Master of Education in Science Education

Online program offered by leading UBC professors

This graduate program is a perfect opportunity for STEM educators to advance their career through research and practice while collaborating with colleagues from across Canada.


The MEd in Science Education is ideal for educators interested in science, such as:

  • Secondary and middle-school science teachers
  • Post-secondary science instructors
  • Science educators in informal settings
  • Educators with an interest in science education

The program allows students to:

  • engage with current research and ground-breaking researchers
  • be exposed to a local and international scholars
  • produce their own new research
  • attend conference through funding opportunities
  • take part in the virtual STEM Conference

Through the pursuit of individual and collective interests, students will enhance their knowledge and practice of science education as well as develop their online teaching capacity and expertise. Graduates of this program are well equipped to advance the quality of education and assume leadership roles in the field.

This well-established online program has optional in-person elective courses for those who want a blended format.


Upon completing the MEd in Science Education, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories and discourses of science learning and teaching in a variety of environments
  • Identify the influences of multiple perspectives (i.e., Local, Aboriginal, International) in facilitating science learning experiences in formal and informal learning environments
  • Better understand how to affect change (i.e., cognitive, affective, emotional, and behavioural) among the diversity of students and learning environments
  • Develop learning opportunities for integrating modern technologies in various science learning environments
  • Develop tools to implement and sustain diverse science educational programs
  • Develop skills and knowledge to understand and address the increasing complexities of issues for modern science educators
  • Evaluate the potential for science educators working with a variety of learning communities
  • Analyze different approaches to science teaching and program development, settings, and perspectives
  • Apply for a TQS category upgrade after 2 years in the program

 

PROPOSED SCHEDULE for 2022 Cohort

The UBC MEd in Science Education consists of 30 credits of course work, typically completed in two years and one term.

This program is designed to be completed entirely online. Elective courses may be taken online or face-to-face at UBC Vancouver, or elsewhere with the Program Advisor’s permission.

Courses and schedule are subject to change.
COHORT TERM START DATE COURSE CODE COURSE
TITLE
1 Sept. 2022 EDCP 562 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories
2 Jan. 2023 EDCP 544

Teaching Mathematics and Science through Technology

3 March 2023 EDUC 500 Research Methodologies in Education
3 May 2023 EDCP 559

Research in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences

3 June 2023 Elective #1
4 Sept. 2023 EDCP 558 Science Learning in Informal Settings
5 Jan. 2024 EDCP 538 Theory and Research in Environmental Education
6 April 2024 EDCP 557 Issues in the Teaching and Learning of the Sciences
6 June 2024 Elective #2
7 Sept. 2023 Elective #3

Notes:

• A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300-400 level.
• A maximum of 6 credits of any EDCP 585 courses may count towards the MEd degree.
• A minimum of 12 credits of Science Education courses at the 500 level is required for the MEd degree.

Approved electives may be taken at other universities, subject to the terms of the Western Deans’ Agreement. WCDA Form and Graduate Exchange Agreement (McGill University, University of Toronto and University of Montréal).

There are a wide variety of on-campus (UBC-Vancouver or Okanagan) and online courses which are acceptable as electives and vary in their offerings from year to year. See the full PDCE course offerings.
• For more information on requirements, see the Master’s Program Guidelines.

COHORT
TERM
START
DATE
COURSE
TITLE
 1  Sept. 2020 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
 2  Jan. 2021 Research in Teaching & Learning in the Sciences EDCP 559
 3 April 2021 Research Methodologies in Education EDUC 500
 3  June 2021 Teaching Math & Science through Technology EDCP 544
 3  June 2021 Elective #1
 4  Sept. 2021 Science Learning in Informal Settings EDCP 558
 5  Jan. 2022 Theory and Research in Environmental Education EDCP 538
 6   April 2022 Issues in the Teaching and Learning of the Sciences EDCP 557
 6  June 2022 Elective #2
7 Sept. 2022 Graduating Paper or Elective #3 EDCP 590

COHORT
TERM
START
DATE
COURSE
TITLE
 1  Sept. 2018 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories EDCP 562
 2  Jan. 2019 Teaching Math and Science through Technology EDCP 544
 3 April 2019 Research Methodologies in Education EDUC 500
 3  June 2019 Research in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences EDCP 559
 3  June 2019 Elective #1
 4  Sept. 2019 Science Learning in Informal Settings EDCP 558
 5  Jan. 2020 Theory and Research in Environmental Education EDCP 538
 6   April 2020 Issues in the Teaching and Learning of the Sciences EDCP 557
 6  June 2020 Elective #2
7 Sept. 2020 Graduating Paper EDCP 590

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

  • A completed bachelor's degree in Education and/or Science with a minimum average of 76% (B+) on all senior-level courses, or equivalent
  • A 2-page statement of intent outlining your reasons for enrolling in this particular program with this focus area
  • CV / Resume
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your academic and professional background and expertise. Please provide one academic and two professional references.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency, if applicable

Application Status: CLOSED
Application Deadline: Applications are now closed

Tuition

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).

Please note the below listed tuition fees do not include student fees.

2022 Tuition Fees

Program Domestic Tuition International Tuition
MEd in Science Education - Professional Cohort $15,753 CAD $16,698 CAD
The above tuition fees are the approximate cost for the entire program.

Have questions? We've got answers!

Meet Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin - the Program Advisors, as well as the Senior Program Assistant, and learn more about this program and about applying to become a UBC graduate student.

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