MEd in Curriculum Studies (KTY1)

Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies

EDCP This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.
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This unique MEd with a focus in Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies takes into account a diversity of perspectives, pedagogies, and conceptions of curriculum.  The cohort will explore the various connections between place-conscious learning, rurality, curriculum, school and community engagement, and practitioner inquiry as they relate to a broad range of educational contexts.

Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies offers students opportunities to examine, theoretically and experientially, the multiple and complex relations between teaching, learning, place, and the potential realization of social justice in local contexts.

  • Pedagogy focuses on the ways that educators engage with learners and the philosophical connections between intentions, epistemologies, practices, and learners.
  • Place-consciousness is an informed and critical perspective on the relationships between people and the places they inhabit. Place-conscious education challenges learners to consider where they are, how they got here, and to examine the tensions that exist between different cultural groups in particular communities over time. Seen in this light, places provide a local focus for socio-ecological experiences and inquiry.
  • Practitioner Inquiry attends to the generativity that can come from educators inquiring into the contexts within which they teach and learn. Taking up pedagogy and curriculum as participatory, responsive, co-created and as an ethical act of inquiry, educators can develop leadership capacities within themselves and their communities.

View a recorded information session held on April 28, 2016:

Meet program advisors and learn more about applying to become a UBC graduate student.


3:30 – 5:00 pm

TUESDAY, MAY 3 | Online

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Tentative Program Schedule

This 30-credit program consists of the following courses:

1 August 2016 Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies (3 credits) EDCP 585
2 September 2016 Curriculum Issues and Theories in Education (3 credits) EDCP 562
3 January 2017 Curriculum Change, Planning and Implementation (3 credits EDCP 566
4 May 2017 Living Inquiry in Learning Communities (3 credits) CCFI 501
4 July 2017 Building Communities: Education Beyond the Classroom (3 credits) EDUC 529
4 July 2017 Art/o/graphy (Elective) EDCP 514
5 September 2017 Research Methodology in Education (3 credits) EDUC 500
6 January 2018 Field Experiences: Exploring Indigenous Historical and Cultural Sites for Learning (3 credits) EDCP 598
7 May 2018 Education Action Research (Elective) EDCP 512
7 July 2018 Graduating paper (3 credits) EDCP 590

In addition, two electives (400- or 500-level courses)

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES (where available):

  • EDCP 508 | Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • EDCP 512 | Education Action Research
  • EDCP 514 | Art/o/graphy
  • EDCP 532 | Theories and Dimension of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses
  • EDCP 538 | Theory and Research in Environmental Education
  • EDCP 539 | Narrativity, Indigeneity and Ecopedagogy
  • EDST 542 | Fostering Learning in Practice
  • EDCP 563 | Curriculum Evaluation
  • EADM 558 | Leadership for Sustainability
  • EPSE 565 | Developing Self-Regulating Learners

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 Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies, 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.

Application Status: open
Application deadline:
Contact Yvette Kharoubeh


  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and either log in with your CWL or create a CWL if you have never attended UBC.
  • Once logged in, on the “Degree Program Selection,” type the 4-character cohort designation KTY1 or M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies – Professional Cohort into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Select July 2016 as the start of the program.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.


  • When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references would include your principal, vice-principal, or someone who has supervised you.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form). NOTE: Please see “Supporting Documents” below for more information on paper references.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.


Please have these ready to upload when you apply:

Transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), English language assessment report (if applicable), statement of intent, and an up-to-date resume must be uploaded to your application.

In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. Your reference will receive a link to a reference form that they should complete and send back to us.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation KTY1 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

The form is also available here.

importantIn addition to those uploaded to your online application, you must submit two (2) sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended (except UBC), even institutions where you did not complete a program to:

Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
Scarfe Building
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

Yvette Kharoubeh

Senior Program Assistant

Program tuition will be divided into seven (7) installments of approximately $2,039  plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the  program years. The program total is $14,267.76 plus applicable student fees.
  • The figures quoted above are proposed for the 2016-2017 academic year. Refer to the UBC Calendar (Master of Education (program off-campus) ) for confirmed fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).


If there is a discrepancy between the fees listed on this website and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar is the correct and confirmed source.

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