For over 50 years, the Faculty of Education has served the international education community through leadership in research, service, and advocacy. Our faculty, students, and alumni advance research on learning and teaching; collaborate with Indigenous communities; and solve human problems across the lifespan and in diverse contexts. Our internationally renowned scholars and talented graduate students link educational research to local and global community needs, inform theory, practice and policy, and introduce innovative research methods.
We prepare professionals for practice in a wide range of education-related fields, from preschool through adulthood. In British Columbia, more than 45% of the province’s elementary teachers, the majority of secondary teachers, and a significant proportion of BC’s special needs and First Nations teachers, counsellors, school administrators, school psychologists, and vocational rehabilitation counsellors, are prepared by the UBC Faculty of Education for their important roles.
- Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE)
- Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT)
- Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS)
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA)
- Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (CHET)
- Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS)
- Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness (CSHC)
- Centre for the Study of Teacher Education (CSTE)
- Indigenous Education Institute of Canada
- Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (IECER)
- Psychoeducational Research and Training Centre (PRTC)
We provide outstanding research facilities for faculty and graduate students that promote leading-edge research. Our Education Library is a specialized resource with access to all of UBC’s research and special collections, including the X̱wi7x̱wa Library with materials produced by Indigenous organizations, tribal councils, schools, researchers and publishers.
We have also broken ground on BC’s most exciting new centre for education. Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons will be over 32,000 sq ft of distinct Faculty of Education space within the Ponderosa Commons Phase 2 complex, one of five live-work-learn communities proposed for the UBC campus.
Opening in January 2016, Education Centre will showcase the merging of our academic mandate with innovation, and will feature technology-enhanced teaching and learning spaces, an Education Research and Learning Commons, informal learning spaces, and will be the new home of two of our academic departments, Educational Studies (EDST) and Language & Literacy Education (LLED).
Notable strengths are in literacy, struggling and marginalized youth, Indigenous education and research, transformational curriculum design, social-emotional well-being, autism, kinesiology and exercise physiology, and multidisciplinary research in diversity, health, and digital media.
We are the national leader in the number of education graduate student fellowships received from the Social Sciences and Humanities research council (SSHRC), and are home to 4 Canada Research Chairs and 10 donor-funded research chairs and professorships.
Graduate Degree Programs
Research Supervisors in Faculty
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Abdi, Ali||Department of Educational Studies||Citizenship and human rights education, International Development Education, Multi-centric Philosophies and Methodologies of Education, postcolonial studies in education, Social and Cultural Foundations of Education|
|Ahenakew, Cash||Department of Educational Studies||Cultural studies, Higher Education, Indigenous Studies, Leadership and Organizations, Post-colonial studies, Race/ethnicity, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education|
|Anderson, David||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Museum Education, Visitor Studies, Informal Learning, Metacognition, Science Education, Long-term Memory, Nostalgia|
|Anderson, Ann||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Math education|
|Anderson, Jim||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Children and youth, cross-cultural education, early childhood, languages and literary education, linguistic minorities education, literacy, sociological issues, writing and reading|
|Andres, Lesley||Department of Educational Studies||Equity, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, International comparative higher education, Life Course research, Lifelong learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education|
|Asselin, Marlene||Department of Language & Literacy Education||early literacy, literacy and international development, libraries and education|
|Beauchamp, Mark||School of Kinesiology||Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Processes, Leadership, Intervention, Social Cognition, Older Adults, Children|
|Bedi, Robinder||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||The Contextual Model of Counselling/Psychotherapy / Viewing Psychotherapy as a Cultural Practice, Counselling/psychotherapy in India, Counselling/psychotherapy/mental health with Punjabi/Sikh individuals, Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues|
|Belliveau, George||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Theatre, Arts-based research|
|Berard, Marie-France||Publics, Artistic and Literary Theories, Social Impact of Artistic Education, Educational Approaches, Emerging Forms of Art, Cultural Industries, Modes and strategies of dissemination|
|Blouin, Jean-Sebastien||School of Kinesiology||Sensorimotor physiology, Standing balance, Balance robot, Sensory virtualisation, Computational approaches, Head and neck, Whiplash injuries|
|Borgen, William||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Career Counselling, Career/life transitions, Developmental approaches to counselling, Group counselling|
|Bournot-Trites, Monique||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Bilingualism, French immersion, Language Assessment, Intercultural communication, Reading|
|Boushel, Robert||School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice||Kinesiology|
