Download a PDF of this section: The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Print this page Email this page

Early Childhood Education

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

Members

Professors

For the current list of faculty who participate in this interdisciplinary program, please visit the Program. Members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in other Education programs are eligible to serve as supervisors of students in the Early Childhood Education program, based on the student's chosen area of research.

Program Overview

Graduate programs in Early Childhood Education, offered through the Faculty of Education, are interdisciplinary, cross-departmental programs that consist of core courses in early childhood and related courses in departments. For example, approved elective courses might be found in child development, in special education (Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology & Special Education), in early literacy (Language and Literacy Education), in early numeracy (Curriculum and Pedagogy) or in the history of childhood (Educational Studies).

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. program requires a B.Ed. degree or a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field (including, but not limited to, child and youth care, nursing, psychology, social work and family studies). Applicants whose degree is in an unrelated field (e.g., Arts, commerce, general studies) may be accepted if they have completed a college or university certificate or equivalent program in early childhood education. Applicants must have a minimum of two years professional experience working with young children in an appropriate setting. In addition to an overall average of 76% or better in all upper-level courses, or at least 12 credits at 80% or higher in the field of education or a related field, M.A. applicants are expected to show evidence of research potential.

Program Requirements

The M.A. program is a 30-credit program which includes 12 required credits, 9 elective credits, a 9-credit thesis (ECED 599), and a minimum of 15 credits of coursework at the 500-level. For more details on program requirements, see the Program.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.Ed. program requires a B.Ed. degree or a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field (including, but not limited to, child and youth care, nursing, psychology, social work and family studies), with an overall average of 76% or better in all upper-level courses, or at least 12 credits at 80% or higher in the field of education or a related field. Applicants whose degree is in an unrelated field (e.g., Arts, commerce, general studies) may be accepted if they have completed a college or university certificate or equivalent program in early childhood education. Applicants must also have a minimum of two years professional experience working with young children in an appropriate setting.

Program Requirements

The M.Ed. program is a 30-credit program consisting of ten courses or nine courses and a capstone experience (ECED 590). Both options include 9 required credits: ECED 508 (3), ECED 585 (3), and EDUC 500 (3), plus 21 credits of electives, with a maximum of 6 credits at the undergraduate level. For more details on program requirements and approved electives, see the Program.

Contact Information

Office for Graduate Programs and Research
Scarfe Building, 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.8638
Fax: 604.822.8234
Email: ccfi.educ@ubc.ca
Web: earlychildhood.educ.ubc.ca/programs/graduate-programs

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Student Services
Vancouver Campus
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia