MEd in Social Studies Education

Curriculum, Historical inquiry, & Pedagogy (CHiP)

The program delves into key aspects of social studies curricula with connections to historical thinking, historical consciousness, visual culture, anti-oppressive and anti-racism education, gender studies, moral education, and the history and politics of curriculum.

As educators in diverse contexts, the students in this program are responsible for being and creating active citizens who work for the betterment of humanity. Issues of equity, diversity, and social justice are central to the ChiP cohort and serve as foundational lenses for interrogating social studies curriculum and pedagogy.

The cohort-based model invites students to work through the program in a collaborative community of practice. Students in this program will construct strong, foundational knowledge about teaching and learning in social studies. Building on that base, they will investigate the ways in which inquiry, inter-culturalism, and 21st century teaching and learning are central to social studies education.

Program Goals and Objectives

Through the program, students will consider theories, principles, and practices in social studies education related to:

  • Critical analysis of dominant and alternative theories of learning, teaching, and assessment in Social Studies,
  • Improvement of practice through the study of educational theory, philosophy, and practice in Social Studies,
  • Analysis of different approaches to curriculum development and implementation and their impact on social studies teaching and learning,
  • The place of curriculum and pedagogy for social studies education in historical context, understanding the social, political, economic, and cultural factors that direct past, present, and future decision making, and
  • Using an inquiry stance toward your professional practice as an educator in a variety of settings.

Additionally, students will continually reflect on what they are learning and consider how it can help them understand the aims and purposes underlying social studies curricula in their contexts. This knowledge can then be used to inform new practices in their educational contexts.


*Courses and schedule are subject to change.
Jul. 2021 Master’s Seminar in Social Studies Education (1-2 week intensive) EDCP 501
 Sept. 2021 Review of Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy in Social Studies Education EDCP 508
Jan. 2022 Curriculum Issues & Theories EDCP 562
May 2022 Research Methods in Education  EDUC 500
 Jul. 2022 Theorizing Pedagogy in Social Studies Education (1-2 week intensive) EDCP 542
 S1/S2 2022 Elective*
 Sept. 2022 Problems in Historical Understanding EDCP 541
Jan. 2023 Curriculum in Historical Context  EDCP 568
W2/SI 2023 Elective*
Jul. 2023 Graduating Paper or approved elective EDCP 590

*Recommended Electives include: EDCP/EDST/LLED Research Methodologies courses, EDCP 564, EDCP 565, EDCP 566, 400-level history/combination course


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

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree in Education with at least a 76% average on a senior-level credits.
  • In special circumstances teacher education may be waived for those applicants who have a university degree with sufficient standing and experience related to their proposed field of study.
  • Normally 18 credits of senior course work or a professional concentration in Social Studies.
  • Normally two years’ teaching experience or other relevant professional experience within schools, communities, business, government, non-governmental organizations, or other education-oriented environments.
  • Three letters of recommendation from educators, supervisors, colleagues, or clients that speak to your abilities to complete a graduate degree and interest in Social Studies Education (encompassing history, geography, civics, etc.)
  • Resume/CV
  • A 600-word statement of intent of your Social Studies Education experience, professional goals, and the anticipated benefit of involvement in the program.

Application Status: Contact Program Assistant


  • 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 SSED or MEd in Social Studies Education - Professional Cohort into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with "Professional Cohort".
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.


Please have these ready to upload when you apply:


Referees may be academic or professional. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references MUST be those who have supervised you in a work setting (e.g. Principal, Vice-Principal, or other non-educational supervisor).

Please encourage your referees to submit electronic reference forms. In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters or reference forms may be sent by mail.

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.

A reference letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form.

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

For those choosing to submit paper references, please send to:

Senior Program Assistant
SSED Graduate Cohort
Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6T 1Z4


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.

This program is subject to minimum enrollment in order to run. We will advise applicants on the status of this program after the application deadline has passed.


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


Refer to the UBC Calendar "Master of Education (program off-campus)" for confirmed and up-to-date fees.

The proposed schedule of courses for this cohort allows for program completion after 7 tuition installments.

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).

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