Teacher Education Program Policies & Guidelines 2017/18

Welcome to UBC’s Teacher Education Program

Teacher Education Program Mission

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia is committed to preparing educators who are knowledgeable, skillful, flexible, and compassionate members of the profession guided by a sense of social and ethical responsibility in relation to their students and the wider society.

The UBC Teacher Education program is designed to engender in beginning educators a strong sense of professional inquiry and appreciation of the importance of research and inquiry in understanding teaching and learning. Teacher candidates are encouraged to inquire systematically into their own practice with an eye toward enhancing learning experiences for all learners in school settings and other learning environments.

We understand teaching as a moral activity guided by ideals of human good and conceptions of what is educationally valuable. To achieve our mission, educators at UBC are aware that enacting global citizenship necessitates a dialogical approach to issues of social and ecological justice, equity, sustainability and social action.

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Dr. Blye Frank, Dean, Education
Dean’s Welcome

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Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education
Associate Dean’s Welcome

Although we are committed to preparing UBC teacher candidates for provincial certification, we are also inspired by ways of being and becoming educators and by serving the educational community in multiple ways in multiple contexts locally and globally. We are proud of a program known for its approach to pedagogical excellence, disciplinary specialization, an innovative rural teacher education centre and a renowned Indigenous teacher education program.

Teacher Education Program Expectations

Respectful Learning Environment

The University of British Columbia envisions a climate in which students, faculty and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity and mutual respect.

UBC’s Respectful Environment Statement

In addition, the University believes that every student, faculty and staff member has the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment as a result of age, race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental ability, sex or sexual orientation.

Accountability for Learning

Teacher candidates are expected to actively participate during the learning experiences of the program. Almost all courses in the Teacher Education Program are graded as Pass/Fail. In order to pass a course, you will be expected to produce high quality work that meets criteria provided by instructors. You will be advised by your instructors if any aspect of course work (including assignments, attendance, and participation) does not meet expectations. You may be expected to revise and re-submit an assignment or do a supplemental assignment to demonstrate that you have met expected standards.

If your instructors continue to have concerns about your progress in a course, they may issue an interim report. The intention of the interim report is to provide you with the opportunity to address your difficulties in order to be successful in the program. Interim reports outline instructor concerns, recommendations for improvement, information on re-submissions and/or supplemental assignments and will include deadlines. Copies of interim reports will be filed in the Teacher Education Office.

If you receive an interim report regarding course concerns and have questions, please speak with your instructor and/or with a program coordinator in the Teacher Education Office. Refer to Practicum Expectations under the Practicum tab for further information on interim reports regarding practicum concerns.

Attendance and Participation

The nature of the Teacher Education Program is highly participatory. Regular attendance of all classes (including lectures, laboratories, tutorials, seminars, practicum, field experiences, etc.) and the timely completion of assignments are essential to success in the Teacher Education Program.

Attendance Policy

It is important that teacher candidates understand and value the time commitments made by faculty and colleagues to their learning, especially given the highly participatory nature of the Teacher Education Program. Regular attendance in all classes and field experiences is a professional commitment that is expected of all teacher candidates and a requirement of professional practice.

UBC Calendar/Bachelor of Education/Academic Regulations

Satisfactory attendance includes, but is not limited to, attending on time, staying in class throughout the entire lesson and participating in all scheduled coursework and field experiences. Poor attendance has a negative effect on morale, is considered unprofessional and can lead to candidates not achieving the required breadth and depth of experiences. Note that attendance is mandatory for all classes on days preceding and following holidays, long weekends, and ends of term.

Some absences are unanticipated (e.g., illness, injury, bereavement) while others may be anticipated. Examples of anticipated absences include religious holidays (in accordance with UBC policy, a teacher candidate wishing to be accommodated for religious reasons must notify the Teacher Education Office in writing, at least two weeks in advance of the day(s) s/he wishes to be absent), participation in major varsity team events, or rare occurrences (e.g., compassionate leave) that cannot reasonably be scheduled outside of class time.

