Teacher Certification

Obtaining a Professional Teaching Certificate

You must apply to graduate and, upon approval of your degree completion, the faculty will recommend you to the Teacher Certification Branch. Certification to teach is granted by the Teacher Certification Branch. Possession of a certificate of qualification to teach is mandatory for teaching within public elementary, middle years or secondary schools of British Columbia.

Applicants who intend to teach in other jurisdictions must obtain information concerning the requirements for entry from the governing or credentialing body in those jurisdictions.

See The School Act

The Teachers Act has assigned the authority to the Teacher Certification Branch to issue teaching certificates and to determine the classes of certificates of qualification issued.

At the end of each session, the faculty reports to the Teacher Certification Branch the names of teacher candidates who have satisfied requirements for BC teacher certification. This report includes a copy of each teacher candidate’s UBC transcript/s but does not include copies of transcripts from other institutions.

Those not wishing their status reported and their transcripts forwarded to the Teacher Certification Branch should inform the Associate Dean, Teacher Education, in writing at least one month before they complete teacher certification requirements. (Committee on Curriculum, Admissions, Standing, and Appeals, Spring 2001)