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Faculty of Education

When we first opened our doors in 1965, we were pushing the boundaries of education with a non-traditional Professional Development Program (PDP). More than 50 years later, we continue to be a progressive leader in education training, now with a strong focus on technology.

Throughout, we've also taken a community-first approach in all that we do - both locally and abroad. Partnerships with school districts, administrators and governments all over the globe facilitate knowledge sharing and unique programs for teachers in training, such as our International Teacher Education Model (ITEM) in India or Mexico. Locally, we are proud of our Friends of Simon program, which places our student teachers in tutoring roles supporting K-12 students of all backgrounds, including many refugees and new immigrants to the Lower Mainland.

Programs are responsive to community needs and change, but generally fall under these areas of study: arts education, counselling psychology, curriculum and instruction, equity studies in education, educational leadership, educational psychology, educational technology and learning design, languages and societies, mathematics education, programmes en langue francaise.

Faculty highlights

  • 68 faculty members, two Canada Research Chairs
  • First master's program in Contemplative Inquiry in Canada
  • First master's program in Arts for Social Change in Canada
  • GDE in Indigenous Education: Education for Reconciliation starting fall 2017 on the traditional lands of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh and North Vancouver school district
  • Notable alumni: Dr. Gabor Mate and UBC Registrar, Kate Ross