M.Ed. General Program

The Human Development, Learning, and Culture (HDLC) program at UBC addresses the interface of research and practice in education, weaving together theoretical models and concepts in their application to real world educational issues. HDLC graduates have found careers in a variety of settings including university teaching and research, social policy analysis, curriculum and program evaluation, schools and community organizations, and corporate learning communities.

The M.Ed. program is appropriate for students with an undergraduate degree in an area related to HDLC. The M.Ed. program is a course-based 30-credit program that is normally completed over two years. It is usually a terminal degree appropriate for those with an interest in advancing their knowledge in the area of HDLC, but who are not interested in conducting research. A teaching certificate is not a requirement.

Note that students with no course in research methods prior to starting the M.Ed. will be required to take EPSE 481 (3) Introduction to Research in Education. This course does not count towards your program, and ideally this should be taken early in their program.

HDLC Required Core Courses (9 credits)
EPSE 501 (3) Seminar in Human Development, Learning, and Culture
EPSE 503 (3) Cultural Perspectives on Learning, Development, and Media
EPSE 505 (3) Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood
HDLC Required Electives (9 credits)
* Choose three of the following courses:
EPSE 502 (3) Cognition, Language, and Literacy Processes in Education
EPSE 511 (3) Special Topics in Human Development, Learning, and Culture
EPSE 584 (3) Motivation in Education
EPSE 585 (3) Social Emotional Development in Education
EPSE 604 (3/6) Advanced Topics in Human Development, Learning, and Culture
EPSE 606 (3) College and University Teaching
EPSE 630 (3) Advanced Seminar: Adolescence Through Emerging Adulthood
Additional Required Electives (9 credits)
Choose three additional courses either inside or outside of HDLC in consultation with your advisor.
Graduating Seminar (3 credits)
After completing the required and elective courses, students must take the following course:
EPSE 590 (3) Graduating Seminar


PGS form can be found on HDLC Forms & Resources page.