MEd in Curriculum Studies


International Baccalaureate (IB)

Develop your capacity for improving teaching & learning, curriculum & theory, and pedagogical practice.

The UBC MEd in Curriculum Studies leading to an IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR) is designed for those who wish to pursue professional study in education, and deepen their understanding of teaching and learning.

It is for professionals who wish to reflect on issues of practice with colleagues, and are:

  • Actively engaged in developing and inquiring into curriculum
  • Researching their own teaching
  • Providing curriculum and pedagogical leadership in schools and/or online
  • Rethinking current educational trends and issues

All Levels Welcome!
Whether you’ve had years of experience with IB, or are brand new to this area – this program is suitable for participants with all levels of engagement with IB!

This is a balanced and comprehensive program that unites academic breadth with significant, modern learning theory.  It is for practitioners whose professional goals require a rich knowledge base that is both disciplinary and interdisciplinary and related to this IB specialization.

Why the Cohort Approach?

The program is designed for practicing educators who bring with them a rich experience in teaching and/or leading in IB contexts. This is a part-time graduate program organized around full-time teaching or administrative schedules. It allows for constant interplay between scholarly and school-based work. The orientation of coursework includes a focus on problematizing and critically analyzing aspects of participants’ work as educators and leaders in IB contexts.

Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research

The MEd IB cohort is recognized by the IBO as meeting the “program of study” requirements that will lead to the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR).

The Faculty of Education is very pleased to collaborate with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in the offering of this MEd in Curriculum Studies. This program is recognized by the IBO as meeting the program of study requirements that will lead to the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR).

Students who complete the Master’s program, and who fulfill the requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR) will be eligible to receive both.


Certificate Requirements

The IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (ACTLR) is a credential offered by the IB Organization. Students interested in attaining the ACTLR are required to follow the steps outlined in this document (PDF).

Students are strongly advised to contact the IBO directly to discuss their IB years of experience qualification. Qualification for the ACTLR is provided by the IBO, it is the student’s responsibility to confirm that their experience profile will meet the IBO requirements.

Proposed Schedule

The 30-credit program is offered part-time over a two-year period, with scheduling designed to accommodate the needs of practicing teachers and educators. Courses will be offered in the Lower Mainland area or at the UBC Point Grey campus with some online sessions.

EDCP 501- Introduction to IB Across the Curriculum
EDST 565 – Ethics, Internationalization and Global Citizenship Education
EDCP 585 – Curriculum in Math, Science, Arts, History & Music
EDCP 562 – Introduction to Curriculum Issues & Theory (Curriculum as Interdisciplinary)
EDUC 500 – Research Methods
EPSE 565 – Inquiry Approach to Teaching and Learning
LLED 565 – Curriculum in Language/Literacy, Literature & Language Acquisition
EDCP 508 – Review of Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy
Elective (Discipline or inter-discipline-based course)
EDCP 590 – Graduating Project (MEd)


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

  • Three years’ teaching experience in one IB program (PYP, MYP or DP).
  • A completed 4-year undergraduate degree with an average of at least 76% on all senior-level credits.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining your experiences and interests in IB teaching and learning.
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your engagement with IB teaching, including, whenever possible, professors familiar with your academic work.
  • Resumé.

Application Status: Open
Application deadline: N/A


  • 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 IB02 or MEd in Curriculum Studies into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with "Professional Cohort".
  • When you reach the “Experience & Interests” page of the application, please make sure you choose the appropriate program, as there may be more than one. It should include IB02.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Declare & Submit”.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references would include your principal, vice-principal, or someone who has supervised you.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form).NOTE: Please see “Supporting Documents” below for more information on paper references.

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, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.


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 IB02 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

Yvette Kharoubeh
IB02 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:

Yvette Kharoubeh

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).

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