Master of Education in Home Economics Education

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Master of Education in Home Economics Education

Human Ecology & Everyday Life

This online graduate program delves into key aspects of Home Economics curriculum with connections to Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum, Textile Arts, and Culinary Arts.

This program has been designed for school and community educators who teach in areas such as food and nutrition, textiles, family studies, health, human ecology, consumer studies or related projects such as food security or school gardens.

Program Themes:

  • interdisciplinary inquiry
  • human-environment interactions
  • local and global communities
  • ecological sustainability
  • researching practice
  • social responsibility
This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.

Start Date: September 2024
Length: 2.5 years | part-time
Format: 100% Online
Domestic Tuition: $16,716.64 CAD
International Tuition: $19,145.12 CAD

Program Details


This program is ideal for:

  • Teachers/educators in both school and community contexts
  • Professionals working in health and nutrition, food studies, fashion and textiles, family studies, and consumer science
  • Professionals working in NGOs and policy development

This program will enable you to:

  • Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories of learning and teaching in Transformative Practice, Human Ecology and Everyday Life.
  • Explore different approaches to curriculum development and implementation and their implications for programs based on ecology and issues of daily life.
  • Place curriculum and pedagogy for Human Ecology and Everyday Life in historical context, understanding the social, political, economic, and cultural factors that direct past, present, and future decision making.
  • Use a stance of inquiry toward your professional practice as an educator in a variety of settings.
  • Increase your qualifications in home economics education and enhance your ability to conduct useful teaching and learning activities.



The UBC MEd in Home Economics Education consists of 30 credits of course work which are typically completed in 2.5 years. All courses will be delivered online.

*Courses and schedule are subject to change.

In addition, two electives at the 300-400 level are to be chosen in consultation with an advisor, based on student interests. Electives may be online courses such as:

  • EDCP 491 Curriculum and Instruction in Home Economics
  • EDCP 492 Special Study in Home Economics: Textile Studies
  • EDCP 493 Special Study in Home Economics: Food Studies
  • EDCP 494 Special Study in Home Economics: Family Studies
  • EDCP 498 Curriculum Inquiry in Home Economics

or on-campus courses or summer institutes.View the full program schedule, including course descriptions.

Date Course Title Course Code
September 2022 Foundations of Home Economics Education EDCP 537
January 2023 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
May 2023 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Home Economics Education EDCP 536
September 2023 Enacting Transformative Pedagogies in Family Studies/Home Economics Education EDCP 585
January 2024 Research Methods EDUC 500
May 2024 Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy in Home Economics Education EDCP 508
September 2024 Master’s Seminar in Home Economics Education EDCP 501
January 2025 Graduating Paper EDCP 590
Date Course Title Course Code
September 2020 Foundations of Home Economics Education EDCP 537
January 2021 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
May 2021 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Home Economics Education EDCP 536
September 2021 Enacting Transformative Pedagogies in Family Studies/Home Economics Education EDCP 585
January 2022 Research Methods EDCP 500
May 2022 Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy in Home Economics Education EDCP 508
September 2022 Master’s Seminar in Home Economics Education EDCP 501
January 2023 Graduating Paper EDCP 590
Type Per Installment Total Tuition
Domestic $16,716.64 CAD
International $19,145.12 CAD

Application RequirementsAll 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 Home Economics (encompassing family studies, textiles, consumer studies).
  • Resumé and a 600-word statement of intent of your Home Economics experience, professional goals, and the anticipated benefit of involvement in the program.

FeesGraduate 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 FeesStudent 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 officialFunding EligibilityAs this program is part-time, it is not eligible for student loans or other types of funding.

Application Status: Closed

Application Deadline: TBD


  • 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, use the Program Keyword search box and type the 4-character cohort designation HEE8 into the “Program Keyword” field..
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be Master of Education in Home Economic Education – Professional Cohort and the cohort code should be HEE8. 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.

2. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTSPlease have these ready to upload when you apply:

References:Referees may be academic or professional. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references should be those who have supervised you in a work setting (e.g. Principal, Vice-Principal, or other non-educational supervisor).Please encourage your referees to submit electronic reference forms. In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters or reference forms may be sent by mail.Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form, or the link to the paper reference form.A reference letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form.important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation HEE8 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.For those choosing to submit paper references, please send to:
HEE8 Graduate Cohort
Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6T 1Z43. APPLICATION TIMELINEAfter 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.NOTE:
This program is subject to minimum enrollment in order to run. We will advise applicants on the status of this program after the application deadline has passed.4. ASSISTANCEIf you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:Kelvin Mok
Senior Program Assistant
pdce.educ@ubc.caApply Now

Info SessionsHave questions? We’ve got answers!Meet the Program Advisor and 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 programDid you miss one of our info sessions?Watch a recorded session from November 22, 2023:

Heather Clark, Program Chair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University2020 graduate“The program has expanded the way I approach my teaching, and has enabled me to apply an inquiry-focused lens in my lessons, and to pull from other educational approaches like transformative, hands-on, and experiential education. ”
Read more about how our program has helped Heather learn, grow and excel as an educator.

ContactsFor program content questions:Dr. Kerry Renwick
Cohort Advisor

For application questions or assistance:Kelvin Mok
Senior Program Assistant