Mentor Teachers

Join a community of educators invested in life-long learning.

The Bachelor of Education program focuses on theory-practice connections, offers extensive practical experience, and fosters professional learning throughout ones’ career. An essential part of our program is our extensive practical experience, offering prospective teachers hands-on experience in the classroom. Our mentor teachers play a very important role in this experience and we are appreciative of all the knowledge and time they share with our candidates.

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in becoming a mentor teacher, we encourage you to submit an expression of interest. Please ensure you speak to your administrator prior to submitting the form

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Field Experience Guide

The guide outlines key details about the field experience program at the Okanagan School of Education. It is intended to serve as a reference for mentors, administrators, faculty advisors, and Bachelor of Education students (year one candidates and year two interns).

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Field Experience Schedule 2021/2022

Intern Mentors

By June 1: Intern mentor partnerships finalized
By June 15: Start-up & contact info sent to intern mentors and administrators
June 15-30: Interns are available to meet with administrators and mentors (if workable at host school)

End of August/Early September: Interns are available to meet with administrators and/or mentors

September 7: Interns are full time at host school

Phase in:

  • Intern will work as a support teacher in mentor’s class and other places in the school. The focus will be on getting to know students and helping to develop the class community.
  • Develop a teaching plan: Teaching responsibilities and schedule co-constructed by the mentor, field advisor and intern.
  • Interns will begin to document their own learning using an online platform
     Initial school visits by field advisors

September 17 (approx.): Overview

Teach/Co-teach: Intern will gradually assume greater teaching/co-teaching responsibilities as determined by the mentor teacher.

  • Teaching/co-teaching responsibilities include planning, preparing, teaching units, lesson sequences, routines and stand-alone lessons. By mid-October, as directed by the mentor and field advisor, interns normally assume a 70-100% teaching load.
  • UBCO field advisor will conduct regular formal observations.
  • Field advisor will support mentor teacher and intern throughout the field experience

By December 3 (Phase out):

  • Intern will complete all assigned teaching and assessment
  • Final report written by faculty advisor in consultation with mentor teacher, intern observer and intern

December 6-10: Transitions days (if required)

Candidate Mentors

By June 30: Candidate mentors identified. Start-up information sent to candidate mentors.

Consultation begins to finalize mentor partnerships

Orientation: Field advisor connects with mentors via classroom visits to learn about class communities and finalize mentor partnerships

Early October: mentor partnerships finalized, candidate information sent to mentors

November: Full-day (Friday) school visits

Candidates will:

  • assume the role of support teacher in the classroom
  • interact with students, as directed by mentor teacher
  • build relationships with students
  • become familiar with participation structures and management techniques used in the classroom
  • complete a teaching plan, outlining teaching responsibilities during the two-week experience, in collaboration with the mentor

December 3: Candidate teaching plans are drafted
December 6-17: Two-week immersive field experience.

Candidates work full time with mentors and will:

  • continue in the role of support teacher in the classroom and in the wider school community
  • continue to interact with students, as directed
  • continue to build relationships with students and staff at the school
  • plan, prepare & teach/co-teach a minimum of three lessons (e.g. planning a community-building activity, leading a routine or developing a mini-lesson, etc.) as directed by the mentor

January 12, 19, 26, Feb 2: Full-day (Wednesday) school visits

Candidates will:

  • continue working in the role of support teacher in the classroom
  • continue to interact with students, as directed
  • continue to build relationships with students and staff at the school
  • complete a Wonder Kid Observation, as directed by field advisor and mentor(s)
  • complete a teaching plan, outlining teaching responsibilities during the 5-week experience, completed in collaboration with the mentor(s)

February 11: Candidate teaching plans are drafted

February 9, 10, 11: Preparation Days

February 14- March 18: 5-week immersive field experience

Candidates will:

  • plan, prepare and teach/co-teach a minimum of two lesson sequences (unit, project, theme). Each should be approximately two to four weeks in duration
  • facilitate various routines and/or stand-alone lessons as directed by the mentor

Tuition Credits

Mentor teachers are eligible for 3.0 UBC Okanagan tuition credits if they host a BEd teacher candidate for immersive field experiences.

Community field mentors are eligible for 1.5 UBC Okanagan tuition credits for hosting teacher candidate(s) during the Community Field Experience in May.

These tuition credits will be issued in the spring and can be redeemed for Okanagan School of Education graduate and post-baccalaureate courses and seminars:

Note: These tuition credits are valid for two years and are not transferable.

Tuition Fee Certificates are given to mentor teachers and community field mentors in credit denominations to be used in lieu of tuition payments for courses offered by the Okanagan School of Education, either undergraduate or graduate (if the chosen course is approved for the student’s UBC Okanagan graduate program).

The Certificates are applied toward tuition costs. Other charges may apply that are the responsibility of the student. Check “Financial Summary” via www.students.ubc.ca/ssc to view the details of the charges. One may opt out of some fees – for more information see current UBC Okanagan Calendar under: Fees>Student and Student Society Fees>Student Fees. A non-refundable registration deposit is required prior to registration in credit courses.

NOTE: Revenue Canada regards these certificates as a taxable benefit. A T4A will be issued mid to late February and downloadable via the Student Service Centre. A T2202A (Tuition and Education Amounts Certificate) will be issued mid to late February and downloadable via the Student Service Centre.

  1. Confirm by email with the Okanagan School of Education Office, education.ubco@ubc.ca that you are interested in using the tuition credits offered
  2. When the time comes, register for the course you are interested in taking.
  3. Email our office – education.ubco@ubc.ca to confirm that you are registered and include name, student number, course number and section number.
  4. We will then send you the official Tuition Fee Certificate with your certificate number, name, student number, course and section number on it, signed by the Director of Undergraduate Programs.
  5. Take your certificate in person or e-mail to Student Services sis.ubco@ubc.ca as proof of payment. Make sure to sign the certificate. They will process your certificate for the credits indicated (keep a copy for your records).
  6. Take and enjoy your course! Thanks again for mentoring a BEd student from the Okanagan School ofEducation.

Note: Please keep your Certificate in a safe place, and note the expiry date. The Okanagan School of Education does not reissue certificates if they are lost or stolen. Certificates are non-transferable and have no cash surrender value.