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General FAQS

We are not currently offering an early assessment option.

We do not have online or part-time options for the B.Ed program here at UBC. The structure of the teacher education program is cohesive and must be completed onsite. The program’s courses are offered in-class by various departments within the Faculty and the practicum component necessitates that the student be present full-time.

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Upon acceptance of an admission offer, admitted applicants pay a non-refundable acceptance deposit and criminal record check fee. The acceptance deposit is required to hold your spot in the B.Ed. The deposit is not refundable, should you choose to withdraw from the program.

The UBC BEd is an 11-month program and is not scheduled to change in the foreseeable future.

Yes. Detailed instructions are provided with the admission offer. Applicants should not obtain a criminal record check in advance as any prior criminal record checks undertaken outside of this office will not fulfill this requirement.

Clearance of this criminal record check is required in order to begin the B.Ed program or take certain courses in the Faculty of Education.

If you have been convicted of, or given an absolute or conditional discharge, or received a pardon on a criminal offence and you are considering a teaching career, you should contact the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) before undertaking a teacher education program or taking courses at the Faculty of Education.

The Faculty may require an applicant to attend an interview with the Admissions Committee and/or submit additional references should there be concerns regarding the applicant’s suitability to enter the teaching profession. Applicants to the West Kootenays (WKTEP) option may be contacted by WKTEP Program Coordinators to determine suitability for the rural program.

The admission offer for September of a given year is for the program commencing in that year only. We do not consider deferral requests.

All academic requirements must be completed before June 30. Applicants must submit proof of registration (transcript/letter of enrolment/screenshot of student online registration page) of outstanding courses if they taken from an institution other than UBC as soon as they are available. Preference will be given to applications with fewer requirements outstanding.

See all deadlines here.

Academic requirements can be taken from any accredited post-secondary institution, and can be taken in any format, in-person or online. Institutions such as Athabasca University and Thompson Rivers Online Learning offer a number of online courses.

Applicants must have volunteered or worked in some capacity in a group setting with children or youth of the age level you wish to teach (5-12 for elementary and middle years or 13-17 for secondary).

Please visit Academic & Experience Requirements for further details.

Experience requirements must be completed and received in our office by the application deadline. However, we recommend completing them much sooner as this will give your referees time to submit their references.

Our program does not send out a link to your references. The acknowledgement email sent to you after you have submitted your application should direct you to a link on our website with instructions that state you have to provide a blank reference form for your references, in which they will fill out and then submit confidentially to a designated inbox. Make sure you follow up with your references to see if they have made their submissions. Take a look at your application status - if references have been submitted and matched, it will no longer appear under the outstanding part of the application.

When choosing a reference, you should choose those who can speak to your abilities of working with children in group settings as close as possible to a classroom setting. Because those evaluating and reading your references are teachers, they will be looking for people who know what it is like to be somebody who works with children. The closest you can get to someone who has classroom experience is best. Make sure that your references are recent (no longer than five years old), and will be speaking to your experience in the last two years. It would be best to have a reference from a certified teacher.

Yes and No. The best way we can get a picture of what you are presenting to us now is to get the most relevant information. We prefer the last year of experience. It does not severely impact your application but makes you less competitive.

Absolutely. If two teachers see the same thing in you and write separate references, that will be very good for you because of the consistency in their observations and as teachers, they are giving us information about you as a potential teacher.

We do not discount any of your educational experience. However, depending on what you want to apply for, your experience might not match up with the program you want to apply for. We recommend that you get some experience with the age appropriate group.

No. When we look at your reference, we look to see what your experience was and how they have observed you working with those age appropriate groups of students/children/adolescents. We are looking for quality over quantity.

Members of the UBC Bachelor of Education Admissions Committee have access to confidential reference letters. Committee members include BEd admissions officers, admissions file evaluators and TEO staff, and may include the Director and Associate Dean of the Teacher Education Office (TEO).

Referees are required to keep reference information confidential until the applicant receives an official admission decision. The TEO does not release reference information at any time.

Admission to the program is competitive and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Education program.

Your application is evaluated for both your academic requirements (specific course work, GPA, overall academic history) and your Personal Profile (including experience, writing abilities and references). When we receive your Personal Profile, it is read by education professionals who evaluate and make recommendations for admission based upon quality, quantity, and relevance of your combined experiences, written language skills, and references. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

If the number of available places in your program option is exceeded by the number of applicants, not every qualified applicant will be admitted.

Admission to the UBC Bachelor of Education is competitive and not every qualified applicant will be admitted. Applications are evaluated on both the academic requirements (specific course work, grade point average, overall academic history) and the Personal Profile (including experience, written statement, and references). Candidates may be invited for an interview and additional references may be requested.

