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.

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


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.

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.


Linda Haftner
Senior Program Assistant

Linda 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.


Dr. Margaret Kovach
Associate Dean & Graduate Advisor, Indigenous Education

If you would like to speak to someone in the Office of Indigenous Education about the courses in the cohort or have questions that aren’t about the application process, Dr. Kovach can help you.


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.

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.

Application Status: CLOSED
Application Deadline: Applications are now closed


Refer to the UBC Calendar "Master of Education (program off-campus)" for confirmed and up-to-date 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).

Please note the below listed tuition fees do not include student fees.

2022 Tuition Fees

Program Domestic Tuition International Tuition
MEd in Indigenous Education $15,753 CAD $16,698 CAD
The above tuition fees are the approximate cost for the entire program.

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This multidisciplinary program is offered through the Office of Indigenous Education.