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The MEd degree 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. 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. The MEd degree is a course-based degree (no thesis required).

The MEd in Modern Languages is a specialized, individualized and interdisciplinary graduate program in which students can focus on French as a Second or Additional Language education, Asia-Pacific or modern language education in other languages, or Indigenous language education and revitalization.

MLED graduate students gain experience and understanding in such areas as: current issues in second language theory and practice, second language acquisition, second language reading and writing, language socialization, language and identity, bi-/multilingual pedagogies and multimodalities, language policy and planning, second language assessment, intercultural education, technology integration in language education, discourse analysis, critical applied linguistics, and research methods.

Teachers in French immersion, core and intensive French, and francophone programs have the option of completing an online cohort MEd taught entirely in French. The focus is on teachers’ specific interests related to French language teaching and includes a three-week course delivered face-to-face in Montreal. Online courses are offered synchronously between September and June via web-conferencing. For information about this specific program please visit:


What makes the program unique?

The program faculty have expertise in second/additional language teaching, applied linguistics, critical applied linguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural education, second language acquisition and socialization, content-based language education, pedagogical and functional grammar, second language reading and writing, issues of language and identity, language in education, multilingual literacies, language policy, and language learning and use in immigrant and international communities.

Although there are formal course requirements for the advanced degrees, graduate students are encouraged, with the aim of individualizing each program of studies, to take graduate courses in other departments in the Faculty of Education as well as in Linguistics and other Language Departments, Anthropology/Sociology, Psychology, and other disciplines Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts. This allows students to individually tailor their program of studies according to their interests.

On-campus MEd programs in the Department can be pursued either full time or part time.


Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

Program Instructions

Assessments for M.Ed. applicants are 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.

Students applying to the MEd in MLED normally have earned a degree in (an) additional language(s) or second language education, linguistics, or related areas, or have had coursework in these areas. Two years of formal teaching experience is preferred.

Document Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in relevant Educational discipline or other appropriate area with high standing

CV or resume outlining a short summary of relevant professional and academic background.

A well-written 500 word (maximum) Statement of Intent. Be sure to indicate how your previous education, professional experience have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program. State any work you have already done in this area (mention specific skills/techniques you have picked up). Connect your area of interest to work being done in the program (mention specific faculty members and projects).

Three letters of recommendation; at least one reference letter must be an academic reference by a university instructor

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

Applicants who received a degree from a North American university are not required to submit their English test scores. Similarly, applicants who completed their degree outside North America from an institution in which English was the primary language of instruction of the entire university (not just a program) are not required to provide English test scores as part of their application.

Please note that we can only accept your English test scores if the test has been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of the application. An official test score report ordered from the testing agency has to be sent to UBC. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to UBC Grad School are:

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, minimum score 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer based), or new minimum TOEFL score of 92 (with a minimum of 22 for each component).


MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery. Minimum overall score 85.


IELTS – International English Language Testing System – Academic. Minimum overall band score 7, with no component less than 6.5.

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 do not have a thesis component. While they may assign academic advisors to students, they do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their thesis supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members for the purposes of thesis supervision 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

Second language teaching methodologies

Applied linguistics

Critical applied linguistics

Intercultural communication

Second language acquisition and socialization

Content-based language education

Pedagogical and functional grammar

Second language writing

Discourse analysis

Issues of language and identity

Language in education

Multilingual literacies

Language policy

Language learning and use in immigrant and international communities

Research Focus

Second language teaching methodologies

Applied linguistics

Critical applied linguistics

Intercultural communication

Second language acquisition and socialization

Content-based language education

Pedagogical and functional grammar

Second language writing

Discourse analysis

Issues of language and identity

Language in education

Multilingual literacies

Language policy

Language learning and use in immigrant and international communities

Program Components

The MEd program in Second/Modern/Indigenous Language Education requires 30 credits of coursework. A minimum of 24 credits must be in graduate-level courses (including 3 credits for the optional graduating project 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 MLED 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$114.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,628.52$5,407.74
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)$1,116.60 (approx.)
Costs of livingEstimate your costs of living with our interactive tool in order to start developing a financial plan for your graduate studies.
* 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 in the form of BC Ministry of Education bursaries is available to those enrolling in the online French MEd see Funding for the other MEd specializations 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 Estimator

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

Career Options

Integrating research and practice, the graduate programs in Second/Modern/Indigenous language education offer professional development to second language and Indigenous language teachers and prepare leaders in this field. The program allows you to qualify for salary increases and leadership roles within the school system.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

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


New Registrations3202183
Total Enrolment2339203924

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 92% based on 40 students admitted between 2015 - 2018. Based on 41 graduations between 2020 - 2023 the minimum time to completion is 1.02 years and the maximum time is 5.12 years with an average of 2.6 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each registration year, May to April, e.g. data for 2022 refers to programs starting in 2022 Summer and 2022 Winter session, i.e. May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Data on total enrolment reflects enrolment in Winter Session Term 1 and are based on snapshots taken on November 1 of each registration year. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Graduation rates exclude students who transfer out of their programs. 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.

Further Information

Modern Language Education (MLED) examines the social, linguistic, educational, cognitive, cultural, and political processes affecting the teaching, learning, assessment, and use of languages other than English, whether learned as a first, second/additional, or heritage language. The program faculty have special expertise in MLED teaching methods, language assessment, bilingualism, French as a Second Language, French immersion education, multilingual literacies, Asia-Pacific languages in education, heritage language education, technology in language education, language policy, and research on classroom teaching/learning of modern languages.

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