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Indigenous Education

Degree Offered: M.Ed.

Program Overview

This graduate program in Indigenous Education recognizes the need for transformative change. It is intended for teachers, educational administrators and leaders, Indigenous community members, or other professionals in formal and informal education settings who want in-depth preparation on K-12 Indigenous educational frameworks, theories, policies, curricular approaches, and community or parental relationships that build upon Indigenous knowledge systems.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements, the program normally requires a completed four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall average of B+ (at UBC 76%) in third- and fourth-year courses. Preference is given to those with two years of teaching or equivalent experience working with Indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, or other education-oriented environments.

Program Requirements

The Master of Education in Indigenous Education consists of a minimum of 30 credits, of which 24 credits must be at the 500-level. A maximum of 6 credits can be taken at the 300- or 400-level.

The program is offered through blended delivery normally takes 28 months of consecutive study.

The following 7 courses (21 credits) are required:

EDST 591: Indigenous Epistemology and Curriculum (3 credits)
LLED 513: Indigenous Storytelling in Education (3 credits)
EDCP 532: Theories and Dimensions of Place- Based Education: Ecohumanist, Critical, and Indigenous Lenses (3 credits)
EDUC 500: Research Methods in Education - Indigenous Emphasis (3 credits)
EDST 545: Indigenous Inquiry and Research (3 credits)
ETEC 521: Indigeneity, Technology, and Education (3 credits)
One of EDST 590, LLED 590, or EDCP 590: Graduating Paper (3 credits)

Recommended electives (9 credits) include the following:

EDCP 539: Narrativity, Ecopedagogy and Indigeneity (3 credits)
EDST 505: First Nations and Educational Change (3 credits)
EDST 546: Indigenous Methodology and Epistemology (3 credits)
LLED 527: Materials Development for Indigenous Language Learning & Teaching (3 credits)
EDUC 440: Aboriginal Education in Canada (3 credits)
FNEL 480: Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization (3-12 credits)
FNEL 380: Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization (3 credits)
EDUC 442: Critical Issues in Indigenous Education (1-3 credits)

Contact Information

Dr. Jan Hare
Associate Dean for Indigenous Education
Faculty of Education
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Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

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