FAQs

In June 2021, Elementary & Middle Years teacher candidates will be asked to submit their ranked cohort preferences in an online form. Refer to your program option's registration guide for detailed instructions.

  • Each cohort has limited seats. Please note, there is no guarantee of a particular cohort placement.
  • Teacher candidates will be notified of their cohort placements in mid-June*.
  • French program teacher candidates do not need to submit their ranked cohort preferences as they register in the French cohort.

*Cohort selection and registration dates for the 2021/22 program year are to be confirmed.

It is important to note that the program is the same regardless of which cohort is selected. However, the following can be considered when making a selection:

  • Your interest in the pedagogical approach of the cohort
  • The district(s) aligned with the cohort
  • Extra coursework may be required before September start (IB option)

Hiring practices vary with each school district based on application packages and the needs of the district. Districts are free to interview and hire teacher candidates from any of our cohorts, so practicum location does not restrict where teacher candidates may eventually apply or work.

Elementary & Middle Years: Complete the practicum placement request form after registering in your cohort.

Secondary: Complete the practicum placement request form.

There will be seminars for both Elementary & Middle Years and Secondary teacher candidates in September with further information regarding practicum placements.

Note: there is no guarantee that teacher candidates will be placed in a preferred area.

It varies from year to year and is dependent upon which school advisors express an interest in mentoring a teacher candidate.

During the program, every effort will be made to place Primary Years cohort teacher candidates in K to Grade 3 placements. On occasion, this may be in a combined Grade 3/4 class.

Everyone who completes the UBC BEd program will be qualified to apply for certification to teach all grades from K-12 in the province of British Columbia.

Teacher candidates who complete the UBC BEd program will be qualified to apply for certification to teach all grades from K-12 in the province of British Columbia. School district employment needs and priorities vary each year so it is difficult to speculate on the benefits of particular cohorts.

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.

We do intakes in the fall only.

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.

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.

Visit this page on the TEO website for details on the Dual Degree option. You may also check with the coordinator of your department as well as TEO program coordinator Bette Shippam.

This is for students who are already certified teachers elsewhere outside of Canada. This program consists of thirty credits (half of the BEd program).

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).