Education (BEd Program)

 
Website: http://www.unbc.ca/education

The School of Education (SoE) recognizes its unique position in the province and attends to the needs of educators in BC's northern rural and remote schools. The design of the program reflects the region’s cultural diversity, especially with regard to Aboriginal and Indigenous populations.

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) program is based on a signature pedagogy focused on People, Place and Land. Philosophically, constructivist principles underpin the BEd program. The BEd program model reflects current professional thinking and research that optimizes the mapping between educational theory and classroom practices. The program emphasizes such learner-centered strategies as inquiry-based learning, inclusion of diverse learners’ perspectives the development of caring and respectful learning communities, and reflective practices. Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of Literacy and Numeracy skills across the K-12 curricula.

Throughout the BEd program, teacher candidates have opportunities to develop an understanding of disciplinary areas focused on children’s levels of cognitive and social development. As a cohort, they question, explore, focus, and reflect on how and why topics like Aboriginal and Indigenous education or Truth and Reconciliation have an impact on teaching and learning practices and approaches. Teacher candidates plan and practice ways of integrating pedagogical excellence and practice in one of two streams: the Elementary Years or the Secondary Years. Individually, they have opportunities to develop their professional voices as educators and leaders. They experience authentic engagement through continuous in situ inquiry with Aboriginal and Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Doing.

The BEd program provides teacher candidates with the coursework and classroom experience to prepare them to be qualified teachers. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are recommended to the Ministry of Education for professional certification required for employment in the British Columbia (BC) public school system.

Admission to the BEd program is a competitive process. Satisfying the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. For further information concerning the admissions and the application process, please contact the BEd Academic Advisor in the Office of the Registrar.


BEd Degree Elementary Years (Grades K-7) Stream

The Elementary Years stream prepares teacher candidates to work with the unique learning needs of children who are beginning their school years. Successful applicants to the Elementary Years stream join a cohort of teacher candidates that normally begin and finish their program together.

Admission Requirements

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

(a) an acceptable three- or four-year Bachelor’s degree of which 60 credit hours must be in Arts, Science, or other teachable fields relevant to the BC School system and must include 30 senior level credit hours, or 
(b) a minimum of 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework of which 60 credit hours must be in Arts, Science, or other teachable fields relevant to the BC School system and must include 30 senior level credit hours.

Transfer credit for coursework 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 6 credit hours of acceptable English literature and composition at any level (one of the following: (a) 3 credit hours of English literature and 3 credit hours of English composition or (b) 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 credit hours in Mathematics (not including Statistics);
  3. Three credit hours in a laboratory science. Laboratory science credit hours are normally selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, or Physics;
  4. Three credit hours of Canadian Studies (this course must contain significant Canadian content), plus 3 credit hours of Canadian History or 3 credit hours of Canadian Geography. 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 (résumé format), three 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 conditionally to the BEd program with the approval of the Chair if they have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of the required coursework. Applicants admitted conditionally to the program under this section must complete the requirements prior to commencement of their BEd program.


Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Education degree is a 60-credit program offered in five continuous blocks over four semesters. The Third Semester consists of two blocks.

Elementary Years Stream (K-7) (Prince George Campus)

First Semester Block One
EDUC 346-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education
EDUC 390-3 Observational Practicum
EDUC 393-3 Foundations of Education
EDUC 394-3 Pedagogy, Curriculum and Teaching - Theory in Context
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1

Second Semester Block Two
EDUC 391-3 Experiential Practicum
EDUC 397-3 Curriculum and Instruction in the Humanities K-7 using ADST
EDUC 398-3 Curriculum and Instruction in Math and Science using ADST
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 421-3 Assessment and Motivation
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1

Third Semester Block Three
EDUC 336-(3, 4) Inclusive Education: Success for All
EDUC 400-6 Curricular Enactment in Elementary Years with a Focus on Fine Arts, Literacy and Numeracy (EY)
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1

Third Semester Block Four
EDUC 351-(2, 3) Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language
EDUC 401-3 Career Education
EDUC 402-3 Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 403-3 Mental Health and Wellness
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1

Fourth Semester Block Five
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1
EDUC 491-6 Summative Practicum

Note: 
1. EDUC 405-3: Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio and EDUC 446-(2, 3): Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology span all four continuous semesters. The student enrolls in EDUC 405-3 and EDUC 446-(2, 3) in the First Semester Block One and the grade is determined in Fourth Semester Block Five.


