Education (BEd Program)

Andrew Kitchenham, Professor and Chair, MEd Special Education Coordinator, MEd MDL Coordinator
Bryan Hartman, Professor
Tina Fraser, Associate Professor, BEd Coordinator and Aboriginal / Indigenous Education Coordinator
Corinne Koehn, Associate Professor, and MEd Counselling Coordinator
Alexander Lautensach, Associate Professor
Peter MacMillan, Associate Professor
Gregory Nixon, Associate Professor
Linda O’Neill, Associate Professor, and MEd Counselling Coordinator (Regional)
Lantana Usman, Associate Professor
Edward Harrison, Assistant Professor, and BEd Coordinator (Northwest Region)
Verna Lynn McDonald, Assistant Professor
Dennis Procter, Assistant Professor
John Sherry, Assistant Professor
Catherine Whalen, Assistant Professor
William Hay, Lecturer
Practicum Placement Coordinator (Prince George): Carol Fedyk
Practicum Placement Coordinator (Terrace): Lynn Turner
 
Website: http://www.unbc.ca/education

UNBC's Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) program and Bachelor of Education degree completion program are offered at the Prince George and Terrace campuses.  At the Prince George campus, the BEd program offers both the Elementary (Grades K-7) and Secondary (Grades 8-12) streams. At the Terrace campus, only the Elementary Stream is offered. The BEd degree is a two-year program that consists of 73 credit hours in Education course work, of which 20 credit hours is classroom experience. The BEd degree completion program is available only to applicants who have completed a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture and consists of an additional 53 credit hours of Education course work, of which 17 credit hours is classroom experience. All Education courses within the BEd degree program and the BEd degree completion program are required; there are no elective courses offered.

Subject to the admission requirements for Elementary (Grades K-7), students may apply to enter the BEd Elementary program with, as described in the Admission Requirements, one of the following: (a) an acceptable three- or four-year bachelor's degree or (b) a minimum 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work or (c) a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (minimum 92 credit hours).  Students applying for admission under item (c) will be admitted to the BEd Elementary degree completion program and must complete, prior to graduation, the required Education courses not taken as part of the Education Diploma program and sufficient additional credit hours in a teachable field to attain a minimum 150 credit hours of combined academic, Education Diploma and BEd course work.  Upon completion of the two-year BEd program or the two-year BEd degree completion program, students graduate with a Bachelor of Education degree.

Subject to the admission requirements for Secondary (Grades 8-12), students may apply to enter the Secondary program after having completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Commerce degree (120 credit hours) or the equivalent as described in the Admission Requirements.  Upon completion of the two-year BEd program, students will graduate with a BEd degree.

UNBC's BEd program provides students with the course work and classroom experience to prepare them to be qualified teachers. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are recommended to the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) for professional certification. Certification by the TRB is required for employment in the British Columbia public school system.

The Elementary and Secondary programs in Prince George begin in September of each year. The Elementary program in Terrace begins in September of each odd-numbered year.  The application deadline for all Education programs is March 15 of the year in which students intend to begin their program. Students needing advice about the application process or about admission requirements are encouraged to contact either the Student Recruitment and Advising Centre or the School of Education.  Students who are interested in applying to the BEd program at the Terrace campus may also contact the Northwest Regional campus for information.

Elementary (Grades K-7)

The Elementary program prepares teacher candidates to work with the unique learning needs of children who are beginning their school years. This model reflects current thinking about optimizing the match between educational theory and children's levels of cognitive and social development. The Elementary program is designed to educate teachers to combine pedagogical excellence across disciplinary areas with a learner-centered approach to practice. Philosophically, the program is designed around constructivist principles, and it emphasizes approaches to practice such as inquiry-based learning, strategies for instruction, integration of language across the curriculum, inclusion of diverse learners and perspectives, the development of caring and respectful communities of learners, and reflective practice. Successful applicants to the Elementary program are assigned to a cohort group of students and normally take their Education courses with that cohort group over the two years.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the BEd degree Elementary program must have completed (with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) on the most recent 60 credit hours of university credit hours completed) one of the following:

(a) an acceptable three- or four-year bachelor's degree of which 60 credit hours, including 30 senior level credit hours, must be in Arts, Science, or other teachable fields relevant to the BC School system or
(b) a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours of undergraduate course work, of which sixty (60) credit hours, including 30 senior level credit hours, must be in Arts, Science, or other teachable fields relevant to the BC School system.

