The Teacher Updating program offers qualified applicants the opportunity to update their teaching credentials and to become familiar with recent pedagogy and curricular developments in British Columbia schools.
Teachers updating for certification in British Columbia are enrolled in a 30 credit, post-baccalaureate Diploma in Education program that includes curriculum and pedagogy courses, plus teaching practica.
The courses and practicum are specific to either the Elementary or the Secondary option, as determined by the needs of the applicant. Courses for this Diploma in Education are established and will also incorporate the needs and background of the applicant; therefore, an individual evaluation is first required. Diploma in Education programs require successful completion of 30 credits of 300-400 level courses and practica. Courses are planned with the Program Coordinator in the Teacher Education Office.
Candidates admitted to the program join current courses in the Bachelor of Education program. Practicum placements are matched to grade-level preference and previous experience. The Teacher Updating Program is open to qualified teachers who are Canadian citizens and/or to Permanent Residents. Upon successful completion, participants are eligible for graduation and will receive a Diploma in Education. Students must apply to graduate.
Introductory school-based visits and participation: 1 day per week between January – March
Curriculum & Pedagogy and other Education courses: January to March
Extended Practicum: Beginning in late March — normally 10 weeks duration (subject to evaluation by Faculty of Education)
Curriculum & Pedagogy and other Education courses: September to December
Introductory Two Week Practicum: October (classes suspended)
Extended Practicum: Beginning in February, the Extended Practicum is normally 10 weeks duration (subject to evaluation by Faculty of Education).