French Options Bachelor of Education Program

Since French is one of Canada’s official languages, French language teachers are always in demand in our schools. The BEd Secondary and Elementary options are available for French language teaching opportunities.

BC Ministry of Education French Bursary:

UBC French Teacher Education Program candidates may be eligible for a federal bursary administered by the BC Ministry of Education. At least 55% of a full-time course load must be taught in French in order to qualify.*

Bursaries are dispersed by UBC’s Enrolment Services in the fall once course registration information has been received from the Teacher Education Office in September. Please refer to the application requirements and apply online. (Please note that UBC offers a Bachelor of Education. Language of instruction percentages will be submitted by the TEO in September.)

*Due to this criterion, WKTEP students are ineligible to apply for a BC Ministry of Education French Bursary.


Elementary French Specialists Core French/French Immersion

This cohort is designed for teacher candidates who wish to specialize in teaching French Immersion or Core French at the elementary level. Most courses are delivered and assignments are completed in French. This allows teacher candidates to continue to develop their proficiency while in the program.

All Grades 5 to 8 teachers in British Columbia are required to teach Core French; whereas, French Immersion is a program of choice. French Immersion teachers are in high demand in British Columbia school districts.

Admission into the cohort requires successful completion of the French Language Appraisal (FLA) or Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF).

Practicum placements are in Burnaby, Delta, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, or West Vancouver schools.

Elementary French Specialists may teach French in elementary schools in the following ways:

  • French Immersion: Teach subject content in French.
  • Core French: Teach French as a subject among general subjects in the regular English program.
  • Intensive French: Teach French in an intensive immersion-like semester in Grade 6.
  • Francophone Schools: Teach subject content in French within the Conseil Scolaire Francophone.

French Specialist Requirements

Secondary French Specialists

When enrolled in the Secondary French Specialist option, most of the classes are taught in French; as well, practica occur in French Immersion, in regular schools offering Core French, or in Francophone schools.

Learning content in French allows teacher candidates to continue to develop their French proficiency during the year. Teacher candidates may combine French with another teaching subject concentration (e.g., Spanish or Biology).

Secondary French Specialists may teach French in secondary schools in the following ways:

  • French Immersion: Teach subject content in French.
  • Core French: Teach French as a subject among general subjects in the regular English program.
  • Francophone Schools: Teach subject content in French within the Conseil Scolaire Francophone.

French Specialist Requirements