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 K-12 Literacies
Jan 2023 Literacy and Multimodality LLED 558
May 2023 Introduction to Research Methods EDUC 500
July 2023 Elective
Sept 2023 Early Literacies with Digital Technologies and Media LLED 559
Jan 2024 Elective
May 2024 Introduction to (Critical Theories and) Research in the Teaching of Literature LLED 540
July 2024 Elective (Cohort Choice Elective)
Sept 2024 Indigenous Storytelling in Education LLED 513
Jan 2025 Graduating Project LLED 590


5 Core Courses + EDUC 500 and LLED 590 (21 Credits)

EDUC 500, LLED 590, Introduction to K-12 Literacies, LLED 558, LLED 559, LLED 540, LLED 513


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 534 Theory & Research in Teaching Writing Composition

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: OPEN
Application Deadline: March 15, 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 LITR into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be MEd in Literacy Education - Professional Cohort and the cohort code should be LITR. 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 LITR 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:

Linda Haftner
LITR 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:

Linda Haftner

Senior Program Assistant

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.

2021 Tuition Fees

Program Domestic Tuition International Tuition
MEd in Literacy Education – Professional Cohort $15,752.56 CAD $16,697.44 CAD

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.


Monday, January 10, 2022 | ONLINE
3:30-4:30PM (PST)


Thursday, February 17, 2022 | ONLINE
3:30-4:30PM (PST)


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IMPORTANT: Please ensure you have read all of the information in the “How to Apply” section under the Admissions Info tab. Note that this is the Professional Cohort program with the cohort designation LITR, and not the regular on-campus program (please ensure you are applying to the correct program). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Program Assistant.

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