The Human Development, Learning, and Culture (HDLC) program at UBC advances research and practice in education through the application of theoretical models and concepts to real world educational issues. Investigations of learning and developing, including the unique contributions of culture to these processes, are applied widely to classroom, afterschool, work, and digital contexts. This work is interpreted through a variety of theoretical lenses (e.g., sociocultural, social and emotional, cognitive). Coursework emphasizes three primary areas: a) learning and developing, b) culture and diversity, and c) research methods. 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.
HDLC Offers Three Degree Programs
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. There is no thesis requirement.
The M.A. program is appropriate for students with an undergraduate degree in an area related to HDLC. The M.A. program is a 30-credit program that involves completion of coursework and a research-based thesis, and is normally completed over two to three years. The program is appropriate for those with an interest in research and the possibility of continuing on to advanced work in a doctoral program. A teaching certificate is not a requirement. A thesis is required.
The Ph.D. program is appropriate for students who already hold a Masters degree in HDLC or a related area, and have completed a thesis. The Ph.D. program is normally completed over four to five years and involves the completion of coursework, a comprehensive exam, and a research-based dissertation. The program is of interest to students who want to obtain an advanced degree in their subject area. A teaching certificate is not a requirement.