Generally, if you intend to become a teacher in British Columbia’s kindergarten to grade 12 education system, you must have a teaching certificate from the Ministry of Education issued through the Teacher Regulation Branch. In order to be eligible to receive this license, you must complete an undergraduate program and a professional teacher education program. This takes approximately five years of full-time study.
Teacher education options in B.C. are available in two areas: elementary/middle school (grades K-7), and secondary school (grades 8-12).
Note: Not every education program can support all teachable subject areas available in B.C.
The structures of teacher education programs vary depending upon the institution and the option you choose. At UFV, the Bachelor of Education is a post-baccalaureate professional program. In other words, it is a one-year program after applicants have completed a bachelor's degree. If you have questions about what program options are best for you and how to develop a program plan geared towards the teaching profession, you are advised to attend one of the Teacher Education information seminars.
UFV offers a Community Support Worker certificate which can help you tailor your studies to become a special education assistant working under the supervision of classroom teachers to perform duties such as coaching in basic subjects, preparing specialized teaching materials, and meeting student's special physical needs.