The Teacher Education Office (TEO) supports a number of initiatives to assist teacher candidates in starting their careers after graduation.
TEO provides the New Teacher Career Fair for BEd teacher candidates in January each year.
This is BC's largest teacher recruiting event. At the fair, teacher candidates have the opportunity to meet
and present themselves to recruiting officers from BC school districts, officials from school districts in other provinces and territories, and international recruiters seeking teachers for a variety of countries.
Students: visit UBC's Career Services website to register and find out more.
Employers: if you are interested in participating, please visit Career Services.
TEO maintains a job posting notice board on the Main Floor of the Centre Classroom Block in Scarfe. Job descriptions and contact information is included in the postings.
Local and international career opportunities are posted on regularly on the Teacher Education Office blog: blogs.ubc.ca/teachereducation.
Check out teaching jobs in BC through Make a Future.
Dr. Anthony Clarke, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia, and 3M National Teaching Fellow, offers insight into how you might apply your BEd degree in other exciting settings:
While many people see education as primarily preparation for early childhood, elementary, or secondary school teaching—this is particularly true for the Bachelor of Education degree—a degree in education, undergraduate and graduate, can lead to other career paths.
For example, graduates from education have positions in human resources, project coordination, event management, aid organizations, etc., where skills in human interaction and leadership are essential, and also the ability to take initiative and be innovative are valued.
A knowledge of education is useful in many volunteer or service organizations that require oversight and planning such as community recreation, life skills support, and environmental organizations. Employment opportunities exist in government organizations, volunteer organizations, and para-professional organizations.
– via studentawards.com, a website partnered with the 3M Canada National Teaching Fellowship that allows students to access professors from across Canada
During the BEd program, information sessions are organized by various instructors featuring school board human resource personnel who present information on how to make effective applications for teaching positions.
The job market for teachers is a competitive one as it is for other career areas. Individuals seeking teaching positions should consider a number of elements to make themselves competitive. Obtaining a degree or teaching certificate is not a guarantee of a job – you have to earn a position through active research and initiative. Consider the following when planning your strategy:
During the year, representatives from school districts and international recruiting agencies visit to present short seminars describing opportunities and information on how to apply.
Annually, the Teacher Education Office arranges for representatives of the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) and the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) to visit campus and address teacher candidates. Sessions occur near the conclusion of the BEd program, and teacher candidates are informed as to how to apply for certification and given opportunity to ask questions about special circumstances. The process of applying for certification is the beginning of professional standing; therefore, all teacher candidates are expected to attend the meeting arranged for their particular program option.
Many students when preparing for a career in teaching will ask teacher education admissions officers for information as to which specializations will lead to a job.
We can tell you for certain that there are teaching shortages with jobs available in the following areas: