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UBC Faculty of Education

Nov 02, 2018 jjamison
Professional Development &
Community Engagement

Dig out that umbrella – it's officially wet out!

We hope you had a spooky Halloween giving candy out or just eating it yourself – we're not here to judge!

With the new year just around the corner, now is a great time to firm up any professional development plans you may have for 2019.

We have three exciting Master's cohorts, and three timely and relevant online MOOCs to check out. And a reminder that our certificates in Early Childhood Education and the Master of Educational Technology both have upcoming application deadlines in early November. Don't miss your chance to take part!

Details below on our November offerings.

In this issue:



MET – International Online Graduate Program 

Create rich and engaging learning environments using educational technology 

Apply By: November 6, 2018 
Begins: January 2019  
Delivery: 100% Online 

Not ready to commit to the MET master's program? Don't worry! There are also two online certificates, both of which can later transition into the MET master's degree.
  • Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning (TBDL)
  • Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning for Schools (TBLS)



BC Early Childhood Education Assistant & Basic Certificate Program 

Love working with kids? Become an early childhood educator!

Apply By: November 9, 2018 for priority to January courses 
Begins: January 2019
Delivery: 100% Online* 

With the recent commitment to universal childcare in British Columbia, there is a need for qualified Early Childhood Educators.

The Faculty of Education is currently offering two online certificates that are working to fill the need in BC for ECE professionals, and lead those with a passion for working with children to find rewarding careers in this field: 
  1. BC ECE Assistant Certificate
    • Allows students to work with young children in an early childhood setting, under the supervision of a qualified Early Childhood Educator.
  2. BC ECE Basic Certificate
    • Provides students with a basic foundation of the knowledge and skills needed to work in early childhood educational settings, as a qualified Early Childhood Educator.
*Excluding practica, which will take place in early childhood settings.



MEd in Curriculum Studies – Health, Outdoor, & Physical Experiential Education 

Integrating three streams of study into the classroom – Health, Outdoor and Physical Education.

Apply By: February 28, 2019
Begins: July 2019
Delivery: Face-to Face, Lower Mainland


MEd in Educational Studies – Education for Sustainability 

A partnership program with CityStudios Vancouver with a hands-on focus on solving real-world problems.

Apply By: February 28, 2019
Begins: August 2019
Delivery: Face-to Face, UBC & CityStudio Vancouver


MEd in Early Childhood Education

Issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice.

Apply By: January 31, 2019
Begins: September 2019
Delivery: 100% Online! 




Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education 

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding of practices that advance reconciliation.

This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, world views, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.
  • Course start: October 23* 
  • Register now!
  • Cost: FREE to audit, $50 USD for a verified certificate

*You can still register and catch up on course content up to three weeks after course start date!

Teach Mental Health 

Fully online, self-guided resources to help teacher candidates and current teachers develop and expand their mental health literacy.

National surveys report that about 70% of Canadian teachers identify a need for more knowledge about mental health and mental illness, yet most Faculties of Education do not have a comprehensive mental health literacy curriculum resource. This online, self-paced resource addresses that gap. Pre-service and current teachers can take this 7-module course in its entirety, or simply the modules they are most interested in. Faculties of Education are welcome to use these resources to support their course and/or discussions on mental health in the same way. 
  • Registration is open!
  • Cost: FREE

Bringing Mental Health to Schools 

A self-guided, online, classroom-ready mental health curriculum resource for teachers.

In this course, educators will learn how to apply this classroom-ready, web-based, modular mental health curriculum resource as well as upgrade their own mental health literacy. Educators can then use this curriculum resource in their schools to successfully address mental health related curriculum outcomes designed to be delivered by usual classroom teachers to students in Grades 7–12.
  • Registration is open!
  • Cost: $20 (an additional $10 for an optional digital Certificate of Completion) 


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Institut de Français, UBC à Québec

French language immersion in the heart of Quebec City!

Apply By: May 3, 2019
Dates: July 1-19, 2019
Location: Québec City

Don't miss this three-week immersion program for French language teachers!

Bursary for BC Teachers
BC teachers are eligible for a Canadian Heritage bursary that covers up to half of the program cost if they speak French as an additional language and are, or will be, involved in the teaching or supervision of French programs at public or independent school in British Columbia.



Lights, Camera, Action! VR Production for the Classroom


Apply By: February 4, 2019
Dates: March 18-20, 2019
Location: UBC Vancouver

Experience, explore, and present the world in a new way!

Over the course of three mornings, this UBC Spring Institute will guide you through the steps to shoot, edit, and share 360-degree videos. You will learn the basics of narrative storytelling and how to think like a director in this new medium. You will translate your ideas into a script and then an actual storyboard. Using the storyboard, you will work in teams to shoot and edit your own videos.



Delivering a variety of relevant professional development options that will add value to, and increase your expertise in, a chosen specialization.


Scarfe Digital Sandbox

This virtual space is designed as a resource blog to facilitate technology integration for pre-service and in-service teachers, post-secondary instructors and anyone interested in integrating educational technologies into their own context. 

It is an openly available site and all of the materials are under a creative commons share alike with attribution license. Please use, share, adapt and feel free to share back!

Connect with Professional Development & Community Engagement in the Faculty of Education. We're here to support you in your professional development goals.

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