FAQS

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COVID-19 FAQs

Prospective Applicants (2022). Please note this information is subject to change as British Columbia works through the pandemic.

When are applications for the 2022/23 BEd program due?

The online application opens on October 1, 2021 and closes on January 15, 2022. Find more information here.


How can I do my volunteer/experience hours?

You are able to include experience from the last five years if it is relevant to your application. Competitive applications will have a range of experiences (volunteer or paid) with age-appropriate groups of students or youth. The strongest kind of experience you can obtain is sustained and ongoing over a significant period of time. Attempting to gain the a competitive amount of experience over the course of one school semester is difficult even during normal operations.


My university is offering Credit/D/Fail grading due to the present circumstances. Will having many classes with that grading (20+ credits within the last 60 credits) affect my application?

We advise you to continue with your classes at your institution as they are available. Should this situation continue for an extended period, the admissions committee will announce any changes to assessment procedures.


I’m an international applicant and my university is closed for the foreseeable future. How can I send you my final transcript? Do you accept electronic copies?

If you are completing courses at an international institution, please check whether they can arrange to send an official final transcript electronically through email or other means.


I’ve checked with my international institution and they are not issuing transcripts. What now?

We are unable to complete an evaluation without a copy of transcripts from all of your attended post-secondary institutions. If your institution is unable or unwilling to send official paper or electronic transcripts, please send some form of official communication you have received from the institution that states they cannot or will not send the documents to teacher.ed@ubc.ca. Only once we have confirmation that the institution will not be sending transcripts at this time, we will accept unofficial copies for evaluation purposes. Any offer of admission made using unofficial documents will be CONDITIONAL until official transcripts are received. Please note: if official documents cannot be produced by the 31 July 2021 deadline, admission offers can be cancelled.


I can’t register for courses at my institution because registration is not available.

Many institutions are experiencing delays with moving courses online and there may be other factors involved. Best practice at this time is to keep up-to-date with your home institution as things progress with this situation.


Are there any changes to the academic requirements for admission eligibility consideration?

No. Admission requirements are to ensure teacher candidates are academically-prepared for their studies in the BEd program, for the teaching profession, and to be eligible for certification with the BC Teacher Certification Branch.


In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our professor has given us the option to receive a Credit/D/F for this term’s course. I am considering this option. However, I am wondering if doing this will impact my application to the UBC BEd program?

The UBC Bachelor of Education admissions team will accept a Credit/D grade for courses that an applicant presents towards meeting UBC BEd academic requirements. Understandably, the admissions team will not accept an ‘F’ course towards meeting an academic requirement.

Admissions will not use a Credit/D grade in the applicant’s GPA calculation, however they do use a grade of ‘F’ in the GPA calculation. For more information on UBC’s Credit/D/F marks, please visit students.ubc.ca/enrolment/courses/creditdfail-grading.


My Lab Science course is now online. Will an online Lab Science course be acceptable to fulfill the requirement for Elementary & Middle Years?

Contact your instructor or institution to find out how the course components will be delivered. If the lab component has been cancelled, you should find a suitable science course that has a lab component. If you’re unsure whether any course meets admission criteria, please consult this list of acceptable courses. This is not an exhaustive list, but can act as a good guideline for which courses to look at. If your course is not listed here, please contact teacher.ed@ubc.ca and your query will be directed to an admissions officer.


I am required to provide a language proficiency test, but the centres in my area are closed.

For English proficiency tests, UBC will accept the TOEFL-ibt Special Home Edition, which can be done remotely. If you are required to do a DELF/DALF exam, we encourage you to keep in constant contact with your closest testing centre(s) for updates.


Can advising be done over video call? When will advising resume?

Advising has resumed for the 2021/22 application cycle. Advisors are available via Zoom. There are a number of online information sessions scheduled as well. Please visit https://teach.educ.ubc.ca/webinars/ and teach.educ.ubc.ca/admissions/advising for more information.

After Your Application

Will the Bachelor of Education program be online or in person for the 2022/23 academic year?

UBC is following all British Columbia Ministry of Health protocols concerning the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Following directives from the British Columbia Ministry of Health, UBC is planning for increased on-campus activity in the 2021/22 Winter Session and beyond, including on-campus instruction. General updates are available on the UBC website at covid19.ubc.ca.


