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Admission Selection Process

Elementary & Middle Years, and Secondary

Applicants to the teacher education program are evaluated on both academic and other relevant criteria. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places in the Elementary & Middle Years option, or a teachable subject for the Secondary option, not every qualified applicant will be admitted.

1. Academic Requirements

All applicants must have completed academic admission requirements prescribed by the Faculty of Education, including a minimum three-year degree (academic equivalent to a UBC bachelor's degree) at an accredited post-secondary institution. The applicant must present 6 credits of English (may be 6 credits of French for the French Immersion option), and various subjects specified for the Elementary & Middle Years option, or the Secondary option. For details, applicants must review academic requirements for individual options (please see the appropriate section under "Admission"). Language test scores may also be part of academic requirements for some applicants or for specific options or subjects.

Admission average

  • The admission average for the Elementary & Middle Years option is calculated using the most recently completed 60 credits. The admission average for the Secondary option is calculated on the senior courses for each teaching field. A minimum admission average of 65% is required; however, competition for the available seats is high and the admission average of successful applicants may be higher than the 65% minimum required for application.

Overall Academic History

  • The range of an applicant's courses relevant to teaching, at the secondary level, may be taken into consideration in making admission decisions.
  • An applicant's overall academic performance, including failures, is also considered in admissions decisions.

2. Additional Requirements

All applicants must submit:

  1. a summary of experience working with school age children and/or youth;
  2. a one-page essay indicating what they have learned from their experience with school age children and/or youth that will help them in their teaching career; and
  3. two confidential reference reports.

The evaluation of the information provided on the above materials is an integral part of the Faculty's selection process. Applicants' experience with children/youth and their personal character and qualities as reflected in the reference reports are essential selection criteria. Qualities appropriate to the profession of teaching that referees are asked to judge include: motivation for teaching; enthusiasm; leadership potential; dependability; initiative; flexibility and adaptability, including the ability to deal with change and/or stressful situations; oral and written communication skills; ability to interact appropriately with children and/or youth and with adults; ability to identify problems and pose possible solutions; and ability to accept feedback and respond to suggestions.

Normally an applicant without experience with school age children and/or youth is not admitted to the program.

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Education program. The Faculty may require an applicant to attend an interview with the Admissions Committee and/or submit additional references should there be concerns regarding the applicant’s suitability to enter the teaching profession.

3. Evaluation of an Application in Comparison with Other Applicants

Applicants must satisfy academic and non-academic requirements. Normally applicants with higher admission averages will be offered admission earlier than those with lower admission averages.

If there are more qualified applicants than spaces in any options or teachable subjects for the secondary option, not all applicants who have met our admission requirements will be offered admission to the program.

Dual Degrees

Dual Degree Programs are not open to students with a previous degree.

B.Ed. (Secondary) and B.Sc. (Math or Physics)

For detailed descriptions of program admission requirements, consult the Mathematics or Physics program listings.

B.Ed. (Secondary) and B.Sc. (Food, Nutrition and Health)

For detailed descriptions of program admission requirements, consult the Land and Food Systems section of the Calendar.

B.Ed. (Secondary) and B.Kin.

For detailed descriptions of program admission requirements, consult the Kinesiology section of the Calendar.

B.Ed. (Secondary) and B.Mus.

For detailed descriptions of program admission requirements, consult the School of Music section of the Calendar.

The Offer of Admission

The offer of admission is valid only for the session indicated on the letter of acceptance.

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