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Bachelor of Education, Elementary


Earn a professional teaching certificate from the BC Teacher Certification Branch, qualifying you to teach in any elementary school setting—public, independent, private, religious, and First Nations—as well as secondary school. An extensive teaching practicum at selected elementary schools in the BC Interior enhances your studies.


Graduates are certified to each Kindergarten to Grade 12 in BC school classrooms – public, independent, private, religious, and First Nations – as well as across Canada and overseas where the BC school curriculum is taught.

Admission Requirements

Selective admission

  • Minimum of 90 credits of post-secondary studies acceptable to the School of Education, typically arts, fine arts, math, science, music or physical education
    1. 6 credits of English, including both literature and composition with at least 3 credits in English literature
    2. 3 credits of Mathematics (not statistics)
    3. 3 credits of Science in one of the following areas – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Physical Geography/Earth Science, Environmental Studies, or Astronomy
    4. 3 credits of History or Geography
    5. 18 credits of third- and fourth-year level courses in one or more teachable areas as defined by the Teacher Certification Branch
    6. A minimum GPA of 2.67 is required for consideration, but does not guarantee admission. Admission averages are calculated on a total of 33 credits, including 1 to 5 above.
    7. 6 credits of Canadian Studies where the Canadian lived experience is the main focus of the course content as defined by the Teacher Certification Branch
    8. 24 credits of course work in one teachable subject area as defined by the Teacher Certification Branch - these 24 credits may include credits used in the requirements listed above
    9. All required coursework needed to meet admission requirements must be completed by the end of winter semester of the year in which application to the program is made. All final grades must be entered to your student record by May 15 in order for you to be eligible to participate in the Fall intake.
  • One hundred (100) hours minimum of relevant volunteer or paid experience working with groups of elementary school-aged children must be completed prior to admission into the program. A minimum of 25 of these hours are required to be in an elementary school setting.
  • A letter of introduction. Discuss how your experiences have influenced your decision to become a teacher. We are interested in how you have made connections between your volunteer/working experiences and what you have learned about yourself as a potential teacher.
  • Two confidential reference report forms from referees qualified to attest to an applicant's suitability for teaching, preferably from teachers and not from a relative or close friend.
  • A candidate may be asked to complete an oral and/or written task to assess English language as an admission requirement or at any time during the program. A student may be asked as needed to undertake remedial work in oral and/or written English language to support student success.

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