Applicants who believe they may have been unjustly denied admission, may submit a formal appeal within 14 days of the issue date of the notification of the admission decision or readmission decision according to the policy and process outlined on the UBC Admissions/Appeals.

More info:
Undergraduate Programs & Admissions - Appeals
UBC Calendar - Admission Appeals for 2018/2019

Please note that all communication and interactions with the Teacher Education Office and Faculty of Education are considered part of the admissions process and are taken into account when considering applicants for admission. Admission may be denied to applicants who communicate in an unprofessional manner or who act in an inappropriate manner during the admissions process, regardless of academic standing.

Yes. Under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), those individuals who possess an unrestricted teaching certificate in a Canadian jurisdiction will be eligible for a teaching certificate in any other Canadian jurisdiction. It is strongly recommended that you contact the governing body in the province in which you wish to teach for additional information.

For more information, please see:

Moving Jurisdictions
Certification Regulations by Province/Territory

No, unfortunately, we do not take any transfer students. You will have to complete the entire program with us, and take all the courses in the program.

Individuals who already have a prior Bachelor of Education degree/teacher certification from another country or province are requested to contact the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) of British Columbia for assessment, as they will assess these situations on a case-by-case basis. The Teacher Regulation Branch is the certifying body for the teaching profession in British Columbia.

Teachers who have received licenses from other Canadian provinces are qualified to obtain an equivalent teaching certification here in BC, under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)*.

*See next FAQ on teaching across Canada.

If you are a certified teacher in your home country, you can complete the entire 11-month program again or consider the Teacher Updating program. For our Teacher Updating program, you will first need to contact the Teacher Regulation Branch https://www.bcteacherregulation.ca/ and have your credentials assessed. They will then tell you what courses/requirements you are missing.

Learn more about the Teacher Updating program

The IB stream of the BEd is a cohort of our full Bachelor of Education program. Students must have already been admitted to our general BEd program before they can apply to the IB cohort. If you are already an educator, you can get more information from the International Baccalaureate Organization website and access the Professional Development link. There you will find a listing of Category 1 workshops which may fit with your schedule and location. If not, there are also online options which are detailed in the same site and may be a better fit for you.

In addition to all other academic and experience requirements, applicants must complete an acceptable French proficiency assessment, the DELF/DALF.

For more details on what is required for admission, please visit the French Options page.

Both numbers change. We are currently at our maximum and applications received have increased. Last year, we have accepted about 750 students and received 1500 completed applications that were submitted, with 2000 total active applications. There are usually around 200 whose applications will not be accepted because they have not completed the requirements. The real pool of applications up for deliberation are about the size of 900 to 1000.

74 to 80% in the last few years.

For the Secondary program, we will be looking at your top eighteen senior level credits. It benefits you to have taken a lot more courses.
For the Elementary program, we will be looking at your last sixty credits. This includes anyone who have taken additional courses outside of their degree.

Transcripts should be sent by your institution as sealed mail directly to our office.

You absolutely need to submit your transcripts to show that you have completed the courses. However, we do not calculate the GPA on any credits completed after the application deadline because of the unfair advantage to applicants who have completed those credits before the deadline.

Only under special circumstances such as irreplaceable documents from a foreign country.

You do not need to request for a transcript to be sent from UBC if you are a UBC student. As long as we have your student number, we can access your transcripts.

Yes, unless you participated in the Go Global Exchange program at UBC.

We do accept transcripts in a sealed envelope, but we will need a letter from the university to confirm that they will not provide a transcript.

If your Grade Point Average and score for the quality part of your application (references, essays, experience) are high, you will hear very quickly from UBC. Otherwise, it takes us awhile to assess the competitive average on the GPA and the qualitative side. Once we have that, we start looking at applications in March/April. There is a bulk of people who, with early admission, will not hear from us until then.

A more competitive applicant would typically present at least 125 hours of experience with age-appropriate groups of students/youth that shows leadership and an ability to organize and communicate effectively.

No, the average age of our admitted students have actually increased.

Chances will depend on the applicant pool. You will be considered the same as the year you have applied before. Your advantage is that you can reuse some of the application information. Ways to improve your chances of admission include taking courses you know you will do well at, taking more time to gain experience with children as close as school context as possible, making sure that you have completed all the appropriate credits, inquiring about how to get to the point where references can give you a good reference, asking for feedback on your essays, and booking and advising appointment with us. There are many ways to improve your chances of admission.

Answers vary depending on the person. For those who have been teaching for awhile and want to get certified quickly, can do so with this program. For those who want to make money as a teacher as fast as possible upon graduating or attaining their undergraduate degree, they can do so with this program as well. This program is designed in a way that courses are integrated and are building off of each other so that you are able to see connections across, between, and through the subject area. When you move out into the classroom, you will already be moving in an integrated and fast paced manner that you can able to step into the classroom and be at the pace of a teacher. This program is not about memorizing and regurgitating content, it is about learning the skills of being a teacher.