BEd Degree Completion Program (Elementary Years)

The BEd degree completion program is an entry route to the BEd program. 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).

Students entering via this route must complete sufficient additional elective credit hours in a teachable field to attain a minimum 150 credit hours before the SoE recommends professional certification to the Ministry of Education. The calculation of the minimum 150 credit hours combines the successfully completed general academic courses, the Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture, and the BEd Degree Elementary Years (Grades K-7).

Year 1: First Semester
EDUC 336-(3, 4) Inclusive Education: Success for All
EDUC 340-2 Curriculum Development Models
EDUC 376-2 Numeracy: Math Concepts (EY)
EDUC 396-2 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 357-4 Language and Literacy: Reading and Writing (EY)
EDUC 366-2 Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies (EY)
EDUC 377-2 Numeracy: Instructional Strategies (EY)
EDUC 387-2 Curriculum and Instruction: Science (EY)
EDUC 391-3 Experiential Practicum
ELECTIVE 3-3  Academic course in a teachable area

Note: 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. If the School of Education determines EDUC 391-3 is not required, they will designate 3 credit hours of coursework to maintain the required credits.

Year 2: First Semester
EDUC 407-4 Curriculum and Instruction: Fine Arts/Physical and Health Education (EY)
EDUC 413-2 Interpersonal Counselling Skills
EDUC 421-3 Assessment and Motivation
EDUC 431-3 Educational Technology
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal/Indigenous Education: Epistemology
EDUC 456-2 Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum (EY)
EDUC 490-(3, 4) Formative Practicum

Year 2: Second Semester
EDUC 491-6 Summative Practicum


BEd Degree Secondary Years (Grades 8-12) Stream

The Secondary Years stream prepares individuals to teach in grades 8 through 12 in specialty areas. Successful applicants to the Secondary Years stream join a cohort group of teacher candidates that normally begin and finish their program together.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the BEd Secondary Years stream must have completed a four-year (minimum 120 credit hours) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution.
The following requirements must also be met:

1.  A minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) in the most recent 60 credit hours of transferable post-secondary coursework;

2.  Six credit hours of English Literature with a C+ average, or 3 credit hours of English Literature and 3 credit hours of English Composition with a C+ average (courses in creative, business, or technical writing or communication are not acceptable);

3.  Three credit hours of Mathematics (not including Statistics);

4.  Three credit hours of a Laboratory Science. A lab component is not required, but is recommended. Laboratory Science credit hours are normally selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physical Geography, or Physics. Upon review, credit hours from other disciplines may be recognized as meeting the Laboratory Science requirement;

5.  Three credit hours of Canadian Studies. Canadian Studies credit hours are normally selected from Anthropology, English Literature, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Northern Studies, or Political Science courses containing significant Canadian content. Upon review, credit hours from other disciplines may be recognized as meeting the Canadian Studies requirement;

6.  Twenty-four credit hours of academic coursework (inclusive of the credit hour requirements above) in any one of the teachable subjects taught in British Columbia public schools listed below:
    o Biology
    o Chemistry
    o Computer Science
    o Earth Science
    o English
    o First Nations Studies
    o General Science1
    o Geography
    o History
    o Mathematics
    o Physics
    o Social Studies2;

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

Notes:
1General Sciences. Applicants with a teachable area in General Science must have completed the 24 credit hours of academic coursework in any combination of Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics courses. Applicants who wish to substitute other science courses to be included in the 24 credit hours must submit course syllabi for approval.

2Social Studies. Applicants with a teachable area in Social Studies must have completed:
   - 3 credit hours of Canadian Studies
   - 3 credit hours of Geography
   - 3 credit hours of History
   - 15 credit hours of one or a combination of the following:
        - Anthropology
        - Economics
        - Geography
        - History
        - Political Science
        - Sociology
   - Applicants who wish to make substitutions to the above list may submit course syllabi in the areas of Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies (of a non-doctrinal nature), Classical Studies, Urban Studies, or Environmental Sciences.