When scheduling any personal appointments, including routine medical or dental care, or special events, such as weddings, travel, etc., teacher candidates are expected to make arrangements that do not conflict with scheduled classes or practicum/field experiences.

Regardless of the nature of the absence, teacher candidates are expected to follow the proper procedure in all cases when course or practicum time is going to be missed. This protocol aligns with the responsibilities and expectations of all teaching professionals when reporting absences. Teacher candidates are expected to be fully accountable for any absences that may occur over the course of the Teacher Education Program.

Please note that certain absences such as vacations, etc., are not considered to be appropriate reasons for missing course work or practicum/field experiences. Teacher candidates assume the responsibility for these types of absences, and understand that absences for these purposes may result in a Failing grade for a course or practicum/field experience.

Procedure for Reporting Absences

Advance Notice:

Occasionally, teacher candidates may need to be absent from classes due to illness or other unexpected reasons. In such cases it is expected that teacher candidates will, as a professional courtesy, inform all parties (see below) as early as possible of their impending absence from class, as well as state the reason(s) for the absence.

Communication with the Teacher Education Office:

Teacher candidates are expected to provide the reason(s) for their absence, as well as the classes being missed, on the official online Absence Report Form. This communication should be provided as early as possible, but no later than 8:00 a.m. of the day of the absence.

Upon submission of this online form, teacher candidates will receive an email confirmation from the Teacher Education Office.

In cases where prolonged absences are the result of medical or health reasons (i.e., surgery, accidents, illness), medical documentation may be required. This will be submitted to the Teacher Education Office in addition to completing the online form. Communication directly with a program coordinator in the TEO regarding Academic Accommodation may be necessary.

Communication with Course Instructor(s) or Faculty Advisors:

In the case of course work, teacher candidates must contact the instructors of all classes that will be missed, by way of forwarding the aforementioned e-mail confirmation to the appropriate individuals. This communication should be provided as early as possible, but no later than 8:00 a.m. of the day of the absence.

It is understood that the teacher candidate bears the full responsibility to inquire about and make up for any assignments missed due to this absence. In certain cases, teacher candidates may be asked to complete alternate/additional assignments to fulfill course requirements.

In the case of practicum, teacher candidates must contact their practicum faculty advisor by way of forwarding the aforementioned e-mail confirmation to inform him/her of their absence from school that day.

Additionally, teacher candidates must follow the appropriate school protocol for reporting teacher absence (communication with the front office staff, etc.).

Communication with School Advisor(s):

Teacher candidates are required to communicate with their school advisors as much in advance as possible to inform them of any absences.

It is understood that teacher candidates remain responsible for providing adequate planning for any classes that they are scheduled to teach on day(s) when they are going to be absent.

Consequences of Excessive and/or Inappropriate Absences

Attendance and participation are important aspects of professionalism, and poor attendance may lead to the inability to meet expectations in coursework or field experiences, resulting in a Fail.

To reiterate: regular attendance in all classes and field experiences is a professional commitment that is expected of all teacher candidates.

Respectful Learning Climate

To ensure a respectful learning climate, teacher candidates will:

  • arrive on time for class,
  • attend all classes registered for (see attendance policy),
  • stay for the duration of the class unless prior approval has been obtained for early dismissal,
  • restrict the use of digital devices to work related to the class in session,
  • refrain from bringing children to class.

Academic Regulations

Teacher candidates are expected to:

  • adhere to academic regulations in the UBC Calendar,
  • cite references when using information or materials developed by others, including information and materials from the Internet,
  • submit a separate and distinct assignment for each course. A single assignment cannot be used for more than one course, unless prior approval from the instructor is granted,
  • abide by copyright laws and regulations.

Criminal Record Check

The criminal record check is required of each teacher candidate upon admission or re-admission to the Teacher Education Program. Teacher candidates who are readmitted to the program will be required to authorize a new criminal record request if they have not been registered in the program during the previous Winter session.

