Student Orientation

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Orientation is an important and mandatory starting point in the teacher education program. On your first day as a teacher candidate, we have a day of engaging learning activities planned. You will find out how to prepare for the year ahead, consider important issues in education, and connect with your colleagues.

This year’s keynote address will be presented by Jo Chrona.

Orientation Day
Thursday, August 31, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Great Hall, AMS Student Nest (2nd Floor)
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Various locations on campus (refer to schedule below)
12:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Great Hall, AMS Student Nest

Student ORIENTATION Schedule | Thursday, August 31, 2023

Please note, this schedule is subject to change.

8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Great Hall, AMS Student Nest (2nd Floor)
(Snack will be provided)

Welcome | Dr. Karen Ragoonaden, Associate Dean, Teacher Education and John Yamamoto, Director, Teacher Education Office

Land Acknowledgement

Introduction to the BEd Program and Practicum

  • Greta Bartsch, Program Manager – Practicum (Elementary & Middle Years) and Cynthia Clerc and Scott Robertson, Program Managers – Practicum (Secondary)
  • Graham Setters, Program Manager – Indigenous, Rural & Remote, and International Cohort BEd Program Pathways
  • Tricia Murray, Program Manager – Community Field Experience (CFE)

Information about Student Services

  • Yvonne Dawydiak, Learning Design Manager
  • Dr. Keith McPherson, Program Manager – Student Services (Elementary & Middle Years) and Bette Shippam, Program Manager – Student Services (Secondary)
  • Michelle Lim, Education Embedded Counsellor

Introduction to the Education Students’ Association (ESA)

  • JP Escala, BEd’23 (Secondary, Physical Education)
  • Lenaya Sampson, BEd’23 (NITEP Secondary, EDI-D Cohort)

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Great Hall, AMS Student Nest (2nd Floor)

Alumni Panel Presentation

  • Maria Bovey, BEd’23 (Secondary, Technology Education)
  • Wenonah Justin, BEd’23 (Elementary & Middle Years, Indigenous Education)
  • David Mok, BEd’23 (Elementary & Middle Years, IB-PYP)
  • Krishniel Ram, BEd’23 (Elementary & Middle Years, Education for Sustainability)
  • Lenaya Sampson, BEd’23 (NITEP Secondary, EDI-D Cohort)

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Meet Your Cohort/Inquiry Group:

Following the practicum sessions, Elementary & Middle Years teacher candidates will meet with their cohorts, while Secondary teacher candidates will gather with their Inquiry groups. This is an opportunity to connect, ask questions, and form community. Find your section number for EDUC 450 in the Student Service Centre (SSC). Teacher candidate nametag lanyards for practicum will also be distributed at this time.

Click on your program option’s accordion for meeting locations:

Elementary & Middle Years

Arts Based & Creativity (ABC)
Section 112
SCRF 1314

Community of Inquiry in Teacher Education (CITE)
Sections 101 & 111
SCRF 1004

Education for Sustainability
Sections 103 & 113
SCRF 1130

French Specialization
Sections 105 & 115
SCRF 210

Indigenous Education
Section 107
SCRF 203

International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP)
Section 102
PCN 1009

Middle Years – Self Regulated Learning (MY/SRL)
Sections 110 & 120
ANSO 207

Outdoor Learning
Section 117
SCRF 203

Primary Years (Kindergarten to Grade 3)
Sections 108 & 118

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Sections 104 & 114
MCLD 3002

Teaching English Language Learning Through a Cross-Curricular Case-Based Inquiry Approach (TELL-3C)
Sections 109 & 119
PCN 2012


Section 305
Technology Education
SCRF 1106

Section 306
Business Education/Home Economics/Career Education (Chef Ed)

SCRF 1214

Section 307

SCRF 1107

Section 308

SCRF 1211

Section 309

SCRF 1317

Section 311

SCRF 1207

Section 312

SCRF 1204

Section 320


Section S14
Physical Education

SCRF 1128

Section S17
English/English Language Learner Education/Modern Languages/Theatre

PCN 1008

Section S18
English/English Language Learner Education/Modern Languages/Theatre

PCN 1011

Section S19
Social Studies

SWNG 306

Section S21
Social Studies

SWNG 308

Section S22
IB-Diploma Programme

SWNG 208

Section S23
IB-Middle Years Programme

SWNG 210

Section S24
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Cohort

SCRF 1021

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch break

  • See what’s open on campus: UBC Food Services
  • Meet and greet with TEO staff in front of Scarfe’s main entrance and pick up your cohort/teachable subject buttons.

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Great Hall, AMS Student Nest (2nd Floor)

Reconvene in the Great Hall, AMS Student Nest

12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Introduction | Dr. Karen Ragoonaden, Associate Dean, Teacher Education

Land Acknowledgement | Lenaya Sampson

Welcome | Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem, Faculty of Education

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
(15-min break at 2:00 p.m.)

Keynote Presentation with Jo Chrona
“Wayi Wah! Building Stronger Education Systems:  Intersections Between Indigenous and Anti-Racism Education”

3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:15 p.m.
Gallery Patio & Lounge, AMS Student Nest (4th Floor)

Student Social (optional)


  • September 6, 2023 is the last day for payment of Term 1 tuition.
  • If you are new to UBC, please apply for a student UBCcard.
  • Lockers are available to rent in the Neville Scarfe building for the year. Learn more here.