MEd in Early Childhood Education

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Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Issues in Early Childhood Research, Theory, and Practice

A program for those who want to work with young children as an Early Childhood Educator, or Early Childhood Professional.

The MEd program in Early Childhood Education is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of professional practice with young children.

This engaging, online graduate degree program allows you to inquire into your work with young children, and offers opportunities to explore issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice.

This graduate cohort is an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental program that consists of core courses in early childhood education and related courses in other departments.

This program is ideal for:

  • Teachers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Early Childhood Education Professionals
  • Professionals working in child and family government or NGO programs
This multidisciplinary program, offered by the Faculty of Education, is a collaboration between the Department of Early Childhood Education (ECED) and other departments.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

Start Date: September 2023
Length: 2.5 years | Part-Time
Format: Online
Domestic Tuition: $15,752.56 CAD
International Tuition: $16,697.44 CAD

Program Details


Courses are offered each year across three terms (one per term), starting in September 2021 and ending in May 2024.

This is the proposed schedule and is subject to change.

2021-2024 Cohort Schedule

Date Course Title Course Code
September 2021 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500 61B
January 2022 Review of Research in Early Childhood Education ECED 508B
May 2022 Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education ECED 530B
September 2022 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives on Early Childhood Education ECED 585E
January 2023 Theory and Research in Early Literacy LLED 556
May 2023 Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education ECED 531B
September 2023 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education ECED 585F
January 2024 Graduating Project (E-Portfolio) ECED 590

In addition to 7 courses and the Graduating Project, students take 2 approved electives. These electives require pre-approval from the program’s advisor. Students may select:

  • 300 or 400-level courses offered on campus (list of ECED courses and recommended electives)
  • 300 or 400-level on-line courses (list of ECED online courses)

Eligible students may apply to transfer a maximum of 6 credits (2 courses) at senior undergraduate level towards the master degree. Students’ eligibility to transfer 6 undergraduate credits towards this Master of Education degree will be assessed after they are accepted in the program.

Courses that have already been used for application may not be used again as electives

Application Requirements

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

  • An approved Bachelor of Education degree, OR
  • An approved four-year undergraduate degree in a related field*,
  • An overall average of 76% (B+) or better in all third- and fourth-year courses,
  • Minimum of two years professional experience working with young children in an appropriate setting.

*Related Fields include, but are not limited to: Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Family Studies and Sciences.

Applicants whose degree is in an unrelated field (e.g., Arts, Commerce, General Studies) may be accepted if they have completed a college or university certificate program in early childhood education.

Experience & Interests

Applicants are required to answer the following questions about their professional experience and interests, and academic and professional goals, and how they align with the graduate program in Early Childhood Education:

  • Introduce your specific professional experience and interests. What specific issue, area, or population would you like to explore and acquire experience in? Why is it important to you, other practitioners, early educators, and the communities with whom and where you hope to work. Please limit your response to 400 words.
  • Outline your general career objectives, including both immediate and long-term, academic and professional goals. In your response indicate how you see this aligning with the graduate program in Early Childhood Education. Please limit your response to 400 words.
  • Please describe any professional experiences you’ve undertaken that are relevant to study in Early Childhood Education. Please limit your response to 400 words.
  • Considering an inclusive definition of culture (Collins & Arthur, 2010; Kassan & Sinacore, 2016) that includes but is not limited to cultural identities and social locations such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, status in country, Indigenous heritage, religion, spirituality, social class, physical and mental abilities, and disabilities, please describe any experiences and/or training you have with this inclusive definition of culture. Discuss and how it relates to your past, present, and future/proposed work in early childhood education. How do you think your own cultural background and professional experiences have influenced your practice and research goals? In addressing these questions, you may choose to speak to issues such as forms of privilege you have, your own identity, your knowledge of the history of the field of ECE, and/or how your professional interests relate to issues of culture, diversity, and social justice. Please limit your response to 400 words.

Reference Letters

Reference letters are very important in the application process; applicants are required to submit three reference letters (one academic and two professional) that speak to their academic potential and their professional qualities. At the same time, some applicants may encounter serious difficulties in retrieving these letters. The following options are presented for these applicants:

  1. Academic reference: In the event of an applicant not being able to obtain an academic references, it could be substituted for an additional professional reference that also speaks to the applicant’s capacity to articulate ideas and to support them with the appropriate references when writing reports, summaries, lesson plans, and/or any work related resources. For teachers, academic advisors (teachers who supervised them during their practicum) may be asked to write this letter, should the applicant have no access to another faculty member.
  2. Professional reference(s): In the event of an applicant not being able to obtain two professional letter of reference, a letter from a board or committee overseeing their current place of employment, or a letter from a professional in an agency that has collaborated with their program (for example, from a consultant and coordinator from programs like the Supported Child Development Program, if working with a child or children with special needs) will be acceptable.

Writing Sample

For those students who have no access to a previous paper completed in the last 15 years, or to a publication, or report, please select one of the two articles uploaded here; provide a scholarly summary of the article with your own reflections and connections to practice. This summary has a word count of 500 words, in addition to the reference list that matches references provided in text (preferably using APA format; at the same time, MLA and other formats are acceptable).

  1. Gagné, M., Guhn, M., Emerson, S., Magee, C., Milbrath, C. and Gadermann, A. (2019). “Thriving, catching up or falling behind: Immigrant and refugee children’s kindergarten competencies and later academic achievement”, International Journal of Population Data Science, 4(3). doi: 10.23889/ijpds.v4i3.1222.
  2. Argent, A.L., D. Vintimilla, C., Lee, C. and Wapenaar, J. (2017). A dialogue about place and living pedagogies: Trees, ferns, blood, children, educators and wood cutters. Journal of Childhoods and Pedagogies, 1(2). Retrieved from:


Applicants must include a full professional resume with their application. Items covered should include: education, coursework, employment history, volunteer work or other related experience (i.e. publications, interests).

The minimum degree requirement for admission is a 4-year bachelor degree. This is a Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirement that cannot be waived, regardless of professional experience.

Eligibility for candidates with a 3-year baccalaureate will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the academic department and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

International Applicants

If you require assistance with your application as an international student, please contact the Senior Program Assistant.

How to Apply

Application Status: Opening October 1

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022


  • 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 EC23 into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be Master of Education in Early Childhood Education – Professional Cohort and the cohort code should be EC23. Please ensure you are applying to the correct program – this part-time Professional Cohort is different than the regular on-campus program.
  • Select the program.
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.


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.

You can also find the Grad Reference Form here.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation EC23 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

Please send mailed documents to:

Tasnim Al-Obaidi
EC23 Graduate Cohort
Faculty of Education, PDCE Office
University of British Columbia
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:

Tasnim Al-Obaidi
Senior Program Assistant

Info Sessions

Have questions? We’ve got answers!

Meet the Program Advisor and Senior Program Assistant, and learn more about this program and about applying to become a UBC graduate student.

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program.


For program content questions:

Dr. Iris Berger
Cohort Advisor
Early Childhood Education (ECE)

For application questions or assistance:

Tasnim Al-Obaidi
Senior Program Assistant

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