Education (BEd Program)

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Since its inception, the School of Education (SoE) has recognized its unique position in the province and it has attended to the needs of educators in its northern rural and remote schools. The program was designed to reflect the region’s cultural diversity, especially with regard to Aboriginal and Indigenous populations.

The Bachelor of Education program is based on a signature pedagogy focused on People, Place and Land. Teacher candidates graduating from UNBC’s BEd program are equipped to develop their professional voices as educators and leaders. They experience authentic engagement through continuous in situ inquiry with Aboriginal and Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Doing, moving beyond simply learning about Aboriginal Education and Truth and Reconciliation to questioning, exploring, focusing and refocusing how and why this work impacts teaching and learning. Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of Literacy and Numeracy skills across the BEd program as it relates to the K–12 curricula.


BEd Elementary Years (Grades K-7) Stream

Subject to the Ministry of Education BC Teachers' Council (BCTC admission requirements for the Elementary Years stream (Grades K-7), students may apply to enter the BEd Elementary Years stream with, as described in the UNBC Admission Requirements, one of the following:
(a) an acceptable three- or four-year bachelor’s degree;?
(b) a minimum 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework;?
(c) a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (minimum 92 credit hours).?


BEd Degree Completion Program (Elementary Years)

The BEd degree completion program is available to applicants who have completed a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture. The degree completion program consists of an additional 50 credit hours of Education coursework of which 13 credit hours is classroom experience. Students applying for admission under item (c) will be admitted to the BEd Elementary Years degree completion program and must complete the required Education courses not taken as part of the Education Diploma program and sufficient additional credit hours in a teachable field to attain a minimum 150 credit hours of combined academic, Education Diploma and BEd coursework. Upon completion of the four semester BEd program or the two-year BEd degree completion program, students graduate with a Bachelor of Education degree. All Education courses within the BEd degree program and the BEd degree completion program are required. There are no elective courses offered.


BEd Secondary Years (Grades 8-12) Stream

Subject to the admission requirements for the Secondary Years stream (Grades 8-12), students may apply to enter the Secondary Years stream after having completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Commerce degree (120 credit hours) or the equivalent as described in the Admission Requirements. Upon completion of the four-semester continuous BEd program, students graduate with a BEd degree.
UNBC’s BEd program provides students with the coursework and classroom experience to prepare them to be qualified teachers. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are recommended to the Ministry of Education BC Teachers’ Council (BCTC) for professional certification. Certification by the BCTC is required for employment in the British Columbia public school system.

Elementary Years (Grades K-7)

The Elementary Years stream prepares teacher candidates to work with the unique learning needs of children who are beginning their school years. This model reflects current thinking about optimizing the match between educational theory and children’s levels of cognitive and social development. The Elementary Years stream is designed to educate teachers to combine pedagogical excellence across disciplinary areas with a learner-centered approach to practice. Philosophically, the program is designed around constructivist principles. It emphasizes approaches to practice such as inquiry-based learning, strategies for instruction, integration of language across the curriculum, inclusion of diverse learners and perspectives, the development of caring and respectful communities of learners, and reflective practice. Successful applicants to the Elementary Years stream are assigned to a cohort group of students and normally take their Education courses with that cohort group over the two years.

Admission Requirements
Applicants to the BEd degree Elementary Years stream must have completed, with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) on the most recent 60 credit hours of university credit hours, one of the following:

(a) ?? ?an acceptable three- or four-year Bachelor’s degree of which 60 credit hours, including 30 senior level credit hours, must be in Arts, Science, or other teachable fields relevant to the BC School system, or
(b) ?? ?a minimum of 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work, of which 60 credit hours, including 30 senior level credit hours, must be in Arts, Science, or other teachable fields relevant to the BC School system.
Applicants to the BEd degree completion program must have completed a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (minimum 92 credit hours).

