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|
|Nicol, Cynthia||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||mathematics teacher education, culturally responsive pedagogy, Aboriginal education, care-based and problem-based learning, Math education|
|Norman, Moss||School of Kinesiology|
|Norton, Bonny||Department of Language & Literacy Education||education, ESL, international perspectives, literacy, teacher research|
|O'Donoghue, Donal||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Art Education, Curriculum Studies, Gender, History of Education, Sociological Issues|
|Pare, Anthony||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Language Education, Literacy, Literary Education, Multiple and New Literacies, Multiple Literacies, Writing and Reading|
|Perry, Nancy||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||motivation and self-regulated learning in young children; social perspectives on teaching and learning, reading and writing; accommodating individual difference in general education classrooms; learning disabilities; special education, Metacognition, motivation, and self-regulated learning in elementary school children Social perspectives on teaching and learning, including social cognitive and sociocultural theories, Teacher development, Individual differences, Learning disabilities|
|Petherick, LeAnne||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy|
|Petrina, Stephen||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Adolescent Issues, Artistic and Aesthetic Development, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Studies, Educational Technologies, Environmental Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Literacy, Media, Semiotics, Text Studies, Metacognition and Learning, Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Research Design and Method, Science Education, Social Cognition, Social Studies Education, Sociological Issues, Subcultures, Technology|
|Phelan, Anne||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Curriculum Studies, Feminist Studies, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Teacher Education|
|Pinar, William||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Education Systems, History|
|Poole, Wendy||Department of Educational Studies||Educational leadership and administration; Organizational change in education (reform of schooling); Teachers’ work; Teacher unions and teacher unionism; role of teacher unions in education, Leadership and organizations, Social justice, Teaching and Practice|
|Puterman, Eli||School of Kinesiology||Health psychology, Stress physiology, Acute exercise, Exercise interventions, Physical activity, Physical literacy, cellular aging, telomeres, chronic stress|
|Renwick, Kerry||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Teacher Education, Familial Contexts, Human and Social Ecology, Critical Pedagogy, Educational Policy, Home Economics, Health Education, Public Health|
|Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel||Department of Educational Studies||Philosophical Traditions in Education, Philosophy of education|
|Rogers, Theresa||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Educational Approaches, Education, Literacy, Youth Studies, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Digital Literacies|
|Roman, Leslie||Department of Educational Studies||Ethnography, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Sociology of Education|
|Ross, E. Wayne||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Political Contexts, Social Contexts, Educational Approaches, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Social Studies Education, Social Justice in Education|
|Ruitenberg, Claudia||Department of Educational Studies||Political education; discourse and translation|
|Schnellert, Leyton||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy|
|Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Children’s social and emotional development, empathy, moral development, bullying, risk and resiliency, adolescent stress and coping, transition to school, transition to adulthood (emerging adulthood), social and emotional learning in school, Social, emotional, and moral development of children and adolescents with an emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that promote positive development|
|Schultz, Izabela||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||psychological and neuropsychological aspects of disability, Brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, Chronic pain, Conceptual models of disability and return to work, Early identification of risk for disability and intervention with at risk workers, Psychological and neuropsychological assessment in personal injury and workers|
|Shan, Hongxia||Department of Educational Studies||Adult education, Equity, Gender Studies, International and Comparative Education, Lifelong Learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Teaching and Practice, Workplace learning|
|Shapka, Jennifer||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Affective and Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, New Technology and Social Impacts, Technology, Media, Social Media, Adolescents, Cyberbullying, Self-regulation, Online Privacy|
|Sheel, William||School of Kinesiology||exercise science, Exercise science, exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, athletic performance, cardiovascular|
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