Bachelor of Education

Moments Matter. Inspire Future Leaders. Join a new generation of educators with this 16-month post-degree program.

Why study Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

innovative teaching and learning

The landscape of education is changing. New teachers need to be responsive to diverse learners in diverse contexts, inspiring students to think critically and creatively throughout their lives.

extensive practical experience

Participate in substantial experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The Bachelor of Education program includes two school-based practicums, a community field experience and a 15-week internship. Additionally, many other place-based learning opportunities that are reflective of this territory and the histories and aspirations of Indigenous peoples of this land are infused throughout the program.

personal and career development

Join our community and engage in collaborative learning. Network with practicing professionals and gain contacts in the Okanagan Valley and beyond for post-graduation career development and opportunities.

Professional Program

Our program has a look and feel that is quite different from others.  Bachelor of Education participants are called “Teacher Candidates” and later “interns” not “students.” You will be engaged in competencies of creative and critical thinking, community, and personal and social responsibilities aligning with the BC K-12 Curriculum. You will learn what it means to become a scholar-practitioner.

Community and travel opportunities

Explore the resources of the community or travel the world through additional study opportunities embedded within the program.

To inspire and be inspired is at the heart of UBC Okanagan’s 16-month post-degree Bachelor of Education (BEd) program. If you are passionate about learning, join our community of educators. Throughout the program you will experience a variety of approaches to teaching and learning and work alongside educators on campus, in schools and in the community.

You will graduate with a globally recognized UBC Bachelor of Education degree and teacher certification. Both are highly sought after by employers locally, nationally and internationally.

Admission Requirements

Begin the program by choosing a pathway: Teaching Children (Kindergarten to Grade 5+) or Teaching Adolescents (Grades 6 to 9+). Once enrolled, you will work with classmates both within and across each pathway. You will also personalize your studies by choosing a community-based field experience and elective courses in the Summer Institute.

Review our Steps to Apply for the Bachelor of Education program for a step-by-step process.

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Education program, students must have completed a four-year (minimum 120-credit) bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution.

In addition, applicants must have a minimum of 75 hours of practical experience (volunteer or paid) working with young people, preferably at the age range they are proposing to teach.

The following admission criteria must also be met:

  • Admission average: a minimum average of 65% in the last 30 credits of transferable post-secondary coursework passed, failed, and/or repeated;
  • English requirement: 6 credits of English literature and composition with a minimum average of 65%. A minimum of 3 of the 6 English credits must be English literature. The 6 credits of English literature and composition may be satisfied with coursework at the 100, 200, 300, and/or 400 level. Courses in creative writing, technical or business writing, or communication are not acceptable;
  • Canadian Studies: 3 credits that have significant Canadian content. Note: the Teacher Regulation Branch defines Canadian content requirements as the following: “The focus of a Canadian studies course must be on understanding the Canadian experience. The Canadian content must be central to the conceptual thesis of the course rather than existing only in exemplar supporting concepts of another academic discipline”;
  • Lab science: 3 credits in a laboratory science. Note: lab science courses are normally selected from the following:
    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Environmental Science
    • Physical Geography
    • Physics

    A 3-credit lab science is typically scheduled for three hours of lecture and two or three hours of labs per week.

  • Mathematics: 3 credits of Mathematics. Note: Statistics courses are not acceptable.
  • 15 credits of 300- and/or 400-level coursework in one or a combination of the following subjects taught in BC public schools:
    • Anthropology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Dance
    • Economics
    • English
    • Environmental Science
    • French
    • Geography
    • Health Studies
    • History
    • Human Kinetics
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Theatre
    • Visual Art

Students wishing to have coursework considered in a discipline not listed should consult with an Education Academic Advisor.

All required coursework must be completed by April 30, prior to commencement in the program.

Admission to the Faculty of Education is competitive and the Bachelor of Education has limited enrolment. Satisfying the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Information posted is from UBC’s Academic Calendar. In the event of a discrepancy, the Academic Calendar shall be held to be correct.

