MEd in Early Childhood Education

Issues in Early Childhood Research, Theory, and Practice

A 30-credit FULLY ONLINE cohort program.

A program for those who want to work with young children as an Early Childhood Educator, or Early Childhood Professional.

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The MEd program in Early Childhood Education (ECED) is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of professional practice with young children.

This engaging, online graduate degree program allows you to inquire into your work with young children, and offers opportunities to explore issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice.

This graduate cohort is an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental program that consists of core courses in early childhood education and related courses in other departments.

This program is ideal for:

  • Teachers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Early Childhood Education Professionals
  • Professionals working in child and family government or NGO programs

Watch a panel with alumni ECE graduate students

Exploring where a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education can take you.

PROPOSED SCHEDULE

Courses are offered each year across three terms (one per term), starting in September 2021 and ending in May 2024.

This is the proposed schedule and is subject to change.

2021-2024 Cohort Schedule

START DATE COURSE
TITLE
COURSE
CODE
Sept 2021 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500 61B
Jan 2022 Review of Research in Early Childhood Education ECED 508B
May 2022 Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education ECED 530B
Sept 2022 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives on Early Childhood Education ECED 585E
Jan 2023 Theory and Research in Early Literacy LLED 556
May 2023 Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education ECED 531B
Sept 2023 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education ECED 585F
Jan 2024 Graduating Project (E-Portfolio) ECED 590

In addition to 7 courses and the Graduating Project, students take 2 approved electives. These electives require pre-approval from the program’s advisor. Students may select:

  • 300 or 400-level courses offered on campus (list of ECED courses and recommended electives)
  • 300 or 400-level on-line courses (list of ECED online courses)

Eligible students may apply to transfer a maximum of 6 credits (2 courses) at senior undergraduate level towards the master degree. Students’ eligibility to transfer 6 undergraduate credits towards this Master of Education degree will be assessed after they are accepted in the program.

Courses that have already been used for application may not be used again as electives

View the Schedule for the 2020-2023 Cohort (EC20)

COHORT
TERM
START
DATE
COURSE
TITLE
COURSE
CODE
1 Sep 2020 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500 61B
2 Jan 2021 Review of Research in Early Childhood Education ECED 508B
3 May 2021 Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education ECED 530B
4 Sep 2021 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives on Early Childhood Education ECED 585E
5 Jan 2022 Theory and Research in Early Literacy LLED 556
6 May 2022 Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education ECED 531B
7 Sep 2022 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education ECED 585F
8 Jan 2023 Graduating Project (E-Portfolio) ECED 590

View the Schedule for the 2019-2022 Cohort (EC19)

COHORT
TERM
START
DATE
COURSE
TITLE
COURSE
CODE
1 Sep 2019 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500 61B
2 Jan 2020 Review of Research in Early Childhood Education ECED 508B
3 May 2020 Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education ECED 530B
4 Sep 2020 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives on Early Childhood Education ECED 585E
5 Jan 2021 Theory and Research in Early Literacy LLED 556
6 May 2021 Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education ECED 531B
7 Sep 2021 Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education ECED 585F
8 Jan 2022 Graduating Project (E-Portfolio) ECED 590

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

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

  • An approved Bachelor of Education degree, OR
  • An approved four-year undergraduate degree in a related field*,
  • An overall average of 76% (B+) or better in all third- and fourth-year courses,
  • Minimum of two years professional experience working with young children in an appropriate setting.

*Related Fields include, but are not limited to: Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Family Studies and Sciences.

Applicants whose degree is in an unrelated field (e.g., Arts, Commerce, General Studies) may be accepted if they have completed a college or university certificate program in early childhood education.


Experience & Interests

Applicants are required to answer the following questions about their professional experience and interests, and academic and professional goals, and how they align with the graduate program in Early Childhood Education:

  • Introduce your specific professional experience and interests. What specific issue, area, or population would you like to explore and acquire experience in? Why is it important to you, other practitioners, early educators, and the communities with whom and where you hope to work. Please limit your response to 400 words.
  • Outline your general career objectives, including both immediate and long-term, academic and professional goals. In your response indicate how you see this aligning with the graduate program in Early Childhood Education. Please limit your response to 400 words.
  • Please describe any professional experiences you’ve undertaken that are relevant to study in Early Childhood Education. Please limit your response to 400 words.
  • Considering an inclusive definition of culture (Collins & Arthur, 2010; Kassan & Sinacore, 2016) that includes but is not limited to cultural identities and social locations such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, status in country, Indigenous heritage, religion, spirituality, social class, physical and mental abilities, and disabilities, please describe any experiences and/or training you have with this inclusive definition of culture. Discuss and how it relates to your past, present, and future/proposed work in early childhood education. How do you think your own cultural background and professional experiences have influenced your practice and research goals? In addressing these questions, you may choose to speak to issues such as forms of privilege you have, your own identity, your knowledge of the history of the field of ECE, and/or how your professional interests relate to issues of culture, diversity, and social justice. Please limit your response to 400 words.

Reference Letters

Reference letters are very important in the application process; applicants are required to submit three reference letters (one academic and two professional) that speak to their academic potential and their professional qualities. At the same time, some applicants may encounter serious difficulties in retrieving these letters. The following options are presented for these applicants:

  1. Academic reference: In the event of an applicant not being able to obtain an academic references, it could be substituted for an additional professional reference that also speaks to the applicant’s capacity to articulate ideas and to support them with the appropriate references when writing reports, summaries, lesson plans, and/or any work related resources. For teachers, academic advisors (teachers who supervised them during their practicum) may be asked to write this letter, should the applicant have no access to another faculty member.
  2. Professional reference(s): In the event of an applicant not being able to obtain two professional letter of reference, a letter from a board or committee overseeing their current place of employment, or a letter from a professional in an agency that has collaborated with their program (for example, from a consultant and coordinator from programs like the Supported Child Development Program, if working with a child or children with special needs) will be acceptable.

Writing Sample

For those students who have no access to a previous paper completed in the last 15 years, or to a publication, or report, please select one of the two articles uploaded here; provide a scholarly summary of the article with your own reflections and connections to practice. This summary has a word count of 500 words, in addition to the reference list that matches references provided in text (preferably using APA format; at the same time, MLA and other formats are acceptable).

  1. Gagné, M., Guhn, M., Emerson, S., Magee, C., Milbrath, C. and Gadermann, A. (2019). “Thriving, catching up or falling behind: Immigrant and refugee children’s kindergarten competencies and later academic achievement”, International Journal of Population Data Science, 4(3). doi: 10.23889/ijpds.v4i3.1222.
  2. Argent, A.L., D. Vintimilla, C., Lee, C. and Wapenaar, J. (2017). A dialogue about place and living pedagogies: Trees, ferns, blood, children, educators and wood cutters. Journal of Childhoods and Pedagogies, 1(2). Retrieved from: https://journals.sfu.ca/jcp/index.php/jcp/article/view/23/30

Resume

Applicants must include a full professional resume with their application. Items covered should include: education, coursework, employment history, volunteer work or other related experience (i.e. publications, interests).

ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
The minimum degree requirement for admission is a 4-year bachelor degree. This is a Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirement that cannot be waived, regardless of professional experience.

Eligibility for candidates with a 3-year baccalaureate will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the academic department and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

International Applicants

If you require assistance with your application as an international student, please contact the Senior Program Assistant.

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 Early Childhood 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.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program.


Did you miss one of our info sessions?

Watch Dr. Mari Pighini take you through the slides from the recent session held on September 27, 2021

View the PDF slides for the admissions and application requirements for the Sept 27 session

EC22 Info Session slides – Admissions & Applications Requirements

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EDUC This multidisciplinary program, offered by the Faculty of Education, is a collaboration between the Department of Early Childhood Education (ECED) and other departments.