When you've completed the Middle Years BEd program option, you have the benefit of being prepared for teaching Elementary Grades K to 7, as well as for a secondary specialization.
Total Program Credits: 60
Teacher candidates are committed to 12 months of accelerated studies
from September to August.
There are no extended holiday breaks scheduled.
Vacations, weddings and other personal events must not conflict with classes or practica.
One of the greatest things about teaching in a middle school is the opportunity to work with a team of teachers and staff members to design and deliver the educational program to your students.
Middle school teachers are open about their practice; they are comfortable collaborating with one another sharing their expertise and insights into the teaching and learning process as they work together to best support the students on their team.
Flexible timetables and team teaching create exciting opportunities for curriculum integration and innovative programs.
Middle schools are usually organized into teams of three to five classes of students.
As a teacher you belong to a teaching team responsible for planning and supporting the entire program for the 90–150 students on your team. It is like being part of a "school within a school".
As the year progresses, you get to know and work with all the students on your team in addition to the students in your homeroom class. Through collaboration with other teachers in weekly team meetings, the team draws on the individual strengths and backgrounds of its teachers to plan and deliver a exciting educational program for the students that includes the core curriculum, advisory, explorations, field trips and exciting team activities.
The Explorations program is another unique aspect of middle schools. Explorations are different from elective courses in secondary school because all students take all of the Explorations subjects throughout the year.
For part of every day, students attend explorations classes taught by teachers with specialized training in subject areas such as: art, drama, physical education, music, home economics, technology education and computers. As a middle school teacher, you have the opportunity to teach in one of the Explorations subjects.
One of the best parts of our program is that we place our teacher candidates in middle schools in Coquitlam for practicum.
During all three practica, teacher candidates are part of the middle school team where they are placed. So along with the mentorship provided by the school advisor each teacher candidate has the opportunity to work with and learn from all the members of the team.
In the middle years cohort, teacher candidates learn how to promote Self-Regulated Learning by involving students in making choices, controlling challenge, evaluating learning, and collaborating with peers. The SRL model occurs in the context of professional seminars, practica placements, and coursework. Teacher candidates are also encouraged to make connections to SRL in their curriculum and foundation courses.
British Columbia is one of the North American leaders in middle years education. Middle schools are found throughout the province from Vancouver Island to the Okanagan.
In the Lower Mainland middle schools are found in Coquitlam, New Westminster, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. In Metro Vancouver middle schools have a Grade 6 to 8 configuration while for other areas of BC, the Grade 7 to 9 configuration is more common.