Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

Yes, we have an online MEd. Program in TESL.

No, you cannot send photocopies. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will only accept transcripts and degree certificates that have either been sent directly from the originating university to UBC, or, if sent by the applicant, they must be received at UBC in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the originating university.

We require three references including an assessment by at least one university instructor. If you have problems obtaining an academic reference, you should contact the Graduate Advisor.

Yes, it is possible, as long as it conforms to the transfer policies outlined here: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/managing-your-program/transfer-credits. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred is twelve providing the credits were not counted toward the completion of another credential, and that at least a B standing (UBC 74%) was obtained. The time limit for eligibility of courses for transfer to a graduate degree program is five years at the time the student commences their program. The student must request the transfer through their pro-tem Advisor.

We do not have the resources to supervise MEd students to do research. MEd students who wish to do research should apply to be transferred to our MA program. They should discuss the intention with their advisors at the end of the first year of their program. We will process the request based on an assessment of 1) the applicant's performance in courses during their first year; 2) their potential to do research; 3) their selection of a suitable research topic and preparation of a short proposal; and 4) the availability of a supervisor able to supervise research on that topic. For admission to our PhD Programs in LLED students must normally have completed original research (e.g., theses) in their masters programs. However, this requirement may not apply to admission to PhD programs at other institutions.

There is no minimum time. On average students take 12 to 24 months to complete their master's program. Normally, it takes 24 months of full-time study to complete an MA degree and 12-24 months of full-time study to complete an MEd degree.

Yes, you can complete an MA or MEd program by part-time study if you are a domestic student, however MA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for full-time study. International students are not eligible for the part-time schedule option.

If you have a MA or MEd from a recognized North American university, TOEFL/IELTS is not required.

Graduate program applicants whose degrees are from a country other than Australia, Botswana, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States and the English speaking countries of the West Indies, 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.

TESL Related Questions

It is possible to transfer from a Master’s to a Doctoral degree. According to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the requirements are: "Students who wish to transfer from a master’s to a doctoral program must have completed one year of study in the master’s program with a minimum 80% average in twelve credits, of which at least nine credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least nine credits must be at 80% or above. The student must show clear evidence of research ability." However, it can be difficult to get approval from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. We suggest that you apply for the PhD program after you finish your MA studies. Your PhD application will be assessed based on the quality of your course work and MA thesis.

Some master’s programs do not require a thesis. We prefer students who have done a Master's Degree with a thesis so there is some evidence of research and report writing.

The one-year teacher education training is required for people who plan to teach in the Canadian public school system--for languages or anything else--but not required for adult education or for international students who have no intention of teaching k-12 in Canada.

The policy of the Faculty of Graduate Studies states, “Enrolment in graduate courses is restricted to students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies except in those specific instances where Senate has approved limited access to graduate courses for senior undergraduate students or unclassified students.”

We have a large number of applications each year hence we are unable to extend the deadline.

You can transfer a total of 6 credits from LLED 489 and LLED 478 (either 6 credits from one course or 3 credits from each course) to your MA or MEd program if you took the courses in the past five years and have not used them towards your undergraduate degree or diploma. Students who took the courses in the past five years for their TESL certificate can also claim the credits.

We suggest that you take our LLED 489 and LLED 478 to enhance your admissibility and also to prepare for our program. You can transfer 6 credits to the master program later.

We do not normally allow auditors who are not registered UBC students. However, you can officially audit a course by registering as an unclassified student and paying a fee after getting permission from the instructor and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (G+PS). The enrolment form can be downloaded from the web here. Visiting Scholars will generally be able to sit in (without auditing) courses of their choice in the Department but should request permission from the course instructor prior to the beginning of term.

We require students to have two years of teaching experience in a formal language classroom. It does not have to be continuous but should add up to approximately two years of teaching experience.

We expect students to make timely progress toward the completion of their program and apply for graduation after completing the required coursework. International students who have satisfactorily completed their program requirements yet do not apply to graduate cannot normally obtain permission from the Department to extend or renew their student visa.

PhD Related Questions

Normally a year is required but it is flexible. Please consult the Graduate Academic Advisor or your pro-tem supervisor.

Students who wish to transfer from a Masters to a Doctoral program must have completed one year of study in the Masters program with a First Class average in 18 credits, of which at least ten credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least ten credits must be at First Class standing. A transfer from MA to PhD degree would only be recommended in very exceptional cases. The student must show clear evidence of research ability. Transfer directly into a Doctoral program is not normally permitted after the first year of study and will not be permitted after the completion of the second year in a Master's program. If a student transfers from a Masters program to a Doctoral program without completing the Master's degree, the initiation of the Doctoral program will be from the date of first registration in the Masters program.