Welcome to the Teacher Education Program

Message from Dr. Marianne McTavish, Associate Dean, Teacher Education

Welcome to the teacher education program at the University of British Columbia. Becoming a teacher is a transformative step, not only for you but also for those whose lives you will influence through your work. It is a profession that draws upon your beliefs and commitments, utilizes your strengths and talents, and can bring out the very best in your students and yourself.

Your 11-month program is but the beginning of your professional learning trajectory, but you can be sure that this part of that journey will be rich and rewarding. Faculty and staff are here to support you, and we wish you every success!


Dr. McTavish is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education at UBC since 1990; her contributions have been recognized with a the Murray Elliott Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teacher Education Program and the Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Emerging Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association. Her time at UBC intersected with a 31-year teaching career in Surrey and West Vancouver. She has worked closely with the Ministry of Education in developing curriculum and assessment materials and has served with the BC Teachers Federation as a Provincial Specialist Association Vice-President. Her research work with early childhood teacher candidates and digital literacies reconceptualizes the way literacy is taught and practiced. She has authored several professional resources in addition to scholarly articles and chapters on young children’s emergent literacy learning, teacher education, and family literacy.