Certificates & Diplomas

Courses, certificates, diplomas - respond to emergent needs an an education specialist with the Okanagan School of Education's post-baccalaureate program.

CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMAS OVERVIEW

Program Components Completion Requirements*
Currently not offered
Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL)
Certificate 15 credits
Language and Literacy Education Certificate 15 credits
Inclusive Education Certificate & Diploma 15 / 30 credits
Early Learning Certificate & Diploma 15 / 30 credits

* Length of completion is dependent on the individual student. Students may complete the courses as available in sequence, or take the required number of courses within a maximum six-year period.


Both the Okanagan School of Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 credits) and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (30 credits) programs are designed for professional educators who want to develop their expertise and advance their careers. Successfully completing the certificate or diploma requirements in one of these four program areas means you will acquire critical skills needed in schools and districts in Canada and beyond.

These programs are designed to work around your needs. You may continue your regular working schedule and complete all courses required for your certificate or diploma.

These certificate and diploma programs do not lead to teacher certification. However, if you are a teacher, they can lead to a category upgrade with the Teacher Qualification Service.

Currently not offered. For more information please contact postbac.education@ubc.ca, or call 250 807 8203.

Understanding the increasing number of international students in BC’s school districts, there’s an urgent need to prepare and offer professional development for English Language Learning specialists, Learning Assistance Teachers, and other district level consultants, school-based teachers, and educational practitioners in additional language teaching and learning. There are also an increasing number of opportunities for UBC graduates to teach English as an additional language in foreign countries, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

Students enrolled in the TEAL Certificate will have a strong foundation in the theory and practice of additional language teaching and learning along with skills for developing additional language curriculum and materials.

Certificate Requirements: 9 credits (core), 6 credits (electives); 15 credits (Total)

Sample Courses:

  • LLED 494 – Introduction to Additional Language Teaching and Learning
  • LLED 495 – Curriculum and Materials Design in Additional Language Teaching and Learning
  • LLED 496 – Theory and Practice in Additional Language Teaching and Learning

For the complete list of courses required to complete the Teaching English and Additional Languages Certificate, see the Academic Calendar.

The Inclusive Education program is designed to prepare teachers to work with children and adolescents with diverse needs. You will learn about establishing inclusive practices in classrooms and in schools so that all students have equitable access to learning and achievement. The Certificate and Diploma will appeal to B.C. certified graduates who are currently employed as, or who wish to become, Learning Assistance Teachers or Resource Teachers. This program will also appeal to classroom teachers who wish to create inclusive environments in their instructional practice.

Program Requirements: 15 credits (certificate), 30 credits (diploma).

Sample Courses:

  • EPSE 421 – Assessment of Learning Difficulties
  • EPSE 431 – Programming for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • EPSE 433 – Assessment and Positive Behavioural Support in School and Community Settings

For the complete list of courses students can take to complete the Inclusive Education Program, see the Academic Calendar.

The Language and Literacy Education program is designed for teachers and educational leaders who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge in areas of Literacy and Language Arts. This includes oral and written communication, reading, children’s and adolescents’ literature, English education, ESL, literacy in the content areas, new media literacy, assessment, and literacy for diverse learners.

Certificate Requirements: 15 credits (certificate).

Sample Courses:

  • LLED 465 – Literacy for Diverse Learners in Middle and Secondary Grades
  • LLED 468 – Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • LLED 466 – ESL and Literacy Education

For the complete list of courses students can take to complete the Language and Literacy Education Program, see the Academic Calendar.

Early childhood is a critically important period for establishing strong foundations for life-long learning and wellbeing. The Early Learning Certificate/Diploma provides educational professionals with the philosophy, understanding and skills to create optimal learning environments, assess children appropriately and design learning experiences to support children’s development. The program will appeal to those who are new to teaching kindergarten, pre-kindergarten and primary grades. It will also be of interest to experienced teachers who wish to expand their theoretical understandings in order to enhance learning opportunities for young children.

