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Dean, Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia

July 2020

About the Faculty of Education

“The Faculty of Education is one of the leading faculties of its kind in the world, advancing educational research and understanding of teaching and learning in a way that celebrates diversity, equity and innovation, and welcomes international collaboration in an increasingly borderless globe.” 

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean and Professor

The UBC Faculty of Education is one of the leading faculties of education in the world, ranked in the top 20 globally by Times Higher Education for the last three years, top seven in North America, and second in Canada. For over 60 years, the Faculty of Education has served the international education community through leadership in research, service, and advocacy.

As the largest Faculty of Education in British Columbia, it plays a critical and influential role in the advancement of education in the province, shaping and participating in education's possibilities and potential as a social good. The Faculty is unique in both its academic and geographic scope. The Faculty offers Bachelor of Education programs on both of UBC's campuses (Okanagan and Vancouver), and is also home to the world leading School of Kinesiology, as well as units for educational and counselling psychology, special education, indigenous education, language and literacy, and curriculum and pedagogy.

Today, the Faculty creates conditions for transformative teaching, innovative learning, and leading-edge research guided by the highest standards of scholarship and the principles of collaboration, inclusion and innovation. The Faculty is home to over 4,000 students, including 1,800 graduate students, and 165 faculty members.

With the Faculty’s Alumni exceeding 55,705 members, it is no surprise that more than 45% of the elementary teachers, the majority of secondary teachers, and a significant proportion of British Columbia’s special needs and First Nations teachers, counsellors, school administrators, school psychologists, and vocational rehabilitation counsellors, are prepared by the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.

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