FAQS

 

If you don’t find the answer to your question, submit it to us using this online form. You can also contact the Teacher Education Office at teacher.ed@ubc.ca or 604 822 5242.

 

General FAQS

All applications and supporting documents (transcripts, references, IELTS, etc.) must be submitted by January 31*. Late applications may be accepted until March 31.

*See next FAQ on Early Assessment.

If you submit your application by December 1 and submit ALL your required documents by December 15, we will prioritize your application for an early assessment and give you an earlier decision (January/February), as long as you only have (max) two conditional courses:

  1. Students can have more than two conditional courses in progress but you would not qualify for an early assessment. If this is the case, your application will be looked in the spring time.
  2. Proof of registration in courses is also required by December 15.

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The UBC BEd is an 11-month program and is not scheduled to change in the foreseeable future.

The criminal record check is only required after you have been admitted to the BEd program.

You will receive detailed instructions, criminal record check consent form, payment authorization and a memorandum of understanding to sign and return to our office after you have been admitted. Clearance of this criminal record check is mandatory before starting the BEd program. Please note there is a fee to process this check,which you will be charged after registration. Detailed instructions are provided with the admission offer.

Applicants should not obtain a criminal record check in advance as any prior criminal record checks undertaken outside of this office will not fulfill this requirement.

If you have been convicted of, or given an absolute or conditional discharge, or received a pardon on a criminal offence and you are considering a teaching career, you should contact the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) before undertaking a teacher education program.

In addition to all other academic and experience requirements, applicants must complete an acceptable French proficiency assessment.

For more details on the Core French or French Immersion cohorts, please visit the French Options page and DELF/DALF.

The offer of admission for September of a given year is for the program commencing in that year only. We can save your reference reports and transcripts for one year if you wish to re-apply to the following admission year.

Applicants must have volunteered or worked in some capacity in a group setting with children or youth of the age level you wish to teach (5-12 for elementary and middle years or 13-17 for secondary).

Please visit Academic & Experience Requirements for further details.

Experience requirements must be completed and received in our office by January 31. However we recommend completing them much sooner as this will give your referees time to submit their references.

Reference report forms must be completed and received in our office by January 31.

All academic requirements must be done before June 30. Preference will be given to applications with less requirements outstanding.

Your application is evaluated for both your academic requirements (specific course work, GPA, overall academic history) and your Personal Profile (including experience, writing abilities and references). When we receive your Personal Profile, it is read by education professionals who evaluate and make recommendations for admission based upon quality, quantity and relevance of your combined experiences, written language skills, and references.

If the number of available places in your program option is exceeded by the number of applicants, not every qualified applicant will be admitted.

Yes. Under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), those individuals who possess an unrestricted teaching certificate in a Canadian jurisdiction will be eligible for a teaching certificate in any other Canadian jurisdiction. It is strongly recommended that you contact the governing body in the province in which you wish to teach for additional information.

For more information, please see:

Moving Jurisdictions
Certification Regulations by Province/Territory

Elementary & Middle Years FAQs

You may apply with a completed degree of minimum 90 credits while also meeting the academic admission requirements.

You will be evaluated for the regular Elementary & Middle Years option.

WKTEP is one cohort within our UBC-Vancouver administered BEd program. You follow the same application process as for UBC-Vancouver but choose WKTEP for your first choice program option, credential version.

Yes, for elementary and middle years. Please see the acceptable course guide. Please note that many courses can be done online at universities such as Thompson Rivers University distance learning.

Secondary FAQs

You may apply with a completed degree of minimum 90 credits while also meeting the academic admission requirements for a secondary teachable subject(s).

This option prepares you to teach secondary grade levels with one to two teachable subjects.

WKTEP is one cohort within our UBC-Vancouver administered BEd program. You follow the same application process as for UBC-Vancouver but choose WKTEP for your first choice program option, credential version.

 
You need to qualify for and choose one to two teachable subjects. For more detailed information, please see the Secondary Academic Requirements Summary.