Education (MEd Program)

The Master of Education (MEd) is a 30-credit-hour course-based degree program. The purpose of the degree is to provide students with learning opportunities to prepare for their roles as public intellectuals within one of two specializations: Exceptionality Education, or Transformational Leadership: People, Place, and Land. The MEd degree awarded under the authority of the School of Education includes the courses and study necessary to meet this obligation. The degree is intended for professionals and practitioners across disciplines with relevant Bachelor degrees or equivalent.


Admission

Applications, as outlined in the Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations section at the beginning of the Graduate Calendar, are completed by December 15th. The MEd program is cohort based. Students complete the program over six continuous semesters starting in the Summer Semester (July to August).


MEd Course-Based Program Requirements

Students prepare evidence of learning throughout the full-time MEd program that represents the signature pedagogy of People, Place and Land and situate the ways that they may lead and inform policy and practice within their local contexts, rurally, remotely, and beyond. These foci are woven throughout the learning experiences in this cohort-based program.

The MEd program is a course-based program which includes four required courses (12 credit hours) taken with the entire cohort and six specialization courses (18 credit hours) scheduled over six continuous semesters. These courses are delivered in multiple modalities. Students maintain an eportfolio with demonstrations of learning to inform their exit course, EDUC 680-3 En cha huna: Living our Learning.

The MEd program requirements outlined here are effective as of July 2022. Program requirements for MEd students who began before July 2022 are outlined in the UNBC Calendar from their year of entry. UNBC Calendar archives are found at: https://www.unbc.ca/calendar/pdf


MEd Program Structure

Year 1: First Semester
EDUC 671-3 Reconciling Space and Practice: Ways of Knowing and Being1
EDUC 672-3 Reflective and Transformative Practices in Educational Contexts1

Year 1: Second Semester
EDUC 673-3 Using Research to Inform Practice and Policy1
EDUC 6XX-3 Specialization Course One

Year 1: Third Semester
EDUC 6XX-3 Specialization Course Two
EDUC 6XX-3 Specialization Course Three

Year 2: First Semester
EDUC 6XX-3 Specialization Course Four

Year 2: Second Semester
EDUC 6XX-3 Specialization Course Five
EDUC 6XX-3 Specialization Course Six

Year 3: Third Semester
EDUC 680-3 En cha huna: Living Our Learning1

1
Note: full cohort course
 

Transformational Leadership: People, Place, and Land

The Master of Education Transformational Leadership: People, Place, and Land specialization is designed to prepare professionals in education, community, or health care services for roles which require leadership and system transformation. Students take four required courses and six specialization courses. The learning experience is intended and designed to be provocative and experiential. Students are called to action and courses are designed with transformative leadership in mind. The learning and leadership experiences are personalized within a framework of leadership and change theory, understanding of self as leader with a focus on decolonization and inclusivity in collegial governance, interpretations of policy, and leadership practice. Collaboration, connection, and networks are integral to the success of this program.

Full Cohort Required Courses
EDUC 671-3 Reconciling Space and Practice: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC 672-3 Reflective and Transformative Practices in Educational Contexts
EDUC 673-3 Using Research to Inform Practice and Policy
EDUC 680-3 En cha huna: Living our Learning

Specialization Courses
EDUC 675-3 So You Want to Change the World
EDUC 676-3 Policy, Governance and Ethical Decision Making
EDUC 677-3 Decolonizing Education
EDUC 678-3 Leadership for Equity and Inclusion
EDUC 679-3 Small is Beautiful: The Power of Small
EDUC 692-31 Special Topics (topic of interest chosen by the cohort)

1With permission of the Chair, students may also choose a course from other programs within the university or other institutions to complement their learning and objectives. The chosen course must align with the intent of the Special Topics course. If an alternative course is chosen, it must be completed before taking EDUC 680-3.


Exceptionality Education Specialization

The Master of Education Exceptionality Education specialization is a practitioner-based degree. Students take four required courses and six specialization courses planned in consultation with students and faculty. The purpose of the degree is to provide classroom practitioners with further knowledge of children and youth with exceptionalities and to prepare interested students in becoming Learning Assistance and Resource Teachers in the North and beyond.

