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
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

Simon Lisaingo

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (PhD)
Small Challenges, Big Challenges: A Collaborative Approach to Understanding and Supporting the Development of Emotion-Related Self-Regulation in Schools

Robyn McClure

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (PhD)
Those who know the most and care the least: How empathy and social power predict roles in bullying situations
Simangele Mabena

Simangele Mabena

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
The Team Effort Project: A South African Deaf and Hearing teaching partnership for d/Deaf education

Neila Miled

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Negotiating identity and belonging in the age of the "war on terror": Muslim youths’ lived experiences in British Columbian high schools

Jaime Semchuk

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (PhD)
Multiple Stakeholder Perspectives on School-Based Mental Health Literacy Interventions: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
Harini Rajagopal

Harini Rajagopal

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Valuing ‘multilayeryed lifeworlds’: Working with children and teachers to explore the multimodal communicative practices and identities of young English language learners.

Zarina Giannone

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

Evan Taylor

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

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

Anita Cote

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD) [2013]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Trinity Western University

Recent Thesis Submissions