For more BEd admissions information, including more information on the Reference Requirements and Supplemental Requirements, check out our step-by-step- guide to applying for the BEd at UBC Okanagan.

Steps to Apply

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Education program, students must have completed a four-year (minimum 120-credit) bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution.

In addition, applicants must have a minimum of 75 hours of practical experience (volunteer or paid) working with young people, preferably at the age range they are proposing to teach.

The following admission criteria must also be met:

  • Admission average: a minimum average of 65% in the last 30 credits of transferable post-secondary coursework passed, failed, and/or repeated;
  • English requirement: 6 credits of English literature and composition with a minimum average of 65%. A minimum of 3 of the 6 English credits must be English literature. The 6 credits of English literature and composition may be satisfied with coursework at the 100, 200, 300, and/or 400 level. Courses in creative writing, technical or business writing, or communication are not acceptable;
  • Canadian Studies: 3 credits that have significant Canadian content. Note: the Teacher Regulation Branch defines Canadian content requirements as the following: “The focus of a Canadian studies course must be on understanding the Canadian experience. The Canadian content must be central to the conceptual thesis of the course rather than existing only in exemplar supporting concepts of another academic discipline”;
  • Lab science: 3 credits in a laboratory science. Note: lab science courses are normally selected from the following:
    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Environmental Science
    • Physical Geography
    • Physics

    A 3-credit lab science is typically scheduled for three hours of lecture and two or three hours of labs per week.

  • Mathematics: 3 credits of Mathematics. Note: Statistics courses are not acceptable.
  • 24 credits of academic coursework in any one of the following teachable subjects taught in BC public schools. Note: Preference will be given to applicants with academic coursework in two teachable subjects. Teachable subjects are:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • Environmental Science
    • French1
    • General Science2
    • Geography
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Music3
    • Physical Education
    • Physics
    • Social Studies4
    • Theatre3
    • Visual Art3

Students wishing to have coursework considered in a discipline not listed should consult with an Education Academic Advisor.

1If the teachable subject is French, students must also successfully complete an oral and written French language competency assessment to the level specified for French as a second language. Please see the French Language Competency Assessment for more information.

2If the teachable subject is General Science, the 24 credits of academic coursework can be a combination of Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics courses. Other science courses may be included in the 24 credits upon approval.

3If the teachable subject is Music, Theatre, or Visual Art at least 6 of the required 24 credits must be studies in theory (i.e., non-studio).

4If the teachable subject is Social Studies (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology) the 24 required credits must include the following:

  • 3 credits of Canadian Studies (already required for the Teaching Adolescents stream),
  • 3 credits of Geography,
  • 3 credits of History, and
  • 15 credits of academic coursework in one or a combination of the following disciplines:
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Sociology

 

Coursework relating to the disciplines above 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 may be considered provided an examination of the course syllabi reveals such a relationship.

All required coursework must be completed by April 30, prior to commencement in the program.

Admission to the Faculty of Education is competitive and the Bachelor of Education program has limited enrolment. Satisfying the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants’ teachable subject(s) will be considered when determining admissibility.

Information posted is from UBC’s Academic Calendar. In the event of a discrepancy, the Academic Calendar shall be held to be correct.

For more BEd admissions information, including more information on the Reference Requirements and Supplemental Requirements, check out our step-by-step- guide to applying for the BEd at UBC Okanagan.

Steps to Apply

Program Overview

INSPIRE

INSPIRE is the core theme of UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Education program. It was conceived, planned and built on four defining principles:

  • IN-situ: Experiencing learning opportunities in diverse situations;
  • Scholar-Practitioner: Exploring theory/practice connections, and cultivating a lifelong learning mindset;
  • Inquiry: Questioning, adapting, building and making meaning as the heart of all learning;
  • Re-Imagine Education: Envisioning education that is invested in individual and collective growth and well-being.