Approval of teachable areas is required from both the British Columbia Ministry of Education—Teacher Certification Branch (TCB), and the UNBC School of Education. Applicants to the BEd Secondary Years stream should recognize that the credit levels for teachable subjects meet the British Columbia Ministry of Education—Teacher Certification Branch 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 Undergraduate Calendar in order to ensure that they are meeting all of the coursework required to successfully complete UNBC degree requirements.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements in items 2-6 above but who otherwise meet the admission requirements may be admitted conditionally to the BEd program with the approval of the Chair if they have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of the required coursework. Applicants admitted conditionally to the program under this section must complete the requirements prior to commencement of their BEd program.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Education degree is a 60-credit program offered in five continuous blocks over four semesters. The Third Semester consists of two blocks.


Secondary Years Stream (Grades 8-12)

First Semester Block One
EDUC 346-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education
EDUC 390-3 Observational Practicum
EDUC 393-3 Foundations of Education
EDUC 394-3 Pedagogy, Curriculum and Teaching - Theory in Context
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1

Second Semester Block Two
EDUC 361-(3, 4, 6) Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Humanities Part 12
       or EDUC 372-(3, 4, 6) Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics and Science Part 12
EDUC 391-3 Experiential Practicum
EDUC 399-3 Integrating ADST as a Pedagogical Stance (SY)
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 421-3 Assessment and Motivation
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1

Third Semester Block Three
EDUC 336-(3, 4) Inclusive Education: Success for All
EDUC 361-(3, 4, 6) Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Humanities Part 22
      or EDUC 372-(3, 4, 6) Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics and Science Part 22
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1
EDUC 490-(3, 4) Formative Practicum

Third Semester Block Four
EDUC 401-3 Career Education
EDUC 402-3 Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 403-3 Mental Health and Wellness
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 441-3 Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Responsive Education (SY)
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology1

Fourth Semester Block Five
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-(2, 3) Aboriginal and Indigenous Education, Epistemology1
EDUC 491-6 Summative Practicum

Notes: 
1. EDUC 405-3: Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio and EDUC 446-(2, 3): Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology span all four continuous semesters. The student enrolls in EDUC 405-3 and EDUC 446-(2, 3) in the First Semester Block One and the grade is determined in Fourth Semester Block Five.

2. Each of EDUC 361-(3, 4, 6) Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Humanities or EDUC 372-(3, 4, 6) Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics and Science span Block Two (3 credits) and Block Three (6 credits).

Access Initiative

The UNBC School of Education 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 the UNBC Bachelor of 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.


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 based on the design and the principles of the BEd program model. The program prepares individuals to teach an approved First Nations language and culture at the Elementary Years level. The School of Education and the UNBC First Nations Studies Certificate and Diploma programs partner with the Language and Cultural Authority for each First Nation.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are recommended to the Ministry of Education for a Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) in a First Nations Language and Culture. A DSTC is required for employment in the British Columbia (BC) public school system.

Current programs of study leading to recommendation for this teaching credential include:
 
  • Dakelh / Carrier Language and Culture 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);
  • Gitksan Language and Culture in partnership with the Siwiixo’osxwim Wilnatahl Gitxsanimx Society;
  • Nisga’a Language and Culture in partnership with the Nisga’a Language Authority of Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a (WWN);
  • Skidegate Haida Language and Culture in partnership with the Skidegate Education Committee; and
  • Ts’msyen Language and Culture in partnership with the Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Language Authority.

Admission Requirements
Students are admitted according to the Undergraduate Admissions categories, criteria, and processes established by UNBC and specified in this Undergraduate Calendar. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to identify their fluency in the specific language and their knowledge of their specific culture and history. Advanced placement in language courses may be considered for speakers who are able to demonstrate their fluency in the language. Students must be admitted to this program of study prior to beginning their professional education courses.

There are two points of entry to this program of study: 
 
  • following the completion of the Diploma in First Nations Language described in the First Nations Studies section of the Undergraduate Calendar, or
  • concurrently completing the required First Nations Studies, general academic coursework, and BEd courses.
Criminal Records Review

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined for admission to UNBC, applicants are required to undergo a criminal record review 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 20) in this Calendar.

