BEd applicants must provide two professional references from appropriate individuals who have experience working with youth or children and who have observed the applicant working in group settings with age-appropriate students or youth, preferably within the last 2 years. References from experiences up to 5 years prior to application will also be considered.

Referees must be credible authorities who can speak to the applicant’s experiences, interests and abilities relevant to the teaching profession. They cannot be a family member or a personal friend.

Applicants must arrange for the submission of two confidential reference reports to be sent on their behalf. We will not accept more than two reports. Letters in lieu of these report forms are not acceptable.

The reference portal for the 2024/25 Bachelor of Education will be available in October 2023.

Appropriate References:

  • Classroom teacher at an elementary or secondary school
  • Camp director
  • Daycare program coordinator
  • School administrator, who has observed you with age-appropriate groups of students (e.g., principal, vice-principal)

Inappropriate References:

  • Family members (including in-laws, step-family, etc.)
  • Parent of child whom applicant tutored privately
  • University professor who did not observe the applicant teaching youth or children in a group setting.
  • University professor who supervised TA work at a university or college
  • A classroom teacher whose only relationship to you is as their student
  • Other current applicants to the UBC BEd program

Submission Instructions

Submission Instructions for All Programs Except NITEP

Applicants, please take note:

  • References are completed via an online system that will not be visible to you.
  • References are due January 15, 2024.
  • Applications are considered incomplete without two completed reference forms. It is your responsibility to follow up with referees to ensure references have been submitted.

NITEP Submission Instructions

You have multiple options for submitting your references

1. Online by visiting the Online Reference Report for NITEP applicants.


2. Download two copies of the NITEP Reference Report Form

  • Complete reference PDFs can then be emailed to
  • Or sent through the post to:

Faculty of Education, UBC
200-2008 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Tips on How to Ask for a Reference Report

  • Make sure that once you have identified two appropriate references, you actively engage them by asking for feedback on their observation of your interactions with youth or children. This will not only help you identify your strengths and challenges, it will also provide your referee with some concrete examples of what they may comment on in their report.
  • Let them know early on in your volunteer/work experience that you may eventually ask them to provide a reference in support of your application.
  • When formally asking for a reference, it is advisable to ask your referee “would you be willing to write me a favourable reference in support of my application to the BEd program at UBC?” Asking this question will likely provide you with a clearer idea of the strength of your reference.
  • Be aware, however, that a reference may say no when asked this question; it is better to know this so that you may obtain a stronger reference rather than submit a poor one.
  • Lastly, once you have secured your references, it is a good idea to go over the Reference Report Form with them and stress the importance of their providing comments that support their ranking of you.
  • This form is confidential and is sent directly to the TEO by your two referees.

Application Deadlines

ApplicationJanuary 15
Transcripts and referencesJanuary 15
Reference Report Form (filled by referees)January 31
Course completionJune 30
Final transcripts (to meet conditions)July 31