Certificates and Diplomas
|Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL)||Certificate||
|Language and Literacy Education||Certificate||15 credits|
|Inclusive Education||Certificate & Diploma||15 / 30 credits|
|Early Learning||Certificate & Diploma||15 / 30 credits|
* Length of completion is dependent on the individual student. Students may complete the courses as available in sequence, or take the required number of courses within a maximum six-year period.
Both the Faculty of Education's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 credits) and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (30 credits) programs are designed for professional educators who want to develop their expertise and advance their careers. Successfully completing the certificate or diploma requirements in one of these four program areas means you will acquire critical skills needed in schools and districts in Canada and beyond.
These programs are designed to work around your needs. You may continue your regular working schedule and complete all courses required for your certificate or diploma.
These certificate and diploma programs do not lead to teacher certification. However, if you are a teacher, they can lead to a category upgrade with the Teacher Qualification Service.
Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL)
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.
Certificate Requirements: 9 credits (core), 6 credits (electives); 15 credits (Total)
- 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
More information is available on the TEAL certificate webpage.
For the complete list of courses required to complete the Teaching English and Additional Languages Certificate, see the Academic Calendar.
The Inclusive Education program is 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. The Certificate and Diploma will appeal to B.C. certified graduates who are currently employed as, or who wish to become, Learning Assistance Teachers or Resource Teachers. This program will also appeal to classroom teachers who wish to create inclusive environments in their instructional practice.
Program Requirements: 15 credits (certificate), 30 credits (diploma).
- 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 to complete the Inclusive Education Program, see the Academic Calendar.
Additional links to resources can be found on the Inclusive Education Resources webpage.
Language and Literacy Education (certificate only)
The Language and Literacy Education program is 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.
Certificate Requirements: 15 credits (certificate).
- 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 to complete the Language and Literacy Education Program, see the Academic Calendar.
Early childhood is a critically important period for establishing strong foundations for life-long learning and wellbeing. The Early Learning Certificate/Diploma provides 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. The program will 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.
The Early Learning Certificate/Diploma program responds to a number of British Columbia Ministry of Education Initiatives such as Full-Day Kindergarten, Strong Start B.C. and Ready, Set, Learn.
Certificate Requirements: 15 credits (certificate), 30 credits (diploma).
- 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 required to complete the Early Learning Program, see the Academic Calendar.
Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma programs requires a bachelor's degree, teacher's certification, or permission of the Dean of Education. Students wishing to enrol in individual courses but who are not in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma program require third-year standing as well as permission of the Dean of Education.
Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit
Courses permitted for advanced standing or transfer credit must be senior-level university coursework, and must be similar in concept with the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma specialization. Transfer courses require approval from the Specialization Program Coordinator and the Dean of Education. 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. Transfer courses must not have been used for credit toward other certificates, diplomas, or degrees.
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.
Supporting students from diverse language backgrounds
Finding synergies between literacy and diversity; philosophy, research and practice.
For a complete description of all courses in the Early Learning Program, Inclusive Education Program, Language and Literacy Education Program, Teaching English and Additional Languages, see the Academic Calendar.
The following is meant as a general guide. All courses are subject to change.
2019 Summer Session
TERM 1 (April to June 2019)
EPSE 470C (3): Developmental Disabilities
Instructor: Monica Lloyd
Delivery method: On campus
Dates (Saturdays): April 6 & 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22
TERM 2 (July to August 2019)
See courses offered through our Summer Institute in Education.
2019-2020 Winter Session
TERM 1 (September to December 2019)
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
Delivery method: On-campus
Dates (Saturdays): September 14 & 28, October 5 & 19, November 2 & 23
TERM 2 (January to April 2020)
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
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
How to Apply
Please complete and submit the Student Information Form to begin the application process. Applications are currently being accepted for the Inclusive Education Certificate/Diploma, the Language and Literacy Education Certificate and the Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) Certificate. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250.807.8203.
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).
Students will be assessed tuition and student fees at the prevailing undergraduate rate. Details are available via the Academic Calendar.
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.
Health and Dental
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
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Can I register for the certificate program and make a decision later about completing the diploma?
Yes. Once a student has completed 15 credits, they can apply for the certificate by emailing email@example.com. At that time, students may also request to enroll in the diploma program.
2. Can I take just one course at a time and then bridge into the certificate?
A student may take one or as many courses as they like; however, students should be enrolled in the certificate program by the time they take their last certificate course.
Note: Students who are enrolled in one of our post-baccalaureate programs have earlier registration dates than those students who are not officially enrolled in a program (i.e. Unclassified/Access Studies Students).
3. How long do I have to complete the diploma?
Students have a maximum 6 years to complete the diploma.
4. If a student wanted to complete the program at a faster rate, would UBC Okanagan accept transfer credit from other universities?
You may transfer up to six acceptable credits for the certificate and up to twelve acceptable credits for the diploma. If you have not yet completed the coursework, a Letter of Permission (LOP) is required to confer that the coursework will be transferable to the specific UBC Okanagan Post-Baccalaureate Program.
The courses must be senior level university coursework in the same area of study as the UBC Okanagan Post-Baccalaureate Program.
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.
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.
5. I have applied for my Masters at UBC Okanagan, would this course count as an elective towards it?
Students can bring elective credits at the 400 level into the MEd program with approval from their graduate supervisor and the Director of Graduate Programs within the Faculty of Education.
6. Do I walk across the stage to accept my certificate or diploma?
No. While completing a certificate or diploma at UBC Okanagan is a great accomplishment, you will not participate in a convocation ceremony.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250.807.8203.
Last reviewed 6/10/2019 8:48:58 AM