Master of Education in Literacy Education (MEd)


Our programs in Literacy Education engage teachers and other professional educators in the study of rich language and literacy practices from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood. Literacy studies have expanded dramatically in recent years and our internationally known Faculty draw on many disciplines that inform the study of language and literacy education, including cognitive, linguistic, anthropological, cultural, literary, critical and post-structural perspectives.

Quick Facts

Master of Education
Mode of delivery
On campus
Literacy Education
Program Components
Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
Faculty of Education

Research Information

Research Focus

The graduate program in Literacy Education (LITR) in the Department of Language and Literacy Education offers opportunities to study in the areas of English Education, Drama Education and Reading from cognitive, social, cultural, and poststructuralist perspectives. Research areas within the program include: child language development in education, composition (writing); early, intermediate, adolescent and adult literacy; family literacy; children's and young adult literature; Aboriginal literacy; teacher librarianship; and arts-based and multimodal approaches to literacy learning.


Document Requirements

1) CV or resume outlining work experience and academic history
2) a well-written 500 word (maximum) Statement of Intent
3) letters of support of three referees
4) if admitted, all official transcripts and degree certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended outside UBC

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Supervisor commitment required prior to application?


Prior degree requirements

an approved Bachelor’s degree and, for K-12 teachers, one year of teacher education;* OR a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Education

Other Requirements

two years of formal teaching experience is required

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,334.10$4,192.82
Tuition per year$7,002.30$12,578.46
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

New registrations824275
Total enrolment1526303950

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 96.43% based on 56 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 55 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 0.99 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 2.24 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. 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].

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 February 2018
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2017

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