MEd in Mathematics Education

The study of innovative strategies for teaching and learning Mathematics with/in Community

Fully Online!

This MEd in Mathematics Education is a unique fully online graduate program that explores approaches for constructing and living mathematics curriculum that is responsive to place/land and connected to community.

The program offers opportunities to study teaching and learning mathematics in diverse community contexts including:

  • Teaching and learning gardens
  • Cultural spaces
  • Urban, rural and Indigenous communities
  • Artistic performances
  • Inside and outside school classrooms
  • Family settings
  • Public spaces such as libraries, malls, community centres
  • Issues important to communities such as climate change, poverty, and social justice

Applications are welcome from a wide range of students including early childhood educators, elementary school teachers, secondary and post-secondary school teachers, and educators keen to explore creative and innovative contexts to support and inspire children and youth in mathematical inquiry in community.

Our MEd in Math Education offers students opportunities to:

  • Explore strategies, theories, and approaches for inspiring mathematical wonder in students of all ages from young children to youth to adults.
  • Engage in critical analysis of mathematics education and how mathematics can be used to interpret and change the world
  • Design and critique community contexts that have potential to evoke mathematical curiosity (e.g. public spaces such as libraries, malls, teaching and learning gardens).
  • Examine research and theories on children’s mathematical problem solving and thinking across diverse contexts
  • Engage in critical analysis on the role mathematics plays in framing social issues (such as inequitable access to clean drinking water across communities) and on ways of being moved to action
  • Examine theories and practices exploring how mathematics might be experienced beyond the classroom as container
  • Develop skills and knowledge in initiating, sustaining, and working within community for mathematics education.


*Courses and schedule are subject to change.
1 Sept. 2020 Teaching Mathematics and Science through Technology EDCP 544 3
2 Jan. 2021 Mathematics Education Origins and issues EDCP 550 3
3 Apr. 2021 Research Methodologies in Education EDUC 500 3
3 Jun. 2021 Elective option #1 3
3 Jun. 2021 Mathematics Education in the Early Years* EDCP 552 3
4 Sept. 2021 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562 3
5 Jan. 2022 Mathematics Education: Current Issues EDCP 551 3
6 Apr. 2022 Educational Action Research EDCP 512 3
6 Jun. 2022 Elective option #2 3
7 Sept. 2022 Graduating paper EDCP 590 3
*Students graduating with a masters degree (MA or MEd) are required to complete EDUC 500, EDCP 562, AND four MAED courses at the 500 level.
  • This program requires 30 credits. Students must complete 27 course credits (9 courses), plus a 3-credit graduating paper. A minimum of 24 credits must be at the graduate level (includes the graduating paper).
  • Students must take the Core and Specialization courses.
  • Students can take the scheduled electives, or other related electives (in consultation with their advisor).


All students must meet the admission and application requirements of both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the program, which include:

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree with sufficient standing (an average within the B+ range (76% at UBC) in all senior coursework), or equivalent.
  • A brief statement of intent (maximum 600 words). Your statement should outline your reasons and professional goals for enrolling in this M.Ed program Specializing in Mathematics Education: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with/in Community.
  • A resumé/CV.
  • Scanned copies of all official transcripts and degree certificates.
  • Preference will be given to those with one to two year/s of teaching experience; or equivalent teaching engagement with schools, local or international communities, and other related activities, and those with demonstrated professional experience in this area of study.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Your referees could be administrators, professors, educators or other professionals who can speak to your engagement in the field of education, your potential to complete a graduate degree, and your other relevant professional experience.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency, if applicable.

Application Status: Closed
Application Deadline: September 2020 cohort currently in session. Future dates TBA.

Tuition Fees

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).

Program: MEd in Mathematics Education cohort
Tuition Installments: 7

2020 Domestic Fees 2020 International Fees
Tuition per Installment Tuition Total Tuition per Installment Tuition Total
$2,163.00 $15,141.00 $2,205.41 $15,437.87
Please note, applicable student fees may be charged in addition to the tuition fees listed above.

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