MEd in Early Childhood Education (EC17)

EDUC This multidisciplinary program, offered by the Faculty of Education, is a collaboration among multiple departments. Learn more about Faculty-wide graduate programs administered by the Office of Research in Education (ORE).

Offered Online | September 2017

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 (3 credits each) 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 3-credit graduate or undergraduate courses at the 300- and 400- level, 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 (advance to minute 9:28 to start interview with Dr Mari Pighini)

3:45 – 5:30 pm (Pacific Time) | online info session

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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.

Courses are offered in each year across three terms (on per term), starting in January 2017 and ending in December 2019. Note this is the proposed schedule and is subject to change.

1 Sep 2017 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500
2 Jan 2018 Review of Research in Early Childhood Education ECED 508B
3 May 2018 Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education ECED 530B
4 Sep 2018 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives on Early Childhood Education ECED 585E
5 Jan 2019 Theory and Research in Early Literacy LLED 556
6 May 2019 Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education ECED 531B
7 Sep 2019 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education ECED 585F
7 Sep 2019 Capstone Project ECED 590*
8 Jan 2020 Capstone Project (completion) ECED 590*

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

In addition to 7 courses and the Capstone Project, 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)

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, Family Studies and Sciences.

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 from a UBC-approved institution.

Reference Letters & Writing Sample

Applicants are required to submit 3 reference letters (preferably one academic and two professional) and a writing sample with the online application.

For those students who have no access to a previous paper completed in the last 15 years, or to a publication, or report, please select one of the two articles uploaded here; provide a scholarly summary of the article with your own reflections and connections to practice. This summary has a word count of 500 words, in addition to the reference list that matches references provided in text (preferably using APA format; at the same time, MLA and other formats are acceptable).

  1. Educators’ Social and Emotional Skills Vital to Learning, by Stephanie M. Jones, Suzanne M. Bouffard, and Richard Weissbourd (May 2015). Kappan Magazine, available at
    • Reference:  Jones, S.M., Bouffard, S.M., & Weissbourd, R. (2013). Educators’ social and emotional skills vital to learning. Kappan Magazine, May 2013, 62-65. Retrieved from
  2. “Today I Had Fun!” Playing Outside A Box Inside A Role Drama (2010) by Scott Hughes. Retrieved from
    • Reference: Hughes, S. (2010). “Today I had fun!” Playing outside a box inside a role drama Educational Insights, 13(4).

Reference letters are very important in the application process and students are urged to find two academic and one professional letters that speak to their academic potential and their professional qualities. At the same time, some applicants may encounter serious difficulties in retrieving these letters. The following options are presented for these applicants:

  1. Academic reference(s): In the event of an applicant not being able to obtain two academic references, one of them could be substituted for a second professional reference that also speaks to the applicant’s capacity to articulate ideas and to support them with the appropriate references when writing reports, summaries, lesson plans, and/or any work related resources. For teachers, academic advisors (teachers who supervised them during their practicum) may be asked to write this letter, should the applicant have no access to another faculty member.)
  2. Professional reference: In the event of an applicant not being able to obtain a professional letter of reference (for example, for those applicants who have been employed for a number of years) a letter from a board or committee overseeing their current place of employment, or a letter from a professional in an agency that has collaborated with their program (for example, from a consultant and coordinator from programs like the Supported Child Development Program, if working with a child or children with special needs) will be acceptable.

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 the Senior Program Assistant.

Application Status: Closed, no longer accepting.


  • 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 EC17 or Early Childhood Education – Professional Cohort into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.


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 EC17 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.


  • 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, non-educational references, 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).

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.


After your application is submitted, all documents are uploaded, and references have been received, your application file is considered complete.

Once the application deadline for the program has passed, all completed application files are submitted to the Department for review.  Applications recommended by the Department for admission are then confirmed against Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies requirements, and accepted applicants are notified. Any special case admissions require an additional review by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.

The entire process generally takes 8 to 12 weeks.

This program is subject to minimum enrollment in order to run. We will advise applicants on the status of this program after the application deadline has passed.


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

Yvette Kharoubeh

Senior Program Assistant

Program tuition will be divided into eight (8) installments of $1,819.15 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of each year. The program total is $14,553.16, 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 2016-2017 academic 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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