MEd in Literacy Education

Connecting Research to Practice

A part-time and online Masters cohort program in Literacy.

This online graduate program allows students to read and engage with the latest research in the field of Literacy education, and connect research to practice.

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The primary focus of this Master of Education program is to connect research to practice. Our graduate students will have opportunities to read and engage with the latest research.

Each course is designed with intentionality and will include opportunities for students to engage with the research, but also connect it back to their own practice and context in meaningful ways.

This program aims to personalize the learning for each admitted cohort. Depending on each cohort’s learning needs, adjustments will be made in the delivery of courses. Students will be encouraged from the beginning of the program to engage in self inquiry by bringing their personal questions into synchronous and asynchronous conversations, and exploring the answers to these questions through their course assignments and graduating project.

This program will:

  • Engage teachers and other professional educators in the study of rich literacy practices from early childhood through to adolescence and adulthood
  • Focus on providing professional community and opportunities for practitioners to engage with the literature
  • Intentionally consider how the literature can connect to practice
  • Invite students to engage in self-inquiry and reflect critically on the current literacy practices, both in and out of school, that extend across local, national and global contexts
  • Focus on the many different rich, multiethnic and multilingual contexts of literacy learning in schools and communities


This is the proposed schedule and is subject to change.

2022-2025 Cohort Schedule

Sept 2022 Introduction to Literacies across the Lifespan: Theories and Practices LLED 565
Jan 2023 Literacy and Multimodality LLED 558
May 2023 Introduction to Research Methods EDUC 500
July 2023 Elective
Sept 2023 Digital Media Literacies LLED 559
Jan 2024 Elective
May 2024 Introduction to Research in the Teaching of Literature LLED 540
July 2024 Elective (Cohort Choice Elective)
Sept 2024 Theory & Research in Teaching Writing Composition LLED 534
Jan 2025 Graduating Project LLED 590


5 Core Courses + EDUC 500 and LLED 590 (21 Credits) EDUC 500, LLED 590, Introduction to Literacies across the Lifespan: Theories and Practices, LLED 558, LLED 559, LLED 540, LLED 534


Potential Elective Courses (9 Credits) Cohort Choice Elective**

LLED 556 Early Literacy

LLED 565 Energy Literacy

LLED 535 Theory and Research in Drama Education

LLED 445 Teaching Poetry

LLED 513 Indigenous Storytelling in Education

LLED 553 Theoretical Foundations for of ESL/EL Reading Pedagogy

LLED 454 Adolescent Literacies: Processes and Practices

LLED 441 Introduction to Teaching Children’s Literature in the Classroom, K-12

LLED 446 Teaching with Illustrated Materials, K-12: From Picturebooks to Information Texts

There are additional options not listed. Students can also choose to take face-to-face courses on UBC Vancouver campus. There are also Western Dean’s Agreement Options.

**Elective selected by the Cohort specific to their needs. This elective selection will be discussed at the 6th month Cohort Virtual TownHall meeting with the Cohort Coordinator



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

  • A completed three- or four-year undergraduate degree
  • Minimum GPA of 76% average on all senior-level credits
  • Two years full-time teaching experience or an equivalent combination of engagements within schools, community centres, non-governmental organizations and other education-oriented environments
  • A CV (resumé)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors, educators or administrators that speak to your engagement with education and leadership
  • A 500-word statement of intent that outlines the applicant’s academic strengths and the specific interests he or she would like to pursue in the online MEd in Literacy
Note: In cases where applicants have also completed graduate level coursework toward a master’s or doctoral level program, or as an unclassified student, this coursework is assessed separately. A considerably higher standing may be required because of competitive demand.

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 Literacy Education – Professional Cohort $15,752.56 CAD $16,697.44 CAD
The above tuition fees are the approximate cost for the entire program.

Have questions? We’ve got answers!

Meet the Cohort 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.

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LLED This program is offered by the Language & Literacy Education.