When you get your degree, you can teach full time, part time, and substitute forever depending on the district.

The teaching certificate does not restrict you to secondary or elementary, so you can make a change later on in the evolution of your career.

Accommodations: There is a group on campus called Center for Accessibility who can speak to you (as well as our Program Coordinators) about adapting the program to allow you to make it through the program.
Things you know that are coming: If it is something that you cannot put aside or give up for the program, I would suggest applying for the program the following year.
Things unexpected: Our program coordinators will work the Center for Accessibility to make accommodations for your situation.

They are all valuable to complete. They all have to reach a 50% mark or higher.

All courses are treated equally as long as it has been taken from an accredited institution.

We do intakes in the fall only.

If you are applying from a Canadian University, your degree will meet our requirement if it is a minimum of a three year degree and you have been granted a Bachelor's degree.

Count your contact hours per course. Usually at UBC, a three credit course is thirty nine contact hours in classrooms.

Before you speak with an advisor, look at our self-assessment worksheets. If there is any doubt, contact an advisor and double check with them.

There are no exams, and very little memorization on course content. It is a lot of practicing and helping you be capable in a classroom. Students do work during the program until the ten week practicum. For every hour of instruction, it takes around two to three hours of planning at the beginning. If possible, we recommend avoiding working during this program.

Yes, but it depends on its location. If you are interested in doing a practicum elsewhere, it will require our practicum coordinators to create a new working relationship with that school. There is no guarantee. Come into the office to meet with the practicum coordinators to see if there has been a history of working with the school you are interested in; or if there is a reason why they are no longer partners.

Check with the coordinator of your department as well as the Dual Degree Coordinator at the UBC Teacher Education Office (Bette Shippam at bette.shippam@ubc.ca).

When we had a sample, every applicant applied with that sample format, so we no longer provide a sample. We want your unique response to each of those essays. However, there is a help guide that has screenshots of the application under the "How To Apply" section.

See all key application dates here.

The three questions are one of the ways you can convince us that you are ready to come into a teacher education program and that you are eager, willing, and understanding of what you are getting into when it comes to teaching.

We recommend putting previous practicum experience on your personal profile if you have any.

Documents should be sent well in advance of the deadline. Please see deadline dates here.

Count your contact hours of classroom time. Generally, a 120-credit degree is equal to 1,560 hours of class time. If you are unsure, please contact one of our admissions officers.

Yes. IELTS deadline is the same as the outstanding courses deadline.

No. However, you are required to provide your supervisor's information and contact information along with your self reported hours. We randomly check and verify the information that you have submitted.

All job markets are competitive and they may be looking for different qualities. However, Canada does not discriminate people based on your background. Throughout the program, we support you by creating opportunities for you to find work (career fairs, school visits, and professional development workshops).

In some cases, teacher candidates may proceed to their CFE but applicants understand that the UBC Teacher Education Office reserves the right to withdraw an applicant from a community field experience (CFE) if the applicant receives, or will be receiving, a standing deferred grade (SD) or a supplemental for the extended practicum.

Elementary & Middle Years FAQs

You may apply with a completed degree of minimum 90 credits while also meeting the academic admission requirements. We recommend, however, that applicants have completed a 120-credit Bachelor’s degree.

Due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to guarantee that unsuccessful French Immersion applications will be evaluated for the English stream.

Our elementary program is a standard timetable. The only courses that you can choose in the program are the elective courses. If it is a required part of the course load, you will not be able to drop it. Courses cannot be transferred into the program.

WKTEP is one cohort within our UBC-Vancouver administered BEd program. You follow the same application process as for UBC-Vancouver but choose WKTEP for your first choice program option, credential version.

Enrolment into the Middle Years cohort is completed after you have been offered admission, during the registration stage.

You can indicate your interest in the Middle Years cohort in your Personal Profile to notify Admissions of your preference.

Secondary FAQs

You may apply with a completed degree of minimum 90 credits while also meeting the academic admission requirements. We recommend, however, that applicants have completed a 120-credit Bachelor’s degree.

This option prepares you to teach secondary grade levels with one to two teachable subjects.

It would be best if you have secondary age group experience. However, if you have elementary school experience, it would be good to include that as well. Make sure to explain in your profile why you would like to teach the secondary age group.

First, try to proceed to the next page without entering program choice 2. If the application forces you to enter something, you can swap the positions on the first and second page. We will not be accessing your file twice. The order in which the specializations appear will not affect your program at all. You will basically be assessed by your one program choice and whatever specializations you have entered.

WKTEP is one cohort within our UBC-Vancouver administered BEd program. You follow the same application process as for UBC-Vancouver but choose WKTEP for your first choice program option, credential version.

