fees will be paid over a minimum of seven (7) 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.