MEd in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education (UL11)


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URBAN LEARNER 11 Program (UL11)

for elementary and secondary teachers

Theorizing Knowing: the Significance of Teaching

The Urban learner M.Ed. program invites participants to investigate the challenges, issues, and narratives of teachers and education professionals, and the learning communities they serve. UBC faculty members guide cohort participants toward a convergence among lived experiences from daily life in classrooms, study of current ideas, innovative media, shared practices and dialogue. The curriculum creates opportunity for engagement to extend beyond the classroom and into relevant communities and public discourse.

A Life Changing Experience…

A cutting-edge program, the UBC Urban leaner MEd aims to further grounded understandings of challenges and achievements in urban education. Thus, it draws from, and builds upon, the expertise and rich experiences of school teachers and other education practitioners working in urban school environments. While appreciating and extending the rigor of inquiry in urban education, the program places the Significance of Teaching at the heart of an inquiry intended to reinvigorate public perception, support, and discourse around teaching as a critical learning space that cultivates social responsibility, possibility, and hope.

This M.Ed. in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education therefore aims to:

  • Enhance and extend further the cohort participants’ knowledge and understanding of urban education, and the rich “urban assets”: of culture,  new media, the arts, civic and sacred institutions, commerce, architecture and public spaces, etc.;
  • Recognize, appreciate and celebrate the work of educators who are actively trying to ‘make a difference’ in the lives of children, parents and diverse communities in multicultural urban areas;
  • Extend cohort participants’ understanding of the networked technologies, discourses, practices, and lived experiences entailed in the Significance of Teaching as inquiry towards positively enhancing urban education environments and the impact on those living in those environments. ;
  • Support cohort participants in inquiring about their own (and others’) practice as researchers, specific to their profession in urban education settings;
  • Encourage collaborative approaches to academic, professional and community engagement and growth; and
  • Provide a rich and rewarding course of study which culminates in fulfilling the participants’ career stage standing as required by the Teacher Qualification Service of British Columbia (TQS).

This is the 11th UBC Urban Learner cohort offered in collaboration with the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association (VESTA).

Testimonial from past participant:

“I participated in the 6th cohort and it change my life, unquestionably. It changed my life because the instructors, course work, and experiences compelled my to investigate not only my practice at the time more deeply, but also fundamental questions about the aims of education in children’s lives, families, and society. I went on to complete a doctorate in Curriculum Studies.”
Scott Hughes, PhD
Mount Royal University

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


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Tentative Program Schedule

This 30-credit program consists of the following courses:

1 Jan 2017 Living Inquiry within Urban Communities (3 credits) CCFI 501
2 May-Jun 2017 Theorizing Knowing: The Significance of Teaching (3 credits) CCFI 502
July 2017 The Urban Learner Summer Institute (TBA) (6 credits) CCFI 572A & CCFI 565A
3 Sept 2017 Advanced Seminar: Interpreting the Child-In-Our-Midst through World Cinema (3 credits) CCFI 565B
4 Jan 2018 Advanced Seminar (3 credits) TBA
5 May-Jun 2018 Advanced Seminar (3 credits) TBA
July 2018 Advanced Seminar: Creative and Scholarly Writing (3 credits) CCFI 565C
6 Sept 2018 Research Methods CCFI 508B
7 Jan 2019 The Urban Major Paper/Graduating Project (3 credits) CCFI 590


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

  • An approved Bachelor’s degree and, for K-12 teachers, one year of teacher education, OR
  • A 5-year Bachelor’s degree in Education; OR
  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Education or other appropriate area provided the applicant has completed all the necessary prerequisites listed below.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits or at least 12 credits of third or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of intended graduate study.
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience.

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

Application Status: Application is now closed.
Application deadline: Contact Linda Haftner


  • 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 UL11 or MEd in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in 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.


  • 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 UL11 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


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.


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

Linda Haftner

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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