MEd in Curriculum Studies (EJS1)

EDCP This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.
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Ecojustice & Sustainability Education – Vancouver Cohort

As well as being transdisciplinary, this unique MEd in Curriculum Studies, with a focus on Ecojustice & Sustainability Education, takes into account a diversity of worldviews and ecological knowledges, including those of Indigenous Peoples and other ecological ethnicities.

This program of study offers students the opportunity to examine the multiple and complex relations between humans, other-than-humans, justice and ecologies in local and global contexts. Ecojustice focuses on the possibilities of a green world, as well as a just world, while sustainability refers to ecological, social, cultural and economic sustainability.

Ecojustice & Sustainability are braided together in the following four strands:

  • SOCIAL JUSTICE linked with ecology offers opportunities to work toward ‘environmental justice’ and ‘just sustainability’ through examination of such issues as environmental racism, Indigenous and human rights violations in an unequal world, meeting the needs of current and future generations, improving well-being and quality of life, questioning the notion of ‘growth’ on a finite planet, and moving beyond theorizing to engagement and action.
  • ECOTECHNOLOGIES explores the entanglements, multiple meanings and contexts of ecologies, technologies and sustainability. Ecologies encompass the relationships between humans and non-human organisms and their social, cultural, and physical environments. Technologies denote digital and multimedia, arts-based, industrial, and home, to name a few, as well as the millennia of traditional ecological knowledges and practices of long-standing continuous cultures whose ways of living are interdependent with the non-human world.
  • AESTHETICS examines the material, sensory, and conceptual meanings and values associated with various forms of representation and lifestyle choices. People throughout the world have contemplated the aesthetic and ecological value of biodiversity as a way to understand how people shape the earth and in the process are affected by their creative practices to control, design, and interact within their environment in sustainable ways.
  • EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING incorporates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of learning, and offers Indigenous and other ecological understandings of the diversity and interdependence of human and other-than-human lifeworlds. Hands-on and embodied learning creates (re-)connections with place through outdoor education, arts and crafts, school and community gardens, as well as service work with urban, rural and Indigenous communities locally and internationally toward ecological, social, cultural and economic sustainability.

Applications welcomed from a wide range of students

  • those in education seeking a place to do research on how to articulate ecojustice and sustainability learning in their teaching practices;
  • those in the arts, social sciences, humanities and natural sciences seeking graduate programming that addresses the diverse and complex understandings, practices and intersections of social justice, ecologies, sustainability, technologies and Indigeneity in both local and global contexts.

Optional international service learning

Students also have the option of taking two elective courses that offer an international service learning experience with Kichwa-Lamista communities in the High Amazon through the Peru Summer Institute: Ecology, Technologies and Ecololiteracies (see Schedule for details):

  • EDCP 585C (3 credits): Ecologies, Technologies and Indigeneity in the High Amazon
  • EDCP 585E (3 credits): Narrativity, Indigeneity and Ecopedagogy in the High Amazon

A new specialization, offered by CURRICULUM & PEDAGOGY

Recently, Dean Blye Frank and Department Heads in the Faculty of Education agreed to launch two specialization offerings in sustainability: The Department of Educational Studies (EDST) undertook to develop an undergraduate certificate and the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP) was invited to develop a graduate offering in Curriculum Studies, both with a focus on sustainability. This announcement launches the EDCP part of the Faculty initiative.

For the coming year, EDCP will provide a group of courses and supplemental educational experiences, within our Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, that focus on sustainability. Students pursuing this focus will study topics such as social justice, eco-technologies, aesthetics, and place-based service learning in urban/rural communities.

Following evaluation of this focus area within the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, we anticipate developing a proposal for a degree specialization in Sustainability. For the current offering, students pursuing the Sustainability focus will receive a letter from the Department (upon successful completion of the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies) detailing the coursework and experience they have pursued.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
VSB Education Centre | Room 111
1580 West Broadway (at Fir) | Map

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
VSB Education Centre | Room 111
1580 West Broadway (at Fir) | Map

Tentative Program Schedule

This 30-credit program consists of the following courses:

January 2014
  • Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy: Ecojustice & Sustainability focus (Core)
May 2014
EDCP 585
  • Narrativity, Indigeneity and Ecopedagogy (Specialization) 6 weeks
July 2014
EDCP 562 &
EDUC 500
  • Curriculum Issues and Theories: Ecoliteracies, Ecotechnologies and Education (Core)
  • Introduction to Research Methodologies: Ecojustice and Sustainability Education focus (Required)
September 2014
EDCP 570 &
EDST 588
  • Ecological Justice, Aesthetics, and Social Media (Specialization)
  • Environmental Philosophy and Education (Elective)
January 2015
EDCP 532
  • Theories and Dimension of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses (Elective)
May 2015
EDCP 538
  • Theory and Research in Environmental Education (Elective)
June 2015
EDCP 585C &
  • Ecologies, Technologies and Indigeneity in the High Amazon (Elective)
  • Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon (Elective)
July 2015
EDCP 501
  • Globalization, Localization and Just Sustainability in an Unequal World
August 2015
EDCP 590
– or –
EDCP 599
  • Graduating Paper (3 credits) + EDST as elective (3 credits)