Transfer credit for course work relating to the 90 credit hours that have been completed prior to UNBC registration shall not be subject to the ten-year provision in the University Calendar regulation regarding Time Limit for Transfer Credit but shall be determined by the School of Education. In addition to the admission requirements described above, the following requirements must be met (see note following):
  1. Successful completion, with a C+ average, of 6 credit hours of acceptable English literature and composition at any level (one of the following: (a) 3 credit hours of English literature and 3 credit hours of English composition or (b) 6 credit hours of acceptable English literature). Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical or business writing, communication, or English as a Second Language are not acceptable to meet the English requirement.
  2. 3 credit hours in Mathematics (not including Statistics).
  3. 3 credit hours in a laboratory science. Laboratory science credit hours are normally selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, or Physics.
  4. 3 credit? hours of Canadian History or 3 credit hours of Canadian Geography plus 3 credit hours of Canadian Studies (this course must contain significant Canadian content). Credit hours will normally be selected from Anthropology, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Northern Studies, or Political Science courses that contain significant Canadian content (upon review, credit hours from other disciplines may be recognized as meeting the Canadian content requirement).
  5. Submission of the completed application forms including the Experience with Children and Youth statement (resumé format), three Confidential Reference Forms, and the Personal Statement.
Note:? Applicants who do not meet the requirements in items 1-4 above but who otherwise meet the admission requirements may be admitted provisionally to the BEd program with the approval of the Chair if they have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of the required course work.? Applicants admitted provisionally to the program under this section will not be recommended to the British Columbia Ministry of Education, Teacher Regulation Branch for certification until they successfully complete the course work requirements.

Program Requirements?
The Bachelor of Education degree is a 60-credit program offered in five continuous blocks over four semesters. The Third Semester consists of two blocks.

Elementary Years Stream (K-7) (Prince George Campus)

First Semester Block One
EDUC 346-3? ? Aboriginal and Indigenous Education
EDUC 390-3?? ?Classroom Practice and Seminar
EDUC 393-3 Foundations of Education
EDUC 394-3 Pedagogy, Curriculum and Teaching - Theory in Context
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1

Second Semester Block Two
EDUC 391-3??? Classroom Practice and Seminar I
EDUC 397-3 Curriculum and Instruction in the Humanities K-7 using ADST
EDUC 398-3 Curriculum and Instruction in Math and Science?using ADST
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 421-3 Assessment and Motivation
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1

Third Semester Block Three
EDUC 336-3 Inclusive Education: Success for All
EDUC 400-6 Curricular Enactment in Elementary Years with a Focus on Fine Arts, Literacy and Numeracy (EY)
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1

Third Semester Block Four
EDUC 351-3 Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language
EDUC 401-3 Career Education
EDUC 402-3 Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 403-3 Mental Health and Wellness
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1

Fourth Semester Block Five
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1
EDUC 491-6 Summative Practicum

Note:?
1. EDUC 405-3: Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and Portfolio and EDUC 446-3: Aboriginal and Indigenous Education span all four continuous semesters. The student enrolls in EDUC 405- 3 and EDUC 446-3 in the First Semester Block One and the grade is determined in Fourth Semester Block Five.

Elementary Years Stream (K-7) (Terrace Campus)
Year 1: First Semester
EDUC 313-1??? Interpersonal Communication
EDUC 333-2??? Learning Development & Motivation
EDUC 340-2??? Curriculum Development Models
EDUC 346-2??? Introduction to Aboriginal/Indigenous Education
EDUC 356-2??? Language and Literacy: Development (EY)
EDUC 376-2 ??? Numeracy: Math Concepts (EY)
EDUC 380-3??? Foundations of Education
EDUC 390-3??? Classroom Practice and Seminar I

Year 1: Second Semester
EDUC 341-2?? ?Principles of Inquiry-Based Instruction
EDUC 342-2?? ?Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-2?? ?Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language
EDUC 358-3?? ?Language and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Content Inquiry (EY)
EDUC 366-2?? ?Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies (EY)
EDUC 377-2?? ?Numeracy: Instructional Strategies (EY)
EDUC 387-2?? ?Curriculum and Instruction: Science (EY)
EDUC 391-3?? ?Classroom Practice and Seminar II

Year 2: First Semester
EDUC 406-3 ?? ?Curriculum and Instruction: Fine Arts (EY)
EDUC 421-3?? ?Classroom Assessment Practices
EDUC 431-3?? ?Educational Technology
EDUC 435-2?? ?Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms
EDUC 446-2?? ?Aboriginal/Indigenous Education: Epistemology
EDUC 456-2?? ?Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum (EY)
EDUC 490-4?? ?Classroom Practice and Seminar III

Year 2: Second Semester
EDUC 436-2?? ?Learning and Diversity: Learning Disabilities
EDUC 441-3?? ?Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Responsive Education (EY)
EDUC 489-2?? ?Curriculum and Instruction: Physical Education (EY)
EDUC 491-6?? ?Classroom Practice and Seminar IV
Entry route via a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture:
Note: Students entering via this route must have completed, prior to graduation, sufficient additional elective credit hours in a teachable field to attain a minimum 150 credit hours of combined academic, Education Diploma and BEd course work.?

