Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (MA)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Arts
Subject
Education
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Early Childhood Education
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Education
 

Overview

The early years of a child's life are critical years that play a major role in determining the child's developmental trajectory throughout life. A significant body of research literature has documented the importance of early childhood education and the difference that quality early childhood education makes in these early formative years. The Faculty of Education at UBC is fortunate to have a number of faculty members whose research and professional interests focus on children from birth to age 8. The strength of this group is in its breadth across disciplinary areas, the variety and the high calibre of its research, and its commitment to professional development. As a collective, this group represents a significant strength within the Faculty of Education that attracts outstanding students, new faculty, and research funding.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Education is a research-oriented degree, requiring the completion of a Master's Thesis. As such, it is the preferred route for individuals planning to pursue a doctoral degree after the Masters.  

What makes the program unique?

Graduate programs in UBC's Early Childhood Education program are designed for educators and child care professionals who wish to explore issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice. The MA in Early Childhood Education program is an interdisciplinary, faculty-wide program that consists of core courses in early childhood education (ECED) and related courses in other Faculty of Education departments. Key areas of focus include: theorizing early childhood and early childhood education, research and research methodologies, issues in early childhood curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation, and cross-departmental inquiries in early childhood education.

 

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Highly recommended

Prior degree requirements

Admission to the MA program requires a Bachelor of Education degree, or a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts with an early childhood education minor education, or a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field. Related fields include, but are not limited to, Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work and Family Studies.
Applicants whose degree is in an unrelated field (e.g., Arts, Commerce, General Studies) may be accepted if they have completed a college or university certificate program in early childhood education.

Other Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience working with early years children.

Career Options

While the majority of students in the MA are teaching professionals, this program is also appropriate for individuals in other professions related to early childhood education and care, such as child and youth care, nursing, psychology, and social work.  

Students may also aspire to pursue administrative or leadership roles in the education sector, as well as higher coordination/directorship positions in public offices and NGOs.

Many MA students have gone on to pursue doctoral studies in the field of Early Childhood Education in other departments at the Faculty of Education and elsewhere.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,288.33$3,645.83
Tuition per year$6,864.99$10,937.49
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $1,500.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications103349
Offers41234
New registrations41 21
Total enrolment9661113

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 100% based on 5 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 5 graduating students from the 2007 - 2010 admission cohort the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 5.33 years with an average of 3.66 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].
 

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September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 January 2018

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