– or –

  • Thesis (9 credits)
  • This program requires 30 credits. Students must complete 27 course credits (9 courses), plus a 3-credit graduating paper. A minimum of 24 credits must be at the graduate level (includes the graduating paper).
  • Students must take the Core and Specialization courses.
  • Students can take the scheduled electives, or other related electives (in consultation with their advisor).
  • Students may have opportunity to transfer into an MA program from the MEd program based upon interest and academic recommendation.  There are a limited number of spaces (3) available for the MA option.
  • Students enrolled in the MA must take two research methodology courses.

Academic Background
All students must meet the following requirements for the program:

  • Preference will be given to those with two years’ teaching experience, those with equivalent engagement with schools, local or international communities, NGOs, and other related activities, and those with demonstrated academic interests in the area of study.
  • A completed 4-year undergraduate degree with an average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in all senior-level courses.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining experiences and interests in Ecojustice & Sustainability Education, and how the specialization in Curriculum Studies supports your professional goals.
  • Statements of support from three referees, including whenever possible professors or administrators who can speak to your experience and interest in this topic, academic abilities and potential to complete a graduate program.
  • Resumé.

Seats are limited; early application is strongly recommended.

TOEFL Scores
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken no more than two years prior to the application date.

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, minimum score 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer based), or new minimum TOEFL score of 92 (with a minimum of 22 for each component).
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System. Minimum overall band score 6.5, with no component less than 6.0.

The official score reports must be sent directly by the testing organization to this department: Institution Code 0965, Department Code 85.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2013
The application for this specialization is open. Please contact Yvette Kharoubeh for assistance.

In addition to your online application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC).
  • Three (sealed) letters of reference. It is strongly recommended that references be submitted electronically (if you fill in the referee’s email address when completing the online application, an automatic email will be sent to your referee with a link to a site to that lets him/her enter a reference and then submit it). If you wish to submit references by mail, the form is available here.
  • A resumé.
  • A 600-word statement indicating how you think this program will contribute to your work in this field (if you did not complete that in the online application).

You must apply for this specialization online. Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions. Also please PRINT this page and refer to it when you are making your application, paying particular attention to the exact wording for the program you are applying for.

IMPORTANT: If you apply to the wrong program, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will not refund your application fee, or transfer or cancel your application, so please ensure you select the appropriate program or you will have to re-apply and pay an additional application fee ($93.00 for domestic students, $153.00 for international students).

  • Go to
  • Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions.
  • When you are ready to apply, click on “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and click on “Create Your Account” (unless you have already begun your application, in which case you should “Login”).
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application” and then click on “Start a Completely New Application”.
  • Under “Degree” choose “Master of Education” in the pulldown menu.
  • Under “Program” you must choose “PDCE MEd Curriculum Studies – EJS1”
  • Proceed with your application as instructed.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” for the application to work.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • We need sealed transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended, whether or not they issued you a degree, except UBC. If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number and we will print your transcript.
  • If you have transcripts, please enclose or fax us photocopies (604-822-2015). We can make a quick adjudication of your eligibility even before all of your “official” documents arrive. Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts.
  • Send everything – EVERYTHING – to the attention of Yvette Kharoubeh, Senior Program Assistant at PDCE (1304-2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4). The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are at other locations on this huge campus.
  • It is preferred that references be submitted electronically; when you submit your application, include the referee’s email address. This will generate an automatic email that contains a link to a site where your referee can enter his/her reference, and then submit it. They can type as much as they want, despite the apparent size of the text box. This link will only be available when your application is submitted. If you plan on having your referee(s) submit a reference by mail, please leave the email address blank on the application.
  • If you decide to submit any or all of your references by hard copy, you can download the reference form for this program here. A letter can take the place of the reference form but it must answer the questions posed in the reference form. The reference form is designed for professors to fill out. If your referee is not a professor, please ask him or her to write about your ability to successfully complete a graduate degree in this particular focus.

IMPORTANT: the reference letters must be received here in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature written across the sealed envelope flap.

Please contact Yvette Kharoubeh (604.827.5662) if you require any assistance with the application process.

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 program fee of $13,444.80, plus applicable student fees, will be paid in:

  • Six (6) installments of $2,240.81 payable in January, May, and September of each year