Respectful Learning Environment
The University of British Columbia envisions a climate in which students, faculty, and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching, and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity, and mutual respect.
In addition, the University believes that every student, faculty, and staff member has the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment as a result of age, race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental ability, sex or sexual orientation.
See the UBC Respectful Environment page
Accountability for Learning
Teacher candidates are expected to actively participate during learning experiences in the program. Almost all courses in the teacher education program are graded as Pass/Fail. In order to pass a course, teacher candidates will be expected to produce high quality work that meets criteria provided by instructors. They will be advised by their instructors if any aspect of course work (including assignments, attendance, and participation) does not meet expectations. Teacher candidates may be expected to revise and re-submit an assignment or do a supplemental assignment to demonstrate that they have met expected standards.
Teacher candidates are expected to:
- adhere to academic regulations in the UBC Calendar,
- cite references when using information or materials developed by others, including information and materials from the Internet,
- submit a separate and distinct assignment for each course (single assignment cannot be used for more than one course, unless prior approval from the instructor is granted), and
- abide by copyright laws and regulations.
See the Academic Integrity at UBC website
English + French Proficiency
All teacher candidates admitted to the teacher education program must demonstrate proficiency in English. If questions arise regarding your written or spoken English, you may be required to participate in language support seminars offered through the Teacher Education Office and the Department of Language and Literacy Education before proceeding to the extended practicum.
You may also wish to seek other sources of English language support offered at UBC or elsewhere.
Please consult with a program coordinator/manager in the Teacher Education Office about your best options. Teacher candidates may be excluded from participating in practicum experiences if language difficulties are not satisfactorily addressed.
UBC elementary & middle years teacher candidates are expected to teach core French in grades 5 to 8. They are encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and use French in conversation either during their pre-service year or once they are teaching.