The Faculty of Education offers a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Teacher Education which prepares students to teach Kindergarten to Grade 7 and a Bachelor of Education degree in Middle Years Teacher Education which prepares students to teach Grade 6 to 8.

  • Completing UBC's 11-month program leads to a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree and recommendation for teacher certification by the Ministry of Education Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) This qualifies students to apply for certification to teach in the province of British Columbia. Students can also apply elsewhere in Canada and abroad, although each province and country has its own certification requirements.
  • Teacher candidates in the Elementary & Middle Years option learn together in cohorts organized by a particular theme or pedagogical approach.
  • Middle Years is a cohort within the Elementary & Middle Years option. Admission eligibility is the same as the Elementary Years option, with the exception of the work experience being with an older child/youth group.
  • UBC has a detailed Self-Assessment Worksheet for prospective students to use for guidance in planning their studies. UBC also offers Admissions Advising for prospective students including online information sessions.
  • In addition to the requirements for their future Education degree, students must also consider lower level requirements for whatever major they will choose for their first degree.

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:

UBC Calendar 
UBC Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Education program, students must meet the following minimum requirements*:

  1. Conferred undergraduate Bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. 
  2. Courses: 6 credits of English literature & composition, and 3 credits each of: a laboratory science; mathematics; Canadian history or geography; and Canadian studies. See UBC's Acceptable Courses Guide for a list of transferable courses in each category.
    • Students are also required to complete 12 senior-level credits (third- or fourth-year courses at UBC) of non-Education coursework (i.e., courses taught by a Department outside of the Faculty of Education) once they have transferred to university.
  3. Language proficiency assessment in French (for French Immersion or Core French options) or English (for students with a degree from a non-English post-secondary institution, or one where English is not the principle language of instruction).
  4. Minimum of  100 hours experience working with groups (10+)  of children or youth from 5 to 13 years of age. At least 50 hours of this experience must be completed in one location.

*Note: meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

This course planning outline is created by the Langara College Counselling Department and is intended for use only as a guide. It is the student’s responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.

Updated August 2022