Winter Term 1 (Year 1, August to December)

  • Becoming a Scholar-Practitioner (EDUC 403)
  • Developing a Pedagogical Stance (EDUC 431)
  • Literacies and Numeracies in Action (EDUC 440)

Winter Term 2 (Year 1, January to April)

  • Developing Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Education Purposes, Policies and Practices Part 1 (EDUC 436)
  • Field Experience: Formative Practicum (EDUC 441)
  • Developing Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Educational Purposes, Policies and Practices Part 2 (EDUC 437)

Summer Term 1 (May & June)

  • Community Field Experience (EDUC 442)
  • Educating the Whole Person (EDUC 438)

Summer Term 2 (July & August)

  • Summer Institute in Education Students must complete elective courses that focus on personalized professional learning goals
  • Scholar-Practitioner Conference

Winter Term 1 (Year 2, September to December)

  • Field Experience: Final Practicum/Internship (EDUC 444, 15 weeks)

View or download the Year at a Glance schedule (PDF).

UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program includes a wide variety of courses that encompass experiences at the elementary, middle and secondary levels.

Sample courses:

  • EDUC104 – Introduction to Academic Pedagogy: An Aboriginal Perspective
    Using an Aboriginal approach to the cycle of learning, this developmental course provides an opportunity for first-year students to learn essential skills needed for academic success.
  • EDUC 403 – Becoming a Scholar Practitioner
    The cultivation of knowledge and understanding regarding the interdisciplinary foundations of educational principles, policies and practices, all of which are examined through large group contexts, seminars and field experiences.
  • EDUC 411 – Content Studies Module II: Designing Learning Experiences
    Design and development of appropriate materials, lessons, and units for instruction. Content specialists who comprise the module team provide methodology in specified disciplines of the British Columbia elementary curriculum.
  • EDUC 438 – Educating for the Whole Person
    Teaching and learning theory and practice relating to a holistic approach to well-being. Examining and interpreting the research on philosophical, psychological, physiological and political aspects of wellbeing.
  • EDUC 441 – Field Experience: Formative Practicum
    Working collaboratively in a school context, mentor teachers and teacher candidates co-plan, co-teach and co-assess. Insight into the significance of personal practical knowledge by engaging in dialogue, observation, and reflection concerning why the mentor teacher orients practices in particular ways, using specific strategies, resources, and lesson sequences.

Browse all Education courses and descriptions.

Applications for the program open in August and close in January.

Prospective students will be notified of an admission decision any time between March and May of the same year. Welcome packages will be sent by the end of May of the same year, although the information is available through our BEd resources.

Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates.

 

BEd students must earn 60 credits in order to graduate.

Program Schedule Canadian International
BEd Full-time $11,331.60 $48,958.20

UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

Learn more about fees and other programs costs.

For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

* Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.

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For more details about applying to the Bachelor of Education program, review our steps to apply.

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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French Education

Following a BC government funding announcement, we’ve added 20 additional spots in our 2019 BEd program intake for prospective French teachers. Candidates who wish to specialize in teaching French as a second language (French Immersion, Core French) or French as a first language (in a Francophone school) in K-9 are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Enseignez le français! Il y a un grand besoin en Colombie-Britannique d’enseignants qualifiés et dynamiques pour enseigner en français. Le programme de baccalauréat en éducation de la Okanagan School of Education, UBC accueille des candidats qui veulent enseigner en français dans les écoles K-9. Plusieurs options sont possibles: immersion, français de base, programme francophone.

En plus de la préparation académique requise, les candidats doivent fournir preuve de leur niveau DELF ou DALF pour savoir quel programme leur convient d’après leur niveau de compétence en français. Le DELF/DALF n’est pas requis pour les candidats francophones qui sont titulaires d’un diplôme d’une université francophone et dont le relevé de notes est en français.

With at least 55% of courses, assignments and field experiences delivered and completed in French, this program allows teacher candidates to continue to develop their French proficiency while completing the cross-disciplinary commitments of the BEd program. Practicum placements will be throughout the Interior of British Columbia.