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The Teacher Education Office does not receive individual copies of criminal record check clearances; however, if you wish, you can request a letter from our office stating that this check was performed and the clearance date.

Teacher candidates who are charged with a relevant offence during the teacher education program pursuant to Section 17.4 of the Criminal Records Review Act are required to notify the Director of Teacher Education immediately and provide authorization for a further criminal record check. Failure to meet the requirements of the criminal record check may affect your status in relation to both graduation and teacher certification.

An offence is deemed relevant in determining the risk that an individual may pose in a position where they have unsupervised access to children.

Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English

All teacher candidates admitted to the Teacher Education Program must demonstrate proficiency in English. If questions arise regarding your written or oral English, you may be advised to participate in Language Support seminars offered through the Teacher Education Office and the Department of Language and Literacy Education before proceeding to the Extended Practicum. You may also wish to seek other sources of English language support offered at UBC or elsewhere.

Please consult with a program coordinator in the TEO about your best options for support. Teacher candidates may be excluded from participating in practicum experiences if language difficulties are not satisfactorily addressed.

UBC Calendar > Bachelor of Education > Academic Regulations

Proficiency in French

UBC elementary and middle years teacher candidates are expected to teach core French in Grades 5 to 8. They are, therefore, encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and use French in conversation either during their pre-service year or once they are teaching.

There are local meet-ups (french.meetup.com) and conversation groups (e.g., at Le centre culturel francophone or L’alliance française). There are also federal government bursaries available for summer French immersion programs for teacher candidates and for teachers, as well as UBC Continuing Studies courses.

Professional Conduct

Professional Conduct for Teacher Candidates

Professional conduct is the set of attitudes, behaviours and characteristics deemed desirable in members of a profession and that define the profession and its relationship to its members and to society. It is the responsibility of teacher candidates in the program to familiarize themselves with and meet the expectations for professional conduct in all settings.

Faculty members are expected to help teacher candidates interpret specific school and/or practicum guidelines and apply them appropriately in their conduct.

Although satisfactory performance in both academic coursework and in practicum placements is a prerequisite to advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a teacher candidate for advancement or graduation. The Faculty reserves the right to require a teacher candidate to withdraw if he or she is considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of teaching.

A teacher candidate may be considered unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of teaching if he or she engages in unprofessional conduct. The examples of unprofessional conduct in this policy are not exhaustive, and the Faculty will review allegations of unprofessional conduct on a case-by-case basis. This policy applies to all conduct of its teacher candidates, even when not in the classroom or on practicum or otherwise related to the Program. Examples of unprofessional conduct include but are not limited to:

  • behaving in a manner that endangers teacher candidate peers, faculty, staff, students, staff in practicum settings, volunteers, or others,
  • harassing or being abusive towards students, teacher candidate peers, faculty, staff, staff in practicum settings, volunteers, or others,
  • breaching confidentiality or other ethical obligations,
  • engaging in illegal activities that are inconsistent with the practice of teaching or likely to harm students or others, or
  • failing to meet the Standards of Professional Conduct as outlined below.

Membership in the teaching profession demands integrity, competence and adherence to ethical standards. Teaching is a profession that is enormously demanding and carries considerable responsibility as teachers assume a crucial and challenging role in the support, care and development of other people’s children.


At all times, teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate:

Honesty and Integrity

  • Act with integrity and demonstrate personal and academic honesty in all interactions and communications, both orally and in writing. Communicate truthfully with students, teachers and other school-based personnel, teacher candidate peers, faculty members and staff.
  • Acknowledge contributions made to course assignments, lesson plans, and materials designed or provided by others.