Program Requirements

First Nations Studies Credit Hours
The required First Nations Studies credits 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): 
A First Nations Language: Levels 1-4:
    FNST 131-3        A First Nations Language: Level 1
    FNST 132-3        A First Nations Language: Level 2
    FNST 231-3        A First Nations Language: Level 3
    FNTS 232-3        A First Nations Language: Level 4
     or Gitxsanimx: Levels 1-4:
    FNST 143-3        Gitxsanimx: Level 1
    FNST 144-3        Gitxsanimx: Level 2
    FNST 243-3        Gitxsanimx: Level 3
    FNTS 244-3        Gitxsanimx: Level 4
    or Nisga'a: Levels 1-4:
    FNST 139-3        Nisga'a Language: Level 1
    FNST 140-3        Nisga'a Language: Level 2
    FNST 239-3        Nisga'a Language: Level 3
    FNTS 240-3        Nisga'a Language: Level 4
    or Sm'algyax: Levels 1-4:
    FNST 137-3        Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 1
    FNST 138-3        Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 2
    FNST 237-3        Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 3
    FNTS 238-3        Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 4
    or Dakelh / Carrier: Levels 1-4:
    FNST 133-3        Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 1
    FNST 134-3        Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 2
    FNST 233-3        Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 3
    FNTS 234-3        Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 4
    or Tsilhqot'in: Levels 1-4:
    FNST 145-3        Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 1
    FNST 146-3        Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 2
    FNST 245-3        Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 3
    FNTS 246-3        Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 4
and
FNST 223-3    First Nations Language Immersion*
FNST 321-3    First Nations Advanced Composition and Conversation, Level 1
FNST 322-3    First Nations Advanced Composition and Conversation, Level 2
FNST 324-3    Advanced First Nations Language Immersion*
FNST 325-3    First Nations Language Mentoring*
FNST 421-3    First Nations Song and Poetry
FNST 422-3     First Nations Speeches and Stories 

Linguistics (9 credit hours):
FNST 220-3    Introduction to Linguistics
FNST 320-3    The Structure of a First Nations Language
FNST 420-3     Developing Language Materials

Culture Studies (9 credit hours):
One of the following:
FNST 161-3     First Nations Culture: Level 1
    or Gitxsan: FNST 173-3     Gitxsan Culture: Level 1    
    or Nisga'a: FNST 169-3    Nisga'a Culture: Level 1
    or Sm'algyax: FNST 167-3  Tsimshian Culture: Level 1
    or Dakelh / Carrier FNST 163-3 Dakelh / Carrier Culture: Level 1
One of the following:
FNST 162-3     First Nations Culture: Level 2
    or Gitxsan: FNST 174-3     Gitxsan Culture: Level 2    
    or Nisga'a: FNST 170-3    Nisga'a Culture: Level 2
    or Sm'algyax: FNST 168-3  Tsimshian Culture: Level 2
    or Dakelh / Carrier FNST 164-3 Dakelh / Carrier Culture: Level   
And
FNST 217-3     Contemporary Challenges Facing Aboriginal Communities
 
General Academic Coursework

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

EDUC 333-2     Learning, Development, and Motivation
EDUC 336-(3, 4)  Inclusive Education: Success for All
EDUC 341-2    Principles of Inquiry-Based Instruction
EDUC 342-2    Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-(2, 3)   Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY)
EDUC 356-2    Language and Literacy Development (EY)
EDUC 380-3     Foundations of Education
EDUC 390-3    Observational Practicum
EDUC 392-3    Classroom Practice and Seminar: First Nations Language and Culture
EDUC 446-(2, 3)   Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology

Professional Education Coursework (Skidegate Haida):

EDUC 333-2     Learning, Development, and Motivation
EDUC 341-2    Principles of Inquiry-Based Instruction
EDUC 342-2    Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-(2, 3) Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY)
EDUC 356-2    Language and Literacy Development (EY)
EDUC 380-3     Foundations of Education
EDUC 390-3    Observational Practicum
EDUC 392-3   Classroom Practice and Seminar: First Nations Language and Culture
EDUC 435-2    Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms
EDUC 446-(2, 3)    Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology

Professional Education Coursework (Ts'msyen Sm'algyax and Nak'azdli Dakelh / Carrier):

EDUC 333-2     Learning, Development, and Motivation
EDUC 336-(3, 4)  Inclusive Education: Success for All
EDUC 341-2    Principles of Inquiry-Based Instruction
EDUC 342-2    Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-(2, 3)  Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY)
EDUC 356-2    Language and Literacy Development (EY)
EDUC 390-3    Observational Practicum
EDUC 392-3   Classroom Practice and Seminar: First Nations Language and Culture
EDUC 446-(2, 3)    Aboriginal and Indigenous Education: Epistemology

Diploma and BEd Academic Regulations

Upon successful completion of all academic coursework with a Pass (B+), teacher candidates are recommended to the Ministry of Education for professional certification.

