MEd in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education

Urban Learner – for elementary and secondary teachers

Theorizing Knowing: the Significance of Teaching

The Urban learner MEd program invites participants to investigate the challenges, issues, and narratives of teachers and education professionals, and the learning communities they serve. UBC faculty members guide cohort participants toward a convergence among lived experiences from daily life in classrooms, study of current ideas, innovative media, shared practices and dialogue. The curriculum creates opportunity for engagement to extend beyond the classroom and into relevant communities and public discourse.

A Life Changing Experience

A cutting-edge program, the UBC Urban leaner MEd aims to further grounded understandings of challenges and achievements in urban education. Thus, it draws from, and builds upon, the expertise and rich experiences of school teachers and other education practitioners working in urban school environments. While appreciating and extending the rigor of inquiry in urban education, the program places the Significance of Teaching at the heart of an inquiry intended to reinvigorate public perception, support, and discourse around teaching as a critical learning space that cultivates social responsibility, possibility, and hope.

This MEd in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education therefore aims to:

  • Enhance and extend further the cohort participants’ knowledge and understanding of urban education, and the rich “urban assets”: of culture,  new media, the arts, civic and sacred institutions, commerce, architecture and public spaces, etc.;
  • Recognize, appreciate and celebrate the work of educators who are actively trying to ‘make a difference’ in the lives of children, parents and diverse communities in multicultural urban areas;
  • Extend cohort participants’ understanding of the networked technologies, discourses, practices, and lived experiences entailed in the Significance of Teaching as inquiry towards positively enhancing urban education environments and the impact on those living in those environments. ;
  • Support cohort participants in inquiring about their own (and others’) practice as researchers, specific to their profession in urban education settings;
  • Encourage collaborative approaches to academic, professional and community engagement and growth; and
  • Provide a rich and rewarding course of study which culminates in fulfilling the participants’ career stage standing as required by the Teacher Qualification Service of British Columbia (TQS).

Testimonial from past participant:

“I participated in the 6th cohort and it changed my life, unquestionably. It changed my life because the instructors, course work, and experiences compelled my to investigate not only my practice at the time more deeply, but also fundamental questions about the aims of education in children’s lives, families, and society. I went on to complete a doctorate in Curriculum Studies.”
Scott Hughes, PhD
Mount Royal University

Proposed Schedule

This 30-credit program consists of the following courses:

One Living Inquiry within Urban Communities (3 credits) CCFI 501
One Theorizing Knowing: The Significance of Teaching (3 credits) CCFI 502
One The Urban Learner Summer Institute (TBA) (6 credits) CCFI 572A & CCFI 565A
One Advanced Seminar: Interpreting the Child-In-Our-Midst through World Cinema (3 credits) CCFI 565B
Two Advanced Seminar (3 credits) TBA
Two Advanced Seminar (3 credits) TBA
Two Advanced Seminar: Creative and Scholarly Writing (3 credits) CCFI 565C
Two Research Methods CCFI 508B
Three The Urban Major Paper/Graduating Project (3 credits) CCFI 590

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

  • An approved Bachelor's degree and, for K-12 teachers, one year of teacher education, OR
  • A 5-year Bachelor's degree in Education; OR
  • A 4-year Bachelor's degree in Education or other appropriate area provided the applicant has completed all the necessary prerequisites listed below.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits or at least 12 credits of third or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of intended graduate study.
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience.

Required application materials for this program include:

  • An online application form
  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC)
  • Three electronic letters of reference
  • An electronic copy of an up-to-date resumé

Application Status: Pending
Application Deadline: TBA

Details on how to apply will be posted once the cohort is approved and applications open.


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).

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EDUC This multidisciplinary program, offered by the Faculty of Education, is a collaboration among multiple departments. Learn more about Faculty-wide graduate programs administered by the Office of Research in Education (ORE).