Certificates & Diplomas

Our post-baccalaureate certificates and diplomas respond to the emergent needs of education specialists.

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 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.

This certificate and diploma program does not lead to teacher certification. However, if you are a teacher, they can lead to a category upgrade with the Teacher Qualification Service.

For more information visit the Okanagan Academic Calendar.

Program Areas & Courses

Inclusive Education courses are designed to prepare teachers to work with children and adolescents with diverse needs. You will learn about establishing inclusive practices in classrooms and in schools so that all students have equitable access to learning and achievement. These courses may appeal to B.C. certified graduates who are currently employed as, or who wish to become, Learning Assistance Teachers or Resource Teachers.

Sample Courses:

  • 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

For the complete list of courses students can take, visit the Academic Calendar.

Language and Literacy Education courses are designed for teachers and educational leaders who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge in areas of Literacy and Language Arts. This includes oral and written communication, reading, children’s and adolescents’ literature, English education, ESL, literacy in the content areas, new media literacy, assessment, and literacy for diverse learners.

Sample Courses:

    • LLED 465 – Literacy for Diverse Learners in Middle and Secondary Grades
    • LLED 468 – Language, Literacy and Numeracy
    • LLED 466 – ESL and Literacy Education

For the complete list of courses students can take, visit the Academic Calendar.

Early childhood is a critically important period for establishing strong foundations for life-long learning and wellbeing. These courses provide educational professionals with the philosophy, understanding and skills to create optimal learning environments, assess children appropriately and design learning experiences to support children’s development. These courses may appeal to those who are new to teaching kindergarten, pre-kindergarten and primary grades. It will also be of interest to experienced teachers who wish to expand their theoretical understandings in order to enhance learning opportunities for young children.

Sample Courses:

  • ECED 445 – Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • ECED 421 – Supporting Young Children through Home, School, and Community Relationships
  • ECED 440 – Play and Early Childhood Education

For the complete list of courses students can take, visit the Academic Calendar.

Teaching English and Additional Languages Certificate (TEAL)

 

The TEAL certificate is temporarily suspended while curriculum is under review. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Understanding the increasing number of international students in BC’s school districts, there’s an urgent need to prepare and offer professional development for English Language Learning specialists, Learning Assistance Teachers, and other district level consultants, school-based teachers, and educational practitioners in additional language teaching and learning. There are also an increasing number of opportunities for UBC graduates to teach English as an additional language in foreign countries, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

Students enrolled in the TEAL Certificate will have a strong foundation in the theory and practice of additional language teaching and learning along with skills for developing additional language curriculum and materials.

This certificate program does not lead to teacher certification.

Certificate Requirements: 15 credits total

9 credits of core classes:

  • LLED 494 – Introduction to Additional Language Teaching and Learning
  • LLED 495 – Curriculum and Materials Design in Additional Language Teaching and Learning
  • LLED 496 – Theory and Practice in Additional Language Teaching and Learning

6 credits of electives from within the Okanagan School of Education’s Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Courses.

For the complete list of courses required to complete the Teaching English and Additional Languages Certificate, see the Academic Calendar.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma programs requires a bachelor’s degree, teacher’s certification, or permission of the Dean of Education. If you wish to enrol in individual courses but are not in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma program, you will require third-year standing as well as permission of the Dean of Education.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit the Student Information Form to begin the application process. For more information please contact postbac.education@ubc.ca, or call 250 807 8203.

Registration

Once your eligibility to register has been established, you will receive an email from Access Studies. Students may then register for each course online via the Student Services Centre (SSC).

Tuition

Students will be assessed tuition and student fees at the prevailing undergraduate rate. Details are available via the Academic Calendar.

Opt-out Information

Students who are enrolled in at least one on-campus credited course are automatically assessed the mandatory U-PASS fee. Students who meet specific eligibility criteria may apply to opt-out of the U-PASS program.

See U-PASS opt-out information for details, including how to request an opt-out form.

All students are automatically enrolled in the UBCSUO Extended Health and Dental Plan. However, if you are covered by a similar plan through work or family (MSP does not count!), you may choose to opt out.

To opt-out of the UBC Health and Dental plan, students must submit an online application.
Note: Select “UBC Okanagan” in the search field on the home page. When redirected you the UBCO plan, navigate on the menu to the right under the ‘Coverage’ section where you fill find details about the opt-out. Please ensure that you have proof of your other coverage.

For more information please contact:

Student Services Coordinator, UBCSUO
Office: University Centre, Room 133
Phone: 250.807.8842
Fax: 250.807.8079
Email: health-dental@ubcsuo.ca

Course Offerings

For a complete description of all courses in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Contemporary Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma program, review the Academic Calendar. The following is meant as a general guide. All courses are subject to change.

 

EPSE 437 (3): Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Behaviour Disorders 
Instructor: Shelley Berg
Delivery method: Online
Dates: September 3 – November 29
Time: No Scheduled Meetings

 

EPSE 465 (3) / LLED 465 (3): Literacy for Diverse Learners in Middle and Secondary Grades 
Instructor: TBA
Delivery method: On-campus
Dates (Saturdays): September 14 & 28, October 5 & 19, November 2 & 23
Time: 9am-4pm

EPSE 421 (3): Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Behaviour Disorders 
Instructor: Colleen Lindsay
Delivery method: On-campus
Dates (Saturdays): January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 14, April 4
Time: 9am-4pm

 

EPSE 466 (3) / LLED 468 (3): Numeracy for Diverse Learners / Language, Literacy, and Numeracy 
Instructor: Jennifer Carter
Delivery method: On-campus
Dates (Saturdays): January 18, February 1, 15 & 29, March 7, April 11
Time: 9am-4pm

General Information

Transfer Credit means academic credit earned at a post-secondary institution other than The University of British Columbia (Okanagan or Vancouver campuses) or through a program other than one offered by The University of British Columbia (Okanagan or Vancouver campuses) for which credit applicable towards the completion of a Course of Study is granted.

Courses permitted for advanced standing or transfer credit must be senior-level university coursework. Transfer courses require approval from the Specialization Program Coordinator and the Dean of Education.

If the courses have been completed prior to entering the Post-Baccalaureate Program, students will need a Letter of Permission (LOP) from the Okanagan School of Education and an official transcript from the originating institution.

Transfer courses must not have been used for credit toward other certificates, diplomas, or degrees.

If the coursework completed was required for a degree, diploma or certificate at another institution, it cannot be used as transfer credit for UBC Okanagan’s Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Maximum Credits

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.

 

Double-Counting Credits

a. Credits earned in Courses of Instruction applicable towards a Diploma Program may also be applied towards a degree program with the approval of Senate, the Faculty or Faculties offering the degree program, or in the case of graduate programs, the College of Graduate Studies, and the Faculty, Faculties or College offering the Diploma Program. Normally, credits must be earned within five years of commencement of the degree program. A request to apply credits completed more than five years prior to the start of a degree program will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Faculty or Faculties offering the degree program or in the case of graduate programs, the College of Graduate Studies. b. Credits that have been applied towards a completed Diploma Program may not be counted towards another Diploma Program.

To respond to professional schedules, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma courses are normally offered in multiple formats including Saturday sessions, online or blended (online and in-person).

 

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 six-year maximum period.

You can enroll in the Certificate Program (15 credits) and following completion of the Certificate can request to enroll in the Diploma Program (30 credits) if you later change your mind.

Email postbac.education@ubc.ca once you’ve completed the program requirements.