Admissions Undergraduate Program
The BEd degree is a generalist program where teacher candidates learn through exposure to a variety of pedagogies and through extended practicum and field experiences. Students can apply for admission to one or both pathways of the program: Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents.
To be eligible for admission to the 16-month Bachelor of Education post-degree program, applicants must have completed a four-year (minimum 120-credit) bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution.
For BEd admissions information visit the UBC Okanagan academic calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies.
These self-assessment worksheets can also assist you in reviewing academic admission requirements for your BEd admission pathway:Self-Assessment Worksheet: Teaching Children
Self-Assessment Worksheet: Teaching Adolescents
Supplemental RequirementsPersonal Essay: BEd applicants are required to submit a written response to an education statement provided during the application process. The essay must be composed and written by the applicant and will address the applicant’s educational goals, qualities and experiences. The essay is a maximum of 500 words.
Examples of appropriate references:
- Administrator (e.g., principal, vice-principal) or teacher at an elementary or secondary school
- Camp director
- Daycare program coordinator
- Family members (including in-laws, step-family, etc)
- Parent of child whom applicant tutored privately
- University professor (who did not observe the applicant teach youth or children in group settings)
In addition to the academic requirements, to meet the admission requirements for the BEd program, applicants must have a minimum of 75 hours of practical experience (volunteer or paid), preferably at the age level you wish to teach. Although we consider all relevant experiences, we strongly recommend current experiences within the last two years.
A range and variety of experiences
In addition to the online application form, applicants must also submit the BEd Experience Application form before the January 31st deadline.
The online experience form can be found here: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/supplementalapplicationform/
Personal Competency Requirements:
Faculties of Education are responsible to society for providing programs of study that offer teacher candidates enrolled in BEd programs an opportunity to develop the knowledge,
1. Cognitive Abilities:
Teacher candidates must be able to understand
2. Communicative Abilities:
Teacher candidates must be able to communicate effectively with instructors, mentors, students, colleagues, administrators, parents and others as needed. They must be able to speak with appropriate volume,
3. Sensory / Motor Abilities:
Teacher candidates must possess sufficient sensory function to develop and maintain awareness of all students in the classroom, and sufficient motor function to move about the classroom, manage materials and supplies, and supervise classroom activities.
4. Emotional / Social / Interpersonal Abilities:
Teacher candidates must demonstrate self-regulation required for full utilization of intellectual abilities and sound judgment. They must have sufficient interpersonal skills and social awareness to ‘read’ and understand different social situations and communicate effectively in social interactions. Teacher candidates must be able to develop
NOTE: The personal competencies described above do not preclude persons with disabilities from entering the Faculty of Education or becoming certified as teachers. UBC’s Faculty of Education is committed to honoring diversity and recognizes its moral and legal duty to provide reasonable academic accommodation for students with disabilities. Each student with a disability is entitled to accommodation in accordance with UBC policies¹, the BC Human Rights Code, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.