MEd in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (SRL2)

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Developing Self-Regulating Learners in the Context of BC’s Renewed Curriculum

This program is designed for educators who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise about how to foster self-regulated learning (SRL) in schools. In particular, in this program, participants will explore how a focus on SRL can help in understanding and bringing to life the new BC curriculum.

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. Effective forms of self-regulation underlie success in both individual and social forms of learning.

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;
  • how to meet the diverse learning needs in today’s classrooms by establishing inclusive practices and environments, and;
  • how to interpret and take up theory/research to inform ongoing practice development.

Across the program, participants will continually reflect on how what they are learning can help them in understanding the aims underlying BC’s new curriculum, and correspondingly, in considering how to develop new practices in their particular contexts. For example, learning experiences will help participants understand the emphasis in BC’s new curriculum on flexible, personalized learning. It will also help them see the purpose behind, and strategies for, helping students develop core competencies in communication, thinking, and personal and social domains (particularly in social-emotional learning, lifelong learning, critical thinking, and strategic problem-solving).

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Program Location

We anticipate that the courses for the SRL2 cohort will be delivered at the Douglas College campus in New Westminster, where students in our last MEd program (SRL1) have been meeting.

Course Times

Course meetings will be held at times that are convenient for practicing teachers. For example, the current plan is for courses to meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-7:30 during September and January terms.

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4:00 – 5:30pm
Vancouver School Board (room 108)
1580 West Broadway| map

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 | New Westminster

4:00 – 5:30pm
New West Secondary (Main Building, Library)
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Proposed Schedule

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 Jan 2017 Seminar in Human Development, Learning, and Culture EPSE 501
2 May 2017 Reading and Interpreting Research* (online) EPSE 483
2 July 2017 Social and Emotional Development in Education EPSE 585
3 Sept 2017 Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood EPSE 505
4 Jan 2018 Motivation in Education EPSE 584
5 May 2018 Opportunity to take electives if needed
5 July 2018 Cultural Perspectives on Learning, Development, and Media EPSE 503
 5  Aug 2018 SRL Summer Institute
(bridge to field study course, EPSE 598B)
5-7 Aug 2018–May 2019 SRL Inquiry Hub: Field Experience EPSE 598B
6 Sept 2018 Developing Self-Regulating Learners EPSE 565R
 7 Jan 2019 Conceptual Foundations in Inclusive Education EPSE 565I
8 May 2019 Opportunity to take electives if needed
 8 July 2019 Opportunity to take electives if needed
7 Sept 2019 Graduating Seminar EPSE 590


  • *EPSE 483 is a program prerequisite offered on-line for students who have not had an equivalent research methods course previously. It can be taken prior to the program. It will also be offered as part of the program in May-June 2017.
  • Students take 30 credits (not including the program prerequisite): 8 required courses (listed above) will be offered in the community for cohort members;
  • **EPSE 598B serves as a required elective (counting as one of the two required in the program overall), and will also be offered in the community;
  • 1 additional elective 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 Status: Application is now closed.
Application deadline: Closed.


  • 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 SRL2 or MEd in Human Development, Learning, and Culture – 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 SRL2 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:

David Roy
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:

David Roy

Senior Program Assistant

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Program tuition will be divided into nine (9) installments of approximately $1,584 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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