Respect for Others

  • Engage only in respectful interactions with others that do not discriminate on grounds protected by the British Columbia Human Rights Code.
  • Contribute to a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning and the conduct of professional work. Maintain personal composure and consideration for others in all interactions.
  • Ensure that all communications, including those on the internet and social media, are respectful.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with others both on and off campus.
  • Do not engage in conduct that exploits students or others for personal, sexual, ideological or other advantage.
  • Respect the confidentiality of student information, the dignity of children and their right to confidentiality, subject to your legal and professional obligations, which include a duty to report abuse or suspected abuse.
  • Treat students and their families with respect and dignity both in their presence and in discussions with other members of educational teams.

Responsibility

  • Be accountable for personal conduct. Show enthusiasm, initiative, adaptability and curiosity.
  • Receive feedback in a non-defensive and receptive manner.
  • Meet expectations related to dependability, punctuality, attendance and participation. Meet deadlines.
  • Use social media responsibly, refraining from posting any information or comments related to students or colleagues or any personal information without appropriate consents.
  • Assure the primacy of students’ wellbeing.
  • Respect boundaries between teachers and students in all interactions, including social media.
  • Create environments that are conducive to student learning.
  • Recognize your own limitations and seek help when your level of experience is inadequate.

Teacher candidates are UBC students and thus bound by the statutes, rules, regulations, and ordinances of the university and of the faculty in which they are registered. They are, therefore, expected to adhere to the UBC Statement of Respectful Environment for Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Teacher candidates are also expected to be familiar with and to comply with the policies of the University relating to conduct including but not limited to:

In addition, during the course of the Teacher Education Program, teacher candidates will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the following Teacher Regulation Branch’s Standards for the Education, Competence and Conduct of Education in BC:

  1. Educators value and care for all students and act in their best interests.
  2. Educators are role models who act ethically and honestly.
  3. Educators understand and apply knowledge of student growth and development.
  4. Educators value the involvement and support of parents, guardians, families and communities in schools.
  5. Educators implement effective practices in areas of planning, instruction, assessment, evaluation and reporting.
  6. Educators have a broad knowledge base and understand the subject areas they teach.
  7. Educators engage in career-long learning.
  8. Educators contribute to the profession.

When teacher candidates are in school or field settings, they are expected to be familiar with relevant policies and procedures governing conduct within those settings including but not limited to the:

Students whose program is interrupted and who are readmitted to the program will be required to authorize a new criminal record request if they have not been registered in the program during the past Winter Session.

Responding to Allegations of Unprofessional Conduct

When investigating an allegation of unprofessional conduct, the Faculty will follow the Protocol and Procedure for Investigating and Responding to Alleged Unprofessional Conduct in the Program outlined on the Teacher Education Office website.

Teacher candidates should note that the laying of criminal charges, the commencement of civil proceedings, or the commencement of proceedings under another University policy or procedure does not preclude the Faculty from following the procedures set out in this policy.

If the Faculty becomes aware that a teacher candidate has been accused of serious unprofessional conduct, then the Faculty reserves the right to postpone the teacher candidate’s advancement in the program, including graduation from the program, until the allegations of unprofessional conduct have been investigated and resolved by the Faculty. Where a teacher candidate has been charged with a criminal offence that, if proven, would constitute unprofessional conduct, the Faculty may postpone the student’s advancement in the program including graduation from the program, until such time as the criminal charges are dismissed or have proceeded through the court system to acquittal or conviction and sentencing.

If the Faculty becomes aware at any time that a teacher candidate has been accused of unprofessional conduct then the Faculty may require the teacher candidate to obtain an updated criminal record check pursuant to the Criminal Records Review Act and provide the results to the Faculty.

Conduct that is considered unprofessional under this policy may also violate other University policies. The Faculty or another unit of the University may commence proceedings against the teacher candidate pursuant to those processes in addition to taking action pursuant to this policy.

Teacher Education Program – Student Support

Before the Program Starts

Admissions Advising

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Admissions Officer
keith.mcpherson@ubc.ca
604 822 5069

Course Registration

Prior to the program start date, teacher candidates are emailed a standard timetable and a link to instructions for course registration for both winter and summer sessions. Courses are at the 300 and 400 level. Distance Education courses are not permitted.