Year 1: First Semester
EDUC 336-4?? ?Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms/Learning Disabilities
EDUC 340-2?? ?Curriculum Development Models
EDUC 376-2 ?? ?Numeracy: Math Concepts (EY)
EDUC 396-2 ?? ?Reflective Seminar
ELECTIVE 1-3?? ?Academic course in a teachable area
ELECTIVE 2-3?? ?Academic course in a teachable area

Year 1: Second Semester
EDUC 357-4?? ?Language and Literacy: Reading and Writing (EY)
EDUC 366-2?? ?Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies (EY)
EDUC 377-2?? ?Numeracy: Instructional Strategies (EY)
EDUC 387-2?? ?Curriculum and Instruction: Science (EY)
EDUC 391-3?? ?Classroom Practice and Seminar II
ELECTIVE 3-3 ?? ?Academic course in a teachable area

* The EDUC 391-3 practicum is required only if it has not been taken previously as a component of the Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture.?

Year 2: First Semester
EDUC 407-4 ?? Curriculum and Instruction: Fine Arts/Physical and Health Education (EY)
EDUC 413-2??? Interpersonal Counselling Skills
EDUC 421-3?? ?Classroom Assessment Practices
EDUC 431-3?? ?Educational Technology
EDUC 446-2??? Aboriginal/Indigenous Education: Epistemology
EDUC 456-2?? ?Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum (EY)
EDUC 490-4?? ?Classroom Practice & Seminar III

Year 2: Second Semester
EDUC 491-6 ?? Classroom Practice & Seminar IV

Secondary Years (Grades 8-12)
The Secondary Years stream is a two-year after-degree program that prepares individuals to teach in grades 8 through 12 in specialty areas. This model reflects current thinking about optimizing the match between educational theory and children's levels of cognitive and social development. The Secondary Years stream is designed to educate teachers to combine pedagogical excellence across disciplinary areas with a learner-centered approach to practice. Philosophically, the stream is designed around constructivist principles. It emphasizes approaches to practice such as inquiry-based learning, strategies for instruction, integration of language across the curriculum, inclusion of diverse learners and perspectives, the development of caring and respectful communities of learners, and reflective practice. Successful applicants to the Secondary Years stream are assigned to a cohort group of approximately 35 students and normally take all of their courses with that cohort group.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the BEd Secondary Years stream must have completed a four-year (minimum 120 credit hours) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution.
The following requirements must also be met:

? A minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) in the most recent 60 credit hours of transferable post-secondary coursework;

? 6 credit hours of English Literature with a C+ average, or 3 credit hours of English Literature and 3 credit hours of English Composition with a C+ average (courses in creative, business, or technical writing or communication are not acceptable);

? 3 credit hours of Mathematics (not including Statistics);

? 3 credit hours of a Laboratory Science—a lab component is not required, but recommended. Laboratory Science credit hours are normally selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physical Geography, or Physics. Upon review, credit hours from other disciplines may be recognized as meeting the Laboratory Science requirement;

? 3 credit hours of Canadian Studies. Canadian Studies credit hours are normally selected from Anthropology, English Literature, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Northern Studies, or Political Science courses containing significant Canadian content. Upon review, credit hours from other disciplines may be recognized as meeting the Canadian Studies requirement;

? 24 credit hours of academic course work (inclusive of the credit hour requirements above) in any one of the teachable subjects taught in British Columbia public schools listed below:
? ? o Biology
? ? o Business Education
? ? o Chemistry
? ? o Computer Science
? ? o Earth Science
? ? o English
? ? o First Nations Studies
? ? o General Science1
? ? o Geography
? ? o History
? ? o Mathematics
? ? o Physics
? ? o Social Studies2;

? Submission of the completed application forms including the Experience with Children and Youth statement, three Confidential Reference Forms, and the Personal Statement.

