Technology Education

Technology Education teacher candidates are engaged in learning about processes and knowledge related to trades and technology. In this vibrant curricular area, educators teach a variety of vocational and applied subjects such as electronics, engine repair, metal and wood working, as well as robotics, graphic design and/or computer-aided design (CAD).

UBC’s Faculty of Education partners with BCIT’s Teaching Technology Education Diploma program to prepare technology education teachers. While at BCIT, students spend two years focussing on foundational theory and practice in a variety of technical areas. They then enter a specialized cohort in the UBC Teacher Education Program where they work with expert faculty and master educators to develop pedagogical knowledge and skills.

Technology Education teachers contribute expertise in Applied Skills, Design, and Technologies (ADST) in BC’s redesigned curriculum, including exciting curriculum design development, maker spaces, digital electronics, and other innovations in education involving hands-on learning experiences for students. In addition, Technology Education teachers have the space and potential within ADST curriculum to develop programs and courses that reflect their personal passion areas.

Technology teachers are well positioned to both promote and educate their students on exciting career pathways and areas that they may not have been aware of, such as, mechatronics, prosthetics, forestry, design, automation, mechanics, and much more.

Technology teachers who have their Red Seal, and/or through continued professional development, can guide students towards rewarding career pathways, including Industry Training Authority BC (ITA) Youth Programs and other apprenticeship programs leading to Red Seal Certification in automotive services, joinery, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, welding, ironworking, marine or truck and transport mechanics, diesel engine or aircraft mechanics, boilermaker, and many more.


“The Technology Teacher Education (TTED) program was one of the most influential experiences of my life and definitely had the greatest impact on my future career options.”
Jemma Vaale, TTED/UBC alumna, teaching in Quesnel


“I knew that I wanted to work with people and enhance or improve their lives — with hands-on technical skills, face to face interaction, and professional freedom. I am thankful for the pedagogical training and skills development provided through UBC and BCIT’s Technology Teacher Education program as it has opened a wealth of opportunities for me.”
Peter Halim, TTED alumnus, teaching in Vancouver


“Finding a job was no problem at all!”
Angie Gregson, TTED/UBC alumna, teaching in Coquitlam