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 Mathematics Education in the Early Years* EDCP 552* 3
2 Jan. 2021 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562 3
3 Apr. 2021 Research Methodologies in Education EDUC 500 3
3 Jun. 2021 Elective option #1 3
3 Jun. 2021 Teaching Mathematics and Science through Technology EDCP 544 3
4 Sept. 2021 Mathematics Education Origins and issues EDCP 550 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: Open
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020


  • 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 MAED or MEd in Math Education 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 MAED.
  • 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.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation MAED when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

The form is also available here.

Yvette Kharoubeh
MAED Graduate Cohort
Faculty of Education, PDCE Office
University of British Columbia
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


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

Yvette Kharoubeh

Senior Program Assistant

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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