Bachelor of Education (BEd)
Join a new generation of educators with this 16-month post-degree program. The BEd invests in theory-practice connections, offers extensive practical experience, and fosters professional learning throughout one’s career.
What You Need to Know
Why study Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus?
Innovative Teaching and Learning
The landscape of education is changing. New teachers need to be responsive to diverse learners in diverse contexts, inspiring students to think critically and creatively throughout their lives.
Extensive Practical Experience
Participate in substantial experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The Bachelor of Education program includes two school-based practicums, a community field experience, a 15-week internship, and many other place-based learning opportunities.
Personal and Career Development
Join our community and engage in collaborative learning with instructors, classmates, practicing educators and community partners. Network with practicing professionals and gain contacts in the Okanagan Valley and beyond for post-graduation career development and opportunity.
To inspire and be inspired is at the heart of UBC Okanagan's 16-month post-degree Bachelor of Education (BEd) program.
If you are passionate about learning, join our community of educators. Throughout the program you will experience a variety of approaches to teaching and learning and work alongside educators on campus, in schools and in the community.
The BEd program provides significant practical experience with a generalist focus, which means putting students and the quality of their learning first and foremost.
Begin the program by choosing a pathway: Teaching Children (Kindergarten to Grade 5+) or Teaching Adolescents (Grades 6 to 9+). Once enrolled, you will work with classmates both within and across each pathway. You will also personalize your studies by choosing a community-based field experience and elective courses in the Summer Institute.
You will graduate with a globally recognized UBC Bachelor of Education degree and teacher certification. Both are highly sought after by employers locally, nationally and internationally.
INSPIRE is the core theme of UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Education program. It was conceived, planned and built on four defining principles:
- IN-situ: Experiencing learning opportunities in diverse situations;
- Scholar-Practitioner: Exploring theory/practice connections, and cultivating a lifelong learning mindset;
- Inquiry: Questioning, adapting, building and making meaning as the heart of all learning;
- Re-Imagine Education: Envisioning education that is invested in individual and collective growth and well-being.
Winter Term 1 (Year 1, August to December)
- Becoming a Scholar-Practitioner (EDUC 403)
- Developing a Pedagogical Stance (EDUC 431)
- Literacies and Numeracies in Action (EDUC 440)
Winter Term 2 (Year 1, January to April)
- Developing Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Education Purposes, Policies and Practices Part 1 (EDUC 436)
- Field Experience: Formative Practicum (EDUC 441)
- Developing Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Educational Purposes, Policies and Practices Part 2 (EDUC 437)
Summer Term 1 (May & June)
- Community Field Experience (EDUC 442)
- Educating the Whole Person (EDUC 438)
Summer Term 2 (July & August)
- Summer Institute in Education Students must complete elective courses that focus on personalized professional learning goals
- Scholar-Practitioner Conference
Winter Term 1 (Year 2, September to December)
- Field Experience: Final Practicum/Internship (EDUC 444, 15 weeks)
View or download the Year at a Glance schedule (PDF).
UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program includes a wide variety of courses that encompass experiences at the elementary, middle and secondary levels.
- EDUC 403 – Becoming a Scholar Practitioner
- EDUC 438 – Educating for the Whole Person
- EDUC 441 – Field Experience: Formative Practicum
Students can apply to one or both pathways of the Bachelor of Education (BEd) program: Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents.
The following links take you to the the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:
If you have more questions, consult with an academic advisor.
For more BEd admissions information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions web page.
Applications for the program open in August and close in January. Prospective students will be notified of an admission decision any time between March and May of the same year.
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates.
BEd students must earn 60 credits in order to graduate.
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.
For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.* Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.
How to Apply
Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.
Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."
Let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.
Or book an appointment with Breanne Molnar, Faculty of Education Academic Advisor: call 250.807.9100 or email email@example.com.
