Special Topics in Special Education: Educating for Creativity

EPSE 390 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Assignments: Weekly learning journals in response to provocations ; Discussion forum leadership role
  • Participation in eight online discussion forums; Four individual assignments
  • Web-conference presentation dates: one of three dates during the final week of classes. Students are expected to be online participants at one of the presentation evenings.


UBC Calendar Description: A study of innovative practices, ideas, and theories in special education. The specific topics may change yearly to reflect changing priorities and interests in special education, and the specific interest and competencies of visiting and regular faculty.

EPSE 390A is a pre-approved elective for the Diploma in Education – Early Years Education and the Diploma in Education – Infant Development and Supported Child Development.


Recent years have seen an exponential growth in the literature of education and neuroscience on the subject of creativity.  Educators, business leaders, policy makers and scientists are speaking out on the vital importance of creativity to progress in our 21st century world.  It falls on educators to equip students with the mindset and the skills that will enable them to be creative innovators and productive 21st century citizens. The development of creativity has become an essential goal for our students. The intent of this course is to facilitate the purposeful pedagogy, generative curricula and design of dynamic contexts that will support the development of creativity in learners.


The goal of this course is to offer students:

  • An overview of the scientific study of creativity and an understanding of its relevance to learning
  • An investigation of the creative process, the role of metaphoric thinking, unconscious processing and cognitive states that support creativity
  • An examination of the attributes of creative educational cultures
  • An exploration of developmental creativity
  • A discussion of sound assessment processes
  • A review of educational curriculum that will promote curiosity, engagement and creative production in learners


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

The course will be offered online on Canvas – http://canvas.ubc.ca


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more info, go to http://services.library.ubc.ca/off-campus-access/connect-from-home/

There is no textbook required.


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122
Email: pro-d.educ@ubc.ca

Latest Revision on: December 20, 2017