Full Cohort Required Courses
EDUC 671-3 Reconciling Space and Practice: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC 672-3 Reflective and Transformative Practices in Educational Contexts
EDUC 673-3 Using Research to Inform Practice and Policy
EDUC 680-3 En cha huna: Living our Learning

Specialization Courses1
EDUC 622-3 Psychoeducational Assessment
EDUC 633-3 Human Development: Children and Adolescents
EDUC 635-3 Educating Exceptional Children
EDUC 636-3 Language and Learning Disabilities
EDUC 637-3 Interventions for Literacy Disorders
EDUC 639-3 School-based Teams, Consultants, and Families
EDUC 640-3 Focus on a Specific Disability
EDUC 674-3 Mental Health Disorders in Exceptionality Education

1With permission of the Chair, students may also choose a course from other programs within the university or other institutions to complement their learning and objectives. The chosen course must align with the intent of the specialization. If an alternative course is chosen, it must be completed before taking EDUC 680-3.


Leading for Learning Graduate Certificate

The Leading for Learning Graduate Certificate is intended for those professionals who wish to receive a British Columbia Education Leadership Council approved certificate. The certificate prepares graduates to become recognized educational leaders whether in a teacher-leader or administrative-leader position. The certificate is designed to ladder into the MEd Multidisciplinary Leadership specialization degree.

Admission

Admission requirements are the same as for the MEd degree.

The Leading for Learning Graduate Certificate requires 15 credit hours of course work — that is, five courses, two of which are required courses in the MEd Multidisciplinary Leadership (MDL) specialization, and the other three of which are part of a series of acceptable courses for the Educational Leadership Focus Area of the MDL. The certificate courses are normally offered over a four-semester cycle. While it is expected that most certificate completers will continue with completion of a Masters of Education Multidisciplinary Leadership degree, students may choose to complete only the certificate. The schedule of courses offered on most UNBC campuses allows completion of the certificate first and in the sequence of courses as follows, but this is not a requirement. Variation from this schedule of courses requires the permission of the MEd MDL Coordinator and School Chair. It is also possible to complete the MEd MDL without meeting all the requirements of the certificate.

Required Courses:
EDUC 606-3 Leading for Change
EDUC 609-3 Aboriginal/Indigenous Learners: History, Culture, and Ways of Knowing
Plus 3 of the following:
EDUC 615-3 The School Principalship
EDUC 616-3 Policy and Politics in Public Education
EDUC 617-3 Leading for Learning: Teacher Leadership and Principal Preparation
EDUC 626-3 Inclusive Education: Learning for All
EDUC 656-3 Instructional Leadership
A Leadership Development Portfolio and an Inquiry Project must also be completed concurrently in order to meet requirements of the certificate.
Students already enrolled in the MEd MDL specialization may complete these courses and receive the certificate, subject to a sequence of available courses being offered by the university.

Students applying to UNBC’s Master of Education Multidisciplinary Leadership specialization with a fully or partially completed graduate diploma or certificate, developed under the BC Educational Leadership Council process in conjunction with the Association of BC Deans of Education, may be eligible to receive up to 15 credit hours of transfer credit, at the discretion of the Chair of the School of Education.  


Special Education Graduate Certificate

The Special Education Graduate Certificate is design to prepare students to provide professional services and leadership in Special Education and educational programs offered in schools and other educational institutions.  This certificate is delivered via online and face to face (blended learning model).  It requires a minimum of 15 graduate credit hours for completion.

Admission
Admission requirements are the same as for the Master of Education degree. 

Required Courses:
EDUC 622-4 Psychoeducational Assessment
EDUC 635-3 Educating Exceptional Students
EDUC 637-3 Interventions for Literacy Disorders
EDUC 638-3 Mathematic Disorders and Remediation
EDUC 639-3 School-Based Teams, Consultants and Families

Updated: May 4, 2021