MEd in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (SRL 2014)

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Concentration in Self-Regulated Learning

This program is designed for educators who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise about how to foster self-regulated learning in schools.

Across North America, self-regulation is being associated with the kinds of “21st century learning skills” that schools need to foster, if today’s learners are to experience success from primary grades through the adult years. Self-regulation is critical because it entails learners’ adaptive engagement in learning in a wide variety of subject-areas.

Models of self-regulation describe how “metacognition” (e.g., understanding oneself as a learner), motivation/emotions, and strategic action combine to ensure success in learning. Research suggests that these models provide a powerful framework from which educators can build to better understand challenges/successes in students’ learning and engagement, and for constructing practices that foster students’ development as empowered, strategic learners.

This graduate program will engage participants in rich inquiry-based processes through which they will continually have opportunities to co-construct knowledge related to learning and development, and to bridge theory, research and practice.

Program Highlights

Participants in this program will construct a strong, foundational knowledge base related to learning and human development. Building on that base, they will explore in depth the ways in which self-regulation and motivation are central to learners’ academic, social and emotional learning and development. Throughout the program they will work together and with faculty to build from what they are learning to plan for, take up, and reflect on implications for practice.

More specifically, through the program, participants will consider together theories, principles, and practices related to:

  • developmental and learning processes in the academic, social-emotional, and cultural domains;
  • self-regulation and motivation in classrooms and schools;
  • meeting the diverse learning needs in today’s classrooms, and;
  • how to interpret and take up theory/research to inform ongoing practice development.

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Monday, September 16 | 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Schou Centre | Conference Room
4041 Canada Way | Map

The MEd in Human Development, Learning and Culture consists of 30 credits of course work, typically completed in three years.

January 2014 Seminar in Human Learning, Development and Culture EPSE 501
May-June 2014 Reading and Interpreting Research* or an approved elective (optional) EPSE 483*
or Elective
July 2014 Motivation in Education EPSE 584
September 2014 Social and Emotional Development in Education EPSE 585
January 2015 Fostering Motivation and Self-Regulation in Classrooms and Schools EPSE 565H
May-June 2015 Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood EPSE 505
July 2015 Approved elective (optional) Elective
September 2015 Cultural Perspectives on Learning, Development and Media EPSE 503
January 2016 Cognition, Language and Literacy Processes in Education EPSE 502
May-June 2016 Approved elective (optional) Elective
July 2016 Approved elective (optional) Elective
September 2016 Graduating Seminar EPSE 590


  • *EPSE 483 is a program prerequisite offered on-line for students who have not had a research methods course previously. It can be taken prior to the program. It will also be offered in May-June 2014.
  • Students take 30 credits (not including the program prerequisite): 8 required courses (listed above) will be offered in the community for cohort members; 2 electives of students’ choosing (may be taken at UBC’s main campus, or may include approved courses taken at other BC institutions (e.g., SFU, UVic, UBC-O).
  • Courses and schedule are subject to change.

Applicant Requirements
All students must meet the admission and application requirements of both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the program, which include:

  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree, and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits
  • Evidence of adequate preparation, ideally through a combination of academic and professional experience, to undertake graduate level study in this area

Required application materials for this program include:

  • An online application form
  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC)
  • Three electronic letters of reference
  • An electronic copy of an up-to-date resumé

Note that students who have not taken a course in research methods prior to starting the program will be required to take EPSE 483 (3 credits), Reading and Interpreting Research in Education. This course can be taken prior to the program start. Or, for students who need it, this course will be offered online in the first year of the program.

Online Application Form

Students will be asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Please provide a 500-word statement of your academic and professional goals, indicating how you think this program can help you enhance your professional learning and practice.
  2. Please provide a 500-word description of academic and/or professional experience that you feel have prepared you to take up graduate-level work in this area of study.
  3. Please discuss any other information you feel would be important to the Admission Committee in evaluating your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (optional; only if there is something you have not had an opportunity to highlight)

Application Deadline: September 25, 2013
We must receive your completed online application and all supporting documents by this date.

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 Human Development, Learning, and Culture – SRL1

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.


  • 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:

David Roy
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 David Roy (604.822.3622) if you require any assistance with the application process.

The total fee for this program is $13,444.84, plus applicable student fees. Program fees will be paid in nine (9) installments of $1,493.87 payable in January, May, and September of each year. These figures account for a 2% increase as of May 2013.

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).