Teacher Updating Program
Diploma in Education – Curriculum and Instructional Studies

Qualified teachers who hold certification from other countries, or qualified domestic teachers who are required to update their certification, are eligible to apply to our Teacher Updating Program. This program offers the opportunity to update teaching credentials while becoming familiar with recent developments in British Columbia schools.

Candidates admitted to this program take course work alongside current Bachelor of Education teacher candidates. Practicum placements are matched to grade-level preference and previous experience. Upon completion of this program, candidates will hold a UBC-conferred Diploma in Education – Curriculum and Instructional Studies.

Please be advised that individuals who have previously registered in a similar program at a university other than UBC within the most recent five years are not usually eligible for the UBC Teacher Updating Program.

Application Information

Application deadline:

Complete application package must be submitted by April 30 preceding September start of program.

2017/18 Teacher Updating Program Schedule:

September 2017:

  • Elementary program – part-time (September to December)
  • Secondary program – full-time (September to December)

January 2018:

  • Elementary program – full-time (January to June)
  • Secondary program – part-time (January)

February 2018:

  • Secondary program – full-time (February to April)

Applicants to the Teacher Updating Diploma Program are expected to meet all academic requirements (as detailed by our Admissions officers and the TRB Assessment letter) and are required to have a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer or paid work experience in a Canadian classroom setting with age-appropriate youth (e.g., Elementary: 5 to 12 years old, or Secondary: 13 to 17 years old) in a Canadian setting.

Prior to any application, potential applicants will have their credentials assessed by the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB). After this assessment, please contact our office for advising, both for application process and course advising.

For application and admissions advising, you can either email a copy of your TRB letter to our office for the quickest response or you can contact our office to set an appointment. If you are coming to our office, you must bring your TRB letter to this session.

Advising is free of charge. Please bring your TRB letter and unofficial copies of your transcript/degree certificate to this advising session; however, official transcripts must be submitted directly at the time of formal application. During your advising session, you will discuss admission requirements, courses, timetables, study permits (if required), and registration procedures.

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Application Requirements

A complete application package includes all of the following: the application form and fee, TRB letter of assessment, official transcripts, proof of registration for any in-progress coursework, and supplementary forms. Please note an English proficiency assessment may be required prior to starting the program, however you can apply with this in progress.

Required Documents Checklist

Required documentation:

  1. Assessment letter verifying certificate status from the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB)
  2. Original post-secondary transcripts and/or degree certificate. You can request TRB send a copy to our office that we can consider as official.
  3. Application form and payment
  4. Supplemental Experience Form
  5. Two references

All application documents must be received in the Teacher Education Office by April 30.

Evaluation of Application

Applications to the UBC Teacher Updating Program are evaluated to determine if the required documents have been received in the Teacher Education Office. If the application is complete, it is then read and evaluated by admission professionals who make recommendations for admission based upon the quality, quantity and relevance of an applicant’s:

  • academics (minimum GPA of 65%)
  • combined experiences (experience in the Canadian classroom highly recommended)
  • language proficiency
  • two references
  • the Teacher Updating Diploma Program’s ability to support specific secondary teachable subjects

Note: If the number of available places in the UBC Teacher Updating Program program option is exceeded by the number of applicants, not every qualified applicant will be admitted.

For information regarding tuition costs, candidates must consult the UBC Calendar . These costs do not show books and activity fees. Fees are calculated per credit costs. The Diploma in Education Teacher Updating program is 30 credits in length.

Mail or drop off all documents to:

Teacher Updating Program
Teacher Education Office
Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia
Room 103 – 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Tel: 604 822 5242
Fax: 604 822 0306

Language Proficiency Tests

English Language Requirements

When you apply to any of the Faculty of Education programs, you will need to demonstrate highly competent English written and oral language skills. An applicant must satisfy English language admission requirements established by the Faculty of Education. Where acceptable standards of both written and oral English are not demonstrated during the program, BEd or updating candidates will be required to improve before continuing with courses and before proceeding to the extended practicum.

Applicants may be required to complete an acceptable English test before beginning the program if they have not completed all of their post-secondary studies at an institution in a country where English is the primary language of instruction. Original copies of assessment scores completed within two years of the application date must be provided as part of the application process.

For the English language proficiency test we require IELTS-Academic or TOEFL-iBT. No other test will be accepted.

IELTS – Academic Scores

  • Overall: 6.5
  • No band lower than 6
  • Both speaking and writing bands: 7

TOEFL – iBT Scores

  • Overall: 98
  • Reading: 23
  • Listening: 23
  • Writing: 25
  • Speaking: 27

French Language Requirements

Applicants applying to the French options, Teacher Updating diploma, also need to show French proficiency at the appropriate level. We accept the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF)/Diplôme avancé en langue française (DALF).