The School of Education reserves the right at any time to require any teacher candidate to withdraw from the program if it believes, upon consideration of academic performance, professional fitness or professional conduct, that the student is unsuitable for the teaching profession.

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 is normally re-admitted with probationary status.

A teacher candidate may appeal if not satisfied with the outcome of that process (see Appeals Process in the Academic Regulations under Undergraduate Regulations and Policies at the beginning of the Calendar). Teacher candidates are not allowed to use graduate-level (500 or higher) courses from the Education Program, or any other program to meet degree requirements.

Students who plan to do coursework 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

Placements

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

The 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 and Seminar course if none of the available schools accepts that particular teacher candidate.

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

Expenses

Teacher candidates taking the Classroom Practice and Seminar courses must be prepared to travel to any regional school district. In order to do such travel, teacher candidates should budget for transportation costs as well as other expenses that may be incurred during practica. Practica may be arranged in other selected districts.

Teacher candidates must successfully complete all course requirements in each block to be eligible for the summative practicum in Block Five. These requirements include the completion of core assignments designed to link theory and practice.

Disclosure

The School of Education Program reserves the right to provide information to the principal of a school about a particular teacher candidate in a practicum placement whenever it is deemed necessary for the principal to have the information in order to carry out duties as a principal. The School of Education must inform the principal if concerns have been raised within the Education Program 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. Whenever there is a notification to the principal, the Chair or designate must inform the teacher candidate in writing of the reasons for the concerns.

Expectations

The expectations of teacher candidates during practica are published and distributed to all teacher candidates, Practice Evaluators and Coaching Teachers at the start of each term. Regular attendance during practica is required. Teacher candidates are required to notify the school, the Practice Evaluator, the Coaching Teacher, and the Practicum Placement Coordinator whenever classroom experience appointments cannot be kept. Teacher candidates are disbarred from the practicum course if they have more than three unexcused absences.

Professional Ethics

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, the Professional Standards of BC Educators, and any school regulation and/or code of behaviour applicable to teachers and staff.

Denial and Withdrawal

Teacher candidates will be denied practica placement if their preparatory coursework is considered to be unsatisfactory (e.g., Fail or incomplete work) by the Chair or designate. 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 Chair or designate based on written assessments by the Practice Evaluators and the Coaching Teachers. Teacher candidates who are required to withdraw from a practicum placement will meet with the Practicum Placement Coordinator and the Chair for the School of Education.

Teacher candidates seeking voluntary withdrawal from a practicum placement, whether permanent or temporary, must notify the Practicum Placement Coordinator in writing at least one week in advance of the commencement of the classroom placement. Failure to give appropriate notice of withdrawal during a practicum placement, without consultation and approval of the Practicum Placement Coordinator, and/or BEd Coordinator, will result in a requirement to withdrawal from UNBC’s Education Program.

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, the Professional Standards of BC Educators or upon written notice from the school principal or the superintendent in the district where the teacher candidate is placed.

Request for Re-admission

Teacher candidates who have withdrawn for any reason from a practicum course, or who wish to re-enter, or re-take, the course must submit a written request for re-admission to the Chair for the School of Education. Re-admission is not guaranteed.

A teacher candidate may request and be granted re-admission to practicum courses only once except in cases where there are dire circumstances beyond the teacher candidate's control as set out in the UNBC Conditions of Academic Standing (Academic Regulation 49). Teacher candidates will only be re-admitted to a practicum course when, in the opinion of those responsible for the supervision of the previous attempt, there is evidence of significant progress toward meeting the outcomes for the practicum placement.

Part-Time Students in the BEd Program
The Bachelor of Education program at UNBC is a full-time study program. However, under exceptional circumstances (i.e., family, personal, or health reasons), teacher candidates may request to continue the program on a part-time basis. The request must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the School of Education and approved by the Dean of the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences. A change to part-time status is not guaranteed.

BEd Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Education degree the teacher candidate must earn a Pass (B+) in all Education courses.

Note: All teachers, administrators and supervisors employed in the province's Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school system must have a valid BC Ministry of Education teaching certificate. This requirement includes full time, part time and teacher-on-call positions. Graduates choosing to work in a BC public school must apply to the BC Ministry of Education and provide required documentation and payment of fees.

Updated: July 6, 2020