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Curriculum and Instruction

In our graduate programs, you’ll explore research-based approaches to teaching. Examine different teaching methods and learn why we use them. These programs will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in schools, community and business organizations.

Most of our programs are flexible and can be completed while you work. MEd programs are offered as cohorts that move through the program together.

Degree programs offered

This MEd is designed for working educators. It’s a career credential intended for those who want to develop competencies in teaching studio-based art in schools and community. Though the program is aimed at use at the elementary and secondary level, it’s also applicable in community settings. This is one of our most popular programs and it fills up fast.

This program will empower you to explore curriculum theories in practice. We foster critical analysis of shifting education discourses and their effects. This program will support you in becoming a more thoughtful and informed educator.

This MEd brings experienced teachers together to examine current issues in early childhood education. In this degree, you’ll engage with a range of theories and principles that guide early childhood studies. You’ll also complete an original research project in an area of early childhood education.

This MEd is a full-time, intensive program.

In this program, you’ll study educational and social institutions from many perspectives. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to work as a teacher, administrator or policy analyst. You'll also be able to work as a consultant for the government or educational agencies. Research topics may include any combination of philosophical, historical or sociological research perspectives.  

This program is for teachers who want to learn more about the issues and practices related to language and literacy. The degree's focus ranges from pre-school to adults, and can accommodate individual interests. You’ll work with your supervisor to customize your final project.

This program will help you deepen your understanding of mathematics and science. You'll join other experienced teachers and educational leaders to study these topic areas in new ways. This degree is project-based, and is designed for you to complete while you work.

In this project-based program, you'll learn how technology can enhance and transform education. You'll develop skills that you can use as a K-12 or post-secondary educator to enrich learning with technology.

This MA is a research-intensive program designed around your interests. You’ll develop your own program of research under the guidance of your academic supervisor. You’ll research and write a thesis, which you’ll defend in an oral examination. As a thesis-based degree, this is a good path if you want to pursue further academic study.

This PhD is a research-oriented program. You'll study professional research and learn how to excel in both teaching and leadership positions. You'll gain an integrated perspective on current educational theory and practice. You’ll also perform original, independent research toward the creation of your PhD dissertation. You can specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Art education
  • Curriculum studies
  • Drama education
  • Early childhood education
  • Educational technology
  • Language and literacy
  • Mathematics and science education
  • Music education
  • Social, cultural and foundational studies
Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MEd 2 years Yes No
MA 2-5 years Yes No
PhD 3-7 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:

Areas of focus

  • Art education
  • Curriculum studies
  • Drama education
  • Early childhood education
  • Social, cultural and foundational studies
  • Mathematics and science education
  • Educational technology
  • Music education
  • Language and literacy

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Curriculum and Instruction.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

Canadian students:

  • Deadline for September entry: February 15
  • Deadline for May entry: January 31

International students:

  • Deadline for September entry: February 15
  • Deadline for May entry: October 15

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7882.

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