Are practicums going to be in-person?

The completion of all practicum experiences is a requirement for completing the BEd program, and also a requirement to be eligible for certification with the BC Teacher Certification Branch. The requirements for practicum follow the guidelines specified by the BC Ministry of Education in accordance with guidance from the BC Ministry of Health. If you have circumstances that may potentially prevent you from completing in-person, in-school practicums, you may wish to consider applying to the BEd program at a later date, keeping in mind that the status of public health is an evolving and unpredictable situation.


When will the pandemic end so the Teacher Education Program can go back to normal?

For the time being, the TEO, staff, faculty, and students must follow all protocols issued by the BC Ministry of Health.


Do I need to disclose if I have a disability or require accommodations?

The Teacher Education Office strives to provide inclusive, equitable, and accessible service to our students. If you have a disability that may require accommodation or academic concession during your time as UBC student, please register with the Centre for Accessibility">Centre for Accessibility. By registering with the Centre for Accessibility, you can request a new academic concession or disability accommodation, and discuss options with your Accessibility Advisor. First, to register with the Centre , you must meet ith an Accessibility Advisor. Please complete the steps on the Centre's registration page. Please note that if you have previously communicated with the Centre for Accessibility during your time in another UBC program, you should still reconnect with them so that any future accommodations can be aligned in the most effective way to your Bachelor of Education program.


General FAQS

Application

When is the application deadline?

See dates here.


Can I complete the program online or part-time?

We do not have online or part-time options for the BEd 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.


Do I have to disclose if I have a disability?

The Teacher Education Office strives to provide inclusive, equitable, and accessible service to our students. If you have a disability that may require accommodation or academic concession during your time as UBC student, please register with the Centre for Accessibility. By registering with the Centre for Accessibility, you can request a new academic concession or disability accommodation, and discuss options with your Accessibility Advisor. First, to register with the Centre , you must meet with an Accessibility Advisor. Please complete the steps on the Centre's registration page. Please note that if you have previously communicated with the Centre for Accessibility during your time in another UBC program, you should still reconnect with them so that any future accommodations can be aligned in the most effective way to your Bachelor of Education program.


Can academic requirements be completed online?

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.


What are the experience requirements and when should they be completed?

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.


When are the two reference reports due?

Deadlines can be found here.

If I complete the minimum admission requirements, am I guaranteed admission?

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


I want to teach French. What do I need?

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.


How many spots are available and how many applications are typically received?

Last year, we accepted over 700 students and received 1500 applications.


The minimum volunteer hours recommended for a competitive application is 100. How many hours do you recommend applicants obtain?

A more competitive applicant would typically try to exceed the published minimum 75 hours of experience with age-appropriate groups of students/youth that shows leadership and an ability to organize and communicate effectively.


When should I have my documents in?

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


Do I need to send proof of enrollment for courses I'm taking before I receive a decision?

Yes.


If some of our documents are mailed in before the deadline, but do not reach the Education Office until after the deadline, would they still be accepted?

Yes. Please keep receipts of your transcript orders as proof.


If I reapply, will the Teacher Education Office move my transcripts, references, and supporting documents forward?

No. Applicants reapplying are required to have new, sealed, official copies of all post-secondary transcripts sent directly to the TEO from the issuing institution. We also require applicants to resubmit French/English language proficiency assessments and have their new or existing referees submit new, up-to-date reference forms.


Evaluation

How is my application evaluated?

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.


Is my admissions decision final?

Applicants who believe they may have been unjustly denied admission may submit a formal appeal within 10 business days days of the issue date of the notification of the admission or readmission decision according to the policy and process outlined on the UBC Admissions/Appeals website. We strongly suggest contacting the Teacher Education Office and speaking with an admissions officer before submitting an appeal.


How are my interactions with the Teacher Education Office taken into account?

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.


What is the competitive average?

A competitive GPA usually hovers around 80%.


How do you calculate GPA?

For the secondary program, we will be looking at your top 18 senior-level credits in your teachable subject(s).

For the elementary & middle years program, we will be looking at your most recent 60 relevant academic credits. This includes anyone who have taken additional courses outside of their degree.

