The UBC teacher education program is a post-baccalaureate program that requires a completed degree that is academically equivalent to a 4-year 120-credit UBC Bachelor degree.
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.
Learn how to determine if your courses are equivalent to our requirements. Visit our Course Equivalency page.
Elementary & Middle Years:
- Step 1: Review the General Requirements Summary
- Step 2: Complete a self-assessment worksheet(s) for your secondary teachable subject(s)
Admission into the UBC teacher education program is competitive. 100 hours (minimum) of practical experience—volunteer or paid—working with groups of 10 or more age-appropriate students or youth is strongly preferred. 50 experience hours should be from a single, continuous experience. To prepare for the teacher education program, we recommend that you acquire classroom experience in a Canadian 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 and/or alternative learning 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 or middle years, your experience should be with large groups of children aged 5-13.
If you wish to teach secondary, your experience should be with large groups of 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 is not a guarantee of admission.
To determine an applicant’s suitability for the program or profession, an interview and/or references (academic or experiential) may be required.