The teacher candidate is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of registration as it relates to the regulations of the degree or diploma program in which the teacher candidate is enrolled.

UBC Calendar > Policies & Regulations

You may not register in more than 7 credits in any 3-week Summer Session sub-term.

Changing Course Sections

Timetables are constructed to minimize the necessity for course changes. Courses may only be dropped from a standard timetable with approval and assistance from a program coordinator in the Teacher Education Office.

In some cases, you may change sections of a course if there is room in the preferred section. You are expected to make permitted timetable changes online through your student account at students.ubc.ca by the end of the first week of class. You may only attend classes for which you are registered.

Changing Cohorts

A teacher candidate may move to a different cohort only if there is room available in that cohort before classes begin in September. Once classes start, it is not possible to change to a different cohort unless there are exceptional circumstances.

During the Program

Program Advising

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Program Coordinator – Student Services (Elementary & Middle Years)
lorrie.miller@ubc.ca
604 822 9128

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Program Coordinator – Student Services (Secondary)
bette.shippam@ubc.ca
Phone: 604 822 5444

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Program Coordinator – International Community Field Experience
keith.mcpherson@ubc.ca
604 822 5069

 

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Program Coordinator – Practicum & Field Experience (Elementary & Middle Years)
rod.brown@ubc.ca
Phone: 604 822 5243

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Program Coordinator – Practicum & Field Experience (Secondary)
john.yamamoto@ubc.ca
604 822 5222
blogs.ubc.ca/jyamamoto

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Director, Teacher Education Office
claire.rushton@ubc.ca
604 822 1473

If you have questions about course content or assignment deadlines, consult with the instructor as soon as possible. Questions or concerns about the BEd program should be directed as soon as possible to program coordinators in the Teacher Education Office so that issues may be resolved before there is an impact on your progress.

Unexpected Circumstances

For financial assistance and for student loan advising, contact an Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) in the Student Financial Assistance and Awards office. Find your ESP's contact information on the Student Service Centre (SSC) under Personal Info > UBC Contacts. Your ESP can help you in person, or by phone or email.

Student Financial Assistance and Awards
Brock Hall (East Wing), Room 1036 - 1874 East Mall


For personal crises requiring urgent counselling, emergency drop-in hours are scheduled daily in the UBC Counselling Services office. You may request the assistance of a program coordinator in the TEO to arrange for a counsellor to see you at the earliest opportunity.

UBC Counselling Services
Brock Hall, Room 1040 - 1874 East Mall
Phone: 604 822 3811


In case of sudden illness that interferes with your ability to function as a teacher candidate, you may seek and obtain an emergency appointment at the UBC Student Health Service Clinic located next to the hospital emergency department on campus. You may also request assistance from a program coordinator in the TEO.

UBC Student Health Service Clinic
UBC Hospital
Room M334 - 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Koerner Pavilion
Patient Appointments – Phone: 604 822 4848

Academic Concessions

Requests for academic concessions must first be directed to instructors, and second, to a program coordinator in the Teacher Education Office (TEO) before or as close as possible to the time that attendance or performance is affected. Documentation from a physician or other authority needs to provide sufficient details to support any concessions requested. Concessions may include extending assignments, dropping a course(s), withdrawing from the program, or obtaining deferred or Aegrotat standings. Please note that untimely notification [of request] will normally not be taken into account.

UBC Calendar > Policies and Regulations > Academic Concession

Should the absence or inability to complete an assignment exceed three days, and you request an academic concession, obtain a statement from your physician or from UBC Student Health Services. The statement must include sufficient detail to explain the inability to extend or to complete a course. Submit the statement to a program coordinator in the Teacher Education Office without delay. You may wish to provide your instructors with this statement as well. In the case of repeated absences, instructors will require you to contact program coordinator(s) in the TEO.

UBC Calendar > Bachelor of Education > Academic Policies and Regulations

Note: A medical statement does not constitute a concession; it is evidence to be considered when a request for a concession is made. Your instructors may request a copy of the statement or confirmation of the concession from the TEO.