Applicants to the BEd degree completion program must have completed a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (minimum 92 credit hours). 

Transfer credit for course work relating to the 90 credit hours that have been completed prior to UNBC registration shall not be subject to the ten-year provision in the University Calendar regulation regarding Time Limit for Transfer Credit but shall be determined by the School of Education.


In addition to the admission requirements described above, the following requirements must be met (see note following):

  1. Successful completion, with a C+ average, of six (6) credit hours of acceptable English literature and composition at any level (one of the following:  (a) three (3) credit hours of English literature and three (3) credit hours of English composition or (b) six (6) credit hours of acceptable English literature). Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical or business writing, communication, or English as a Second Language are not acceptable to meet the English requirement.

  2. Three (3) credit hours in Mathematics (not including Statistics).

  3. Three (3) credit hours in a laboratory science. Laboratory science credit hours are normally selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, or Physics.

  4. Three (3) credit hours of Canadian History or 3 credit hours of Canadian Geography plus 3 credit hours of Canadian Studies (this course must contain significant Canadian content). Credit hours will normally be selected from Anthropology, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Northern Studies, or Political Science courses that contain significant Canadian content (upon review, credit hours from other disciplines may be recognized as meeting the Canadian content requirement).

  5. Submission of the completed application forms including the Experience with Children and Youth statement, three (3) Confidential Reference Forms, and the Personal Statement.

Note:  Applicants who do not meet the requirements in items 1-4 above but who otherwise meet the admission requirements may be admitted provisionally to the BEd program with the approval of the Chair if they have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of the required course work.  Applicants admitted provisionally to the program under this section will not be recommended to the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch for certification until they successfully complete the course work requirements.

Program Requirement

Elementary (K-7)

Entry route, with 60 credit hours of acceptable undergraduate course work in a teachable field, via one of (a) an acceptable three- or four-year Bachelor's degree or (b) a minimum 90 credit hours of acceptable course work:

Year 1: First Semester
EDUC 313-1Interpersonal Communication
EDUC 333-2Learning Development & Motivation
EDUC 340-2Curriculum Development Models
EDUC 346-2Introduction to Aboriginal Education
Language & Literacy:  Development (EY) 
Numeracy:  Math Concepts (EY) 
EDUC 380-3Foundations of Education
EDUC 395-1Professional Issues: Legal & Ethical
EDUC 390-3Classroom Practice & Seminar I

Year 1: Second Semester
EDUC 341-2Principles of Instruction
Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-2Curriculum & Instruction: Second Language
EDUC 357-3Language & Literacy: Reading & Writing (EY)
Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies (EY)
EDUC 377-2Numeracy: Instructional Strategies (EY)
EDUC 387-2Curriculum & Instruction: Science (EY)
EDUC 391-3Classroom Practice & Seminar II

Year 2: First Semester
Curriculum & Instruction: Fine Arts (EY)
EDUC 421-3Classroom Assessment Practices
EDUC 431-3Educational Technology
EDUC 435-2Learning & Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms
EDUC 446-2Aboriginal Education: Epistemology
EDUC 456-2Language & Literacy Across the Curriculum (EY)
EDUC 490-4Classroom Practice & Seminar III

Year 2: Second Semester
EDUC 413-1Counselling Skills (EY)
EDUC 436-2Learning & Diversity: Learning Disabilities
EDUC 457-2Language & Literacy: Oral & Written Genres (EY)
EDUC 489-2Curriculum & Instruction: Physical Education (EY)
Professional Issues: Portfolios
EDUC 491-10Classroom Practice & Seminar IV

Entry route via a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture:

Note: Students entering via this route must have completed, prior to graduation, sufficient additional elective credit hours in a teachable field to attain a minimum 150 credit hours of combined academic, Education Diploma and BEd course work. 

Year 1: First Semester
EDUC 313-1Interpersonal Communication
EDUC 340-2Curriculum Development Models
Numeracy:  Math Concepts (EY) 
EDUC 395-1Professional Issues: Legal & Ethical
Reflective Seminar 
ELECTIVE 1-3
Academic course in a teachable area 
ELECTIVE 2-3 
Academic course in a teachable area 

Year 1: Second Semester
EDUC 357-3Language & Literacy: Reading & Writing (EY)
Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies (EY)
EDUC 377-2Numeracy: Instructional Strategies (EY)
EDUC 387-2Curriculum & Instruction: Science (EY)
Classroom Practice and Seminar II 
ELECTIVE 3-3 
Academic course in a teachable area 
* The EDUC 391-3 practicum is required only if it has not been taken previously as a component of the Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture. 

