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MA Special Education

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

9511.11 USD
6730.38 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Education
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)82
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The Special Education program at UBC concerns the education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, developmental disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, gifts and talents, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Faculty are committed to promoting practices that facilitate inclusion, empowerment, and self-determination of individuals with disabilities and other special needs in home, school, and community settings.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants require completion of EPSE 312 (Introduction to the Study of Exceptional Children) or

EPSE 317 (Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom),

EPSE 482, (Introduction to Statistics for Research in Education or equivalent, and

EPSE 481 (Introduction to Research in Education or equivalent and have attained teacher certification.

Applicants with equivalent academic preparation will be considered. The requirement of teacher certification may be waived where the applicant has met the University and ECPS Program requirements for admission and has adequate professional experience related to the field of Special Education.

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Course Modules

Students completing a Master of Arts degree in Special Education can choose courses in the following concentrations:

  • Supporting Inclusive Education
  • Autism/Developmental Disabilities
  • Behaviour Disorders
  • Blindness and Visual Impairment
  • Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • High Ability
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Orientation and Mobility

M.A. concentrations require the completion of a minimum of 30 credits,

including coursework (24 credits) and

thesis (6 credits).

The Blindness and Visual Impairment Concentration requires 45 credits (39 credits coursework, 6-credit thesis), and

the Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Concentration, 56 credits (50 credits coursework, 6-credit thesis). The Orientation and Mobility Concentration requires 39 credits (33 credits coursework, 6-credit thesis).

For B.C. teachers: Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience (e.g., thesis).

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How to Apply

  • Completed online application
  • Two official copies of transcripts Submit two (2) official copies of transcripts / degree certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended, directly to the ECPS Graduate Program Assistant for the program to which you are applying, except for UBC transcripts 
  • Please be aware that, even if you have graduated from UBC, you are still responsible for submitting two (2) sets of transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).
  • Three (3) Electronic References We require references to be submitted electronically and you should let your referees know that we will not accept references by mail. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee.  A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment.
  • GRE and TOEFL scores have to be submitted.

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