1Applicants with a teachable area in General Science must have completed the 24 credit hours of academic course work in any combination of Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics courses. Other science courses may be included in the 24 credit hours upon approval.

2Applicants with a teachable area in Social Studies must have completed:
? ?- 3 credit hours of Canadian Studies
? ?- 3 credit hours of Geography
? ?- 3 credit hours of History
? ?- 15 credit hours of one or a combination of the following:
? ? ? ? - Anthropology
? ? ? ? - Economics
? ? ? ? - Geography
? ? ? ? - History
? ? ? ? - Political Science
? ? ? ? - Sociology
? ? ? ? - Coursework in the areas of Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies (of a non-doctrinal nature), Classical Studies, Urban Studies, or Environmental Sciences may be considered upon examination of the course syllabi. Approval must be sought from both the British Columbia Ministry of Education—Teacher Regulation Branch, and the UNBC School of Education.

Applicants to the BEd Secondary Years stream should recognize that the credit levels for teachable subjects meet the British Columbia Ministry of Education—Teacher Regulation Branch accreditation requirements, and may not be equivalent to the formal requirements for a UNBC major or minor. Applicants should refer to the appropriate section of the UNBC Undergraduate Calendar in order to ensure that they are meeting all of the coursework required to successfully complete UNBC degree requirements.

All required coursework must be completed by May 1, prior to commencement of the BEd Secondary Years stream.

Admission to the BEd Secondary Years stream has limited enrolment and is competitive. Satisfying the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Education degree is a 60-credit program offered in five continuous blocks over four semesters. The Third Semester consists of two blocks.


Secondary Years Stream (Grades 8-12)

First Semester Block One
EDUC 346-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education
EDUC 390-3 Observational Practicum
EDUC 393-3 Foundations of Education
EDUC 394-3 Pedagogy, Curriculum and Teaching - Theory in Context
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1

Second Semester Block Two
EDUC 361-9 Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Humanities Part 12
? ? ? ?or EDUC 372-9 Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics and Science Part 12
EDUC 391-3 Experiential Practicum
EDUC 399-3 Integrating ADST as a Pedagogical Stance
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 421-3 Assessment and Motivation
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1

Third Semester Block Three
EDUC 336-3 Inclusive Education: Success for All
EDUC 361-9 Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Humanities Part 22
? ? ? or EDUC 372-9 Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics and Science Part 22
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1
EDUC 490-3 Formative Practicum

Third Semester Block Four
EDUC 401-3 Career Education
EDUC 402-3 Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 403-3 Mental Health and Wellness
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 441-3 Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Responsive Education (SY)
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1

Fourth Semester Block Five
EDUC 405-3 Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio1
EDUC 446-3 Aboriginal and Indigenous Education1
EDUC 491-6 Summative Practicum

Notes:?
1. EDUC 405-3: Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and e-Portfolio and EDUC 446-3: Aboriginal and Indigenous Education span all four continuous semesters. The student enrolls in EDUC 405- 3 and EDUC 446-3 in the First Semester Block One and the grade is determined in Fourth Semester Block Five.
2. Each of EDUC 361-9 Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Humanities or EDUC 372-9 Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics and Science span Block Two (3 credits) and Block Three (6 credits).

Access Initiative

The UNBC School of Education has initiated a program designed to give access to individuals who are members of groups in our society which have historically been under-represented in the teaching profession in British Columbia. In order to achieve this objective, we encourage applicants who have confronted identifiable barriers to post-secondary education to apply under the Access Initiative. All applicants for the UNBC Bachelor of Education Program must submit a Personal Statement. Applicants who wish to apply under the Access Initiative may identify themselves in their Personal Statement Form to be considered under the Access Initiative.

Criminal Records Review

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined above, applications are required to undergo a criminal record review and provide evidence of this prior to being considered for admission. Refer to Undergraduate Regulations and Policies (Academic Regulation #20) in this Calendar.

Admission Decisions

Applications for admission can be obtained from either the Office of the Registrar, or from the School of Education. For further information concerning the application process, please contact either the Office of the Registrar or the School of Education.

