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|
|Khan, Samia||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||science education, teaching and learning, cognition, digital technology, learning space design, case study, higher education, Educational Technologies, Science Education, Teacher Education|
|Kindler, Anna||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||art education; artistic and aesthetic development; teacher education|
|Knight, Vicki Floyd||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education|
|Koehle, Michael||School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice||Physiology, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Environment and Respiratory Diseases, Respiratory System, Exercise physiology, environmental physiology, sport and exercise medicine|
|Kramer, John||School of Kinesiology||Neuromechanical, Systems Biology, Exercise & Health|
|Kroc, Edward||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education|
|Kubota, Ryuko||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Language Rights and Policies, language education, multicultural education, culture and language, race and language teaching, language ideologies, critical applied linguistics|
|Lam, Tania||School of Kinesiology||Rehabilitation, Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma, gait rehabilitation, exercise, neurorecovery|
|Li, Guofang||Department of Language & Literacy Education||longitudinal studies of immigrant children|
|Liu, Yan||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Fundamental measurement issues (e.g. measurement invariance and outliers); development and application of new statistical methods in education, psychology, health, and social/behavioral sciences; assessing learning outcomes; developing new assessment methods|
|Lo, Owen||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Gifted Education, High Ability, Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning, Multiculturalism, Problem Solving, Qualitative Research, Research Methodologies, Sociocultural Approaches to Learning and Teaching|
|Loutzenheiser, Lisa||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Educational Context, Sexuality, Gender Epidemiology, Social Contexts, Teacher Education, Ideology and Social Policy, Epistemology and Methodology, Thought Schools (education), anti-oppressive education, queer studies, curriculum theory, youth studies, curriculum policy, qualitative methodologies, ethnography, gender studies, Social inequality, sexuality education, alternative education, marginalized youth, LGBT2SQ, Race Studies in Education|
|Lucyshyn, Joseph||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Applied Behaviour Analysis, Behaviour Disorders, Behavioural Family Intervention, Positive Behaviour Support, Single-Subject Research|
|Marker, Michael||Department of Educational Studies||First Nations’ education, First nations education|
|Mathison, Sandra||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Evaluation theory and practice; student assessment; standardized testing; school and program evaluation; critical theory; interpretive and critical research methodologies, qualitative research methods; sociology of assessment|
|Mazawi, Andre||Department of Educational Studies||Citizenship and democracy, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and organizations, Research methodologies, Sociology of Education|
|McKee, William||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Behavioral Problems, Learning Disorders in Children, Teaching and Learning Systems, Educational Counselling, Program Management (Education), Autism, Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth, School-Based Mental Health, Children and Youth with Special Needs|
|McKenzie, Donald||School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice||Exercise science, sports medicine, exercise physiology, chronic illness, respiratory exercise physiology, althetes, chronic diseases, hypoxemia, functional outcomes for pediatric/adult patients with cancer following organ transplantation, and with lung and muscle disease, interdisciplinary onocoly|
|Mercer, Sterett||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Literacy Training, Learning Disabilities, curriculum-based measurement, academic intervention|
|Metcalfe, Amy||Department of Educational Studies||Science and Knowledge, Power and Organization, Imagery, Higher Education, Faculty, Internationalization, Campus Environments|
|Meyer, Karen||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Curriculum Studies, Pedagogy, Science Education, ethnography, qualitative research|
|Milner-Bolotin, Marina||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Educational Technologies, Teacher Education, Science and Knowledge, Teaching, Teaching and Learning Systems, Technological Innovations, Teacher and Student Performance Evaluation, technology, STEM education, educational innovation|
|Mirenda, Pat||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||autism; developmental disability (mental retardation, etc.); positive behaviour support; augmentative communication (communication technology for people who are unable to speak), Autism, communication and behaviour challenges, developmental disabilities, augmentative and alternative communicaiton, positive behaviour support, inclusive education, literacy development|
|Mitchell, Cameron||School of Kinesiology|
|Nashon, Samson||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Curriculum design; high school physics; primary science; teacher education; science teacher education; physics teacher education and classroom instructions, Action Research, Curriculum Studies, Metacognition and Learning, Pedagogy, Research Design and Method, Science Education, Teacher Education, Ways of Knowing|
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