Master of Education in Mathematics Education

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Master of Education in Mathematics Education

The study of innovative strategies for teaching and learning mathematics with/in community

This MEd is a unique, fully-online program exploring approaches for constructing and living mathematics curriculum 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.

This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.

Start Date: Sept 2024
Length: 2 years + 1 term
Format: 100% Online
Domestic Tuition: $16,716.70 CAD
International Tuition: $18,068.61 CAD

Upcoming Info Sessions

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program

Program Details


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.



This program requires 30 credits. Students must complete at least 24 credits at the graduate level (500-level courses) and 6 credits of approved electives at the 300, 400 or graduate level.

Courses and schedule are subject to change.
Date Course Title Course Code
September 2022 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
January 2023 Theme: Mathematics Education in Community EDCP 550
April 2023 Research Methodologies in Education EDUC 500
June 2023 Theme: Teaching Children Mathematics EDUC 552
June 2023 Elective
September 2023 Theme: Teaching Mathematics for Social & Ecological Justice EDCP 551
January 2024 Theme: Teaching Youth Mathematics EDCP 553
April 2024 Educational Action Research EDCP 512
June 2024 Elective
September 2024 Graduating paper or approved 500 level course EDCP 590
  • 6 credits of coursework at the 300-400 level can count toward the MEd degree
  • 12 credits of Mathematics Education courses at the 500 level are required for the MEd degree
  • 3 credit graduating paper or another approved course at the 500 level is required for the MEd degree

Approved electives may be taken on UBC campus or online. A wide variety of online courses through UBC – Vancouver or Okanagan campus are acceptable as electives and vary in their offering from year to year. See PDCE for some Faculty of Education offerings.

Approved electives may also be taken through other universities through the terms of the Western Dean’s Agreement and the Graduate Exchange Agreement.

Application Requirements

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.


Type Per Installment Total Tuition
Domestic $2,388.10 $16,716.70 CAD
International $2,581.23 $18,068.61 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


  • 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 MAE3 into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be MEd in Math Education – Professional Cohort and the cohort code should be MAE3. 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.
  • 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 MAE3.
  • 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 MAE3 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.

Kelvin Mok
MAE3 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:

Kelvin Mok
Senior Program Assistant

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Info Sessions

Meet the Program Advisor and Senior 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 program

Did you miss one of our info sessions?

Watch a recorded session from February 6, 2024:


For program content questions:

Dr. Cynthia Nicol
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy

For application questions or assistance:

Kelvin Mok
Senior Program Assistant

image credit: Michelle Davies.