Admissions rankings are determined by a combination of GPA, experience with children, personal statement scores, and letters of reference.

Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Elementary Years)

The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture is a minimum 92 credit hour teacher education program that prepares individuals to teach an approved First Nations language and culture at the Elementary Years level.

This program of study has been developed in partnership with the Language Authority for each First Nation. This model reflects the current thinking about building on the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of students to optimize the match between educational theory, children's level of cognitive and social development, and the particular First Nations language and culture. Successful completion of this program of study will lead to a recommendation to the?British Columbia Ministry of Education, Teacher Regulation Branch?that a Developmental Standard Term Certificate in the specific First Nations Language and Culture be granted. The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture is designed to educate teachers to combine pedagogical excellence across disciplinary areas with a learner-centered approach to practice. Philosophically, the program is designed around constructivist principles. It emphasizes approaches to practice such as inquiry-based learning, strategies for instruction, integration of language and culture across the curriculum, inclusion of diverse learners and perspectives, and the development of caring and respectful practice.

Programs of study leading to recommendation for this teaching credential are available for Gitksan Language and Culture, Nisga'a Language and Culture, Ts'msyen Language and Culture, and Dakelh / Carrier Language and Culture.? The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Gitxsan) has been developed in partnership with the Siwiixo'osxwim Wilnatahl Gitksanimx Society.? The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Nisga'a) has been developed in partnership with the Nisga'a Language Authority of Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a (WWN), and is offered at the WWN campus. The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Ts’msyen Sm’algyax) has been developed in partnership with the Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Language Authority and is offered at the Prince Rupert campus. The Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Dakelh / Carrier) has been developed in partnership with the College of New Caledonia and with the Dakelh / Carrier Linguistic Society (Fort St. James) and the Lake Babine Education Authority (Burns Lake) and is offered in Fort St. James and Burns Lake respectively.

Admission Requirements

Students selected for this program of study will be admitted according to the “Undergraduate Admissions” categories, criteria, and processes established by UNBC and specified in the early sections of this Undergraduate Calendar. In addition to the specified entrance requirements, applicants are encouraged to identify their fluency in the specific language (Gitksanimx, Nisga'a, Ts'msyen Sm'algyax, or Carrier language) and their knowledge of Gitksan culture and history,?? Nisga'a culture and history, Ts'msyen culture and history, or Carrier culture and history. Advanced placement in language courses may be considered for speakers who are able to demonstrate their fluency in the language.

There are two points of entry to this program of study:? following the completion of the Diploma in First Nations Language, or concurrently while completing the required First Nations Studies and general academic coursework.? Students must be admitted to this program of study prior to beginning their professional education courses.? The Certificate in First Nations Language, and the Diploma in First Nations Language are described in the First Nations Studies section of the Calendar.

Criminal Records Search

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined for admission to UNBC, applicants are required to undergo a criminal record search and provide evidence of this prior to being considered for admission to the Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (Elementary Years).? Refer to Undergraduate Regulations and Policies (Academic Regulation #18) in this Calendar.

Program Requirements

First Nations Studies Credit Hours:
The required First Nations Studies credit hours can be met by completing a Diploma in First Nations Language.? Students will need to include the following First Nations Studies language, linguistics and culture courses in their program of study:

