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|
|Gleason, Mona||Department of Educational Studies||History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, history of education, history of children and youth, critical youth studies, gender and sexuality|
|Goble, Scott||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||music and history; music education; conducting; choral music, Expressed an interest in chairing music exams, music education|
|Gouzouasis, Peter||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||early childhood music education; computer literacy through fine arts and new media; music in mass media; especially jazz, guitar, Music education, Action Research, Artistic and Aesthetic Development, Arts Education, Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technologies, Literacy, Media, Semiotics, Text Studies, Music, Music Education Research, Non-Formal Learning, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Research Design and Method, Sociological Issues, Teacher Education Research, Teacher Research, Technology|
|Grimmett, Peter||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Action Research, Curriculum Studies, Higher Education, Pedagogy, Policy Studies, Teacher Education, Teacher Research|
|Gunderson, Lee Paul||Department of Language & Literacy Education||ESL, multiculturalism|
|Han, Sandrine||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media, Media Content and Impacts, New Technology and Social Impacts, Arts and Technologies, Intercultural and Ethnic Relationships, Art Education Research, Artistic and Aesthetic Development, Arts Education, Cross Cultural Research, Cross-Cultural Education, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Studies Research, Educational Technologies, Media, Semiotics, Multiculturalism, Non-Formal Learning, Pedagogy, Subcultures|
|Hare, Jan||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Aboriginal youth mobility, Aboriginal family and community perspectives on early literacy, literature, identity construction and urban Aboriginal youth, Cultural studies, early childhood, first nations education|
|Haverkamp, Beth||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Counselling Process Research, Ethics and Professional Issues, Research Design|
|Henry, Annette||Department of Language & Literacy Education||race, language, culture in education; equity and diversity, Cross-cultural education, feminist studies, gender, international perspectives, multiculturalism, policy studies|
|Hodges, Nicola||School of Kinesiology||Psychology - Biological Aspects, action anticipation and observation, coaching, skill acquisition, motor learning|
|Holbrook, Cay||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||special education, Special education, education of students with visual impairments, instruction in Braille reading and writing|
|Hubball, Harry||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Physical Education Program, Strategic Educational Leadership Development in International Research-intensive Settings, Research-informed and Evidence-based Approaches to Learning-centred Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Program Reform, Scholarship of Curriculum & Pedagogical Practices in Higher Education|
|Hubley, Anita||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Depression, Drug Abuse, Social Determinants of Health, Homelessness and Homeless People, Mental Health and Society, Quality of Life and Aging, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Executive Functions, Dementia, Aging Process, Identity Building, Learning and Memory, Psychological and health measurement, Test development and validation, Adult neuropsychological, personality, and mental health topics and assessment, Research with general community and vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly, homeless, drug addicted)|
|Hurd, Laura||School of Kinesiology||Social Aspects of Aging, Social Determinants of Health, Loss of Independence, Identity Building, Participatory research, Quality of Life and Aging, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Aging Process, aging, ageism, sociology of aging, social gerontology, body image, embodiment, health, disability, social exclusion, assistive technology, gender, physical activity, qualitative methods, LGBTQ older adults, sexuality, media representation, heterosexism, gender identity|
|Hymel, Shelley||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Social Contexts, Social Determinants of Child and Youth Development, Socialization, Violence, Social Networks, Educational Approaches, Learning and Development Approaches, social development, peer relations in children and youth, school violence, bullying and victimization, social emotional learning, mental health and wellbeing, interpersonal relations among children and youth|
|Inglis, J Timothy||School of Kinesiology||Exercise science, neurophysiology, biomechanics, stance and balance control, human microneurography, physical therapy and rehabilitation, vestibular system|
|Irwin, Rita||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Teacher Education, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Social Impact of Artistic Education, education, arts education, arts based research, a/r/tography|
|Ishiyama, Ishu||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Multicultural/Cross-cultural Counselling and Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counselling Competency Development, Anti-discrimination and Prejudice Reduction, Japanese Morita Therapy and Asian Perspectives on Helping and Healing, Social-Cultural Competency Training, Self-Validation Issues in Personal and Cross-cultural Transition and Adjustment, Social Anxiety and Interpersonal Skills Training, Spiritual Issues in Counselling, Help-Seeking and Help-Avoiding, Use of Metaphors in Counselling and Supervision, Clinical Racism Issues in counselling Training and Practice|
