M.Ed. General Program

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.

The M.Ed. General 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.

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, have an academic background in learning and development-related courses in psychology, anthropology, learning sciences, education, and/or related disciplines (e.g., social and/or health sciences), and have either volunteer or professional experience in learning contexts, such as schools, after-school programs, and/or community-based programs. A teaching certificate is not a requirement. No thesis is required.

Students with no previous coursework on research methods prior to starting an M.Ed. in HDLC will be required to take a prerequisite course: EPSE 483 (3) Reading and Interpreting Research in Education. This course can be taken early in your degree but does not count towards fulfilling your program credit requirements. There is no thesis requirement.

Research Methods Prerequisite:

Students who have not had equivalent research methods course work prior to starting the M.Ed. will be required to take the following course prior to or early in their program:

EPSE 483 (3) Reading and Interpreting Research in Education
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 583 (3) Fostering Self-Regulated Learning [formerly EPSE 565R]
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.