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.

Mission
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
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

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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
Employer
The University of British Columbia - School of Kinesiology

Suzanne Windsor-Liscombe

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

Ashwani Kumar

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

Ryan van den Berg

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

Randy Wollf

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

Kenneth Tupper

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

Lucía Terra

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

Kaela Jubas

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

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