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General FAQS

The application period opens on October 1st. All applications and supporting documents (transcripts, references, IELTS, etc.) must be submitted by January 31*. Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis 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. Early assessment applicants may be eligible to receive offers starting February, if competitive.

You must meet the following conditions to be eligible for early assessment:

  • You only have a maximum of two required pre-requisite courses in progress through January to June 2019
  • You have submitted a Proof of Registration in outstanding courses by December 15 to teacher.ed@ubc.ca

We do not have online or part-time options for the B.Ed program here at UBC. The structure of the teacher education program is cohesive and must be completed onsite. The program’s courses are offered in-class by various departments within the Faculty and the practicum component necessitates that the student be present full-time.

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Upon acceptance of an admission offer, admitted applicants pay a non-refundable acceptance deposit and criminal record check fee. The acceptance deposit is required to hold your spot in the B.Ed. The deposit is not refundable, should you choose to withdraw from the program.

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

Yes. 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.

Clearance of this criminal record check is required in order to begin the B.Ed program or take certain courses in the Faculty of Education.

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 or taking courses at the Faculty of Education.

The Faculty may require an applicant to attend an interview with the Admissions Committee and/or submit additional references should there be concerns regarding the applicant’s suitability to enter the teaching profession. Applicants to the West Kootenays (WKTEP) option may be contacted by WKTEP Program Coordinators to determine suitability for the rural program.

The admission offer 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. We do not consider deferral requests.

All academic requirements must be done before June 30. Applicants must submit proof of registration (transcript/letter of enrolment/screenshot of student online registration page) of outstanding courses if they taken from an institution other than UBC as soon as they are available. Preference will be given to applications with less requirements outstanding.

Academic requirements can be taken from any accredited post-secondary institution, and can be taken in any format, in-person or online. Institutions such as Athabasca University and Thompson Rivers Online Learning offer a number of online courses.

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.

Members of the UBC Bachelor of Education Admissions Committee have access to confidential reference letters. Committee members include BEd admissions officers, admissions file evaluators and TEO staff, and may include the Director and Associate Dean of the Teacher Education Office (TEO).

Referees are required to keep reference information confidential until the applicant receives an official admission decision. The TEO does not release reference information at any time.

Admission to the program is competitive and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Education program.

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. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

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

Admission to the UBC Bachelor of Education is competitive and not every qualified applicant will be admitted. Applications are evaluated on both the academic requirements (specific course work, grade point average, overall academic history) and the Personal Profile (including experience, written statement, and references). Candidates may be invited for an interview and additional references may be requested.

Applicants who believe they may have been unjustly denied admission, may submit a formal appeal within 14 days of the issue date of the notification of the admission decision or readmission decision according to the policy and process outlined on the UBC Admissions/Appeals.

More info:
Undergraduate Programs & Admissions - Appeals
UBC Calendar - Admission Appeals for 2018/2019

Please note that all communication and interactions with the Teacher Education Office and Faculty of Education are considered part of the admissions process and are taken into account when considering applicants for admission. Admission may be denied to applicants who communicate in an unprofessional manner or who act in an inappropriate manner during the admissions process, regardless of academic standing.

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

No, unfortunately, we do not take any transfer students. You will have to complete the entire program with us, and take all the courses in the program.

Individuals who already have a prior Bachelor of Education degree/teacher certification from another country or province are requested to contact the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) of British Columbia for assessment, as they will assess these situations on a case-by-case basis. The Teacher Regulation Branch is the certifying body for the teaching profession in British Columbia.

Teachers who have received licenses from other Canadian provinces are qualified to obtain an equivalent teaching certification here in BC, under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)*.

*See next FAQ on teaching across Canada.

If you are a certified teacher in your home country, you can complete the entire 11-month program again or consider the Teacher Updating program. For our Teacher Updating program, you will first need to contact the Teacher Regulation Branch https://www.bcteacherregulation.ca/ and have your credentials assessed. They will then tell you what courses/requirements you are missing.

