The Faculty of Education offers a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Teacher Education which prepares students to teach Grades 8 to 12 in secondary schools.

  • 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.
  • For the Secondary Education option, students must have a degree in one or two teachable subjects (see details below).
  • UBC has a detailed General Requirements Summary for prospective students to use for guidance in planning their studies. UBC also offers Admissions Advising for prospective students including online information sessions.

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:

UBC Calendar 
UBC Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests
Teachable Subjects Assessments

The Bachelor of Education has very specific requirements for each teachable subject area.  Students are strongly advised to consult UBC Admissions Advising before finishing their first degree.

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

  1. Conferred 4-year, 120-credit undergraduate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  2. Minimum 65% average (2.5 on a 4 point scale) on the designated prerequisite credits required for the teachable subject. Students entering the program with more than one teachable subject will have their GPAs averaged for both teachable subjects.
  3. Specific academic requirements for one or two teachable subjects as outlined by UBC. See UBC's list of current eligible teachable subjects and their specific academic requirements.
    • Students must complete 6 credits (at any level) of English literature and composition or Arts One or equivalent. Six credits of literature or three each of literature and composition will be accepted. Applicants to the French Immersion specialization may use 6 credits of French literature and composition to meet this requirement.
  4. English proficiency test for students with a degree from a post-secondary institution where English is not the principle language of instruction. This program only accepts the TOEFL and IELTS-Academic tests.
  5. Minimum of 100 hours experience working or volunteering with groups of young people from 13-17 years of age.

*Please note, meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.


Teachable Subjects

Main Teachable Subjects - widely taught
(choose 1-2)

Second Teachable Subjects - less widely taught
(must be paired with a widely taught subject)


Computer Science

Business Education

English Language Learner Education

Culinary Arts

Modern Languages: Mandarin, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish


Social Studies: Social Science



Home Economics






Physical Education


Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics


Social Studies: Geography, History


Technology Education



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 Sept 2022