Academic & Experience Requirements

The UBC Teacher Education Program is a post-baccalaureate program that requires a completed degree of 90 credits (minimum). Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Requirements

Self-assessment worksheets will help you review the academic admission requirements for your program option. When you apply to the program, you are required to submit a academic requirements supplemental form to assist Admissions in the evaluation of your transcripts.

Elementary & Middle Years

Step 1: Complete a Self-Assessment Worksheet
Self-Assessment Worksheet

Step 2: Search for courses to fulfil the English, Mathematics, History or Geography, and Canadian Students requirement

Review the Acceptable Courses Guide

Secondary

Step 1: Review the General Requirements Summary
General Requirements Summary

Step 2: Complete a Self-Assessment Worksheet for your teachable subject(s)
Self-Assessment Worksheets for Secondary


Experience Requirements

Admission into the UBC Teacher Education Program is competitive. We require 75 hours (minimum) of practical experience working with groups of children or youth. To prepare for the Teacher Education Program, we recommend that you acquire classroom experience in a domestic setting to get a sense of what it will be like to teach in BC.

Competitive applicants will have:

  • a range and variety of experiences
  • completed a substantial number of experience hours
  • experience working with the group of children or youth they wish to teach
  • experience documented within the last five years (preferably within the last two years)

If you wish to teach Elementary & Middle Years, your experience should be with children aged 5-12.
If you wish to teach Secondary, your experience should be with youth aged 13-17.


Examples of Experience:

  • working in school classrooms as a volunteer or assistant
  • teaching various subjects
  • coaching team sport
  • working as a summer camp counsellor
  • group tutoring
  • or working with church groups or other youth groups


Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

To determine an applicant’s suitability for the program or profession, an interview and/or references (academic or experiential) may be required.