MEd in Literacy Education

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Master of Education in Literacy Education

Engage in self-inquiry and reflect critically on current literacy practices.

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

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 is offered by the Department of Language & Literacy Education

Start Date: Sept 2025 proposed
Length: 2.5 Years | Part-Time
Format: 100% Online
Domestic Tuition: $16,716.64 CAD
International Tuition: $19,145.12 CAD

Upcoming Info Sessions

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program.

Program Details


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.

2025-2028 Cohort Schedule

Date Course Title Course Code
September 2025 Introduction to Literacies across the Lifespan: Theories and Practices LLED 551
January 2026 Introduction to Research Methods EDUC 500
May 2026 Early Literacy/elective LLED 556/–
July 2026 Teaching with Illustrated Materials K-12: From Picture Books to Informational Texts LLED 446
September 2026 Arts Based Research LLED 565
January 2027 Introduction to Research in the Teaching of Literature LLED 540
May 2027 Digital Media Literacies LLED 559
July 2027 Adolescent Literacies/elective LLED 454/–
September 2027 Theory & Research in Teaching Writing Composition LLED 534
January 2028 Graduating Project LLED 590

Review course descriptions & program handbook

Course Details

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

  • EDUC 500
  • LLED 590
  • LLED 565B Introduction to Literacies across the Lifespan: Theories and Practices
  • LLED 565Y Place-Based Literacies
  • LLED 558
  • LLED 559
  • 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

Application Requirements

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.


Type Per Installment Total Tuition
Domestic $2,089.58 CAD $16,716.64 CAD
International $2,393.14 CAD $19,145.12 CAD

Graduate tuition is assessed as an annual program fee, which is divided into three equal installments due at the beginning of academic terms starting in September, January and May.

Students in this program will pay a minimum of 8 installments.

Student Fees

Student fees include fees established and authorized by the UBC Board of Governors and fees established and authorized by students societies. These fees are in addition to tuition fees. Please see the UBC Calendar for details on student fees.

Fees are subject to change annually. Only information in the UBC Calendar is official

Funding Eligibility

As this program is part-time, it is not eligible for student loans or other types of funding.

How to Apply

Application Status: Closed

Application Deadline:


  • 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 LIT2 into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be Master of Education in Literacy Education – Professional Cohort and the cohort code should be LIT2. 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 LIT2 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:

Cindy Yu
LIT2 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:

Cindy Yu
Senior Program Assistant

Info Sessions

Have questions? We’ve got answers!

Meet the Program 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.

Did you miss one of our info sessions?

View the 2022 slide deck, including Admissions & Tuition information:

View the 2022 slides.

Watch the program overview video with Dr. Melanie Wong:


For program content questions:

Dr. Melanie Wong
Program Coordinator

For application questions or assistance:

Senior Program Assistant

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