Education - Elementary (K - 7)
Become an elementary school educator in the K-12 school system that supports the academic, developmental, and social-emotional needs of students in B.C. schools. The Teacher Education Program is guided by its signature pedagogy of “People, Place, and Land” and focuses on place-based, experiential in situ (on-site) learning.
60 credits, 1.5 Years,
This program is a 16-month post-baccalaureate professional degree program. Apply your undergraduate degree with a teachable major or minor (i.e. English, Math, Chemistry, History, etc.) to teach kindergarten up to Grade 7 students in B.C. schools. This program is offered at the Prince George campus, as well as the Terrace and Quesnel campuses.
Learn about the First Peoples Principles of Learning, Indigenous Education, inclusive practices, assessment and evaluation, Applied Design and Skills and Technology, and curriculum and instruction in different disciplinary areas or subject specialty.
Gain practical experience in the K-12 classroom throughout the 16-month program with four practicum experiences:
- Observational in Term 1
- Experiential in Term 2 (three weeks)
- Formative in the Spring Term (four weeks)
- Summative in the Fall (12 weeks)
Your practicum takes a gradual approach throughout the 16-month program in partnership with the coursework taken at the University. Practicum placements are typically situated in northern B.C. communities at B.C. public school districts or independent schools.
Graduating students will earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) with the academic qualifications to apply for professional certification from the BC Teachers’ Council.
- K-7 teacher
- School administrator
- Guidance counsellor
- Teacher librarian
Why at UNBC
- Earn your Bachelor of Education (BEd) and academic qualifications for teacher certification from the BC Teachers’ Council to teach in B.C. schools
- Authentic, hands-on learning experiences from ongoing, in situ (on-site) inquiry integrating reflective practices and Indigenous worldviews and perspectives throughout
- Emphasis on learning from the land and community in northern B.C.
- Learn within a redesigned program that reflects and models the principles and ideology of B.C.’s curriculum, competency-based learning, and inclusive practices from interdisciplinary and community-based learning experiences
'En Cha Huná
UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, reminds us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as “respecting all forms of life,” 'En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.
Students must complete prior post-secondary studies before they are eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Education program.
Elementary Years (Grades K-7) Stream:
- Three- or four-year degree OR 90 credit hours of university transferable coursework, all including a minimum 60 credit hours in Arts, Sciences, or B.C. Schools' teachable fields
- 2.33 GPA (C+ average) from most-recent 60 credits of transferable coursework
- Applicants must provide references and additional supplemental admission documents
BSW and BEd International Admission Requirements
International applicants must also meet the requirements outlined in General Requirements.
English Language Requirements
International applicants whose first language is not English, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. Applicants from some countries are exempt from this requirement.
Tuition and Fees
Approximate Costs per Academic Year
(30 credit hours, 10 courses)
* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards
View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.
- 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
- $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.