Learn more about the Teacher Updating program

The IB stream of the B.Ed is a cohort of our full Bachelor of Education program. Students must have already been admitted to our general B.Ed program before they can apply to the IB cohort. If you are already an educator, you can get more information from the International Baccalaureate Organization website and access the Professional Development link. There you will find a listing of Category 1 workshops which may fit with your schedule and location. If not, there are also online options which are detailed in the same site and may be a better fit for you.

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

For more details on what is required for admission, please visit the French Options page.

In some cases, teacher candidates may proceed to their CFE but applicants understand that the UBC Teacher Education Office reserves the right to withdraw an applicant from a community field experience (CFE) if the applicant receives, or will be receiving, a standing deferred grade (SD) or a supplemental for the extended practicum.

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.

Enrolment into the Middle Years cohort is completed after you have been offered admission, during the registration stage.

You can indicate your interest in the Middle Years cohort in your Personal Profile to notify Admissions of your preference.

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.

UBC provides opportunities for students starting at the DELF B1 level of French to qualify to teach secondary Core French and DELF B1 to qualify for elementary French Immersion.

In order to assess your level, you will need to take the DELF or DALF French proficiency test.

The level you teach (and your practicum placement) will depend on your DELF/DALF French proficiency level:

Level C1 Secondary immersion
Level B1 Core French secondary and Elementary immersion

Click here for a description of each level.

Please note, students who passed the former French Language Assessment (FLA) since August 2016 will be accepted based on the current DELF/DALF equivalencies.

Level C1 Secondary immersion
Level B1 Core French secondary
Level B1 Elementary immersion*

*Please note that, for elementary immersion B1 results, a minimum score of 15 on each part. This is not required for secondary core French B1 results.

You can take the exam in Vancouver at the Alliance française or at any other testing centre in Canada or the world:

There are three sittings: March, June or November at the Alliance française Vancouver or at any other testing centre in Canada or the world.

Please note that a special March sitting of the DELF/DALF will be offered to teacher education program applicants by the Alliance française in Vancouver but will not be posted on its website. An application form will be posted here in January or you can contact info@alliancefrancaise.ca to receive one.

We recommend taking more than one DELF assessment during the week you choose (in November, March or June). The minimum level to be in the elementary French immersion stream is B1; however, the higher your proficiency result, the more competitive your file will be, so we suggest taking both the B1 and B2 assessment during the same week.

The program prepares you to teach in any French second language context, and you will not only have opportunities to improve your French, you may retake the DELF at various points during the year (November, March and June), if you wish. If you achieve a higher level, you can include the most recent DELF certificate in your documentation when applying for teaching positions.

Yes, you will have many opportunities to use and improve your French language skills.

  • The majority of courses are offered in French and you will have the opportunity to speak with your colleagues, professors and advisors in French as well as complete assignments in French.
  • UBC has adopted the Portfolio langagier professionel to support the continued language and professional development of each teacher candidate.
  • In addition, you will have the opportunity to do your Community Field Experience in a Francophone community (in Canada or abroad).
  • You will have a practicum experience in a Core French, French immersion or French Program classroom (starting with weekly visits, then a 2-week and a 10-week practicum).
  • There will also be opportunities to take part in specially designed workshops and weekend events, such as Séjour UBC, focused on developing language, cultural knowledge, and pedagogical practices.

No, si vous êtes titulaire d’un diplôme d’une université francophone et que votre relevé de notes est en français, vous n’avez pas besoin de passer l’examen DELF/DALF.

All UBC French teacher candidates are eligible to receive a bursary. The only criterion is that you are enrolled in a French program for teachers or teacher candidates and that at least 55% of your courses are taught in French.

The bursary amount is up to $1,600 and depends on allocation guidelines set out by the BC Ministry of Education.

There will be an opportunity to apply for the government bursary at the start of your program.

You may be eligible for other bursaries through UBC.

Yes, UBC has partnerships with organizations in Quebec as well as overseas.