Year 2: First Semester
Curriculum & Instruction: Fine Arts (EY)
EDUC 421-3Classroom Assessment Practices
EDUC 431-3Educational Technology
EDUC 456-2Language & Literacy Across the Curriculum (EY)
EDUC 490-4Classroom Practice & Seminar III

Year 2: Second Semester
EDUC 413-1Counselling Skills (EY)
EDUC 436-2Learning & Diversity: Learning Disabilities
EDUC 457-2Language & Literacy: Oral & Written Genres (EY)
EDUC 489-2Curriculum & Instruction: Physical Education (EY)
Professional Issues: Portfolios
EDUC 491-10Classroom Practice & Seminar IV

Secondary (Grades 8-12)
The Secondary program is a two-year after-degree program that prepares individuals to teach in grades 8 through 12 in specialty areas. This model reflects current thinking about optimizing the match between educational theory and children's levels of cognitive and social development. The Secondary program is designed to educate teachers to combine pedagogical excellence across disciplinary areas with a learner-centered approach to practice. Philosophically, the program is designed around constructivist principles, and it emphasizes approaches to practice such as inquiry-based learning, strategies for instruction, integration of language across the curriculum, inclusion of diverse learners and perspectives, the development of caring and respectful communities of learners, and reflective practice. Successful applicants to the Secondary program are assigned to a cohort group of approximately 35 students and normally take all of their courses with that cohort group.

Admission Requirements
Applicants to the Secondary program must have completed, with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) on the most recent 60 credit hours of university credit hours completed, a four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Commerce degree (120 credit hours) or the equivalent (i.e., a three-year Bachelor's degree with a teachable major plus 30 additional approved university credit hours) with a minimum of 90 credit hours in Arts, Science, or Business Administration or in other teachable fields relevant to teaching in the BC School system. The remaining credit hours may come from any discipline.
In addition to the entry requirements described above, the following requirements must be met (see note following): 
  1. Successful completion, with a C+ average, of six (6) credit hours of acceptable English literature and composition at any level (one of the following:  (a) three (3) credit hours of English literature and three (3) credit hours of English composition or (b) six (6) credit hours of acceptable English literature). Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical or business writing, communication, or English as a second language are not acceptable to meet the English requirement.
  2. One of the following:
    • One teachable major and one teachable minor, or
    • Two (2) teachable minors, or
    • One teachable major
    Submission of the completed application forms that include the Experience with Children and Youth statement, three (3) Confidential Reference Forms, and the Personal Statement.
  3. Submission of the completed application forms that include the Experience with Children and Youth statement, three (3) Confidential Reference Forms, and the Personal Statement.
Note:  Applicants who do not meet the English requirement in item 1 above but who otherwise meet the admission requirements may be admitted provisionally to the BEd program with the approval of the Chair.  Applicants admitted provisionally to the program under this section will not be recommended to the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch for certification until they successfully complete the English requirements. 

Program Requirements

Year 1: First Semester
EDUC 313-1Interpersonal Communication
EDUC 333-2Learning Development and Motivation
EDUC 340-2Curriculum Development Models
EDUC 346-2Introduction to Aboriginal Education
EDUC 380-3Foundations of Education
EDUC 395-1Professional Issues: Legal & Ethical
EDUC 360-4Curriculum & Instruction: Introduction (SY)
EDUC 390-3Classroom Practice & Seminar I

Year 1: Second Semester
EDUC 342-2Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 341-2Principles of Instruction
EDUC 345-4Language & Literacy Across the Curriculum
EDUC 370-3Numeracy Across the Curriculum
EDUC 361-4Curriculum & Instruction II: Humanities & Social Sciences
     or EDUC 372-4Curriculum & Instruction II: Math, Computer & Sciences
     or EDUC 315-4Curriculum & Instruction II: Business & Career Education
EDUC 391-3Classroom Practice & Seminar II

