Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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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. The Early Childhood Education program is offered by the University of British Columbia.


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 Masters of Education (MEd) is a course-based degree; while the MEd also includes research courses, its focus is primarily on knowledge of professional practice. Students may choose from either the course-only option or courses plus ECED 590 (3 credits), which is recognized as a capstone experience by the British Columbia Teacher Qualification Service (TQS).

While the majority of students in the MEd Early Childhood Education program at the University of British Columbia 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.

Programme Structure

The MEd program in Early Childhood Education (ECED) is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of professional practice with young children. The MEd program is a 30-credit program consisting of ten courses or nine courses and a capstone experience (ECED 590). ECED 590 is recognized as a capstone experience by the British Columbia Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

Courses include:

  • Review of Research in Early Childhood Education 
  • Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education
  • Research Methodology in Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      The time for completion for the on-campus MEd is, on average, 2.3 years for a full-time student.

    • Duration description

      Part-time students, on average, take 3-4 years. The online MEd is designed to take exactly 2.6 years and is considered a part-time program.

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission to the MA or MEd program requires a Bachelor of Education degree, or a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field,* or a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts with an early childhood education minor. In addition, students must have attained a B+ average in third and fourth year-level course work or at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of education or in a related field.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12578 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12578 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7002 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7002 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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