MEd in Technology Studies Education (DLC)

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One of the most active topics of research at the moment, Digital Learning and Curriculum is spurred by the recent realization that, when it comes to technology, disciplinary knowledge (or content) of effective teachers is more a matter of understanding deep associations among familiar concepts than it is about taking more advanced courses in technology.

In a sense, this Master’s program is focused on developing better understandings of what teachers already know – seeking to enhance teachers’ knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) not by studying more about computer hardware or software individually, but by unpacking concepts collaboratively (e.g., identifying and elaborating metaphors, analogies, applications, exemplars, gestures, and other experiences that contribute to the ‘life’ of an idea).

Digital Learning and Curriculum is thus designed for those teachers who are seeking to enhance professional practice by developing their educational technology knowledge through collaborative study.

Why the Cohort Approach?

This program supports genuine participation in a vibrant area of face-to-face, hybrid (blended), and online distance education inquiry. Bringing together recent developments in education, digital media, culture, teaching and learning, and curriculum studies, the program’s cohort structure (in which participants attend core courses together in a central location) will enable a collective process of developing new insights into digital learning and curriculum development. This approach affords each participant the opportunity to focus on inquiry of personal interest in digital learning, literacies, pedagogy and using educational technologies while contributing to others’ understandings and insights.

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

West Vancouver

Wednesday, December 3
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Inglewood Learning Centre
1735 Inglewood Ave | Map


Click here for the pre-recorded videocast from January 9, 2014.

Proposed Schedule

The 30-credit program is offered part-time over a two-year period, with scheduling designed to accommodate the needs of practicing teachers and educators. All courses will be offered in the Vancouver area or at the UBC Point Grey campus with some online sessions.

Active Learning: Mobile, Interactive and Educational Technologies
Virtual Education: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Distance Education
Curriculum Issues in Cultural and New Media Studies
Human Development, Learning and Culture
Research Methodology in Education
Contemporary Issues in ICT and Social Media
Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories
Digital Media in ICT Education: Ethical Uses
Culminating Research and Graduating Project

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

  • Normally two years’ teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.
  • A completed 4-year undergraduate degree with an average of at least 76% on all senior-level credits.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining your experiences and interests in educational technologies, ICT teaching, and digital learning and curriculum research.
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your engagement with ICT and teaching, including, whenever possible, professors familiar with your academic work.
  • Resumé.

The official application deadline has passed. contact us if you still wish to apply.

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 Technology Studies Education – DLC3

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. Download the reference form.

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:

Linda Haftner
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 Linda Haftner (604.822.4499) if you require any assistance with the application process.

Program tuition will be divided into seven (7) installments of $1,998.28 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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