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Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in Education are offered by various units in the Faculty of Education, as well as by the Faculty as a whole. For graduate program descriptions and admission requirements, please see Education Graduate Programs or visit the Education unit offering the program:

Please visit Graduate Programs and Research for more information.

Master's Degrees

Master's students are admitted to UBC by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on recommendation of the home department. The following policies and procedures govern all students registered in master's programs. Students are advised to check with their appropriate units regarding specific departmental policies and additional requirements relating to their graduate program.

The Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.) is a Faculty of Education joint degree program offered online. See graduate Educational Technology.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Education (GCALE)

Adult learning and education continues well beyond the completion of formal secondary and post-secondary education. It is a lifelong and life-wide phenomenon found in many workplaces and in many community contexts. The Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Education (GCALE) is designed to deepen the knowledge and skills of those involved with the design, delivery, and evaluation of adult learning and education activities that occur across diverse sites including community, business, non-profit, and public service institutions. The Certificate program provides participants with enhanced knowledge and skills of the principles, practices, histories, and philosophies of adult learning and education. It is intended for professionals and educators responsible for managing, designing, and/or instructing in programs for adult learners.

Admission, including language proficiency requirements, will be the same as for the Master of Education in Adult Learning and Education.Students enrolled in the GCALE may apply for admission to the Master of Education in Adult Learning and Education and transfer up to four certificate courses (12 credits) towards completion of the M.Ed. program.

Certificate Requirements

All students must complete four courses (12 credits) from the Adult Learning and Education M.Ed. program including: EDST 503 (3); EDST 514 (3); EDST 518 (3); plus one 3-credit elective at the graduate level (i.e. 500+) or senior undergraduate level (i.e. 300+). Satisfactory progress as defined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for master's students must be maintained. Students must complete their requirements within five years of admission.

Tuition Fees

Course-based tuition fees apply.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration

The Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration engages students in learning that will help them understand, critique, and improve their educational practice to better serve children, communities, and the wider society.

Admission, including language proficiency requirements, will be the same as for admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies the Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership.

Students in the Educational Leadership and Administration certificate program may apply for admission to the Educational Leadership and Administration Master of Education program and transfer up to four certificate courses (12 credits) towards completion of the degree.

Certificate Requirements

A student must complete four courses (12 credits). Three of the four courses must be core courses (EDST 532, EDST 581, and EDST 582). In addition, students will take one elective course in the Faculty of Education as approved by the pro tem advisor.

Students must maintain satisfactory progress as defined by the University for master’s students.

Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership

The UBC Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership is a one-year, 12 credit specialized program for experienced sport coaches and technical managers who are looking to advance in their careers. Through a partnership with the leading national agencies in high performance sport, an international quality program is offered using a blended delivery model.

The program provides a strong foundation for present and future coaches and technical leaders by developing knowledge and skills in the interpretation and use of research, balanced with applied coaching practice. The development of skills in analysis and evidence-based decision-making has been identified as a critical need by national sport leaders, and this program helps develop the next generation of sport leaders for Canada.

A blended model of residential periods and on-line teaching methods facilitates the participation of candidates from across Canada and around the world. The program is integrated into the sport federations’ national coaching qualifications, providing national certification together with academic credentials. The program will start with a 5-day orientation, introducing the three formal courses (KIN 515, 585 & 586) and establishing work plans for the Directed Field Study (KIN 598). The courses will be delivered online with added synchronous classes scheduled throughout the fall and winter terms. All courses will conclude with a face-to-face session.

Admission

Candidates will normally have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology or other related field of study with a minimum of 76% in upper division courses, as well as:

  • 5 years of coaching experience, including coaching athletes at the national team or Canada Games level, or 5 years as a carded National Team athlete;
  • National Coaching Certification Program qualification at level 3 or “Competition Development”;
  • recommendation of the National Sport Organization; and
  • submission of a portfolio showing an annual training plan the candidate has developed and implemented, other evidence of their practical coaching, and any articles or coaching materials they have produced.

Alternatively, applicants may be considered for admission who do not meet the academic requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the graduate certificate program.

Assessment standards will be concordant with those employed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Certificate Requirements

Courses: each 3 credits (total 12 credits)

  1. KIN 515 - Gap Analysis
  2. KIN 585 - Performance Planning
  3. KIN 586 - Coaching Effectiveness
  4. KIN 598 - Directed Field Studies: Practicum

Graduate Certificate in Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

The O&M Certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to work as O&M specialists. The Program prepares students to teach all age ranges of individuals who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely and efficiently through their environments. The Program takes place in-person during two summers with an online course between the summer sessions. A 350-hour internship is also a required component. Completion of the Certificate qualifies individuals to apply to take the exam to become a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) through ACVREP (Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals), one of the main professional certifying bodies for O&M in North America.

Admission

Eligibility is based on current enrolment in the Blindness and Visual Impairment concentration within the Special Education program, completion of an approved teacher of the visually impaired program, or completion of a bachelor degree in another area and successful completion of 4 additional courses (pre-requisite background knowledge): EPSE 540 (or equivalent); EPSE 455 (or equivalent); EPSE 541 (or equivalent); EPSE 320 (or equivalent).

Certificate Requirements

All students must successfully complete 4 courses (15 credits): EPSE 456 (6 credits); EPSE 537 (3 credits); EPSE 538 (3 credits); EPSE 598 (field experiences/internship; 3 credits).

Tuition fees are paid by course (graduate and undergraduate rates per credit).

Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning (TBDL)

Networked multimedia technologies are impacting on both conventional classroom-based teaching and distance education. Technology-based teaching is being used more and more for distributed learning which makes flexible access possible for both on-campus and off-campus students. The Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning (TBDL) is designed for professionals and educators responsible for managing, designing, or instructing technology-based courses for post-secondary or adult learners.

Admission, including language proficiency requirements, will be the same as for the Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.).

Students in the TBDL certificate program may apply for admission to the M.E.T. and transfer up to five certificate courses towards completion of the degree program.

Certificate Requirements

A student must complete five courses (15 credits) from the M.E.T. program. At least two must be core courses (EDUC 500, ETEC 510, 511, 512). Three courses will be selected from the remaining core courses and electives that address issues relevant to technology for post-secondary and adult learners (ETEC 520, 521, 522, 530, 531). All courses will be delivered online. Satisfactory progress as defined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for master's programs must be maintained.

Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning for Schools (TBLS)

Educational technologies are impacting on both conventional classroom-based teaching and distance education. The Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning for Schools (TBLS) is directed at anyone concerned with managing, designing, or instructing technology-based courses for school-age students.

Admission, including language proficiency requirements, will be the same as for the Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.).

Students in the TBLS certificate program may apply for admission to the M.E.T. and transfer up to five certificate courses towards completion of the degree.

Certificate Requirements

A student must complete five courses (15 credits) from the M.E.T. program. At least two must be core courses (EDUC 500, ETEC 510, 511, 512). Three courses will be selected from the remaining core courses and electives that address issues relevant to technology for school-age students (ETEC 512, 522, 530, 531, 532, 533, 540). All courses will be delivered online. Satisfactory progress as defined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for masters' programs must be maintained.

Tuition Fees

Course-based tuition fees apply. Fees will be the same as for the M.E.T. For more information, please see the M.E.T.

Off-Campus Graduate Programs

It may be possible for the Faculty of Education to organize graduate programs which have off-campus components offered at locations throughout BC. For further information, contact the Professional Development & Community Engagement; telephone: 604.822.2013.

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