Post-Baccalaureate Education Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma

The Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 credits) and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (30 credits) provide professional development opportunities for educators and respond to the needs of schools and districts for education specialists. These are post-degree professional programs designed to complement post-secondary education that has already been achieved. These programs do not carry credit toward certification to teach in public schools in British Columbia.

Admission Requirements

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

Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit

Courses permitted for advanced standing or transfer credit must be senior-level university coursework, and must be conceptually consistent 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.

Program Structure

To respond to professional schedules, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma courses are normally offered as Saturday sessions (during winter terms) and also as regularly scheduled Summer Session courses. 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 maximum six-year period.

Note: some courses may require prerequisites.

Early Learning Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma

Early childhood is a critically important period for establishing strong foundations for lifelong learning and well-being. The Early Learning program provides teachers with the philosophy, understanding, and skills to create optimal learning environments, assess children appropriately, and design learning experiences to support children's development.

The Early Learning program will be of academic interest to experienced teachers of young children and to new teachers of kindergarten and primary.

Early Learning Post-Baccalaureate Program Course Options

ECED 405 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
ECED 416 Kindergarten Curriculum
ECED 420 History of Early Childhood Education
ECED 421 Supporting Young Children through Home, School, and Community Relationships
ECED 438 Observation and Recording
ECED 440 Play and Early Childhood Education
ECED 441 Language Nests in Early Learning
ECED 443 Theories of Early Learning
ECED 444 Early Numeracy
ECED 445 Poverty, Child Development, and Early Learning
ECED 463 Early Language and Literacy Development
ECED 480 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education

Inclusive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma

The Inclusive Education Post-Baccalaureate program is designed to prepare teachers to work with children and adolescents who have diverse needs, and to support inclusive practices in classrooms and schools so that all students have equitable access to learning and achievement.

The Inclusive Education Post-Baccalaureate program will appeal to BC-certified B.Ed. graduates who are currently employed as, or who wish to become, learning assistance teachers or resource teachers. The program will also appeal to classroom teachers who want to create inclusive environments in their instructional practice.

Inclusive Post-Baccalaureate Program Course Options

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
EPSE 437 Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Behaviour Disorders
EPSE 464 Literacy for Diverse Learners in the Elementary Grades
EPSE 465 Literacy for Diverse Learners in Middle and Secondary Grades
EPSE 466 Numeracy for Diverse Learners
EPSE 467 Social and Emotional Development of Diverse Learners
EPSE 468 Creating Positive Learning Environments for Inclusive Education
EPSE 469 Education for Students with Sensory Loss or Motor Impairments
EPSE 470 Selected Topics in Inclusive Education
EPSE 471 Applied Project in Inclusive Education
EPSE 472 Issues in Inclusive Education

Language and Literacy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma

The Language and Literacy Education program is designed for teachers and administrators who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge in areas of literacy and language arts, including 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.

Language and Literacy Post-Baccalaureate Program Course Options

LLED 441 Introduction to Teaching Children's Literature
LLED 449 Teaching Adolescents' Literature
LLED 450 Teaching and Learning Language and Literacy: Kindergarten and Primary Grades
LLED 451 Teaching and Learning Language and Literacy: Intermediate and Middle Grades
LLED 452 Literacy in the Content Areas: Intermediate and Secondary
LLED 460 Theoretical Foundations and Research in English Language Arts Education
LLED 461 Assessment of Literacy and Learning
LLED 463 Early Language and Literacy Development
LLED 464 Literacy for Diverse Learners in the Elementary Grades
LLED 465 Literacy for Diverse Learners in Middle and Secondary Grades
LLED 466 ESL and Literacy Education
LLED 467 Drama in English Language Arts Education
LLED 468 Language, Literacy, and Numeracy
LLED 481 Digital Media in English Language Arts Education
LLED 490 Special Topics in Language and Literacy Education

Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is designed 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 to students in the K-12 system and beyond.

The Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) Post-Baccalaureate program consists of 15 credits of courses drawn primarily from the Language and Literacy Education (LLED) offerings. Students must complete 9 credits of core courses: LLED 494 (3), LLED 495 (3), and LLED 496 (3) and an additional 6 credits of electives which can be selected from within the Faculty of Education’s Post-Baccalaureate Programs. Additional courses may be approved as electives by the Faculty of Education Post-Baccalaureate Program Coordinator and the Director of the Faculty of Education.

Certificate Requirements

  • 9 credits of core courses:

    LLED 494(3) Introduction to Additional Language Teaching and Learning
    LLED 495(3) Curriculum and Materials Design in Additional Language Teaching and Learning
    LLED 496(3) Theory and Practice in Additional Language Teaching and Learning
    • 6 credits of electives from within the Faculty of Education’s Early Learning Post-Baccalaureate Program, Inclusive Post-Baccalaureate Program or Language and Literacy Post-Baccalaureate Program (as listed above).
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