MEd in Early Childhood Education (EC15)

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Offered Online | September 2015

The MEd in Early Childhood Education program, offered online, includes opportunities for participants to inquire into their professional practice with young children. This engaging graduate program offers opportunities to explore issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice.

The early childhood graduate program is an interdisciplinary cross-departmental program that consists of core courses in early childhood education (ECED) and related courses in other departments. This MEd program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including the seven online graduate courses and 3-credit graduating project (24 credits) posted in the schedule.

To complete their programs, students choose a minimum of 6 credits of electives. These may include a maximum of 6 credits of undergraduate courses, many of which are offered online, or on-campus courses; for example the ECED 565 Summer Institutes. These electives require pre-approval from the program’s advisor.

  • Listen to our podcast interview of Dr. Mari Pighini, MEd online advisor, discussing what you can do with an MEd in Early Childhood Education (Time stamp: 11:18)

Information session

From October 20, 2014:

Proposed Schedule

While you can complete this program entirely online you may take electives, such as the summer institutes, on campus. Schedule is subject to change.

Year Courses
1 2015 Winter 1 (September – December 2015)

  • EDUC 500 (3 credits) Research Methodology in Education

2015 Winter 2 (January – April 2016)

  • ECED 508B (3 credits) Review of Research in Early Childhood Education

2016 Summer (May – August 2016)

  • ECED 530B (3 credits) Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education
2 2016 Winter 1 (September – December 2016)

  • ECED 585E (3 credits) Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives on Early Childhood Education

2016 Winter 2 (January – April 2017)

  • LLED 556 (3 credits) Theory and Research in Early Literacy

2017 Summer (May – August 2017)

  • ECED 531B (3 credits) Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education
3 2017 Winter 1 (September – December 2017)

  • ECED 585F (3 credits) Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education
  • ECED 590* (3 credits) Graduating Project

2017 Winter 2 (January – April 2018)

    • ECED 590* (3 credits) Graduating Project (completion)

*ECED 590 is a 3-credit course, but the course encompasses two terms (Winter 1 and Winter 2).

In addition to 8 core courses delivered online, students take 2 approved electives. These electives require pre-approval from the program’s advisor. Students may select:

  • 300 or 400-level courses offered on campus (list of ECED courses and recommended electives)
  • 300 or 400-level on-line courses (list of ECED online courses)
  • The IECER Summer Institute (ECED 565), and the IDSC Summer Institute (ECED 380/565)  that are two-week, intensive courses held on-campus. The subjects for both institutes are new each summer; information is available in the late winter and early spring each year.

Eligible students may apply to transfer a maximum of 6 credits (2 courses) at senior undergraduate level towards the master degree. Students’ eligibility to transfer 6 undergraduate credits towards this Master of Education degree will be assessed after they are accepted in the program.

Courses that have already been used for application may not be used again as electives

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

  • An approved Bachelor of Education degree, OR
  • An approved four-year undergraduate degree in a related field*,
  • An overall average of 76% (B+) or better in all third- and fourth-year courses,
  • Minimum of two years professional experience working with young children in an appropriate setting.

*Related Fields include, but are not limited to: Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work and Family Studies.

Applicants whose degree is in an unrelated field (e.g., Arts, Commerce, General Studies) may be accepted if they have completed a college or university certificate program in early childhood education.

The minimum degree requirement for admission is a 4-year bachelor degree. This is a Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirement that cannot be waived, regardless of professional experience.
Eligibility for candidates with a 3-year baccalaureate will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the academic department and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please contact Yvette Kharoubeh to discuss your individual case, and for an unofficial preliminary assessment of your credentials.

International Applicants

  • Please refer to the UBC Minimum Academic Requirements for international students posted here.
  • We also recommend that you review the English Language Proficiency Requirements posted here to ensure you meet the English language requirements.

If you require assistance with your application as an international student, please contact Graduate Program Assistant.

How to Apply

Please contact us if you wish to apply to this program.

Application Process

Carefully read the following instructions before beginning your application. Please print this page and refer to it while completing your online application.

1. Online Application
  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and click “Create Your Account”.
    (Note: If you have already begun your application, simply log in).
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application”.
  • Click “Start a Completely New Application”.
  • Under “Degree” choose “Master of Education” from the drop-down menu.
  • Under “Program” you choose “PDCE MEd in Early Childhood Education – EC15

Important: You must select the precise program name listed above.

If you select the wrong program name, you will need to re-apply and pay an additional application fee. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will not refund your application fee, or transfer or cancel your application.

  • Proceed with your application as instructed.
  • References: 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.

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.

Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.

  • If you know that a referee is unable to submit an online reference, please leave the email address blank on the application.

See “Supporting Documents” below for information on submitting letters of reference by mail.

  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” in order to save your application.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.

2. Supporting Documents

In addition to your online application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

Your application requires two (2) sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended (except UBC), even institutions where you did not complete a program.

If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number so we may access your transcript.

  • An electronic copy of an up-to-date resumé.
  • In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. The form is available here.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form.

The reference form is designed to be completed by professors; 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: Letters of reference will only be considered valid if the referee’s signature appears across the sealed flap of the envelope.

Application Notes

  • If you have unofficial copies of your transcripts, we can adjudicate your eligibility before your official transcripts arrive; you may send these by mail, fax (604.822.2015) or email.

Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts, and your eligibility for the program is based on your application as a whole.

  • Send everything to the attention of:

Yvette Kharoubeh
Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
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.

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

Program tuition will be divided into eight (8) installments of $1,748.49 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the three program years. The program total is $13,988 plus applicable student fees.

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 figures quoted above are current for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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