Academic & Experience Requirements

The UBC teacher education program is a post-baccalaureate program that requires a completed degree that is a minimum of three years and academically equivalent to a 120-credit UBC Bachelor degree.

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Academic Requirements

Self-assessment worksheets will help you review the academic admission requirements for your program option. When you apply to the program, you are required to submit an academic requirements supplemental form to assist the Admissions Team with evaluating your transcripts.

Elementary & Middle Years

Step 1: Complete a self-assessment worksheet

Self-Assessment Worksheet

Step 2: Search acceptable courses to fulfill requirements

Review the Acceptable Courses Guide


Step 1: Review the general requirements summary
General Requirements Summary

Step 2: Complete a self-assessment worksheet for your teachable subject(s)
Self-Assessment Worksheets for Secondary

Experience Requirements

Admission into the UBC Teacher Education Program is competitive. We require 75 hours (minimum) of practical experience working with groups of children or youth. To prepare for the Teacher Education Program, we recommend that you acquire classroom experience in a domestic setting to get a sense of what it will be like to teach in BC.

Competitive applicants will have:

  • a range and variety of experiences, including special needs
  • completed a substantial number of experience hours
  • experience working with the group of children or youth they wish to teach
  • experience documented within the last five years (preferably within the last two years)

If you wish to teach Elementary & Middle Years, your experience should be with children aged 5-12.

If you wish to teach Secondary, your experience should be with youth aged 13-17.

Examples of Experience:

  • working in school classrooms as a volunteer or assistant
  • teaching various subjects
  • coaching team sport
  • working as a summer camp counsellor
  • group tutoring
  • or working with church groups or other youth groups

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

To determine an applicant’s suitability for the program or profession, an interview and/or references (academic or experiential) may be required.