Year 2: First Semester
EDUC 421-3Classroom Assessment Practices
EDUC 431-3Educational Technology
EDUC 435-2Language & Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms
EDUC 446-2Aboriginal Education: Epistemology II
EDUC 460-5Curriculum & Instruction III: Humanities & Social Sciences
     or EDUC 471-5Curriculum & Instruction III: Math, Computer & Sciences
     or EDUC 414-5Curriculum & Instruction III: Business & Career Education
EDUC 490-4Classroom Practice & Seminar III

Year 2: Second Semester
EDUC 434-3Counselling Skills
EDUC 436-2Learning & Diversity: Learning Disabilities
EDUC 495-1Professional Issues: Portfolios
EDUC 461-2Curriculum & Instruction IV: Humanities & Social Sciences
     or EDUC 472-2Curriculum & Instruction IV: Math, Computer & Sciences
     or EDUC 415-2Curriculum & Instruction IV: Business & Career Education
EDUC 491-10Classroom Practice & Seminar IV
Secondary Teachable Major and Minor Requirements

The following is a list of teachable majors and minors that have been approved by the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch, are widely taught in British Columbia secondary schools, and that can be completed at the University of Northern British Columbia (graduates of equivalent programs at other recognized universities are also eligible for consideration to the program). In order for applicants to be eligible for the Secondary program Bachelor of Education, they must meet the requirements for one teachable major, a teachable major and minor, or two teachable minors from the following list:

Subject areaMajorMinor
BiologyXX
Business EducationXX
ChemistryXX
Computer ScienceXX
EnglishXX
First Nations StudiesX
General ScienceXX
GeographyXX
HistoryXX
MathematicsXX
PhysicsXX
Social StudiesXX

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education program should recognize that the credit levels for the following teachable majors and minors meet the British Columbia College of Teachers accreditation requirements, and may not be equivalent to the formal requirements for a UNBC major or minor. Applicants should refer to the appropriate section of the UNBC Calendar in order to ensure that they are meeting all of the course work required to successfully complete UNBC degree requirements.

A teachable minor normally consists of eighteen (18) credit hours of upper division courses (numbered 300 or 400 and taken in the third and fourth year of study), in addition to required lower division courses.

A teachable major normally consists of thirty (30) credit hours of upper division courses (numbered 300 or 400 and taken in the third and fourth year of study), in addition to required lower division courses.

Biology Major and Minor

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Biology teachable minor requirement must have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of introductory (100-level) course work in each of Biology, Chemistry (at least one course with a lab component), Mathematics (at least one course, but preferably two courses, in calculus), and Physics (at least one course with a lab component). Applicants must also complete an additional 6 to 12 credit hours of study in Biology at the lower division, and 18 credit hours of upper-division course work in Biology. The course work must include both lecture and laboratory studies.

Applicants planning to meet the Biology teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of upper-division course work in Biology.

Business Education Major and Minor - subject to enrolment

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Business Education teachable minor requirement must complete a minimum of 18 upper-division credit hours of specialized courses in accounting, marketing, commercial law, and management information systems in addition to introductory (100-level) courses in Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics.

Applicants planning to meet the Business Education teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of upper-division course work in accounting, finance, marketing, and management information systems.

Chemistry Major and Minor

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Chemistry teachable minor requirement must have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of introductory (100-level) course work in each of Biology, Chemistry (at least one course with a lab component), Mathematics (at least one course, but preferably two courses, in calculus), and Physics (at least one course with a lab component). Applicants must also complete an additional 6 to 12 credit hours of study in Chemistry at the lower division, and 18 credit hours of upper-division course work in Chemistry. The course work must include both lecture and laboratory studies.

Applicants planning to meet the Chemistry teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of upper division course work in Chemistry.

Computer Science Major and Minor

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Computer Science teachable minor requirement must complete a basic lower-division course load in computer programming, computer structures, and mathematics in addition to 18 credit hours of upper-division Computer Science course work covering advanced programming, systems design, and programming languages.

Applicants planning to meet the Computer Science teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of study in upper-division Computer Science course work.

English Major and Minor

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the English teachable minor requirement must complete a basic lower-division course load that focuses on English literature and composition in addition to 24 credit hours of upper-division English courses including 6 credit hours from each of the following: English literature, pre-twentieth century literature, and contemporary literature. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to complete courses both in Canadian literature and Shakespeare.

