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Late Applications for Master of Education Programs
The application deadline for the Master of Education in Counselling (Terrace), and Multidisciplinary Leadership (Prince George) has been extended until April 15, 2016. These applications will be considered late so they MUST be in paper format and couriered to UNBC. The application can be found here.

Binding of Master's Theses and Projects
The UNBC Graduate Programs will no longer send out theses and projects for professional binding beyond the required copies. If students are interested in local binding or the binder used by Graduate Programs, they should here for further details.

Grading Scheme for Bachelor of Education and Master of Education programs
The School of Education adopted a grading scheme different than the UNBC standardized grading system for each of the degree programs as represented in the Undergraduate and Graduate Calendars. The Bachelor of Education grading scheme has been used in the Bachelor of Education program since 2007. The Master of Education grading scheme was adopted effective immediately at the September 1st, 2015 Annual General Meeting. Any questions should be direct to the School of Education Chair, Dr. Andrew Kitchenham.

Research Opportunities
There are a number of research opportunities for School of Education faculty through the UNBC Research Office and through outside agencies. As well, through the School of Education, each tenured, tenure-track, and term instructor is eligible for a small stipend for presenting at or attending a conference once a year. For research involving human subjects, the Research Ethics Board requires a detailed application and meets once a month for most of the academic year.

Master of Education in Multidisciplinary Leadership
There will be no Master of Education in Multidisciplinary Leadership intake for September 2015 but we anticipate a September 2016 intake (deadline for complete applications is December 15, 2015). Please send any comments to the School of Education Chair, Dr. Andrew Kitchenham.
Master of Education in Special Education - September 2015 intake
We are pleased to announce that the September 2015 intake of this program has been filled. The next intake is September 2016 and the deadline for applications is December 15, 2015. Please contact Dr. Andrew Kitchenham (andrew.kitchenham@unbc.ca or 250-960-6707) for any further information.

BCTF Maxwell Cameron Award

Each year, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation honours the memory of Maxwell A. Cameron with the presentation of a silver lapel pin and monetary award to selected education students who have completed their final year of education and training at one of BC’s public universities.  

At UNBC, the top teacher candidates in elementary and secondary school teaching are selected through a process of nomination by? their cooperating teachers, practicum supervisors, and/or education program faculty and the evaluation of their academic and professional preparation, practicum work, and their commitment to social justice issues. 

Congratulations to this year's winners: Caroline Mlynowski - Elementary Years and Teresa Johnston - Secondary Years List of Maxwell A. Cameron Award Winners

 Caroline Mlynowski (Elementary Years)
Richard Giroday (BCTF)
  Teresa Johnston (Secondary Years)
Richard Giroday (BCTF)

The School of Education is proud to announce an overwhelming response for the Master of Education in Special Education (online learning model) with the present January 2011, September 2012, January 2013, and September 2014 intakes. The next intake will be September 2015 with an application deadline of February 15, 2015.

The part-time program is delivered through a combination of Elluminate/Collaborate,  on-line course learning objects, podcasts, blogs, wikis, and other distance technologies using synchronous classes (i.e., students are expected to be at a computer with a headset at a certain time on a certain day). For subsequent intakes, the application can be found here. The referee assessment form can be found here but potential referees can write their own letters of reference in lieu of the assessment form.

For students who have been accepted into the programs, the tentative schedule of courses can be found here.

Interested students should contact the Coordinator, Dr. Andrew Kitchenham at andrew.kitchenham@unbc.ca or 250 960 6707.   

Leading for Learning Certificate

The following changes are being proposed for the Certificate Program. Please check back in the next few months for confirmation.
Required Courses:
  • EDUC 609-3   Aboriginal Learners: History, Culture and Ways of Knowing
  • EDUC 606-3   Leading for Change
Plus 3 of: 
  • EDUC 615-3   The School Principalship    
  • EDUC 616-3   Policy and Politics in Public Education
  • EDUC 617-3   Leading for Learning: Teacher Leadership and Principal Preparation 
  • EDUC 626-3   Inclusive Education: Learning for All
  • EDUC 656-3   Instructional Leadership  
Plus a Leadership Development Portfolio and an Inquiry Project which are embedded in the courses.

The School of Education has offered a Master of Education degr?ee since UNBC was established. In 2002 the addition of a post-degree Bachelor of Education doubled the student enrollment, faculty and support staff as well as course offerings.

What can I do with a degree in Education?   
School of Education's Mission Statement.

We are currently offering or developing the following programs:

 BEd Programs
Terrace BEd (Elementary Stream - Next intake FALL 2015)
Nisga'a Developmental Standard Term Certificate
Ts'msyen Sm'algyax Developmental Standard Term Certificate (under development)
Carrier Language Developmental Standard Term Certificate (under development) 
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MEd Programs
Prince George
  • Counselling
  • Multidisciplinary Leadership
  • Special Education (synchronous/online delivery)
Williams Lake
Burns Lake
Grande Prairie (ended in 2013)
  • Multidisciplinary Leadership - letter of understanding (first cohort - 2007)
  • Special Education (synchronous/online delivery)
Yukon (no longer offered)

What Can I do with a Degree in Education

Bachelor of Education

Teacher candidates in both the Elementary and Secondary streams complete course work and practicum experiences over a two-year period. Upon completion, successful candidates are granted a B.Ed. degree and will be recommended to the Teacher Regulation Branch for a professional teaching certificate. Individuals require this certificate to teach in the public schools in the province of British Columbia.

Master of Education
Counselling (next start date: September 2015)
The Counselling specialization is designed to prepare counsellors to provide professional services and leadership in counselling and psycho-educational programs offered in schools, post-secondary institutions, social service agencies, community health organizations.
Multidisciplinary Leadership (no September 2015 intake)
The Multidisciplinary Leadership specialization is designed to prepare graduates to take on roles of responsibility or leadership in a number of educational or community environments. In particular, our graduates will develop skills in collaboration and communication, as well as specific leadership practices that enable the creation of positive and innovative organizational environments. At the same time, a rigorous academic focus provides the knowledge that is necessary to ground effective practice in the diverse and rich scholarship of leadership.
Special Education Specialization (next start date: September 2015)

The Special Education specialization prepares students to provide professional services and leadership in Special Education and educational programs offered in schools and other educational institutions. The part-time program includes an integrated core of required courses, elective courses, and thesis, project portfolio, or comprehensive examination routes.

This Special Education specialization is delivered online in its entirety but students should understand that it is synchronous (in front of a computer with a headset on a certain day at a specific time). It requires a minimum of 31 graduate credit hours for completion, with an option to take up to 10 additional elective credit hours within the degree route. The Special Education specialization requires students to complete five (5) required courses, and a sufficient number of elective courses to meet the minimum 31 credit hour graduation requirement including the comprehensive examination (3 credit hours), portfolio (3 credits), project (6 credit hours), or thesis (9 credit hours) routes. The normal completion rate for full-time students is between two and four years and between three and six years for part-time students.