A Deferred Standing (DS) may be granted only when you have a valid reason for not completing course requirements as scheduled and you do not qualify for an Aegrotat Standing (see below). If you have been granted Deferred Standing, you are responsible for making satisfactory arrangements with your instructors for completion of outstanding requirements. Deferred Standing granted in the Winter Session, must be completed by the following mid-August [or earlier to meet a specific deadline negotiated with the instructor(s)].

If you have been granted Deferred Standing, you are responsible for making satisfactory arrangements with your instructors for completion of outstanding requirements. If you fail to complete the deferred requirements by the date specified, the SD will be replaced with a grade or standing that reflects the requirements completed in the course.

An Aegrotat Standing (AEG) allows credit for a course even though the course requirements have not been completed. This standing is awarded [in unusual cases] only if the instructor and the Associate Dean (representing the Dean and the Faculty) agree that you have demonstrated the capacity to deal with the course material satisfactorily.

UBC Calendar > Policies & Regulations > Grading Practices > Standings

Program Accommodations

Teacher candidates who have a disability that may require academic accommodations within the program should meet both with a program coordinator in the Teacher Education Office and with an advisor at UBC's Access & Diversity Office as soon as possible before or as they start the program. They will assess and plan for disability-related services within the Teacher Education Program. Follow-up advising will continue during the program.

Access & Diversity
Email: access.diversity@ubc.ca
Phone: 604 822 5844

Advancement, Withdrawal, and Readmission

Advancement

The Teacher Education program is an intensive 12-month program, and you are encouraged to complete the program within 12 months. If your program is interrupted for any reason (personal, health, academic difficulty), you will normally have four years from first registration in which to complete the requirements of the program.

If your program is interrupted, you will be required to provide evidence that conditions set at the time of the interruption have been met. Reinstatement or readmission is not automatic.

Withdrawals and/or a standing of "W” may have implications for loans and tuition fees. The University policy on Withdrawals and Change of Registration applies.

You must pass all the requirements for each consecutive term preceding the extended practicum. Similarly, you must pass the extended practicum in order to proceed to the community field experience and, subsequently, to the program's final summer session courses. Only in exceptional circumstances will these requirements be waived. Permission to proceed out of sequence is not automatically granted.

UBC Calendar > Bachelor of Education > Academic Policies and Regulations

Withdrawal

1. Withdrawal from Courses

You may withdraw voluntarily from courses in accordance with the university withdrawal deadlines as outlined in the UBC Calendar. Dates for withdrawal with or without a refund depend on course start date and duration and are listed online at courses.students.ubc.ca/cs. Prior to withdrawing voluntarily, it is important that you speak with a program coordinator in the Teacher Education Office.

2. Withdrawal from Practicum

You may withdraw voluntarily up to the mid-point of the extended practicum. Information on specific dates for withdrawal from the extended practicum with fee refund is available from practicum coordinators.

Withdrawal from practicum must occur in consultation with your school and with approval from the practicum coordinator. If you are granted a 'W' on the Extended Practicum (EDUC 418, 419, 421, 495 or 496), you must wait until the next time the Extended Practicum is scheduled to re-enrol. In most cases a third practicum will not be offered.

See the Practicum Guidelines for specific details regarding withdrawal from practicum.

3. Withdrawal from the Program

Withdrawal from the program is a serious decision and should occur in consultation with program coordinators in the Teacher Education office.

Readmission

Please be aware that reinstatement and readmission into the Teacher Education Program is not automatic.

Guidelines for Reinstatement and Readmission

Teacher candidates who encounter difficulties during the program may be “required to discontinue”. If you are required to discontinue and wish to re-apply to the Faculty of Education, your application for readmission must include evidence that you have satisfied any conditions set at the time you were required to discontinue. Re-applications must be received 6 months prior to the term in you wish to resume the program. Please note that readmission is not automatic.