Language (33 credit hours):?
A First Nations Language: Levels 1-4:
?? ?FNST 131-3?? ??? ?A First Nations Language: Level 1
?? ?FNST 132-3?? ??? ?A First Nations Language: Level 2
?? ?FNST 231-3?? ??? ?A First Nations Language: Level 3
?? ?FNTS 232-3?? ??? ?A First Nations Language: Level 4
??? ?or Gitxsanimx: Levels 1-4:
?? ?FNST 143-3?? ??? ?Gitxsanimx: Level 1
?? ?FNST 144-3?? ??? ?Gitxsanimx: Level 2
?? ?FNST 243-3?? ??? ?Gitxsanimx: Level 3
?? ?FNTS 244-3?? ??? ?Gitxsanimx: Level 4
?? ?or Nisga'a: Levels 1-4:
?? ?FNST 139-3?? ??? ?Nisga'a Language: Level 1
?? ?FNST 140-3?? ??? ?Nisga'a Language: Level 2
?? ?FNST 239-3?? ??? ?Nisga'a Language: Level 3
?? ?FNTS 240-3?? ??? ?Nisga'a Language: Level 4
?? ?or Sm'algyax: Levels 1-4:
?? ?FNST 137-3?? ??? ?Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 1
?? ?FNST 138-3?? ??? ?Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 2
?? ?FNST 237-3?? ??? ?Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 3
?? ?FNTS 238-3?? ??? ?Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 4
?? ?or Dakelh / Carrier: Levels 1-4:
?? ?FNST 133-3?? ??? ?Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 1
?? ?FNST 134-3?? ??? ?Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 2
?? ?FNST 233-3?? ??? ?Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 3
?? ?FNTS 234-3?? ??? ?Dakelh / Carrier Language: Level 4
?? ?or Tsilhqot'in: Levels 1-4:
?? ?FNST 145-3?? ??? ?Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 1
?? ?FNST 146-3?? ??? ?Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 2
?? ?FNST 245-3?? ??? ?Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 3
?? ?FNTS 246-3?? ??? ?Tsilhqot'in Language: Level 4
and
FNST 223-3?? ?First Nations Language Immersion*
FNST 321-3?? ?First Nations Advanced Composition and Conversation, Level 1
FNST 322-3 ?? ?First Nations Advanced Composition and Conversation, Level 2
FNST 324-3?? ?Advanced First Nations Language Immersion*
FNST 325-3?? ?First Nations Language Mentoring*
FNST 421-3?? ?First Nations Song and Poetry
FNST 422-3 ?? ?First Nations Speeches and Stories?
Linguistics (9 credit hours):
FNST 220-3?? ?Introduction to Linguistics
FNST 320-3?? ?The Structure of a First Nations Language
FNST 420-3 ?? ?Developing Language Materials

Culture Studies (9 credit hours):

One of the following:
FNST 161-3 ?? ?First Nations Culture: Level 1
?? ?or Gitxsan: FNST 173-3 ?? ?Gitxsan Culture: Level 1?? ?
?? ?or Nisga'a: FNST 169-3?? ?Nisga'a Culture: Level 1
?? ?or Sm'algyax: FNST 167-3? Tsimshian Culture: Level 1
?? ?or Dakelh / Carrier FNST 163-3 Dakelh / Carrier Culture: Level 1
One of the following:
FNST 162-3 ?? ?First Nations Culture: Level 2
?? ?or Gitxsan: FNST 174-3 ?? ?Gitxsan Culture: Level 2?? ?
?? ?or Nisga'a: FNST 170-3?? ?Nisga'a Culture: Level 2
?? ?or Sm'algyax: FNST 168-3? Tsimshian Culture: Level 2
?? ?or Dakelh / Carrier FNST 164-3 Dakelh / Carrier Culture: Level ??
AND
FNST 217-3 ?? ?Contemporary Challenges Facing Aboriginal Communities
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General Academic Coursework

The required general academic coursework of 18 credit hours can be met with the following courses. (Some of these credits may be completed as part of the Diploma in First Nations Language):
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Professional Education Coursework (Gitksanimx and Nisga'a):

EDUC 333-2 ?? ?Learning Development and Motivation
EDUC 336-4?? ?Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms/Learning Disabilities
EDUC 341-2 ?? Principles of Inquiry-Based Instruction
EDUC 342-2 ?? Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-2??? Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY)
EDUC 356-2? ? Language and Literacy Development (EY)
EDUC 380-3 ?? ?Foundations of Education
EDUC 390-3 ?? Classroom Practice and Seminar I
EDUC 391-3 ?? Classroom Practice and Seminar II
EDUC 392-3?? Classroom Practice and Seminar: First Nations Language and Culture
EDUC 446-2 ?? Aboriginal/Indigenous Education: Epistemology
Professional Education Coursework (Skidegate Haida):

EDUC 333-2 ?? ?Learning Development and Motivation
EDUC 341-2 ?? Principles of Inquiry-Based Instruction
EDUC 342-2 ?? Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-2??? Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY)
EDUC 356-2? ? Language and Literacy Development (EY)
EDUC 380-3 ?? ?Foundations of Education
EDUC 390-3 ?? Classroom Practice and Seminar I
EDUC 392-3?? Classroom Practice and Seminar: First Nations Language and Culture
EDUC 435-2??? Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms
EDUC 446-2 ?? Aboriginal/Indigenous Education: Epistemology