Generally, English and Social Studies (History/Geography) have the most applicants. There are fewer applicants in Physics, Mathematics, Home Economics, and French and, thus, these subject areas are in higher demand by schools.

Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each subject. Depending on the subject, GPA is calculated using the top 18 to 24 senior level credits. We also will assess whether all subject-specific coursework has been met. We do not require you to take extra courses as long as have met the subject-specific coursework requirements. If both final GPAs are similar and competitive and you have met—or exceeded—all coursework requirements, you will likely be offered admission to both teachable subjects. However, if you are significantly stronger in one subject, you would likely be admitted to the stronger subject only.

The competitive admission average is between 75 to 80% for the Secondary program.

Your Grade Point Average is calculated for each subject. Each subject is calculated with the top eighteen senior level credits as well as required subject courses. We do not require you to take extra courses as long as you take all the courses on the required list. If both final GPAs are similar and competitive, you will likely get into both teachable subjects. However, if you are significantly stronger for one subject, you would be admitted for the stronger subject only.

You need to qualify for and choose one to two teachable subjects. For more detailed information, please see the Secondary Academic Requirements Summary.

French Programs FAQs

UBC provides opportunities for students starting at the DELF B1 level of French to qualify to teach secondary Core French and DELF B1 to qualify for elementary French Immersion.

In order to assess your level, you will need to take the DELF or DALF French proficiency test.

The level you teach (and your practicum placement) will depend on your DELF/DALF French proficiency level:

Level C1 Secondary immersion
Level B1 Core French secondary and Elementary immersion

Click here for a description of each level.

Level C1 Secondary immersion
Level B1 Core French secondary (no part lower than 15)
Level B1 Elementary immersion (no part lower than 15)

You can take the exam in Vancouver at the Alliance française or at any other testing centre in Canada or the world:

There are three sittings: March, June or November at the Alliance française Vancouver or at any other testing centre in Canada or the world.

We recommend taking more than one DELF assessment during the week you choose (in November, March or June). The minimum level to be in the elementary French immersion stream is B1; however, the higher your proficiency result, the more competitive your file will be, so we suggest taking both the B1 and B2 assessment during the same week.

The program prepares you to teach in any French second language context, and you will not only have opportunities to improve your French, you may retake the DELF at various points during the year (November, March and June), if you wish. If you achieve a higher level, you can include the most recent DELF certificate in your documentation when applying for teaching positions.

We generally receive twice as many applications as we have seats so admission is very competitive for the French area. One key to presenting a strong application is not only meeting but exceeding the minimum DELF requirements for our program. We recommend obtaining the highest level DELF/DALF you are comfortable with.

The DELF is a diploma (unlike a typical language proficiency test). It is very difficult to take the same diploma again—you will need the scores revoked or cancelled, a process which can take months. We recommend taking the DELF/DALF at a higher level to avoid the lengthy waiting period and to present a stronger application.

Yes, you will have many opportunities to use and improve your French language skills.

  1. 1Applicants presenting a B1 DELF are required to take an additional 2-credit course in Oral Language Support.
  2. The majority of courses are offered in French and you will have the opportunity to speak with your colleagues, professors and advisors in French as well as complete assignments in French.
  3. UBC has adopted the Portfolio langagier professionel to support the continued language and professional development of each teacher candidate.
  4. In addition, you will have the opportunity to do your Community Field Experience in a Francophone community (in Canada or abroad).
  5. You will have a practicum experience in a Core French, French immersion or French Program classroom (starting with weekly visits, then a 2-week and a 10-week practicum).
  6. There will also be opportunities to take part in specially designed workshops and weekend events, such as Séjour UBC, focused on developing language, cultural knowledge, and pedagogical practices.

Applicants offered admission with a B1 DELF are required to take Oral Language Support because, as a group, teacher candidates presenting with a B1 generally benefit most from additional language and classroom support in preparation for the realities of classroom teaching in French while on practicum and in their own teaching practice. Our faculty’s aim is to ensure all teacher candidates are adequately prepared for the teaching profession. If you do not wish to take this extra course, you must present a B2 or higher DELF diploma at the time of application.

No, si vous êtes titulaire d’un diplôme d’une université francophone et que votre relevé de notes est en français, vous n’avez pas besoin de passer l’examen DELF/DALF.

All UBC French teacher candidates are eligible to receive a bursary. The only criterion is that you are enrolled in a French program for teachers or teacher candidates and that at least 55% of your courses are taught in French.

The bursary amount is up to $1,600 and depends on allocation guidelines set out by the BC Ministry of Education.

There will be an opportunity to apply for the government bursary at the start of your program.

You may be eligible for other bursaries through UBC.

Yes, UBC has partnerships with organizations in Quebec as well as overseas.