Additionally, teacher candidates who experience a pattern of failure may be required to withdraw. If you are required to withdraw, you will not normally be re-admitted to the Teacher Education Program. In exceptional circumstances, you may, after at least one year, submit a formal appeal for permission to re-enrol. Such an appeal will be granted only after review by the Dean. A negative decision by the Dean may be appealed to the Senate Admissions Committee.

If a teacher candidate fails to complete all requirements of the program within a four­ year period, he or she will not be allowed readmission. He or she may, however, submit a new application for admission. If admitted, a teacher candidate will receive no advanced credit for courses previously completed.

Concerns

Teacher candidates who are concerned about an aspect of their program should consult with a program coordinator in the TEO. If the concern is related to a course, candidates should first speak directly to the instructor. If not resolved, please follow the steps below.

If the concern is related to the practicum, the candidate will be advised in most cases to first speak directly to the faculty advisor. If not resolved, please follow the steps below.

  • If there is no resolution, the concern may be articulated in person or in writing to a TEO practicum coordinator.
  • If there is no resolution, the concern may be articulated in writing to the Associate Dean, Teacher Education.

If there is no resolution, candidates may register a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students.

If concern is related to anything other than a course:

Addressed to a program coordinator in the Teacher Education Office

If unresolved:

May be addressed in writing to the Associate Dean, Teacher Education

If concern is related to a course or practicum:

EDCP, LLED, EPSE, EDST Courses

Addressed to instructor

If unresolved:

May be addressed in person or in writing to course coordinator or Department Head

If unresolved:

May be forwarded to Ombudsperson for Students

EDUC & Practicum Courses

Addressed to instructor or faculty advisor

If unresolved:

May be addressed in person or in writing to a TEO practicum coordinator

If unresolved:

May be addressed in person or in writing to the Associate Dean, Teacher Education Office

May be forwarded to Ombudsperson for Students


Report an Incident

Use this form to report non-emergency incidents to UBC Campus Security. You can also call them at 604 822 2222 or visit their office at 2133 East Mall.


Health & Wellness

Find self-help resources, support contacts and a wealth of other helpful information for your physical and mental wellbeing at students.ubc.ca/health-wellness.

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Appeals

Teacher candidates who wish to protest evaluative decisions relating to their academic coursework may do so. Appeals should first be directed to the nearest source, typically an instructor.

  • If there is no resolution, appeals should be made in writing to the appropriate course coordinator or Head of Department for most courses (ECPS, EDCP, EDST, LLED) or to the Teacher Education Office for EDUC courses, including practicum and field experiences. (A TEO program coordinator can advise whom to contact.)
  • If there is no resolution, the appeal may be submitted to the Associate Dean of Teacher Education to be reviewed and forwarded to the Committee on Curriculum, Admissions, Standings, and Appeals (CCASA). Advice concerning the process and forms on which to submit an appeal are available from the Teacher Education Office (see UBC Calendar/Academic Policies and Regulations).

An appeal must be accompanied by a written statement that includes:

  • a statement of the decision being appealed including the name and title of the person who made the decision,
  • a statement of the reasons for the appeal,
  • a chronology of the circumstances related to the appeal issue,
  • copies of any documents to which the appellant refers.

If appeal is related to EDCP, LLED, ECPS, EDST course:

EDCP, LLED, ECPS, EDST Courses

Addressed to instructor

If unresolved:

Addressed in writing to the Department Head/Coordinator

If unresolved:

Reviewed by the Associate Dean, Teacher Education Office

Forwarded to:

CCASA, as deemed appropriate

If appeal is related to EDUC course or practicum:

EDUC & Practicum Courses

Addressed to instructor/faculty advisor

If unresolved:

Addressed in writing to the Associate Dean, Teacher Education Office

If unresolved, forwarded to:

CCASA, as deemed appropriate

For further information, see UBC Calendar/Appeal Procedures and UBC Calendar/BEd Appeal Procedures

Scholarships and Awards

The faculty makes recommendations for student awards and scholarships based upon achievement in classes and practicum during the program. You do not apply for most scholarships or academic awards; however, you may apply for scholarships and bursaries that do not require a recommendation by the faculty. Check application procedures and deadlines at the Office of Awards and Financial Aid in Brock Hall. Canada Student Loan application information and deadlines are also available from the TEO.

