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Human Development, Learning, and Culture

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed.

Members

Professors

D. Butler, H. Goelman, S. Hymel, N. Perry, K. Schonert-Reichl, J. Shapka.

Associate Professors

L. Ford, J. Vadeboncoeur, B. Weber.

Program Overview

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. Investigations of learning and development, including the unique contributions of culture to these processes, are applied to a wide range of contexts including classroom, afterschool, work, and technological contexts. This work is interpreted through a variety of theoretical lenses (e.g., cognitive, sociocultural, and social and emotional development). Students are encouraged to participate in research opportunities throughout their program.

Coursework emphasizes three primary areas: a) learning and development; b) culture and diversity; and c) research methods, including qualitative and quantitative, experimental and developmental. 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 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general academic requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and have completed a thesis-based master's degree equivalent to the HDLC M.A. program with an overall average of at least 80%. In exceptional circumstances, students may need to complete some required prerequisites prior to being considered for admission to the program. Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

Doctoral students are expected to acquire a broad background within the field of educational psychology including a basic knowledge of theories, principles of learning and development, an understanding of developmental processes in the cognitive, social, emotional and cultural domains, an understanding of individual differences and diversity, as well as familiarity with current quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. In addition to core course requirements, coursework is determined on an individual, case-by-case basis in an individualized program of graduate studies developed by the student in consultation with his/her faculty advisory committee.

Assuming an appropriate background at the master's level, including courses equivalent to the required courses in the HDLC M.A. program, students are required to take two to four HDLC content area courses at the advanced level (500- and 600-level), and at least one course (3 credits) from outside HDLC that is relevant to the primary area of specialization. Students must also complete at least two advanced courses in research methodology (qualitative and/or quantitative) in addition to those research methods courses required for the HDLC M.A. (or equivalent). See program area website for specific information on courses. In addition, students must pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general academic requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants should have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and have adequate background in learning and development-related courses in Psychology, Anthropology, Education, and/or related disciplines (e.g., Social and/or Health Sciences) or equivalent experience as determined by the HDLC admissions committee. EPSE 481 Introduction to Research in Education (or equivalent) and EPSE 482 Introduction to Statistics for Research in Education (or equivalent) are required prerequisites for M.A. applicants.

Program Requirements

Students in the 30-credit HDLC Master of Arts (M.A.) program are required to take three core courses: EPSE 501, 503, and 505, plus three elective courses either within the HDLC area or outside the area, selected in consultation with the student's advisory committee. Two methodology courses – one in quantitative methods and one in qualitative methods – are also required. In addition, students are required to complete a thesis (EPSE 599 for a total of 6 credits). See program area website for specific information on courses.

For B.C. teachers, the Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience, satisfied in this program through the completion of the thesis.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general academic requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants should have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and have adequate background in learning and development-related courses in Psychology, Anthropology, Education and/or related disciplines (e.g., Social and/or Health Sciences) or equivalent experience as determined by the HDLC admissions committee.

Program Requirements

Students in the 30-credit HDLC M.Ed. program are required to take three core courses: EPSE 501, 503, and 505, plus nine credits of electives within the HDLC area and nine credits of additional electives within or outside the area, selected in consultation with the student's advisory committee. See program area website for specific information on courses.

At the end of the program, students participate in a required 3 credit Graduating Seminar that is designed as a "capstone experience" bringing together students' goals, objectives, accomplishments, and experiences throughout the program in the development of a professional portfolio and a culminating presentation.

For B.C. teachers, the Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience satisfied in this program through the Graduating Seminar (EPSE 590).

Contact Information

Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education
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Tel: 604.822.5351
Fax: 604.822.3302
Email: alex.allen@ubc.ca
Web: www.ecps.educ.ubc.ca
Alex Allen, Graduate Program Assistant

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