The Faculty of Education at UBC is advancing educational research and understanding in ways that celebrate diversity, equity, and innovation, and welcomes international collaboration in an increasingly borderless world.

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.

To advance education's role in the well-being of people and communities.

Research Facilities

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).

Research Highlights

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
Clarke, Anthony Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Educational practice, Pedagogy, Research Design and Method, Teacher Education Research, Teacher Research
Cloth, Allison Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Adolescence, Adolescent development, Child and Family Counseling in School Settings, Interventions, Mentoring, Program Evaluation, Social Justice, Young People Placed
Code, Jillianne Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Learning and Memory, Educational Context, Educational Technologies
Cole, Peter Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Indigenous Education Research; Aboriginalizing/indigenizing research methodology; Orality; Narrativity; Environmental thought; Indigenous self-determination and self-governance; Traditional Aboriginal and Indigenous technologies
Corella Morales, Meghan Department of Language & Literacy Education
Cox, Daniel Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Motivations and Emotions, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health and Society, Stress, Suicide
Crocker, Peter School of Kinesiology self-esteem and spirit/exercise; body image; stress and coping in sport and exercise; health related behaviour (dieting, smoking, physical activity) related to the construction of the physical self in adolescent girls, Sport & exercise psychology - stress, coping and emotion, physical self, perfectionism
Daniluk, Judith Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Interpersonal Communication, Women' sexuality and reproductive health, developmental transitions, clinical supervision
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa Department of Educational Studies Education for/about international development, Social accountability in local and global engagements, Global Citizenship Education
Dobson, Teresa Department of Language & Literacy Education Curriculum studies, digital culture, media, technology
Duff, Patricia Department of Language & Literacy Education applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, multilingualism and work, sociocultural and sociopolitical aspects of languages in education, Adolescent issues, adult education issues, English and French as second languages, international perspecives
Early, Margaret Department of Language & Literacy Education Adolescent issues, English as a second Language, language education, literacy, teacher research
Ellis, Jason Department of Educational Studies History of education, Education policy, Politics of education
Ercikan, Kadriye Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Educational measurement; cross-cultural and multilingual assessment; education research methods; assessment of complex thinking; assessment of collaborative problem solving
Ervin, Ruth Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Systems Change, Prevention and Intervention Strategies in Special Education
Fallon, Gerald Department of Educational Studies Indigenous Studies, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and Organizations, Policy, Research methodologies
Faulkner, Guy School of Kinesiology Community Health / Public Health, physical activity and public health, mental health, physical activity interventions, exercise psychology, behavioral medicine
Ford, Laurie Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Early Childhood Assessment, Youth and Families
Frank, Blye Department of Educational Studies Boys’ and men’s sociology of health, Masculinities and schooling gender and schooling Sexualities and schooling professional development in education, Masculinity, sociology of boys
Friedel, Tracy Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Native Health, Cultural and Health, Participatory research, Health Promotion, Social Contexts, Learning and Development Approaches, place-based/land-based learning, forum theatre, labour histories, oral history
Galla, Candace Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies what types of technology initiatives (low-, mid-, or high) Indigenous language communities are using to revitalize, maintain, and promote their language
Gerofsky, Susan Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Curriculum Studies Research, Mathematics, Media, Semiotics, Text Studies, Pedagogy, Research Design and Method, Technology; gesture; genre; mathematics and the arts; Performance Theory
Gibson, Lindsay Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gill, Hartej Department of Educational Studies Cultural studies, Leadership and Organizations, Post-colonial studies, Teaching and Practice
Gladwin, Derek Department of Language & Literacy Education


Graduate Student Profiles

Natalia Balyasnikova

Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English as a Second Language (PhD)
Exchanging Stories: A narrative inquiry into the learning experiences of seniors studying English as an additional language

Evan Taylor

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Doing Cancer While Trans*: Biopolitical Intersections of Gendered Embodiment and Cancer Regimes

Magdalena Vergara

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Reading the South in the North: A mixed method approach for the study of Latin American literature through educational practices in Vancouver

Alexandra Ruddy

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (PhD)
School Mental Health Climate

Brian Hayes

Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc)
Impact of spinal cord injury on the structure and function of the left ventricle

Zarina Giannone

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
Athletes in Transition: A novel intervention targeting elite athletes' identity development

Huanwen Wang

Master of Education in Adult Learning and Education (MEd)

Angelina Lee

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (PhD)
Forgotten need: Re-constructing a sense of belonging through culturally grounded participatory action research with a local refugee community

Alumni on Success

Andrea Bundon

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD) [2014]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
The University of British Columbia - School of Kinesiology

Suzanne Windsor-Liscombe

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD) [2014]
Job Title
Retired Educator from the Burnaby School District

Ashwani Kumar

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD) [2011]
Job Title
Associate Professor
Mount Saint Vincent University

Ryan van den Berg

Master of Arts in Educational Studies (MA) [2016]
Job Title
Research Assistant
Library of Parliament

Randy Wollf

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD) [2008]
Job Title
PaperLift Document Editing

Kenneth Tupper

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD) [2011]
Job Title
Director of Implementation & Partnerships
BC Centre on Substance Use

Lucía Terra

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD) [2009]
Job Title
Terra Solutions: Language and Communication Services

Kaela Jubas

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD) [2009]
Job Title
Associate Professor
University of Calgary

Recent Thesis Submissions