Graduation and Certification

Teacher candidates must login to the Student Services Centre (SSC) website and make a formal application to have their Bachelor of Education degree conferred. Submit your application by August 31 for Fall Convocation.

If you do not apply or are not eligible for graduation, a recommendation for certification will not be submitted to the Teacher Regulation Branch.

The Faculty of Education applies the following policy in determining satisfactory completion of the Bachelor of Education:

Entry into the profession of teaching is not a right, but a privilege. Suitability to teach includes satisfactory academic performance, teaching performance and professional conduct. Although satisfactory academic performance is prerequisite to advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a teacher candidate for promotion or graduation.

The Faculty reserves the right to require a teacher candidate to withdraw from the faculty if the teacher candidate is considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of teaching.

UBC Calendar > Bachelor of Education > Academic Policies and Regulations

Decisions regarding suitability are jointly made by the Dean and Associate Dean. Teacher candidates who could be required to withdraw due to issues of suitability will have the opportunity to speak with the Dean and Associate Dean. In addition, teacher candidates who are required to withdraw have the right of appeal to the University Senate.

Obtaining a Professional Teaching Certificate

You must apply to graduate and, upon approval of your degree completion, the faculty will recommend you to the Teacher Regulation Branch. Certification to teach is granted by the Teacher Regulation Branch. Applicants who intend to teach in other jurisdictions must obtain information concerning the requirements for entry from the governing or credentialing body in those jurisdictions. Refer to The School Act and Professional Associations: Teacher Regulation Branch section of this publication.

Possession of a certificate of qualification to teach is mandatory for teaching within public elementary, middle years or secondary schools of British Columbia. The Teaching Profession Act has assigned the authority to the Teacher Regulation Branch to issue teaching certificates and to determine the classes of certificates of qualification issued.

At the end of each session, the faculty reports to the Teacher Regulation Branch the names of teacher candidates who have satisfied requirements for BC teacher certification. This report includes a copy of each teacher candidate’s UBC transcript/s but does not include copies of transcripts from other institutions.

Those not wishing their status reported and their transcripts forwarded to the Teacher Regulation Branch should inform the Associate Dean, Teacher Education, in writing at least one month before they complete teacher certification requirements. (Committee on Curriculum, Admissions, Standing, and Appeals, Spring 2001).

Records and Confidentiality

All information in teacher candidates’ files is considered confidential. You may request copies of any information in your file except for confidential reference letters submitted to support your admission application. Requests for information must be presented in writing at least one month prior to release of records. Under no circumstances will the faculty forward academic or practicum records to potential employers. You are expected to retain copies of practicum reports for this purpose. Requests for official transcripts must be made to UBC Student Services.

Upon program completion, practicum reports and anecdotal records are normally retained for a period of five years following convocation. Academic transcripts of courses and degrees may be obtained from Enrolment Services for a fee. UBC academic records are kept indefinitely.

Practicum Guidelines

On the Practicum Guidelines page, you will find information on:

  • Professional Conduct
  • Guidelines for School Visits
  • Elementary:
    • Practicum Preparation
    • EDUC 315 — Weekly Visits & 2-Week Practicum
    • EDUC 321/323 – Weekly Visits
    • EDUC 418, EDUC 419, EDUC 421 – Extended Practicum
    • EDUC 430 – Community Field Experience (CFE)
  • Secondary:
    • EDUC 315 – Weekly Visits & Two-Week Practicum
    • EDUC 418, EDUC 419, EDUC 421 – Extended Practicum
    • EDUC 430 – Community Field Experience (CFE)
  • Guidelines for School Advisors
  • FAQs

View the Practicum Guidelines