MEd in Literacy Education (LL14)

LLED This program is offered by the Department of Language & Literacy Education.
Learn more about LLED programs.

Supporting Children & Families in Diverse Communities

The MEd in Literacy Education (Surrey cohort) focuses on supporting language and literacy development of young children from diverse backgrounds. Over the last decade or so, we have developed better understandings of how to work with children and their families who live in diverse communities.

Recognizing that language and literacy development are crucial for success in school, in this cohort we will focus on how to support children from diverse social, cultural, and language backgrounds and children who struggle with literacy and language. Mentoring will also be a focus of this cohort, as School District No. 36 (Surrey) is committed to developing leadership expertise at the school, community, and district levels.

The UBC MEd in Literacy Education consists of 30 credits of course work. Please see the sample program schedule. A final program schedule will be developed in consultation with the Surrey School District.

“The Language and Literacy MEd program provides a rich professional learning experience, one that is deeply engaging, brain-stretching and inextricably linked to the work that happens in classrooms throughout our district each day.

The program is an opportunity to explore current research, deepen understanding and pursue interests in a highly supportive environment surrounded by colleagues who are similarly passionate about language and literacy learning.”

Christy Northway
District Principal, Education Services | Surrey Schools

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


Tuesday, April 8 | 3:30 p.m.
School District #35 | Boardroom (first floor)
4875 – 222nd Street | Map

Proposed Schedule

The UBC MEd in Literacy Education consists of 30 credits of course work. The following is a sample program schedule, and a final program schedule will be developed in consultation with the Surrey School District.

September 2014 LLED 556A Theory and Research in Early Literacy
January 2015 EDUC 500 Research Methods
May 2015 LLED 565A Special Course in Subject Matter: Educating Immigrant Children
July 2015 *Elective(s) On-campus, or through Western Deans’ Agreement, selected in consultation with Cohort Advisor
September 2015 LLED 565B Teaching English as a Second Language
January 2016 LLED 557 Family Literacy
May 2016 LLED 565D Special Couse in Subject Matter: Supporting Learners with Literacy Difficulties
July 2016 *Elective(s) On-campus, or through Western Deans’ Agreement, selected in consultation with Cohort Advisor
September 2016 LLED 590 Graduating Paper

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

  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and a minimum overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses, OR at least 12 third- and fourth-year credits with an A average (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • At least two years of experience in teaching or a related field.
  • Three recommendations from educators and administrators that speak to your engagement with education, one of which should be an academic assessment by a university instructor.
  • A resumé.
  • A 600-word statement of intent about your perspectives of teaching, indicating how you think this program (along with your current education and experience) can help you enhance your understanding of your teaching practice.

The application deadline has passed.

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 LITERACY EDUCATION – LL14

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. The form is available here.

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:

Yvette Kharoubeh
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 Yvette Kharoubeh (604.827.5662) if you require any assistance with the application process.

Program tuition will be divided into eight (8) installments of $1,714.21 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of each program year. The program total is $13,713.68 plus applicable student fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change. The figures quoted above are current for the 2014-2015 academic year. Historically there has been a 2% increase in May of each year.