Museum Education

Master of Museum Education (MMEd)

Online (90%) | In Person (10%)
The next intake of the MMED (MED5) will commence September 2018, with applications being accepted from  October 2017.

The Master of Museum Education is a unique graduate degree program focusing on the study of education and learning that occurs in museums and other informal learning contexts. This programs draws together Museum professionals, educators and those with an interest in using the community to support teaching and learning to further their thinking and scholarship around museums as sites of education and learning.

As museums contemplate new roles within society it will be incumbent upon museum professionals, and particularly museum educators, to become catalysts for different ways of thinking about the educational roles and potentials of museums and other informal learning sites, teaching and learning in museum settings as well as exploring new relationships between museums and the broader community.

This program will provide the necessary skills and knowledge for careers as educators in informal settings such as museums, locally and globally, and to support classroom-based teachers in expanding their use of the community as a learning site. The program model is one that recognizes the need for contextualizing museum education curriculum in both home country context (which has its own unique social and political context) and in the Canadian cultural context of museum education, in which practices may be conceptualized in other beneficial ways to that of the student’s own country of origin. The end result are graduating students that are then better able to influence the systems in their own countries with strengthened capacities to introduce beneficial reforms around museum education.

Upon completing the MMEd degree, students will be able to:
• Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories and discourses of learning and teaching in informal settings
• Identify the influences of multiple perspectives (i.e., Local, Aboriginal, International) in facilitating learning experiences in/within museums and communities
• Develop learning opportunities to integrate learning within classrooms, and learning in informal settings such as museums and other informal learning sites
• Develop tools to implement and sustain educational programs outside the traditional classroom
• Develop skills and knowledge to understand and address the increasing complexities of issues facing informal learning settings
• Evaluate the potential for working with a variety of learning communities
• Analyze different approaches to teaching and program development, settings, and perspectives

Master of Museum Education (MMEd)

All graduate program applicants in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP) must meet the minimum entry requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which oversees graduate work at UBC. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will be considered for admission only in exceptional circumstances.


The basic admission requirement to the Master’s program is an approved bachelor’s degree. In addition, successful applicants typically have high grades; a coherent, well-written statement of intent; and strong references. Teaching experience is preferred.


Applicants are required to submit a satisfactory official score report from one of the following organizations, obtained no more than two years prior to the application date:

The official score reports must be sent directly by the testing organization to this department: Institution Code 0965, Department Code 85.

Master of Museum Education (MMEd)

The UBC MMEd program is a 30-credit program (i.e., students will be required to complete ten 3-credit courses for the degree). The final 3-credits of the program may be a capstone project, which will be developed from original research conducted by students. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300-400 level.

The next intake of the MMED (MED5) will commence September 2018. Classes in this program will begin online during the week of September 3, 2018 and finish the week of December 1, 2020. Schedule is subject to change.

September 2018–August 2019
EDCP 565 – Teaching in Museums Pedagogy in Museums
EDCP 558 – Learning in Informal Environments Informal Learning Theory
EDCP 567 – Curriculum Issues and Theories in Museums Curriculum Theory in Museum Education
Elective(s) A and/or B Discipline Specialization
September 2019–August 2020
EDCP 585 – Education Programming in Museums Programming in Museums
EDUC 500 – Research Methodology in Education (Focus on Museums) Research Method
ANTH 518 – Museum Methods Museum Practice
EDCP 598 – Field Experience Museum Practicum
Elective B (if not already completed) Disciple Specialization
September–November 2020
EDCP 590 – Graduating Paper Program Capstone


Approved electives may be taken at other universities, subject to the terms of the Western Deans’ Agreement.
There are wide variety of on-campus (UBC-Vancouver or Okanagan) and on-line course which are acceptable as electives and vary in the offering from year to year – Examples include:

• ANTH 431, Museum Practice and Curatorship (3 credits)
• ANTH 541, Advanced Seminar in Critical Museum Anthropology (3/6 credits)
• ANTH 341A, Museums, Heritage and Memory (3 credits)
• CCST 501, Contemporary Contextual Issues for Critical and Curatorial Practice (3 credits)
Art Education
• EDCP 504, Review of Research in Art Education (3 credits)
• EDCP 522, Psychological Foundations of Art Education (3 credits)
• EDCP 523, Seminar in Art Education (3 credits)
• EDCP 514, Arts-based Educational Research: A/R/tography (3 credits)
Research Methods
• EDCP 510, Video Ethnography in Educational Research: Culture, Technology and Interpretation (3 credits)
• EDCP 513, Case-study Research and Cross-Case Analysis (3 credits)
Environmental Education
• EDCP 538, Theory and Research in Environmental Education (3 credits)
• EDST 565A, Adult Environmental Education (3 credits)
History and Social Studies Education
• EDCP 541, Problems in Historical Understanding (3 credits)
• EDST 504A History of Educational Policy (3 credits)
Science Education
• EDCP 555, Critical Analysis of Curriculum in Science Education (3 credits)
• EDCP 557, Conceptual and Practical Issues in Teaching and Learning of the Sciences (3 credits)
• EDCP 559, Research in the Teaching and Learning of the Sciences (3 credits)
• EDCP 449, Earth and Space Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
• EDCP 450, Life Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
• EDCP 451, Physical Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
First Nations Studies
• ETEC 521, Indigeneity, Technology, and Education (3 credits)
• EDUC 442, Critical Issues in Indigenous Education (3 credits)
Adult Education
• ADHE 412, An Overview of Adult Education (3 credits)
• ADHE 327, Teaching Adults (3 credits)
• ADHE 330, The Community Practice of Adult Education (3 credits)
• ADHE 329, Developing Short Courses, Workshops and Seminars (3 credits)
Library Education
• LIBE 465, Organization of Learning Resources(3 credits)
• LIBE 467, Information Services (3 credits)
Early Childhood
• ECED 421, Supporting Young Children Through Home, School, and Community Relationships (3 credits)
• ECED 405, Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3 credits)


The next intake of the MMED (MED5) will be accepting applications from October 2017 for a start date of September 2018.

Mailing Address

Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
Scarfe Building 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4 Canada

Important Numbers

Apply for graduate programs:
Alan Jay

Download a copy of the Master of Museum Education Program’s information brochure.

Area Coordinator


Associate Faculty

Jill Baird

Jill Baird

Curator of Education & Public Programmes, Museum of Anthropology

Sessional Instructors