Professional Education Coursework (Ts'msyen Sm'algyax and Nak'azdli Carrier):

EDUC 333-2 ?? ?Learning Development and Motivation
EDUC 336-4?? ?Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms/Learning Disabilities
EDUC 341-2 ?? Principles of Inquiry-Based Instruction
EDUC 342-2 ?? Social Dynamics of Classrooms
EDUC 351-2??? Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (EY)
EDUC 356-2? ? Language and Literacy Development (EY)
EDUC 390-3 ?? Classroom Practice and Seminar I
EDUC 392-3?? Classroom Practice and Seminar: First Nations Language and Culture
EDUC 446-2 ?? Aboriginal/Indigenous Education: Epistemology


Diploma and BEd Academic Regulations
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For the purpose of determining eligibility for recommending a teacher candidate for certification by the Ministry of Education, BC Teachers' Council (BCTC), the minimum requirements include successful completion of the Education program with a Pass (B+) on each Education course. Teacher candidates must receive a Pass in all courses before they are recommended for certification.

The School of Education reserves the right at any time to require any teacher candidate to withdraw from the program if it believes, upon consideration of academic, professional fitness or professional conduct, that the student is unsuitable for the teaching profession.

Regular attendance is expected of all teacher candidates in all courses. An instructor can initiate procedures to debar a teacher candidate from attending classes and from final examinations where unexcused absences exceed three hours of scheduled classes in one term.

If re-admission is approved following required or voluntary withdrawal from a practicum and/or program, the teacher candidate is normally re-admitted on probationary status.

Appeals should first be submitted to the BEd Admissions and Standards Committee. If a teacher candidate is not satisfied with the outcome of that process, the candidate may then file an appeal with UNBC’s Senate Committee on Student Appeals (see “Appeals Process” Academic Regulation 49 under Regulations and Policies). Teacher candidates are not allowed to use 500, or higher, level courses from the Education Program, or any other program to meet degree requirements.

Students who plan to do coursework at other institutions are required to seek prior approval from the Office of the Registrar and the Chair of Education if they wish such courses to be credited toward a BEd degree at UNBC.

Diploma and BEd Teaching Practicum Regulations

Placements

All arrangements for school placements are made through the School of Education.

The School of Education reserves the right to approve or disapprove any school placement for teacher candidates, to place teacher candidates in schools, and to change any placement assigned to a teacher candidate. The teacher candidate must be informed in writing of the reasons for any required change in placement. UNBC bears no?responsibility for the costs associated with a change in placement.

The School of Education is responsible for seeking a sufficient number of school placements to serve the needs of all enrolled teacher candidates. A teacher candidate may be required to withdraw from a Classroom Practice and Seminar course if none of the available schools accepts that particular teacher candidate.

The dates of the practica are made known to the teacher candidates at the beginning of each term. Placement locations are made available as soon as possible after classes have begun.

Expenses

Teacher candidates taking the Classroom Practice and Seminar courses must be prepared to travel to any regional school district. In order to do such travel, teacher candidates should budget for transportation costs as well as other expenses that may be incurred during practica. Practica may be arranged in other selected districts.

Teacher candidates must successfully complete all course requirements in each block to be eligible for the summative practicum in Block Five. These requirements include the completion of core assignments designed to link theory and practice.

Disclosure

The School of Education Program reserves the right to provide information to the principal of a school about a particular teacher candidate in a practicum placement whenever it is deemed necessary for the principal to have the information in order to carry out duties as a principal. The School of Education must inform the principal if concerns have been raised within the Education Program or in a previous practicum placement about a more than usual potential for a negative impact on the quality of the learning and/or working in the classroom and/or school as a result of the presence of the candidate teacher. Whenever there is a notification to the principal, the Chair or designate must inform the teacher candidate in writing of the reasons for the concerns.

