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.

What makes the program unique?

The program faculty have expertise in: Indigenous languages and literacies, children’s literature and cultural texts, drama and theatre education, literary and literacy practices in families, schools, and communities, and digital cultures, multimodality, and communication ecologies/studies.

LITR graduate students gain experience and understanding in such areas as: Indigenous languages and literacies; literature and cultural texts for children and youth; drama and theatre education in schools and communities; literary and literacy practices in families, schools, and communities; digital cultures, multimodality, and communication ecologies/studies.

The MEd degree in Literacy Education is designed as a practitioner's degree, for students who wish to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to work in a professional field. The MEd program can be pursued either full-time or part-time.

A small number of MEd students each year who demonstrate outstanding performance and whose research interests align with those of an available supervisor may be allowed to switch to the MA program after their second semester.



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Admission Information & Requirements

Program Instructions

Assessments for M.Ed. and M.A. applicants will be based on:

  • undergraduate credits (3rd and 4th level coursework) prescribed by the Department as prerequisite to the program.
  • minimum GPA of 76% average In cases where applicants have also completed graduate level coursework toward a master’s or doctoral level program, or as an unclassified student, this coursework is assessed separately. A considerably higher standing may be required because of competitive demand.

1) Check Eligibility

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement: 92









IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement: 7.0









Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Prior degree, course and other requirements

Prior Degree Requirements

An approved Bachelor’s degree and, for K-12 teachers, one year of teacher education;* OR a 5-year Bachelor’s degree in Education; OR a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Education or other appropriate area provided the applicant has completed all the necessary prerequisites listed below. Holders of 3-year Canadian degrees require a fourth or honours year.


Document Requirements
  1. Bachelor’s degree in relevant Educational discipline or other appropriate area with high standing.
  2. Three letters of recommendation; at least one reference letter must be an academic reference by a university instructor.
  3. CV or resume outlining work experience and academic background.
  4. Well-written 500 word (maximum) Statement of Intent to describe your proposed research. Be sure to indicate how your previous education and professional experience have prepared you to undertake your research, and note which people in the department have expertise in your intended area of study. State any work you have done in this area already (mention specific skills/techniques you have picked up).
  5. Scanned copies all official transcripts (including a key to transcript grades and symbols) and degree certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended outside UBC.
Other Requirements

Awards; fellowships; scholarships; and distinctions. Relevant professional and academic experience including conference presentations, professional workshops, and publications. At least two years of successful teaching experience or equivalent.

2) Meet Deadlines

Application open dates and deadlines for an upcoming intake have not yet been configured in the admissions system. Please check back later.

3) Prepare Application


All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.


Course-based programs may assign academic advisors to cohorts of students, but usually do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members if you are applying to this program.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Research Information

Research Highlights


    Research Focus

    The Department takes a critical and social justice approach to theory and research. Faculty members in the Literacy program have expertise in the following areas:

    1. Indigenous languages and literacies.
    2. Literature and cultural texts for children and youth.
    3. Drama and theatre education in schools and communities.
    4. Literary and literacy practices in families, schools, and communities.
    5. Digital cultures, multimodality, and communication ecologies/studies.

    Program Components

    The MEd program requires 30 credits. A minimum of 24 credits must be in graduate-level courses (including 3 credits for the optional graduating paper completed as part of LLED 590). A maximum of 6 credits at the undergraduate level in courses numbered 300 to 499 (e.g., TESL Certificate Courses) may be counted toward the requirements of an MEd degree. All master’s students in LLED must take EDUC 500 as a basic research methods requirement. Effective May 1, 2019, the British Columbia Teacher Qualification Service no longer requires a graduating project as part of an acceptable graduate degree from school teachers wishing to teach and be paid at the level for a master ’s degree (Teacher Qualification Service FAQ and Teacher Qualification Service Policy).

    Geographic Restrictions

    The program accepts well-qualified students from around the globe into a richly international and multicultural academic community.

    Tuition & Financial Support


    FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
    Application Fee$112.00$168.25
    Tuition *
    Installments per year33
    Tuition per installment$2,576.99$5,150.23
    Tuition per year
    (plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
    Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $1,500.00 (-)
    Other Fees and Costs
    Student Fees (yearly)$1,081.64 (approx.)
    Costs of living (yearly)starting at $18,517.90 (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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

    Financial Support

    Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.

    Program Funding Packages

    Funding is not available.

    Employer support

    Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.

    Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

    Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.

    Financial aid (need-based funding)

    Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.

    All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

    Foreign government scholarships

    Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

    Working while studying

    The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

    International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

    A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

    Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

    Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

    Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

    Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

    Cost Calculator

    Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

    Career Options

    As a professional degree, the MEd is intended for students who wish, upon graduation, to assume positions of leadership in a practical setting or positions requiring more advanced study than that available at the bachelor’s level. 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. Our focus is on the many rich, multiethnic and multilingual contexts of literacy learning in our schools and communities.

    Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

    These statistics show data for the Master of Education in Literacy Education (MEd). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

    Enrolment Data

    New registrations79568
    Total enrolment1417161815

    Completion Rates & Times

    This program has a graduation rate of 91% based on 56 students admitted between 2011 - 2014. Based on 28 graduations between 2017 - 2020 the minimum time to completion is 0.99 years and the maximum time is 5.33 years with an average of 2.57 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: 7 April 2022]. 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: 19 October 2021].

    Further Information


    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.

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