FAQs

FAQs for Current Students

We recommend you start your MET program with a core course, and complete the four required core courses as early in your program as possible. In particular, ETEC 500 offers core academic and research skills that will benefit you in later courses.

Select your electives according to your interests, goals, and the expertise you want to develop through the program. Unlike the core courses, electives are not always offered in the same term each year. The UBC MET program Course Calendar is posted for several years ahead so that you can plan your program.

NOTE: You can not register in ETEC 590 until you have completed 8 courses, including ETEC 500.

Most students who are working full-time in a professional position enrol in one or two courses each term and possibly more in the May term if they have more time available during May to August. You may register in a maximum of four courses in any term.

The amount of time individual students spend preparing for class and completing course assignments varies widely in any educational setting. The time students spend completing activities for a MET online course will depend on a number of factors including individual reading speed, writing competency, familiarity with web-based learning environments, familiarity with the subject matter at hand, and investment in the learning process. The time commitment is usually comparable to a graduate-level, 3-credit, face-to-face course. A common rule of thumb for online graduate courses is ‘up to 6 hours per week per credit’, or up to 18 hours per week for a 3 credit course.

Students in the Master of Educational Technology program may complete up to 6 credits of elective courses outside the MET program after admission to the program. TBDL/TBLS graduate certificate students may complete one 3-credit elective course outside the MET program after admission.

You may choose to enrol in face-to-face courses offered at UBC, or in other online courses offered through other departments. Many of them can be found on the Faculty of Education’s Professional Development & Community Engagement website or through UBC Distance Learning Courses.

MET students wishing to enrol in a non-MET course as an elective must obtain the approval of the MET Academic Advisor, for each course. The request for approval should include a rationale for how the course fits within your program and interests. Please note that if you take an on-campus UBC course, you will be required to pay applicable student fees.

Out of the ten courses students must take to complete the Master of Educational Technology program, at least eight of these must be related to the application of learning technologies in education. Please keep that in mind when deciding on non-MET courses.

Master of Educational Technology program students may include up to 6 credits of senior level (3rd or 4th year) undergraduate work in their program, either as credits transferred in during admission or credits taken after admission, provided that these credits have not been applied to another degree. TBDL/TBLS graduate certificate students may not count undergraduate courses towards their graduate certificate. Students wishing to enrol in or transfer credits from an upper level undergraduate course must obtain the approval of the MET Academic Advisor, for each course. The request for approval should include a rationale for how the course fits within your program and interests. Please note that if you take an on-campus UBC course, you will be required to pay applicable student fees.

Out of the ten courses that Master of Educational Technology students must take to complete the program, at least eight of them must be related to the application of learning technologies in education. Please keep that in mind when deciding on undergraduate courses.

Master of Educational Technology program students may enrol in up to the UBC-equivalent of 6 credits of courses at a university other than UBC, as long as you have not already transferred any outside credits into your program. Graduate certificate students may not take courses at other universities. You must first must obtain the approval of the MET Academic Advisor to enrol in a non-UBC course.

The host university should be a university having standards comparable to the University of British Columbia. Except in unusual cases, courses taken at another university should be on topics not available at UBC. The Western Deans Agreement, and other similar agreements, do not apply to MET students because in the MET program you pay a per course fee rather than a program fee. You must instead apply to enter that university as a visiting student. If accepted by the other university, you will enrol in and complete the course. When you have your final grade, submit your transcript to the MET administrative office with a request to have the credits transferred into your MET record.

The $250 registration deposit is non-refundable. See the UBC Student Services tuition refund page for more details about dropping courses and tuition refunds.

As in any course, any problem should first be taken up with the course instructor. If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution of the issue, contact the MET Academic Advisor. If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution you may contact the Director of the Master of Educational Technology program (review the current MET People page to find contact information for the current MET Director).

You must take at least one course in your first academic session (September through April) after your admission to the MET program or you will be considered to have refused your offer of admission and will have to reapply if you wish to continue.

Once you have taken your first course, you do not have to register in courses in a term if you are not able to. Please keep in mind that you have a maximum of five years to finish your MET degree, so if you need to take more than a term off, you should send a message to the MET administrative office requesting a leave from the program as required for up to two months.

The UBC Faculty of Education is dedicated to providing every student with full and equal access to University programs and services. We have worked to extend the accessible features of many of our online courses.

If you have challenges that affect your ability to understand or read course material, engage in discussions, or complete coursework, it is important that you discuss this with your instructor at the start of term, so that they are aware and can make any reasonable adjustments.

See Accessibility to learn about adjustments you can make to your computer and devices, and software you can use, to support your access MET course materials.

You may also choose to speak with someone at the UBC Centre for Accessibility, who can assist you with requesting special accommodations and services.

Email: access.diversity@ubc.ca
Tel: +1 604 822 5844

FAQs for Prospective Students

A number of MET graduates have been admitted to on campus PhD programs in related educational fields at UBC and elsewhere, after graduation. At this time, the UBC Faculty of Education does not have plans to establish an online PhD program.

All courses are fully online. You will access course materials and participate in online discussions and project collaborations with your instructor and other students via the Internet. Currently, most courses are delivered via UBC’s Learning Management System, Canvas. Some courses are offered using other experimental online platforms.

You will need a current computer [any operating system, Mac or Windows] with standard word processing software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and reliable access to the Internet.

The MET program is considered ‘part-time’ regardless of course load, and MET tuition and fees reflect this part-time status. As a result, MET students do not qualify for student loans even if taking a full-time course load.

A UBC Enrollment Services Professional (ESP) specialized in graduate student financial issues can offer you information and advice. Contact es.gradsupport@ubc.ca.

Most students take two to three years to complete the Master of Educational Technology degree, and one to two years to complete a graduate certificate. You must complete the Master of Educational Technology program within five years. For graduate certificate students who ladder into the Master of Educational Technology program, the total time between beginning the graduate certificate and completing the Master of Educational Technology degree must not exceed five years.

No - prior coursework in education is not required. Refer to Admission Requirements.

Current BC Teacher Qualification Service Policy (2018) (PDF) states that a Master's program needs a "capstone experience" to meet TQS standards for moving up to Category 6. This capstone component is fulfilled by the ETEC 590 Graduating Project elective course. The above only affects BC teachers who wish to advance to Category 6 on the TQS scale. If you wish to advance to Category 5, it is our understanding that ETEC 590 is not required. You should check with TQS to confirm what you need before deciding whether to enrol in ETEC 590.

While at least one academic reference is preferred, it is not absolutely required. Work references that can speak to your initiative, intellectual capacity and industry are welcome.

No, the MET degree does not allow you to get a Teaching Certificate in BC. However, if you are interested in attaining a Teaching Certificate in BC, UBC offer a Bachelor of Education Program that prepares teachers for their responsibilities in British Columbia schools. For more information regarding the B.Ed. program, please visit the UBC Teacher Education Office website.

The UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies allows students to transfer up to 12 previously completed credits (four 1-term courses or their equivalent) into a graduate program at UBC. These courses must meet the following criteria:

Transfer credit requests that do not meet these requirements will be automatically rejected.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a member of Universities Canada. Incorporated in 1908 by an act of the provincial legislature, it operates under the authority of the University Act of the Province of British Columbia. Membership in Universities Canada and operation under the authority of the University Act is equivalent to accreditation in the US system.