Applicants planning to meet the English teachable major requirement must complete an additional 6 credit hours of upper-division course work in English.

First Nations Minor

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the First Nations teachable minor requirement must complete a basic lower-division course load that focuses on general First Nations studies, First Nations language, and First Nations culture courses in addition to 18 credit hours of upper-division First Nations Studies or related approved courses (related course work may come from Anthropology or History).

General Science Majors and Minors

Teachable areas that can be included within the General Sciences major and minor include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Physics.

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the General Sciences teachable minor requirement must complete 6 credit hours of study in introductory (100-level) course work in each of Biology, Chemistry (at least one course with a lab component), Mathematics (at least one course, but preferably two courses, in calculus), and Physics (at least one course with a lab component). Applicants must also complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of upper-division study in three of the four teachable areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Physics.

Applicants planning to meet the teachable major requirement in General Sciences must complete an additional 12 upper-division credit hours or course work from the four teachable areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Physics.

Geography Major and Minor

Applicants to the Geography major or minor programs must include courses from both cultural and physical geography within their program, as well as course work in regional and environmental studies.

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Geography teachable minor requirement must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of introductory (100-level) or survey courses in each of Geography, History, and a social science.

Applicants must also complete a minimum of an additional 6 credit hours of lower-division Geography course work and 18 credit hours of upper-division Geography. A minimum of 6 credit hours must have a significant Canadian content.

Applicants planning to meet the Geography teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of upper-division course work in Geography.

History Major and Minor

Applicants to the History major or minor programs must include both Canadian and European history course work within their program, as well as the history of any region other than Canada or Europe.

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the History teachable minor requirement must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of introductory (100-level) or survey courses in each of Geography, History, and a social science.

Applicants must also complete a minimum of an additional 6 credit hours of lower-division History course work and 18 credit hours of upper-division History. A minimum of 6 credit hours must have a significant Canadian content.

Applicants planning to meet the History teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of upper-division work in History.

Mathematics Major and Minor

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Mathematics teachable minor requirement must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of study of which at least 18 credit hours must be at the upper-division level. The upper-division credit hours must include at least one course in three of the following areas: algebra, calculus, probability and statistics, geometry, and number theory.

Applicants planning to meet the Mathematics teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of upper-division Mathematics course work in the above listed disciplines.

Physics Major and Minor

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Physics teachable minor requirement must have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of introductory (100-level) course work in each of Biology, Chemistry (at least one course with a lab component), Mathematics (at least one course, but preferably two courses, in calculus), and Physics (at least one course with a lab component). Applicants must also complete an additional 6 to 12 credit hours of study in physics at the lower division, and 18 credit hours of upper-division course work in Physics. The course work must include both lecture and laboratory studies.

Applicants planning to meet the Physics teachable major requirement must complete an additional 12 credit hours of upper-division course work in Physics.

Social Studies Majors and Minors

Teachable areas that can be included within the Social Studies major and minor include Geography, History and acceptable Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, International Studies, Northern Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies).

Bachelor of Education applicants to the Secondary program planning to meet the Social Studies teachable minor requirement must have completed a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours in a social science teaching area (including Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, International Studies, Northern Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies) acceptable in British Columbia secondary schools.

In addition, applicants must meet the minimum requirements for Geography (9 credit hours of which 3 credit hours must be at the upper-division level, 3 credit hours must be Canadian Geography, and 3 credit hours can be at any level), and History (18 credit hours of which 6 credit hours must be at the upper-division level, 3 credit hours must be in Canadian history, 3 credit hours must be in European history, 3 credit hours must be in a region other than Canada or Europe, and 3 credit hours can be at any level).

Applicants planning to meet the Social Studies teachable major requirements must complete an additional 15 credit hours at the upper-division level course work (3 credit hours must be in Geography, 3 credit hours must be in History, and 6 credit hours must be in the social sciences, and 3 credit hours can be in History, Geography, or the social sciences).

Access Initiative

The Education Program at UNBC has initiated a program designed to give access to individuals who are members of groups in our society which have historically been under-represented in the teaching profession in British Columbia. In order to achieve this objective, we encourage applicants who have confronted identifiable barriers to post-secondary education to apply under the Access Initiative. All applicants for UNBC's teacher education program must submit a Personal Statement. Applicants who wish to apply under the Access Initiative may identify themselves in their Personal Statement Form to be considered under the Access Initiative.

