Master of Education in Indigenous Education

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Master of Education in Indigenous Education

A focus on Indigenous education policy, curriculum, and community relationships

A program that will equip educators to respond to Indigenous Education initiatives across the province of British Columbia.

The Indigenous education landscape is rapidly changing in the province of British Columbia, with many new and exciting opportunities in K-12 First Nation, public, and independent schools and communities. Curriculum reform in K-12 has resulted in the integration of the First Peoples Principles of Learning across all areas of the curriculum and all grade levels. More broadly, Indigenous educational leadership is taking place in many contexts within a range of sectors.

It is critical that educators are professionally equipped to respond to the new initiatives, policies, and changing demands in Indigenous education in order to enhance support to Indigenous students and families, improve educational outcomes for Indigenous learners, and provide critical Indigenous educational experiences for all students. This Master of Education in Indigenous Education degree will address policy, programmatic, curricular, and community/parental relationship priorities as they pertain to Indigenous education.

This multidisciplinary program, offered by the Faculty of Education, is a collaboration between the Office of Indigenous Education and other departments.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

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Start Date: July 2023
Length: 2.5 years, part-time
Format: Blended (online & in-person)
Domestic Tuition: $15,753 CAD
International Tuition: $16,698 CAD

Upcoming Info Sessions

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program

Program Details

Program Objectives

  • deepen understanding of Indigenous knowledges, histories, worldviews in both theory and practice
  • strengthen instruction and leadership skills in using and supporting Indigenous education knowledge, practices, and pedagogies for classroom, school, and community-based programs and settings
  • analyze and adapt existing curriculum frameworks and structures in order to make them more culturally responsive to Indigenous worldviews and Indigenous knowledge systems
  • provide leadership in the development and revision of Indigenous educational policy, curricula and programming
  • develop knowledge and practices for engagement with Indigenous learners, people, and communities that advance TRC and UNDRIP commitments

This program is ideal for:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Community educators
  • Early Childhood educators
  • other professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and professional practice in Indigenous education

Proposed Schedule

The UBC MEd in Indigenous Education consists of 30 credits of course work which are typically completed in 2.5 years. The program is only offered on a part-time basis.

*Courses and schedule are subject to change.
1 July 2022
1 week intensive face-to-face
Indigenous Epistemology and Curriculum EDST 591
1  September 2022 Indigeneity, Technology, and Education ETEC 521
1 January 2023 Research Methods (Indigenous emphasis) EDUC 500
1 May/June 2023 Elective 1
2  July 2023
1 week intensive face-to-face
Theories and Dimensions of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses EDCP 532
2  July/August 2023 Elective 2
2 September 2023 Indigenous Inquiry and Research EDST 545
2 January 2024 Indigenous Storytelling in Education and Research LLED 513
2 May/June 2024 Elective 3 (Indigenous Special Topics Course in Department)
2 July 2024
1 week intensive face-to-face
Capstone Projects EDCP/EDST/LLED 590

This program will be offered in a blended delivery format, with fall and winter courses being offered online, and summer courses being offered face-to-face in 1-week intensives.

Application Requirements

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

  • A minimum of two-years of engagement within schools, communities, business, government, non-governmental organizations, or other education-oriented environments.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits.
  • Three letters of recommendation from educators, supervisors, colleagues, or clients that speak to your abilities to complete a graduate degree and interest in Indigenous Education.
  • Resumé and a 600-word statement of intent of your Indigenous Education experience, professional goals, and the anticipated benefit of involvement in the program.

How to Apply

Application Status: Open
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023


  • 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, use the Program Keyword search box and type the 4-character cohort designation MIE2 into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be Master of Education in Indigenous Education and the cohort code should be MIE2. Please ensure you are applying to the correct program – this part-time 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:


Referees may be academic or professional. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references should be those who have supervised you in a work setting (e.g. Principal, Vice-Principal, or other non-educational supervisor).

Please encourage your referees to submit electronic reference forms. In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters or reference forms may be sent by mail.

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.

A reference letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation MIE2 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

For those choosing to submit paper references, please send to:

MIE2 Graduate Cohort
Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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.

This program is subject to minimum enrollment in order to run. We will advise applicants on the status of this program after the application deadline has passed.


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

David Roy
Senior Program Assistant

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Support & Resources

Helpful Links

UBC Grad Studies Webpage for Prospective Indigenous Graduate Students
Graduate Studies Indigenous Portal
SAGE – Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement
Awards from Indigeneous Students
Financial Support for Indigenous Students
Scholarships, Awards & Funding


Sponsorship Billing
Some UBC students have a portion of their UBC fees paid by a sponsor such as an Indigenous community, employer, or government agency. This is called sponsorship billing.

Find out everything you need to know about sponsorship billing.


David Roy
Senior Program Assistant

David should be your first point of contact. She can answer questions regarding the application process and direct you to the best person to answer your questions if she can’t.


Rebecca Jules
Specialist, Indigenous Graduate Initiatives

If you are unsure if you meet the minimum admission requirements or how your cultural, personal and professional knowledge may be taken into consideration in an application, Rebecca is the best person to reach out to.


Enrolment Services’ Indigenous Student Support Team at UBC Vancouver
During the 2021-22 academic year, this team will have drop-in advising for Indigenous students on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:30pm in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. Advisors will either be sitting in the hall or just outside the main doors. If your concern is private or confidential, there is also a private office space that can be used for a conversation.

Info Sessions

Have questions? We’ve got answers!

Meet the Program Advisor and 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

Missed our info sessions? View the PDF slides from our info session on Wednesday, January 12, 2022:


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