|Bredin, Shannon||School of Kinesiology||human motor learning, expertise and development, physical education, teacher preparation and effectiveness, Human motor behaviour (motor learning, development, and expertise), life span physical activity and health, physical and health literacy, health knowledge, health-related physical fitness, interactive gaming, telehealth, psychomotor markers of performance|
|Bryson, Mary||Department of Language & Literacy Education||technology, media, cultural studies, gender, queer theory, deviance studies, post-colonial pedagogies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, media and gender, media and education|
|Buchanan, Marla||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Counsellor Stress, Narrative Inquiry, School Counselling, Traumatic Stress|
|Bundon, Andrea||School of Kinesiology||disability, sport, Paralympics, sociology, critical disability studies, social media|
|Butler, Deborah||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||special education, learning disabilities, inclusive educational practices, intervention research for students with learning disabilities, Collaboration and co-regulation in teachers' professional learning, collaborative professional development models, learning disabilities in adolescence and adulhood, mathematics, metagocnition and self-regulated learning, research methods in educaiton, strategic performanc ein reading, writing|
|Cannon, Joanna||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with complex language or cognitive needs|
|Carpenter, Mark||School of Kinesiology||neural control of movement, fear of falling, Neural control of movement, postural control, fears of falling, balance disorders, Parkinson's disease|
|Chan, Jennifer||Department of Educational Studies||transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies|
|Chua, Romeo||School of Kinesiology||Human perceptual-motor control, vision and action, perceptual-motor compatibility, coordination|
|Clark, Penney||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||history education, Curriculum Studies Research, History Education and Historical Consciousness, History of Education, Pedagogy, Social Studies Education Research|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Using digital technologies to enhance first-year students’ learning in a communication and academic literacy skills course at the University of Botswana (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Teachers and students : an Arendtian approach towards education (Educational Studies - MA)
Praxis, reflexivity and identity: career learning in the undergraduate classroom (Curriculum Studies - MA)
Nuances of touch: embodying and communicating nonverbal consent in contact improvisation (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
Social role dysfunction and coping in borderline personality disorder (Counselling Psychology - MA)
An autoethnographic lens on the identity work of lesbian and gay radiation therapists in practice (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Menopause as metamorphosis : the meaning and experience for women of doing well during the menopausal transition (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Multilingual undergraduate writers' discourse socialization in a sheltered academic English program (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Mechanisms of inter-individual variation in exercise performance at altitude (Kinesiology - PHD)
Multimethod assessment of social-emotional competence in children with selective mutism (School Psychology - PHD)
Experiences of Iranian high school immigrant students in learning mathematics in Canada (Mathematics Education - MA)
Mapping the landscape of indigenous students success (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Embodying Indigenous Coast Salish education : travelling with Xé:ls the sister, mapping Katzie/q’iċəy’ stories and pedagogies (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Foster parents of children with special needs : experiences with school involvement (School Psychology - MA)
Faculty members who prefer teaching first-year courses : an exploratory case study (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
The multidisciplinary correlates of chronic stress in Canadians (Kinesiology - MSC)
Student involvement in IEP meetings in British Columbia (School Psychology - MA)
International Visiting Research Scholars
Application deadline: Monday March 2, 2020. Objectives To bring outstanding international scholars to UBC for extended visits, in partnership with UBC’s faculties, departments and research centres. To foster basic and advanced research in an interdisciplinary research environment. To serve as a...
Project Grant: Spring 2020 Competition
Registration deadline: February 5, 2020. Deadline to submit Research Project Information Form: February 27, 2020. Applicant’s e-submission deadline on ResearchNet: March 3, 2020. You may continue to work on your proposal after you have submitted your paperwork to ORS. Please see ORS...
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Call for Applications – Sustainability Ambassadors Program
January 7, 2020 Applications are now open for UBC undergraduate and graduate students to join the Fall 2020 cohort of the Sustainability Ambassadors Program. Bring your ideas for human and environmental wellbeing to life, develop your leadership skills and inspire the UBC community to create...
Call for Applications – Sustainability Scholars Program (paid summer internships)
January 7, 2020 Are you a UBC graduate student interested in . . . – Solving real-world sustainability questions and challenges? – Getting paid while gaining valuable professional work experience? – Developing applied sustainability skills and knowledge under the guidance of a...
Learning Transformed Funding Pool
Submission deadline: January 15, 2020 Have you read the Faculty of Education’s new strategic plan, Learning Transformed? The plan represents the Faculty’s commitment to educate and serve the next generation of educators and researchers and will guide the Faculty’s priorities, activities,...