Your Career Options
Build a broad foundation and great career potential with UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program. Graduates can teach at elementary, middle and secondary levels. A UBC degree is highly sought-after within the K-12 school system.
- Adult education teacher
- Alumni relations
- Athletic coach
- Athletic director
- Child life specialist
- College instructor
- Corporate trainer
- Curriculum developer
- Daycare administrator
- Education management
- Education materials sales
- Educational resource
- Educational therapist
- Elementary school teacher
- English as a Second Language teacher (ESL)
- Financial aid counsellor
- First aid trainer
- Grant writer
- Guidance counselor
- Historic site administrator
- International teaching
- International school teacher
- Kindergarten teacher
- Media center specialist
- Middle school teacher
- Museum curator
- Physical Education instructor
- Preschool administrator
- Prime Minister of Canada
- Resource teacher
- School psychologist
- Secondary school teacher
- Special needs education
- Speech pathologist
- Student admissions
- Student affairs
- Training specialist
- University instructor
- Vocational rehab counsellor
Meet Your Peers and Profs
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan's Education program: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
Personalize your learning and broaden your understanding of educational contexts through immersive experiences in schools and community settings.
Work collaboratively in a school context. Gain insight into the significance of personal practical knowledge by engaging with a classroom and mentor teacher.
Community-based Field Experience
Broaden your idea about education environments and experience opportunities outside the classroom setting.
Collaboratively plan, teach, assess and reflect with mentors and colleagues in a school setting.
Professional Learning Community
To inspire learners and learning assumes an adaptive expertise, insisting that educators are continous students of learning, or scholar-practitioners. Participate in a community of practicing educators from diverse school and community sites across disciplines and interests, who are engaged in ongoing professional learning. The annual Scholar-Practitioner Conference promotes connections and insights among participants.
Travel and Learn
The BEd degree provides students with skills and qualifications to teach abroad. Many graduates go on to teach internationally after completing the program.*
Visit the Faculty of Education Employment Opportunities page to see opportunities for teacher candidates after graduation.
Coming soon: the TEAL certification program. Get certified to teach internationally!*International Teaching Programs all have different qualification requirements. Please review the program website for requirements before applying. UBC Okanagan does not endorse any of the programs listed. Teacher candidates are responsible for doing their due diligence in researching potential employers.
Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Education program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
New to UBC?
New students entering the program from another institution must apply to UBC before applying to the program.
Tour the Campus
- Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
- Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
- Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
- Attend an orientation that's tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.
- Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
- UBC's Okanagan Library is the go-to place for books and media, databases, journals, public computers, printing and scanning, writing and research services, and much more.
- Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
- Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
Scholarships and Awards
The Bachelor of Education (BEd) program offers the following scholarships and awards:
- Madeline Korfman Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship has been endowed through a bequest by Madeline Betty Korfman to honour her love for teaching. Korman taught school in southwestern Saskatchewan before relocating to the Okanagan in the mid-1900s.
Prize description: $2,500 in scholarship funds are available each year.
- Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award
The Maxwell A. Cameron Award is given annually by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation to students completing the final year of the Bachelor of Education degree in elementary and secondary school teaching. The recipients of the award are those students who are considered to be an outstanding student in the graduating class.
Recipients of this award receive $250 and a silver pin. This is awarded to one Teaching Adolescent and one Teaching Children student in their graduating year.
- Head of Class Award
Each year UBC Okanagan faculty awards a student with the University of BC Medal for the head of the graduating class. This is awarded to a top BEd student in their graduating year based on their academic performance throughout their program.
For more, see UBC Okanagan’s Awards, Scholarships and Prizes page.
Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.
Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
Clubs and Associations
Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley. Find out more about living in residence.
Living off campus is an exciting way to explore Kelowna’s dynamic, growing community. Students who commute to campus have access to campus collegia—gathering places specially designed for commuters.
The Okanagan: What to Expect
UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.
More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.
UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.
A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.
Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.
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