FAQs

In mid-April, 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 early May.
  • French program teacher candidates do not need to submit their ranked cohort preferences as they register in the French cohort.

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 that may be required before September start (IB or Montessori)

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.

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.

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.

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 there are any changes to the transcript. We hold it up to the next application cycle.

Depends. If the grades are noted clearly in your UBC Transcripts, and the courses are not being looked at as part of the requirements, then you will not have to submit them. However, if those grades are not part of the UBC transcript and are being looked at as part of the required courses, you will have to submit them. If you cannot get a hold of the transcripts, email our office and let us know.

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.

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.

What is the assessment like?

Our program generally receive 1200 to 1500 applications. We admit 700 to 800 students in total (both Elementary and Secondary). If you have applied for the French Elementary module, we were able to admit forty students with about 1.5 times that in terms of applicants last year.
Admission is very competitive for the French area, as well the market is demanding more French teachers. The key to being admitted is reaching the minimum DELF score required for our program.

A competitive applicant typically presents about 125 hours of group based/classroom based work as a teacher assistant of some form or leading their own class.

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.

The most high demand teachable subjects are the Humanities, Social Science, and English. The subjects with less applicants are Physics, Mathematics, Home Economics, and French.

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.

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

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

If you have applied for the Secondary program and have two specializations but are not sure if you need both, we will see if you meet the competitive for each of them. If not, you will be admitted with just one teachable subject. Only one teachable subject is required as long as it is a main teachable subject. Some of the minor teachable subjects are modern languages, computer science, any social science other than history or geography - you will have to be admitted to a main teachable subject in order to have the minor teachable subject.

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.

Yes. However, you will be less competitive compared to applicants who have compete courses. Make sure to complete all the the requirements on our website.

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 the approved math courses on our acceptable courses worksheets at https://teach.educ.ubc.ca/recommended-courses/EM. 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.

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.

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).

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

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.

In order for your application to be complete, you will need to submit your references as well as the academic requirement form (through the Student Service Centre under supplemental applications).

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.

If I apply to the Secondary program, but I have a lot of elementary school experience, should I include it?

Make sure they are all in before the deadline. Try to avoid doing it on the last day since everyone will be on the UBC system getting their documents and references in. Also, this leaves you time to ask questions should there be issues that come up with submission.

For those who are applying to the Elementary French, French Core, or French Immersion program - any kind of proof of enrollment in the DELF exam will be accepted (screenshot, official letter...).

We are not looking for an equivalent degree, what we are looking for is that you have a bachelor's degree. Most bachelor degrees require you to have a minimum of ninety credits (Canadian degree), others have different systems. If you have been conferred a bachelor's degree, the chances are that it will be accepted by UBC. Make sure you have the appropriate content for the program you are applying for (specialty credits, etc). We want to see that you have the courses required to enter the program. We are basically looking for the amount of hours you have spent in class with instructors that needs to be comparable to our UBC bachelor's degree requirements.

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.

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

This will be sent along with your application in the form of an in progress transcript.

The DELF is a diploma (unlikely a typical language proficiency test). It is very difficult to retake - you will need the scores revoked or cancelled (which could take a couple of months). It might be better to retake the DELF at a higher level to avoid the lengthy waiting period.

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).