The Early Learning Certificate/Diploma program responds to a number of British Columbia Ministry of Education Initiatives such as Full-Day Kindergarten, Strong Start B.C. and Ready, Set, Learn.

Certificate Requirements: 15 credits (certificate), 30 credits (diploma).

Sample Courses:

  • ECED 445 – Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • ECED 421 – Supporting Young Children through Home, School, and Community Relationships
  • ECED 440 – Play and Early Childhood Education

For the complete list of courses required to complete the Early Learning Program, see the Academic Calendar.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma programs requires a bachelor’s degree, teacher’s certification, or permission of the Dean of Education. If you wish to enrol in individual courses but are not in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma program, you will require third-year standing as well as permission of the Dean of Education.

Courses permitted for advanced standing or transfer credit must be senior-level university coursework, and must be similar in concept with the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma specialization. Transfer courses require approval from the Specialization Program Coordinator and the Dean of Education. A maximum of 6 credits of coursework may be transferred toward the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. A maximum of 12 credits of coursework may be transferred toward the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma. Transfer courses must not have been used for credit toward other certificates, diplomas, or degrees.

To respond to professional schedules, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma courses are normally offered in multiple formats including Saturday sessions, online or blended (online and in-person). The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is awarded after the completion of 15 credits. The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma is awarded after the completion of 30 credits. Students may complete the courses as available in sequence, or take the required number of courses within a six-year maximum period.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit the Student Information Form to begin the application process. For more information please contact postbac.education@ubc.ca, or call 250 807 8203.

Registration

Once your eligibility to register has been established, you will receive an email from Access Studies. Students may then register for each course online via the Student Services Centre (SSC).

Tuition

Students will be assessed tuition and student fees at the prevailing undergraduate rate. Details are available via the Academic Calendar.

Opt-out Information

Students who are enrolled in at least one on-campus credited course are automatically assessed the mandatory U-PASS fee. Students who meet specific eligibility criteria may apply to opt-out of the U-PASS program.

See U-PASS opt-out information for details, including how to request an opt-out form.

All students are automatically enrolled in the UBCSUO Extended Health and Dental Plan. However, if you are covered by a similar plan through work or family (MSP does not count!), you may choose to opt out.

To opt-out of the UBC Health and Dental plan, students must submit an online application.
Note: Select “UBC Okanagan” in the search field on the home page. When redirected you the UBCO plan, navigate on the menu to the right under the ‘Coverage’ section where you fill find details about the opt-out. Please ensure that you have proof of your other coverage.

For more information please contact:

Student Services Coordinator, UBCSUO
Office: University Centre, Room 133
Phone: 250.807.8842
Fax: 250.807.8079
Email: health-dental@ubcsuo.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Once a student has completed 15 credits, they can apply for the certificate by emailing postbac.education@ubc.ca. At that time, students may also request to enroll in the diploma program.

A student may take one or as many courses as they like; however, students should be enrolled in the certificate program by the time they take their last certificate course.
Note: Students who are enrolled in one of our post-baccalaureate programs have earlier registration dates than those students who are not officially enrolled in a program (i.e. Unclassified/Access Studies Students).

Students have a maximum of six (6) years to complete the diploma.

You may transfer up to six acceptable credits for the certificate and up to twelve acceptable credits for the diploma. If you have not yet completed the coursework, a Letter of Permission (LOP) is required to confer that the coursework will be transferable to the specific UBC Okanagan Post-Baccalaureate Program.

The courses must be senior level university coursework in the same area of study as the UBC Okanagan Post-Baccalaureate Program.

If the courses have been completed prior to entering the Post-Baccalaureate Program, students will need a Letter of Permission (LOP) from the Okanagan School of Education and an official transcript from the originating institution.

If the coursework completed was required for a degree, diploma or certificate at another institution, it cannot be used as transfer credit for UBC Okanagan’s Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Students can bring elective credits at the 400 level into the MEd program with approval from their graduate supervisor and the Director of Graduate Programs.

No. While completing a certificate or diploma at UBC Okanagan is a great accomplishment, you will not participate in a convocation ceremony.