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Literacy Education (MA)

Course Description

Literacy Education (LITR)

Our programs in Literacy Education engage teachers and other professional educators in the study of rich language and literacy practices from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood. Literacy studies have expanded dramatically in recent years and our internationally known Faculty draw on many disciplines that inform the study of language and literacy education, including cognitive, linguistic, anthropological, cultural, literary, critical and post-structural perspectives.

In our courses we invite students to reflect critically on contemporary language and literacy practices in and out of schools, spanning local, national and global contexts. Our focus is on the many rich, multiethnic and multilingual contexts of language and literacy learning in our schools and communities.

The Masters program in Literacy Education (MEd and MA) engages aspiring professionals in the study of rich language and literacy practices from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood. Masters level courses are offered in the areas of Early and Adolescent Literacy Practices, English Education, Children’s and Adolescent Literature, Drama and Theatre Education, Digital, Multimodal and New Literacies, Adult, Family and Community Literacies, and Teacher-librarianship.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Literacy Education
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Research highlights

The graduate program in Literacy Education (LITR) in the Department of Language and Literacy Education offers opportunities to study in the areas of English Education, Drama Education and Reading from cognitive, social, cultural, and poststructuralist perspectives. Research areas within the program include: child language development in education, composition (writing); early, intermediate, adolescent and adult literacy; family literacy; children's and young adult literature; Aboriginal literacy; teacher librarianship; and arts-based and multimodal approaches to literacy learning.

Visit the Literacy Education (MA) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC; AND 18 credits of senior coursework or a professional concentration in the area of interest, and two years of teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $6,598.41, International $8,270.58

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