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.

Teacher Updater Admission Dates

April 30 Application and all supporting documents must be submitted
May 1 Assessment of completed application files begins
June 30 Admission offers* begin


*Due to limited space, Teacher Updaters cannot always be guaranteed admission


Application Information

Applicants must have obtained a Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) assessment letter that details their assessment of your foreign teaching credentials.

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

Applicants to the Teacher Updating Diploma Program are expected to meet all academic requirements (as detailed by the TRB Assessment letter) and are required to have a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer/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).

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.


Application Requirements

A complete application package includes all of the following documents:

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) assessment letter OR current TRB Teaching Certificate signed by witness if doing voluntary teacher updating
  • Transcript showing degree conferral
  • Additional transcripts for courses completed at other institutions
  • Supplemental Experience Form
  • Proof of registration for outstanding courses (if applicable)
  • English Proficiency Test
  • Two Reference Reports

Download an Application Checklist

To begin the assessment process, all application documents must be received by the Teacher Education Office by April 30. Applications are processed (and admission offers given) in order of when all required documents are received.

Admission officers comply with all TRB requirements as stated in the assessment summary.

A list of pre-approved courses from accredited post secondary institutions in BC that meet the more frequent outstanding academic requirements can be found here. Please note that this is a list of suggested courses and thus not an extensive list of all potential courses. Please also note that some of these institutions provide many courses online (e.g., Thompson Rivers University Distance Learning).


Application Evaluation

Applications to the UBC Teacher Updating Program are evaluated to determine if the required documents have been receivedbythe 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 reference reports
  • The Teacher Updating Diploma Program’s ability to support specific secondary teachable subjects

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.


Tuition Costs

For information regarding tuition costs, 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, UBC
103 – 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

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 & TOEFL required minimum test scores

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).

DELF/DALF required minimum test scores