*NEW* 24-month Master of Education in Multidisciplinary Leadership Program (September 2018 start) (Deadline: December 15, 2017)

The UNBC School of Education is pleased to announce the 24-month Master of Education in Multidisciplinary Leadership program to begin in September 2018 (December 15, 2017 deadline). Students will take two courses per semester for six semesters which will culminate in the comprehensive examination route. This program is full-time and students would pay full-time tuition fees plus ancillary fees for each of the six semesters. Students can choose the thesis or project route but completion may not occur in 24 months.

The program also includes an exciting and unique opportunity in the offering of a course that involves a mentorship program with one of the local school district’s or organization’s senior administration for half of the course time. In this way, students will have a chance to acquire on-the-job training while the school districts and other organizations will have a chance to address succession planning.
For a listing of courses, please click here or visit the Education website at or contact Dr. Lantana Usman (MEd Coordinator) at or Dr. Andrew Kitchenham (Chair) at

*NEW* Special Education Graduate Certificate Program (Proposed Start Date: January 2018; Deadline: October 15, 2017) POSTPONED

This is a certificate program designed for Prince George School District teachers and staff and is delivered through a blended learning (approximately 50% online and 50% face to face). Interested applicants should complete the application found here as online applications cannot be accepted for this certificate at this time. Interested school district personnel can contact the School of Education, Chair, Dr. Andrew KItchenham at 250.960.6707 or at

We did not receive enough applications so we will be re-evaluating the next offering.

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.

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 outstanding Teacher Candidates in both the Elementary Years and Secondary Years stream are selected through a process of nomination by their Cooperating Teachers, Practicum Supervisors, and/or the School of Education faculty and the evaluation of their academic and professional preparation, practicum work, and their commitment to social justice issues.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients: Brianna Potvin - Elementary Years and Meghan Allan - Secondary Years List of Maxwell A. Cameron Award Winners

Deb Koehn & Brianna Potvin - EY 2016 Recipient

Meghan Allan - SY 2016 Recipient & Bonnie Fuller

The School of Education has offered a Master of Education degree 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

  • Prince George BEd
  • Terrace BEd (Elementary Stream - next intake September 2019)
  • Nisga'a Developmental Standard Term Certificate
  • Ts'msyen Sm'algyax Developmental Standard Term Certificate (under development)
  • Carrier Language Developmental Standard Term Certificate (under development)
  • BEd Requirements

UNBC Library Web Links

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Distance Library Services click here.

MEd Programs

Prince George


Williams Lake

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 2018)

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 (next start date:  September 2018)

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. The list of course offerings for 2016 and 2017 intakes can be found by clicking here

Special Education Specialization (next start date: September 2018)

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.