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)
- Edudata Canada
- 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, 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|
|Anderson, David||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), Museum Education, Visitor Studies, Informal Learning, Metacognition, Science Education, Long-term Memory, Nostalgia|
|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||Language Acquisition and Development, International Development, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), early literacy, literacy and international development, libraries and education|
|Beauchamp, Mark||School of Kinesiology||Social Determinants of Health, Health Promotion, Quality of Life and Aging, Mental Health and Society, 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||Educational Counselling, Substance use counselling, Counselling/psychotherapy in India, Counselling/mental health with Indo-Canadians, Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues|
|Belliveau, George||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Theatre, Arts-based research|
|Blouin, Jean-Sebastien||School of Kinesiology||Sensorimotor Integration, Motor System, Robotics and Automation, Trauma / Injuries, Physiology, 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 and Multilingualism, Teaching and Learning Systems, Bilingualism, French immersion, Assessment, Intercultural communication, Reading|
|Boushel, Robert||School of Kinesiology||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, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice||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||Digital qualitative research, Disability, Disability sport, Paralympics, Qualitative methodologies, Social and new media, Sport and exercise culture.|
|Butler, Joy||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||action research, human movement, physical education, teacher development, Action Research, Assessment, Children & Youth, Curriculum Studies Research, Pedagogy, Teacher Education Research, Teacher Research|
|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||Special Education and Social Adaptation, Teacher Education, Educational Approaches, Speech and Language Development Disorders, Language Acquisition and Development, Cognition and Language, Literacy Training, 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
Experiences and perceptions of menstruation among women living in Central Uganda (Educational Studies - MA)
"You're doing it wrong" : skateboarding, gender and the right to the city (Educational Studies - MA)
The experiences of complicated-mild to severe traumatic brain injury survivors in counselling (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Evaluating the effects of an online community of practice : the case of Openpediatrics (Educational Studies - MA)
Digital identities, educational inequities : investigating social class and new literacies of migrant Filipino youth in the knowledge economy (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
From Reena to Beti : a counterstory considering structural racism and limitations in feminist nonprofit organizations (Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education - PHD)
Becoming a teacher does not come that easily : Aristotle, Confucius and education (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Peer language socialization in an internationalized study abroad context : norms for talking about language (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
Experiences of pregnancy following stillbirth : a phenomenological inquiry (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Going along with trans, queer, and genderqueer youth : city movements and "worlding" knowledges (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Designing learning experiences with equity-seeking youth : strength-based strategies for sustaining culture, community and creativity (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Moving pleasure in secondary school physical education (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Self-concept in middle year students with learning disabilities (School Psychology - MA)
Exploring crisis counsellor helping styles in online crisis counselling (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Evaluation of a competency-based education framework for police recruit training in British Columbia (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Determining the contributions of executive functioning to mathematical skills (School Psychology - MA)
Empire of the Son : using research-based theatre to explore family relationships (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
An examination of young children's digital literacy practices in the home before and during the transition to kindergarten (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Exploring perceptions of positive mental health in young adults with intellectual disabilities (School Psychology - MA)
Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards
In recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in our programs, the University annually awards teaching prizes to UBC Teaching Assistants, with two of these awards being allocated to the Faculty of Education. The prize includes both a certificate and $1,000.00. The award is...
Application Deadline: February 22, 2019 Each year, the Foundation selects up to five (5) Fellows who are: – Top-level researchers and professors in the social sciences and humanities. Early-career researchers and professors are encouraged to put forward their candidacy as much as...
SSHRC Impact Awards – UBC Deadline for Nominations February 5th, 2019
The SSHRC Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization...
CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards
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Nominations – Order of Canada
Do you know someone whose contributions have made a difference to their community, province or the entire country? Someone who has brought honour to Canada by performing an exceptional deed? Someone who has risked their own life to save another? A volunteer whose lifetime dedication and commitment...
2018-2019 Graduate Student Endowed Awards Winners Announced
January 15, 2019 The Office of Research in Education is pleased to announce the following graduate student award winners in the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Endowed Awards competition: Mary Elizabeth Simpson Scholarship Sokyee Low Geralyn Ruissen LOMCIRA Harold Covell Memorial...