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 half a century the Faculty of Education at UBC 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 also 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.

The Faculty’s Education Research and Learning Commons at Ponderosa Commons features technology-enhanced teaching and learning spaces and also informal learning spaces. A number of faculty manage their own research labs, situated throughout campus. 

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

Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Education.


Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2008 Dr. Mirfakhraie developed a multicentred theory and methodology in analyzing curriculum reform and showed that despite the inclusion of critical educational theories, Iranian textbooks construct the world by references to multiple "us" and "them" categories based on contradictory anti-imperialist and nationalist narratives and discriminatory discourses of whiteness, Shi'ism and patriarchy. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2008 Dr. Pidgeon explored institutional responsibility and accountability to Aboriginal education from Indigenous perspectives. She found that relationships were key to institutional transformation. Her research provides clear direction for improving policies, services, and programs in order for Aboriginal students to be more successful. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2008 The point of no return: Aboriginal offenders' journey towards a crime free life- provides an increased understanding of the needs of Aboriginal offenders and offers guidance concerning useful strategies to incorporate into wellness plans when entering the community. Most notably, respecting Aboriginal culture and knowledge was emphasized. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2008 Dr. Tallowitz examined the reading strategies that North American intermediate students of German use when they read German webpages. Through observations and think-aloud protocols she determined the linguistic and intercultural challenges such Internet reading presents. Her findings lead to pedagogical implications for designing suitable Internet tasks for foreign language students. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2008 In an autoethnographic study, Dr Moran used multiple methods, including reflective stories and educational criticism to explore the 'good' of an elementary school teacher's everyday practice. Her research illustrates how community is built through mutually respectful relationships created in dialogue where the teacher is learner and the learners are teachers. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)
2008 Viewing Heritage Language maintenance as a social practice, Dr. Cho's exploratory qualitative study attempted to understand how Korean immigrant families in Greater Vancouver are involved in their children?s Heritage Language maintenance by investigating, comparing, and contrasting the participants? attitudes and practices. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)