Master of Education in Indigenous Education

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Master of Education in Indigenous Education

A focus on Indigenous education policy, curriculum, and community relationships

A program that will equip educators to respond to Indigenous Education initiatives across the province of British Columbia.

The Indigenous education landscape is rapidly changing in the province of British Columbia, with many new and exciting opportunities in K-12 First Nation, public, and independent schools and communities. Curriculum reform in K-12 has resulted in the integration of the First Peoples Principles of Learning across all areas of the curriculum and all grade levels. More broadly, Indigenous educational leadership is taking place in many contexts within a range of sectors.

It is critical that educators are professionally equipped to respond to the new initiatives, policies, and changing demands in Indigenous education in order to enhance support to Indigenous students and families, improve educational outcomes for Indigenous learners, and provide critical Indigenous educational experiences for all students. This Master of Education in Indigenous Education degree will address policy, programmatic, curricular, and community/parental relationship priorities as they pertain to Indigenous education.

This multidisciplinary program, offered by the Faculty of Education, is a collaboration between the Office of Indigenous Education and other departments.


Start Date: July 2024
Length: 2.5 years, part-time
Format: Blended (online & in-person)
Domestic Tuition: $16,716.70CAD
International Tuition: $19,145.28 CAD

Upcoming Info Sessions

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program


Program Details

Program Objectives

  • deepen understanding of Indigenous knowledges, histories, worldviews in both theory and practice
  • strengthen instruction and leadership skills in using and supporting Indigenous education knowledge, practices, and pedagogies for classroom, school, and community-based programs and settings
  • analyze and adapt existing curriculum frameworks and structures in order to make them more culturally responsive to Indigenous worldviews and Indigenous knowledge systems
  • provide leadership in the development and revision of Indigenous educational policy, curricula and programming
  • develop knowledge and practices for engagement with Indigenous learners, people, and communities that advance TRC and UNDRIP commitments

This program is ideal for:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Community educators
  • Early Childhood educators
  • other professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and professional practice in Indigenous education

2024-2026 Proposed Schedule

Courses and schedule are subject to change.

The UBC MEd in Indigenous Education consists of 30 credits of course work which are typically completed in 2.5 years. The program is only offered on a part-time basis.

This program will be offered in a blended delivery format, with fall and winter courses being offered online, and summer courses being offered face-to-face in 1-week intensives.

Date Course Title Course Code
July 13 – 20, 2024 Indigenous Epistemology and Curriculum
1 week in-person intensive
EDST 591
September 2024 Indigeneity, Technology, and Education ETEC 521
January 2025 Research Methods (Indigenous emphasis) EDUC 500
May/June 2025 Elective
July 2025 Theories and Dimensions of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses
1 week in-person intensive
EDCP 532
July/August 2025 Elective
September 2025 Indigenous Inquiry and Research EDST 545
January 2026 Indigenous Storytelling in Education and Research LLED 513
May/June 2026 Elective (Indigenous Special Topics Course in Department)
July 2026 Capstone Projects
1 week in-person intensive
EDCP/EDST/LLED 590
Date Course Title Course Code
July, 2023 Indigenous Epistemology and Curriculum
1 week in-person intensive
EDST 591
September 2023 Indigeneity, Technology, and Education ETEC 521
January 2024 Research Methods (Indigenous emphasis) EDUC 500
May/June 2024 Elective --
July 2024 Theories and Dimensions of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses
1 week in-person intensive
EDCP 532
July/August 2024 Elective --
September 2024 Indigenous Inquiry and Research EDST 545
January 2025 Indigenous Storytelling in Education and Research LLED 513
May/June 2025 Elective (Indigenous Special Topics Course in Department) --
July 2026 Capstone Projects
1 week in-person intensive
EDCP/EDST/LLED 590

Date Course Title Course Code
July 2022 Indigenous Epistemology and Curriculum
1 week in-person intensive
EDST 591
January 2023 Indigeneity, Technology, and Education ETEC 521
September 2022 Research Methods (Indigenous emphasis) EDUC 500
May/June 2023 Elective --
July 2023 Theories and Dimensions of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses
1 week in-person intensive
EDCP 532
July/August 2023 Elective --
September 2023 Indigenous Inquiry and Research EDST 545
January 2024 Indigenous Storytelling in Education and Research LLED 513
May/June 2024 Elective (Indigenous Special Topics Course in Department) --
July 2025 Capstone Projects
1 week in-person intensive
EDCP/EDST/LLED 590

Application Requirements

All 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 Indigenous Education.
  • Resumé and a 600-word statement of intent of your Indigenous Education experience, professional goals, and the anticipated benefit of involvement in the program.

Fees

Type Per Installment Total Tuition
Domestic $2,388.10 CAD $16,716.70CAD
International $2.735.04 CAD $19,145.28 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 7 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: TBD

Document Deadline: February 22, 2024

ONLINE APPLICATION

  • Navigate to grad.ubc.ca/apply/online/.
  • 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 MIE3 into the "Program Keyword" field.
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be Master of Education in Indigenous Education and the cohort code should be MIE3. Please ensure you are applying to the correct program - this part-time cohort is different than the regular on-campus program.
  • Select the program.
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

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 MIE3 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:

David Roy
MIE3 Graduate Cohort
Faculty of Education, PDCE Office
University of British Columbia
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


APPLICATION TIMELINE

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.


ASSISTANCE

If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

David Roy
Senior Program Assistant
604-822-3622
pdce.educ@ubc.ca


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Support & Resources

Helpful Links

UBC Grad Studies Webpage for Prospective Indigenous Graduate Students
Graduate Studies Indigenous Portal
SAGE - Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement
Awards from Indigeneous Students
Financial Support for Indigenous Students
Scholarships, Awards & Funding


Sponsorship Billing

Some UBC students have a portion of their UBC fees paid by a sponsor such as an Indigenous community, employer, or government agency. This is called sponsorship billing.Find out everything you need to know about sponsorship billing.


Contacts

David Roy
Senior Program Assistant
pdce.educ@ubc.ca
David should be your first point of contact. He can answer questions regarding the application process and direct you to the best person to answer your questions if he can't.

Rebecca Jules
Specialist, Indigenous Graduate Initiatives
rebecca.jules@ubc.ca
If you are unsure if you meet the minimum admission requirements or how your cultural, personal and professional knowledge may be taken into consideration in an application, Rebecca is the best person to reach out to.

Dr. Verna Billy-Minnabarriet
Senior Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Education & Cohort Advisor
verna.minnabarriet@ubc.ca
If you would like to speak to about program content, Dr. Billy-Minnabarriet, is your best resource.

Enrolment Services’ Indigenous Student Support Team at UBC Vancouver
es.indigenous@ubc.ca
During the 2021-22 academic year, this team will have drop-in advising for Indigenous students on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:30pm in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. Advisors will either be sitting in the hall or just outside the main doors. If your concern is private or confidential, there is also a private office space that can be used for a conversation.

Info Sessions

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