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.
Schools / Departments
- Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
- Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)
- Educational Studies (EDST)
- Language and Literacy Education (LLED)
- Kinesiology, School of (HKIN)
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|
|Amundson, Norman||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Creativity, imagination and metaphors|
|Anderson, David||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), 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||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|
|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 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||language and literacy acquisition of students who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) and struggling readers|
|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|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
From language learners to bilingual providers : second language socialization of bilingual mothers in South Korea (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
Sun salutations in school : a pilot study of yoga with school-aged children (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Supporting the self-determination of mentors and mentees in a cross-age peer mentoring program (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
Land education and reconciliation : exploring educators’ practice (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Teachers' practices in kindergarten classrooms within the Cape Coast metropolis, Ghana (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Composing journeys : understanding the lived experiences of saudi arabia’s female early childhood educators (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Becoming Sikh : Sikh youth identities and the multicultural imaginary (Educational Studies - PHD)
Emerging scholars' socialization into scholarly publication : negotiating identities and investments in a neoliberal era (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
In search of home : family literacy practices among Iranian refugee and immigrant families (Early Childhood Education - MA)
Mapping the early literacy ecology of children with disabilities in their homes and communities : perspectives from parents and children's librarians (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
At what cost? a study of Canada's first public-private post-secondary matriculation pathways partnership (Educational Studies - MA)
Youth perspectives on cyberbullying and social media platforms : teen agency, interactivity, and social cognition (Media and Technology Studies Education - MA)
Living between worlds : an autoethnographic exploration of individualized and entangled third space (Educational Studies - MA)
The African Storybook and teacher identity (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Victimization and internalizing difficulties : the moderating role of social support (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
The story of an idea : moving with a playmaking education (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
The role of discipline practices in student connectedness to school, bullying and victimization (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
Predictors of antiretroviral adherence self-efficacy among people living with HIV/AIDS who use illicit drugs (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Adorno and Marcuse’s critical analysis of media culture and its implications for media education in China (Educational Studies - MA)
Exploring music and piano playing with young children : a piano teacher's pedagogical stories (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Director, Masters of Educational Technology Program and Director, Graduate Studies in Education (Pro Tem)
April 3, 2018 In 2018/19 Dr. Jennifer Shapka, Professor in ECPS, Director, Masters of Educational Technology (MET) Program, and Director, Graduate Studies in Education, will be going on sabbatical. As of September 1, 2018, Dr. Teresa Dobson, Professor, LLED will take on the roles of Director, MET...
Canvas Migration Update
March 27, 2018 Educational Technology Support (ETS) has been working on the transition of UBC’s primary learning management system from Connect to Canvas. In the summer terms of 2018, all courses (aside from courses in the Teacher Education Program) will be using Canvas as their primary...
New Director of Communications
March 26, 2018 The Faculty of Education is pleased to announce that Ms. Moira McDermott has joined the Faculty of Education as Director, Communications, as of Monday March 26, 2018. Ms. McDermott comes with over 20 years of experience in communications, marketing and public relations, both in post...
One Button Studio/DIY Media Space Revamp
March 26, 2018 The One-Button Studio is a designated space within UBC Studios, located in the University Services Building at 2329 West Mall. The One-Button Studio is a free service available to UBC faculty and staff to create video presentations, lectures and announcements. As the name suggests,...
SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants
Designed to support partnerships between the academic sector and one non-academic partner (public, private or not-for-profit), SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants put a strong emphasis on the relevance to, and involvement of, the Partner Organization. Deadlines: April 30, 2018: Alert Robert Olaj in...
Dr. Joy Butler to Receive R. Tait McKenzie Award
Congratulations to Dr. Joy Butler, professor in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP), who has been selected to receive the 2018 R. Tait McKenzie Award. Presented by Physical & Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), the R. Tait McKenzie Award is geared toward Canadians who have made...