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. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificates and Diplomas do not carry credit toward certification to teach in public schools in British Columbia. A Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 credits) or a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (30 credits) will be issued upon completion.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma programs requires a bachelor's degree, teacher's certification, or permission of the Okanagan School 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 from the Okanagan School 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. A minimum of 60% of the credits applied towards the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma program must be taken within the Okanagan School of Education. Transfer courses require approval from the Director of Professional Programs and/or 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. All transfer credits will be from a recognized institution and must be disclosed and approved at the time of application or authorized by a letter of permission from the Okanagan School of Education. 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 offered as Saturday sessions (during winter terms), online, and blended format, 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 (certificate/diploma programs).

Note: some courses may require prerequisites.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Contemporary Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Contemporary Education Post-Baccalaureate program is for educators seeking flexibility where areas of study can be tailored to meet their needs and interests. The program is designed to prepare teachers to work with children and adolescents in a variety of areas, including educational studies, early learning, inclusive education, and language and literacy. Educators can focus on one, two, or all three of these program areas, while still meeting the educational needs and requirements for specialization (learning assistance or resource teachers). The purpose is to expand current knowledge and understanding with practical implications within school environments to support teacher development and so that all students have equitable access to learning and achievement.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Contemporary Education 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 Documentation in Early Childhood Settings
ECED 440 Play and Early Childhood Education
ECED 441 Indigenous Language Nests in Early Learning
ECED 443 Theories of Early Learning
ECED 444 Early Numeracy
ECED 445 Social Equality and Early Learning
ECED 463 Early Language and Literacy Development
ECED 480 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education

EPSE 406 Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Children
EPSE 407 Developmental Disabilities
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

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
EDST 497 Contemporary Educational Issues
EDST 498 Contemporary Educational Practice
EDST 499 Studies in Educational Leadership

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

The Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is designed to prepare students who are new to teaching as well as offer professional development for current teachers and people with previous teaching experience to work with additional language learners in Canada or abroad. The certificate develops the skills to work as English as an additional language (EAL) teachers in adult contexts, heritage language teachers, English Language Learning specialists, Learning Assistance Teachers, and other district-level consultants, school-based teachers, and educational practitioners in additional language teaching and learning settings.

The Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) Post-Baccalaureate program consists of 12 credits: LLED 494 (3), LLED 495 (3), and LLED 496 (3) and LLED 497 (3).

    Certificate Requirements

  • 12 credits of:

    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
    LLED 497(3) Practicum in Additional Language Teaching and Learning

    Note: Not all courses are offered every year. Students should contact the Okanagan School of Education for current Post-Baccalaureate courses.

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