French Options Bachelor of Education Program

Bonjour! French teachers are in demand at BC schools.
Share your passion for speaking and teaching French.


Here are some special opportunities for teacher candidates who want to teach French:

BC Ministry of Education French Bursary

Apply for the BC Ministry of Education bursary for teacher candidates who complete more than 55% of their coursework in French and receive up $1,600+ to offset tuition fees. This percentage may vary according to secondary program. Unfortunately, WKTEP students are not eligible to receive the BC Ministry of Education French Bursary.

Bursaries are dispersed by UBC Enrolment Services in the fall when course registration information is received and language of instruction percentages are calculated.

Apply online
Application period: August 13 to September 14, 2018.

Language Development Courses

This year we are highly recommending that all French BEd students that take advantage of one or both of the 2 courses below. These courses are offered for the first time this year to support French BEd students in their language development.
The courses are funded by UBC this year only, which means you will not be paying any extra fees. Please note that they are above and beyond the regular BEd program credits for which you will be assessed.

Learn more about the courses
This course is offered on Mondays & Wednesdays
12-1 pm @ Scarfe Lab 1007


Elementary French Specialists

This cohort is designed for teacher candidates who wish to specialize in teaching French as a second language (French Immersion, Intensive French, Core French) or French as a first language (in a Francophone school) 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.

French Immersion is a program of choice starting in Kindergarten, Grade 1 or Grade 6, and Intensive French is a program of choice offered in Grade 6 and 7. French specialist teachers are in high demand in British Columbia school districts.

Admission into the cohort requires successful completion of the 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.
  • Intensive French: Teach French in an intensive immersion-like semester in Grade 6 and daily instruction in Grade 7.
  • Francophone Schools: Teach subject content in French within the Conseil Scolaire Francophone.

French Admissions Requirements

To enter the Elementary French Specialist cohort, you need:

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

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.

Core French Requirements

To teach French as a subject among others in an English program (Grades 8 to 12), you need:

Please note, students who have passed the French Language Assessment (FLA) within two years of applying to the BEd program, will be accepted based on the current DELF/DALF equivalencies.

French Immersion Requirements

To teach in a French immersion context (Grades 8 to 12), you need:

  • French Immersion option is available for the following teachable subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, History, Geography, Social Science, Mathematics, and French language and literature.
  • In all teachable subjects except French language and literature, students must complete a minimum of 9 credits of 200-level French courses in literature, grammar, and composition
  • Applicants wishing to teach French language and literature are required to satisfy academic requirements for French as a teachable subject.
  • Specific secondary academic courses and experience with youth (13 to 17 years old).
  • successful completion of a French proficiency assessment:

Please note, students who have passed the French Language Assessment (FLA) within two years of applying to the BEd program, will be accepted based on the current DELF/DALF equivalencies.

“J’ai vraiment adoré la cohorte française…On était vraiment là pour tout le monde.”
– Olivia Barratt, Secondary French, BEd ’17

“C’est extrêmement important comme enseignant de français d’avoir une expérience dans une ville français, ça change tout…comment tu perçois une culture, comment tu parles, ce que tu veux enseigner aux élèves…tout. “
– Suman Lali, Secondary French, BEd ’17

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.