We are only able to include in GPA evaluation the marks for courses that have final grades reported on an official transcript before the deadline of January 15 as we start assessments right away. Coursework taken after this date will not be used for GPA calculation.


Do you hold transcripts on file?

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


Do I need to send in my UBC Transcript?

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.


When can I drop off transcripts?

The TEO does not accept transcripts dropped off in person. All transcripts need to be sent directly from the issuing institution(s).


If I have diplomas from programs that aren't related to my teachable subjects, do you still require a transcript from that program?

Yes.


If I go on exchange to a university outside of Canada. Do I have to submit transcripts from that university

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


If my institution is unable to send my transcript to UBC but is able to provide me with an original transcript in a sealed envelope, can I drop it off at the office?

The insitution is required to send official correspondence to TEO to confirm that they will not provide a transcript.


When do we hear back about our admission status?

Most decisions are sent by the end of May each year, with some coming later.


I am applying from a Canadian University with a different credit system. How do those credits translate?

Check with your institution's advisors to ensure your degree is the academic equivalent of a 4-year 120-credit UBC bachelor's degree


How do I assess course equivalents?

Count your contact hours per course. Usually at UBC, a three credit course is thirty nine contact hours in classrooms. Please see our academic self-assessment page.


What credits would be approved for the requirements?

Before you speak with an advisor, look at our self-assessment worksheets.


Do we require official time logs for volunteer/experience hours?

No. However, you are required to provide your supervisor's information and contact information along with your self reported hours so that the TEO may verify with them if necesary.

Program

Can I complete the program online or part-time?

We do not have online or part-time options for the BEd 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.


Is my acceptance deposit refundable?

The deposit is not refundable, should you choose to withdraw from the program.


How much does the program cost?

Please click here for current UBC domestic and international tuition fees.


What happens if there are major life changes or challenges? How does this affect the program?

There is a group on campus called Centre for Accessibility who can speak to you (as well as our Program Managers) 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, we suggest applying for the program the following year.
Things unexpected: Our program managers can work the Centre for Accessibility to make accommodations for your situation.


Once I get my BEd, do I have to teach full time or can I just substitute forever I wish?

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


When is the next BEd intake?

We do intakes each September.


Is there a lot of coursework during the program? Is it reasonable for students to work during the program?

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.,


Is it possible to do a practicum in a district not listed on the UBC site?

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. Meet with your 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.

Other

Is the BC teaching certificate accepted across Canada?

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


I am in another Teacher Education Program in a different school, can I transfer to the BEd program at UBC?

We do not take any transfer students. You will have to complete the entire program.


I have a teaching license from another jurisdiction. Will UBC be able to offer me an equivalent designation?

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


What is a Dual Degree?

Please see our website for more information on Dual Degrees. You can also check with the coordinator of your UBC department as well as the Dual Degree Coordinator at the UBC Teacher Education Office (Bette Shippam at bette.shippam@ubc.ca).


Is it possible to get a conditional offer before I submit my IELTS test result?

Yes, although it is recommended to have a successful IELTS or TOEFL result before you receive any decision on admission.


Can I defer my admission offer?

No.


Is the criminal record check a requirement?

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 BEd 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.


How much does the program cost?

Please click here for current UBC domestic and international tuition fees.


Elementary & Middle Years FAQS

Applicants must have completed a 4 year undergraduate equivalent to UBC’s 120-credit Bachelor degree, while also meeting the academic admission requirements.

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 degree that is the academic equivalent of a 4-year 120-credit UBC degree while also meeting the academic admission requirements.

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.

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.

While the evaluation does not discount any of your experience, stronger applicants will have gained most of their experience with secondary students/youth. While all teaching experience is valuable, there is a large difference between teaching undergrads and secondary students even if they are in similar age brackets. In short, you should plan on having group experience with secondary-aged students not in a university or college setting.

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 Specialization FAQS

UBC provides opportunities for students starting at the DELF B2 level of French to qualify to teach secondary Core French and DELF B2 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 B2 Core French secondary
Level B2 Elementary immersion

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 B2; however, the higher your proficiency result, the more competitive your file will be, so we suggest going for the highest level you are able to.

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. Applicants are encouraged to take 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.

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.