Criminal Records Review

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined above, applications are required to undergo a criminal record review and provide evidence of this prior to being considered for admission. Refer to Undergraduate Regulations and Policies (Academic Regulation #20) in this Calendar.

Admission Decisions

Applications for admission can be obtained from either the Office of the Registrar, or from the School of Education. For further information concerning the application process, please contact either the Office of the Registrar or the School of Education.

Admissions rankings are determined by a combination of GPA, experience with children, personal statement scores, and letters of reference.

Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Elementary Years)

The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture is a minimum 92 credit hour teacher education program that prepares individuals to teach an approved First Nations language and culture at the Elementary Years level.

This program of study has been developed in partnership with the Language Authority for each First Nation. This model reflects the current thinking about building on the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of students to optimize the match between educational theory, children's level of cognitive and social development, and the particular First Nations language and culture. Successful completion of this program of study will lead to a recommendation to the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch that a Developmental Standard Term Certificate in the specific First Nations Language and Culture be granted. The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture is designed to educate teachers to combine pedagogical excellence across disciplinary areas with a learner-centered approach to practice. Philosophically, the program is designed around constructivist principles, and it emphasizes approaches to practice such as inquiry-based learning, strategies for instruction, integration of language and culture across the curriculum, inclusion of diverse learners and perspectives, and the development of caring and respectful practice.

Programs of study leading to recommendation for this teaching credential are available for Gitksan Language and Culture, Nisga'a Language and Culture, Ts'msyen Language and Culture, and Dakelh / Carrier Language and Culture.  The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Gitxsan) has been developed in partnership with the Siwiixo'osxwim Wilnatahl Gitksanimx Society.  The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Nisga'a) has been developed in partnership with the Nisga'a Language Authority of Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a (WWN), and is offered at the WWN campus. The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Ts’msyen Sm’algyax) has been developed in partnership with the Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Language Authority and is offered at the Prince Rupert campus. The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Dakelh / Carrier) has been developed in partnership with the College of New Caledonia and with the Dakelh / Carrier Linguistic Society (Fort St. James) and the Lake Babine Education Authority (Burns Lake) and is offered in Fort St. James and Burns Lake respectively.

Admission Requirements

Students selected for this program of study will be admitted according to the “Undergraduate Admissions” categories, criteria, and processes established by UNBC and specified in the early sections of this Undergraduate Calendar. In addition to the specified entrance requirements, applicants are encouraged to identify their fluency in the specific language (Gitksanimx, Nisga'a, Ts'msyen Sm'algyax, or Carrier language) and their knowledge of Gitksan culture and history,   Nisga'a culture and history, Ts'msyen culture and history, or Carrier culture and history. Advanced placement in language courses may be considered for speakers who are able to demonstrate their fluency in the language.
There are two points of entry to this program of study:  following the completion of the Diploma in First Nations Language, or concurrently while completing the required First Nations Studies and general academic coursework.  Students must be admitted to this program of study prior to beginning their professional education courses.  The Certificate in First Nations Language, and the Diploma in First Nations Language are described in the First Nations Studies section of the Calendar.

Criminal Records Search

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined for admission to UNBC, applicants are required to undergo a criminal record search and provide evidence of this prior to being considered for admission to the Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Elementary Years).  Refer to Undergraduate Regulations and Policies (Academic Regulation #18) in this Calendar.

Program Requirements

First Nations Studies Credit Hours:
The required First Nations Studies credit hours can be met by completing a Diploma in First Nations Language.  Students will need to include the following First Nations Studies language, linguistics and culture courses in their program of study:
Language (33 credit hours): 
Linguistics (9 credit hours): 

Culture Studies (9 credit hours):
General Academic Coursework
The required general academic coursework of 18 credit hours can be met with the following courses. (Some of these credits may be completed as part of the Diploma in First Nations Language):
Professional Education Coursework (Gitksanimx and Nisga'a):

