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