MEd in Special Education (SPD2)

ECPS This program is offered by the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education. Learn more about ECPS programs.

Lower Mainland Cohort

This program is offered by the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology and Special Education, in association with:

  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows (SD42)
  • Langley School District (SD35)
  • Coquitlam (SD43)
  • Mission (SD75)

The Program

The Special Education area concerns the education of gifted students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Master’s program focuses on both research and practice. Topics addressed in the Master’s programs include cognitive, language and social development, learning and instructional design, cultural and individual differences in relation to students with exceptionalities.

The UBC M.Ed. in Special Education consists of 30 credits of course work which are typically completed in three years. The proposed schedule is as follows:

July ’12 Critical Issues in Special Education EPSE 512
Sept ’12 Human Development in Education EPSE 505
Jan ’13 Assessment of Learning Difficulties EPSE 421
May ’13 Social-Emotional Development in Education EPSE 585
July ’13 Education of Students with Autism EPSE 449
Sept ’13 Assessment and Positive Behaviour Support in School and Community Settings EPSE 532
Jan ’14 Seminar in the Education and Development of Gifted Learners EPSE 516
May ’14 Seminar in Specific Learning Disabilities EPSE 526
July ’14 Seminar in Behaviour Disorders EPSE 515
Sept ’14 Graduating Seminar EPSE 590

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

  • 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 with special needs in schools or in the community.
  • A 500-word statement of intent indicating how you think this program will contribute to your work in this field.


There are two pre-requisites for this program:

  • EPSE 317, 312 (or an approved equivalent)
    • EPSE 317 – Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom
    • EPSE 312 – Introduction to the Study of Exceptional Children
  • EPSE 483 – Statistics in Education (or an approved equivalent)

If you have not completed the pre-requisites prior to the application deadline you may still apply and complete them as co-requisites during the cohort program.

Program fees will be paid over a minimum of 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.