Master of Education (MEd) – Online Cohort
February 14, 2023
Tell us about yourself and your experience at UBC so far.
I am an uninvited guest who lives, works, and studies on the stolen traditional lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking First Peoples. I aim to live, learn and teach in a way that fosters truth and reconciliation, and I recognize this commitment is a long path.The online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program is an excellent fit for me as a working professional. I am a classroom teacher and like most people have several responsibilities beyond my teaching.
Why did you decide to pursue further education in ECE?
When I was exploring options for graduate studies, I realized I couldn’t commit to on-site classes at specific times each week. With the online M.Ed. at UBC, students take one course at a time and the program is fully online with the option to take summer electives on campus or online. I especially love that this is a cohort program, so our small group moves through the courses together. Our instructors have designed opportunities for us to connect and collaborate, even though we live in different parts of the world.
Learning from the diverse experiences and perspectives of my classmates is helpful and inspiring. Many years ago, I completed my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degrees at UBC, and now I am happy to return! The downside of the online program is I am not on the breathtakingly beautiful campus or near those legendary Blue-Chip Cookies….
I think the field of early childhood education is fascinating and incredibly important! I suspect how we as adults perceive, communicate with, and care for young children reveals some of our individual and collective values and biases, and provides clues about how to create a more equitable, sustainable, and enjoyable future for everybody.