|James, Susan||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Cultural Psychology & Psychotherapy, Immigrant Mental Health & Culture Specific Syndromes, Philosophical Psychology, Spirituality & Psychotherapy|
|Jamieson, Janet Ruth||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Education of deaf and hard of hearing students|
|Jenson, Jennifer||Department of Language & Literacy Education|
|Katz, Jennifer||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education|
|Keenan, Harper||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy|
|Kelly, Deirdre||Department of Educational Studies||Children and youth, Gender studies, Media and democracy, Social justice, Sociology of Education|
|Kendrick, Maureen||Department of Language & Literacy Education||literacy, digital literacy, Children and youth, ESL, international perspectives|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Will’s Notebook : the art of learning from experience and listening : [supplementary material] (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Career decision-making of immigrant young people who are doing well : helping and hindering factors (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Cancer's margins : sexual and gender marginality and the biopolitics of knowledge (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Is what’s mine also yours? financial integration in non-married cohabiting adults : a phenomenological study (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Will’s Notebook : the art of learning from experience and listening (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Dialogue in radical hospitality : creating meaning of democratic education through dialogic cooking (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Using activity theory and expansive learning to co-construct understandings of competencies in K-12 education in British Columbia (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Restorying the wounds of education : vulnerability, hope, and the (queer) child (Curriculum Studies - MA)
Parent relational processes with coaches and athletes in early specialization sport (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Exchanging stories : a narrative ethnography of immigrant seniors’ English language learning experiences. (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
Genetic essentialism, cognitive functioning, and leadership behaviour (Kinesiology - MA)
Subjectivity in the folds : education, media practices, and environmental activism amongst more-than-human pleats (Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education - PHD)
Learning taqwa : a mother's search for stories for her daughter (Educational Studies - MA)
Assessment and training of physical literacy in early childhood educators (Kinesiology - PHD)
The story of an idea : moving with a playmaking education (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Navigating family caregiving for dementia : the joint actions and projects of family members (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Exploring a combined instructional and self-regulatory intervention for math anxiety (School Psychology - MA)
Thinking who we are becoming : a collage of possibility for teachers (Curriculum Studies - MA)
Seeking alternative pathways : an exploration of school engagement from the perspectives of marginalized youth (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
New at UBC Education Library
Sept 19, 2019 Updates and Announcements for 2019/2020: Practicum Loans: This year, teacher candidates will be able to borrow items in the Education Library for the entirety of their extended practicum period. Look for official opening and closing dates for practicum loan borrowing to be announced...
Scholarship Stories: Dr. Kedrick James
September 18, 2019 In episode 3 of the Scholarship Stories, we sit down with Dr. Kedrick James, Senior Instructor, Deputy Department Head and Director of the Digital Literacy Centre here inside LLED. His research interests include arts-based research and activism, critical media and digital...
Public Humanities Hub Launch – Call for Slideshow Submissions
For the official launch of the Public Humanities Hub (PHH) in October, celebrating recent works by members of UBC’s faculty in the humanities. For the official launch event in October, the PHH would like to celebrate recent works by members of UBC’s faculty in the humanities. One of...
LLED Scholarship Stories: Dr. Ryuko Kubota
September 11, 2019 For the second episode of the Scholarship Stories series we are happy to introduce Professor Dr. Ryuko Kubota. Her research focuses on critical approaches to culture, race, and pedagogy in language education. Her many publications have appeared in Applied Linguistics, Critical...
Vanessa Andreotti elected to Royal Society of Canada
September 11, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, Professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST), who was recently elected to Royal Society of Canada as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Founded in 2014, the College is a handpicked selection of...
Congratulations to Simangele Mabena on receiving the SSHRC CGSD (Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral) Award
[ September 10, 2019 Congratulations to Simangele Mabena on being awarded the SSHRC CGSD (Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral)! Simangele Mabena – PhD in LLED, Supervisors: Dr. George Belliveau and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Congratulations, Simangele! Learn more about the award here. Read more