EDUC 380-3Foundations of Education
EDUC 333-2Learning, Development and Motivation
EDUC 341-2Principles of Instruction
EDUC 342-2Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-2Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY)
EDUC 356-2Language and Literacy Development (EY)
EDUC 446-2Aboriginal Education: Epistemology
EDUC 435-2Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms
EDUC 390-3Classroom Practice and Seminar 1
EDUC 391-3Classroom Practice and Seminar 2
Professional Education Coursework (Ts'msyen Sm'algyax and Nak'azdli Carrier):
Foundations of Education 
Learning, Development and Motivation 
Principles of Instruction 
Social Dynamics of Classrooms 
Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY) 
Language and Literacy Development (EY)
Aboriginal Education: Epistemology 
Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms 
Classroom Practice and Seminar I
Classroom Practice and Seminar: First Nations Language and Culture 

Diploma and BEd Academic Regulations

For the purpose of determining eligibility for recommending a teacher candidate for certification by the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch, the minimum requirements include successful completion of the Education program with a C+ on each Education course taken while enrolled in the Program. Courses for which a grade of lower than a “C+” was received must be repeated.

The School of Education reserves the right at any time to require any teacher candidate to withdraw from UNBC if it believes on consideration of academic, professional fitness or professional conduct that the student is unsuitable for the teaching profession. Unsatisfactory performance in any aspect of the program may be considered reason to require a teacher candidate to withdraw from the Program.

Regular attendance is expected of all teacher candidates in all courses. An instructor can initiate procedures to debar a teacher candidate from attending classes and from final examinations where unexcused absences exceed three hours of scheduled classes in one term.

If re-admission is approved following required or voluntary withdrawal from a practicum and/or program, the teacher candidate will normally be re-admitted on probationary status.

Appeals should first be submitted to the BEd Admissions and Standards Committee Chair. If a teacher candidate is not satisfied with the outcome of that process, he/she may then file an appeal with UNBC's Senate Committee on Academic Appeals (see “Appeals Process” Academic Regulation #50 under Regulations and Policies).

Teacher candidates are not allowed to use 500, or higher, level courses from the Education Program, or any other program to meet degree requirements.

Students who plan to undertake work at other institutions are required to seek prior approval from the Office of the Registrar and the Chair of Education if they wish such courses to be credited toward a BEd degree at UNBC.

Diploma and BEd Teaching Practicum Regulations

*All arrangements for school placements are made through the School of Education.

Teacher candidates taking the Classroom Practice & Seminar courses must be prepared to travel to any regional school district. In order to do this, teacher candidates should budget for transportation. Practica may be arranged in other selected districts. Extra expenses will be involved and teacher candidates should budget accordingly.

Teacher candidates must successfully complete all first-year courses before they will be allowed to proceed to second-year courses and commence their second-year field placements. These requirements include the completion of core assignments designed to link theory and practice.

UNBC's School of Education reserves the right to approve or disapprove any school placement for teacher candidates, to place teacher candidates in schools, and to change any placement assigned to a teacher candidate. The teacher candidate must be informed in writing of the reasons for any required change in placement. UNBC bears no responsibility for the costs associated with a change in placement.

The School of Education is responsible for seeking a sufficient number of school placements to serve the needs of all enrolled teacher candidates. A teacher candidate may be required to withdraw from a Classroom Practice & Seminar course if none of the available schools will accept that particular teacher candidate.

UNBC's School of Education reserves the right to provide information to the principal of a school for a practicum placement for a particular teacher candidate where it is deemed necessary for the principal to have the information in order to carry out his/her duties as a principal. The School of Education must inform the principal if concerns have been raised within the School of Education or in a previous practicum placement about a more than usual potential for a negative impact on the quality of the learning and/or working in the classroom and/or school as a result of the presence of the candidate teacher. The Chair or designate must inform the teacher candidate in writing of the reasons for the concerns giving rise to such notification to the principal.

The dates of the practica will be made known to the teacher candidates at the beginning of each term. Placement locations will be made available as soon as possible after classes have begun.

The expectations of teacher candidates during the practica will be published and distributed to all teacher candidates, Faculty Advisors/Practicum Supervisors, and Co-operating Teachers at the start of each year in the course outlines for the Classroom Practice & Seminar courses. Regular attendance during the practica is required. Teacher candidates are required to notify the school whenever classroom experience appointments cannot be kept and also inform their Faculty Advisor/Practicum Supervisor. Teacher candidates will be disbarred from the Classroom Practice & Seminar course if they have more than three unexcused absences.

