Teacher Updating Program
Diploma in Education – Curriculum and Instructional Studies

The Teacher Updating Program offers qualified applicants the opportunity to update their teaching credentials and to become familiar with recent pedagogy and curricular developments in British Columbia schools.

Teachers updating for certification in British Columbia are enrolled in a 30 credit, post-baccalaureate Diploma in Education program that includes curriculum and pedagogy courses, plus teaching practicum.

The courses and practicum are specific to either the Elementary or the Secondary option, as determined by the needs of the applicant. Courses for this Diploma in Education are established and will also incorporate the needs and background of the applicant; therefore, an individual evaluation is first required. Diploma in Education programs require successful completion of 30 credits of 300-400 level courses and practica. Courses are planned with the Program Coordinator in the Teacher Education Office.

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 successful completion, participants are eligible for graduation and will receive a UBC-conferred Diploma in Education – Curriculum and Instructional Studies. Students must apply to graduate.


Teacher Updating Program Candidates

  • Updating candidates are qualified teachers who received their certificates in another province or country, and who apply to the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB)  for certification to teach in BC. 
  • Updating candidates were qualified to teach in BC, but they have not taught in 10–19 years and their certificates have lapsed.
  • Re-employment candidates are qualified teachers holding permanent teaching certificates and are in good standing with the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) , but do not have recent teaching experience.
 

Information for individuals new to Canada

 
Teaching specialization development may be required for qualified secondary teachers who wish to teach in the elementary grades. Elementary admission requirements apply to secondary candidates without exception.

Elementary Option Sequence

Introductory school-based visits and participation
1 day per week between January – March

 

Curriculum & Pedagogy and other Education courses
September – March

 

Extended Practicum
Beginning in late March – normally 10 weeks duration (subject to evaluation by Faculty of Education)

Secondary Option Sequence

Curriculum & Pedagogy and other Education courses
September – January

 

Introductory Two Week Practicum
October (classes suspended)

 

Extended Practicum
Beginning in February, the Extended Practicum is normally 10 weeks duration (subject to evaluation by Faculty of Education).

Admissions: Teacher Updating Program