Teacher candidates who complete 55% or more of their coursework in French may qualify to receive up to $1,600 to offset tuition fees from the BC Ministry of Education Bursary.

Recommendations are made by the Okanagan School of Education (OSE).

For professional development and other French education course bursaries, visit the BC Ministry of Education website.

To become a French teacher, you’ll need:

French teachers K-9 may teach French in:

  • French Immersion: Teach subject content in French.
  • Core French: Teach French language and grammar.
  • Francophone Schools: Teach subject content in French within the Conseil Scolaire Francophone.

For more information, please email andrew.calhoun@ubc.ca .

Your Career Options

Build a broad foundation and great career potential with UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program. Graduates can teach at elementary, middle and secondary levels. A UBC degree is highly sought-after within the K-12 school system.

  • Adult education teacher
  • Alumni relations
  • Athletic coach
  • Athletic director
  • Child life specialist
  • College instructor
  • Corporate trainer
  • Curriculum developer
  • Daycare administrator
  • Education management
  • Education materials sales
  • Educational resource
  • Educational therapist
  • Elementary school teacher
  • English as a Second Language teacher (ESL)
  • Financial aid counsellor
  • First aid trainer
  • Grant writer
  • Guidance counselor
  • Historic site administrator
  • International teaching
  • International school teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Librarian
  • Media center specialist
  • Middle school teacher
  • Museum curator
  • Physical Education instructor
  • Preschool administrator
  • Principal
  • Prime Minister of Canada
  • Registrar/admissions
  • Resource teacher
  • School psychologist
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Special needs education
  • Speech pathologist
  • Student admissions
  • Student affairs
  • Superintendents
  • Training specialist
  • Tutor
  • University instructor
  • Vice-principal
  • Vocational rehab counsellor
  • Elementary/Secondary Schools
  • International schools in Canada and Abroad
  • School boards and trustees
  • Governmental departments and organizations
  • Community, social, and correctional services
  • Regional health authorities
  • Advertising, human resources, marketing, and research organizations

Positively impact your professional career and learn alongside faculty conducting research and contributing educational scholarship through our Professional Development opportunities like our Summer Institute in Education or Certificates & Diplomas, and our Graduate Programs offering Master and Doctorate level degrees.

WELCOME TO UBC’S OKANAGAN CAMPUS

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. At the Okanagan School of Education, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
    * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox 
  • UBC’s Okanagan Library is the go-to place for books and media, databases, journals, public computers, printing and scanning, writing and research services, and much more.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who’ve been there, done that.

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) program offers the following scholarships and awards:

  • Madeline Korfman Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship has been endowed through a bequest by Madeline Betty Korfman to honour her love for teaching. Korman taught school in southwestern Saskatchewan before relocating to the Okanagan in the mid-1900s.
    Prize description: $2,500 in scholarship funds are available each year.
  • Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award
    The Maxwell A. Cameron Award is given annually by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation to students completing the final year of the Bachelor of Education degree in elementary and secondary school teaching. The recipients of the award are those students who are considered to be an outstanding student in the graduating class.
    Recipients of this award receive $250 and a silver pin. This is awarded to one Teaching Adolescent and one Teaching Children student in their graduating year.
  • Head of Class Award
    Each year the Okanagan School of Education awards a student with the University of BC Medal for the head of the graduating class. This is awarded to a top BEd student in their graduating year based on their academic performance throughout their program.

For more information on awards for Okanagan School of Education students, visit Awards & Scholarships.

Students should also review UBC Okanagan’s Awards, Scholarships and Prizes page for other opportunities.

Sports

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

Clubs and Associations

  • Make friends with similar interests and explore career options with the Education Course Union.
  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

Living on or near campus you will find yourself immersed within a learning culture, close to academic supports, and surrounded by hiking and biking trails, and sand beaches and lakes.

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.  UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.  Find out more about living in residence.

Living off campus is an exciting way to explore Kelowna’s dynamic, growing community. Students who commute to campus have access to campus collegia—gathering places specially designed for commuters.

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.