All teacher candidates in the program placed in schools for classroom experience are subject to the provisions of the Schools Act, School Regulations, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) Code of Ethics, and any regulation and/or code of behaviour applicable to teachers and staff in the school. Any teacher candidate may be required to withdraw from a classroom experience for violation of any part of the School Act, School Regulations, the BCTF Code of Ethics, or upon written notice from the school principal or the superintendent in the district where the teacher candidate is placed.

Faculty Advisors/Practicum Supervisors or Co-operation Teachers who refuse teacher candidates' continued participation in a practicum experience for misconduct or repeated absence must immediately discuss the matter with the Practicum Placement Co-ordinator, who shall then either inform the teacher candidate of the conditions under which they may resume participation in the practica or inform the teacher candidate that the Chair of Education or designate is being advised that the teacher candidate's performance in the classroom experience is considered unsatisfactory by those responsible for supervision of the practicum experience.

Denial and Withdrawal

Teacher candidates will be denied the practica placement if their preparatory course work is considered to be unsatisfactory (e.g. below “C+” work, or incomplete work) by the BEd Co-ordinator.

Teacher candidates may be required to withdraw from a practicum experience if their performance in their school placement is considered to be unsatisfactory by the BEd Co-ordinator (based on written assessments by Faculty Advisor/Practicum Supervisor and/or Co-operating Teacher).

Teacher candidates seeking voluntary withdrawal from a practicum placement, whether permanent or temporary, must receive permission to do so from the Chair of Education. Teacher candidates should make this decision only after careful consideration of the possible impact on their practicum experience-based assignments.

Failure to give appropriate notice of withdrawal during a practicum placement, without consultation and approval of the Practicum Placement Co-ordinator, and/or BEd Co-ordinator, will result in withdrawal from UNBC's the School of Education. Teacher candidates who withdraw voluntarily from a practicum placement must notify the Practicum Placement Co-ordinator in writing at least one week in advance of the commencement of the classroom placement. Teacher candidates who are required to withdraw from a practicum placement must make an appointment to see Practicum Placement Co-ordinator and the Chair of Education.

Teacher candidates who have withdrawn for any reason from a Classroom Practice & Seminar course, or who wish to re-enter, or re-take, the course must apply to the BEd Admissions and Standards Committee Chair for re-admission to the course. Teacher candidates should not assume that re-admission would automatically be granted. The number of times a teacher candidate can be re-admitted to Classroom Practice & Seminar courses is limited to once except in cases where there are dire circumstances beyond the teacher candidates' control as set out in the UNBC “Conditions of Academic Standing” (Academic Regulation #48). Teacher candidates will only be re-admitted to a Classroom Practice & Seminar course when, in the opinion of those responsible for the supervision of the previous attempt, there was evidence of significant progress toward meeting the outcomes for the practicum placement. Teacher candidates will not be re-admitted to any single Classroom Practice & Seminar more than once. Teacher candidates will not be re-admitted to a Classroom Practice & Seminar course if they have previously been re-admitted to any other Classroom Practice & Seminar course in any of UNBC's BEd programs.

Part-Time Students in the BEd Program

The Bachelor of Education program at UNBC is a full-time study program.  It is expected that all students registered in this program will be enrolled on a full-time basis.  However, under exceptional circumstances, where students are unable to fulfill full-time study for family, personal, or health reasons, students may be allowed to continue the program on a part-time basis.  Application to continue on a part-time basis must be submitted in writing to the Program Chair of Education and approved by the Dean of the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences.

BEd Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Education degree the candidate must normally have earned:
  • a grade of C+ or better in all Education courses; and,
  • a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+).
  • All teachers, administrators and superintendents employed in the province’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school system must have a valid Ministry of Education teaching certificate. This includes full time, part time and teacher-on-call positions. If you would like to work in a BC public school, you must apply and provide all documentation to the Ministry of Education – Teacher Regulation Branch for a certificate and you must pay an annual practice fee to maintain your certificate.
  • The Teacher Qualification Service: Salary categories for teachers are established by the Teacher Qualification Service upon application, and only when a British Columbia teaching credential has already been granted by the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch. Categories are assigned on the basis of completed years of academic and professional preparation.
  • Procedure and Documentation: Application forms for the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch and the Teacher Qualification Service are available from the School of Education, as well as directly from the agencies or their respective websites (http://www.bcteacherregulation.ca and http://www.tqs.bc.ca).