Ready for September!

Almost 750 UBC teacher candidates are ready to start their 2017/18 BEd year! Classes are full and anticipation is high because the demand for our graduates is greater than ever.

Expanded rural teacher education:

  • Doubled the intake of West Kootenay Rural Teacher Education Program (based in Nelson)
  • New Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) field centre in Williams Lake/Quesnel.

Key themes for the year include:

  • ongoing development of mental health literacy (online course for teachers starts October 31),
  • BEd Program’s emphasis on research-informed inquiry into teaching and learning with links to BC’s redesigned curricula,
  • Teacher Education For All series of workshops, panels, book club and more to highlight the importance of inclusion of all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,
  • Faculty’s longstanding commitment to Indigenous education, led by Associate Dean Jan Hare (MOOC in Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, starts October 17).

Recent grads ready for their teaching career!

I am very excited about starting my new career at Xet’olacw Community School on reserve in Mt. Currie as part of the Special Education team. Given the legacy of traumatic educational policies that have long impacted Indigenous peoples, I am proud that my work in education will contribute to the reconciliation journey. I look forward to this new chapter of my life and, with great thanks to UBC’s BEd, I feel prepared to begin. (Emily Yamashita)

My community field experience really prepared me for my new full-time position at an alternative school in the Burnaby School District. I feel completely ready for this! During my practicum, I was given opportunities to work with students with mental health concerns and feel I can differentiate for learning. (Clifton Huxtable)

I feel as though this is such a great time to be going into education. I’m really excited. My practicum allowed me to do things that were outside my strictly defined teaching areas of Art and Social Studies. One of my advisors was the teacher-librarian and taught English language learners, so I was able to expand my range. From the UBC program and my field experiences, I feel I have a really broad toolkit to take with me into the system. (Jay Rudolph)