Expectations

The expectations of teacher candidates during the practica are published and distributed to all teacher candidates, Practicum Supervisors, and Cooperating Teachers at the start of each year in the Teacher Candidate Handbook. Regular attendance during the practica is required. Teacher candidates are required to notify the school whenever classroom experience appointments cannot be kept and also inform the Chair or designate and the Practicum Supervisor. Teacher candidates are disbarred from the Classroom Practice and Seminar course if they have more than three unexcused absences.

Professional Ethics

All teacher candidates in the program placed in schools for classroom experience are subject to the provisions of the Schools Act, School Regulations, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) Code?of Ethics, and any regulation and/or code of behaviour applicable to teachers and staff in the school. Any teacher candidate may be required to withdraw from a classroom experience for violation of any part of the School Act, School Regulations, the BCTF Code of Ethics, or upon written notice from the school principal or the superintendent in the district where the teacher candidate is placed.

Practicum Supervisors or Cooperating Teachers who refuse teacher candidates’ continued participation in a practicum experience for misconduct or repeated absence must immediately discuss the matter with the Practicum Placement Coordinator, who shall then either inform the teacher candidate of the conditions under which they may resume participation in the practica or inform the teacher candidate that the Chair of Education or Chair’s designate is being advised that the teacher candidate’s performance in the classroom experience is considered unsatisfactory by those responsible for supervision of the practicum experience.

Denial and Withdrawal

Teacher candidates will be denied the practica placement if their preparatory course work is considered to be unsatisfactory (e.g. below “C+” work, or incomplete work) by the Chair or designate.

Teacher candidates may be required to withdraw from a practicum experience if their performance in their school placement is considered to be unsatisfactory by the Chair or designate (based on written assessments by the Practicum Supervisor and/or Cooperating Teacher).

Teacher candidates seeking voluntary withdrawal from a practicum placement, whether permanent or temporary, must receive permission to do so from the Chair of Education. Teacher candidates should make this decision only after careful consideration of the possible impact on their practicum experience-based assignments.

Failure to give appropriate notice of withdrawal during a practicum placement, without consultation and approval of the Practicum Placement Coordinator, and/or BEd?Coordinator, will result in withdrawal from UNBC's Education Program. Teacher candidates who withdraw voluntarily from a practicum placement must notify the Practicum Placement Coordinator in writing at least one week in advance of the commencement of the classroom placement. Teacher candidates who are required to withdraw from a practicum placement must make an appointment to see the Practicum Placement Coordinator and the Chair of Education.

Teacher candidates who have withdrawn for any reason from a Classroom Practice & Seminar course, or who wish to re-enter, or re-take, the course must apply to the BEd Admissions and Standards Committee Chair for re-admission to the course. Teacher candidates should not assume that re-admission would automatically be granted. The number of times a teacher candidate can be re-admitted to Classroom Practice & Seminar courses is limited to once except in cases where there are dire circumstances beyond the teacher candidate's control as set out in the UNBC “Conditions of Academic Standing” (Academic Regulation #48). Teacher candidates will only be re-admitted to a Classroom Practice & Seminar course when, in the opinion of those responsible for the supervision of the previous attempt, there was evidence of significant progress toward meeting the outcomes for the practicum placement. Teacher candidates will not be re-admitted to any single Classroom Practice & Seminar more than once. Teacher candidates will not be re-admitted to a Classroom Practice & Seminar course if they have previously been re-admitted to any other Classroom Practice & Seminar course in any of UNBC's BEd programs.

Part-Time Students in the BEd Program

The Bachelor of Education program at UNBC is a full-time study program.? It is expected that all students registered in this program will be enrolled on a full-time basis.? However, under exceptional circumstances, where students are unable to fulfill full-time study for family, personal, or health reasons, students may be allowed to continue the program on a part-time basis.? Application to continue on a part-time basis must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the School of Education and approved by the Dean of the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences.

BEd Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Education degree the candidate must normally have earned:
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  • a grade of?C+ or better in all Education courses; and,
  • a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+).
  • All teachers, administrators and superintendents employed in the province’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school system must have a valid Ministry of Education teaching certificate. This requirement includes full time, part time and teacher-on-call positions. If you would like to work in a BC public school, you must apply and provide all documentation to the Ministry of Education, Teacher Regulation Branch for a certificate and you must pay an annual practice fee to maintain your certificate.
  • The Teacher Qualification Service: Salary categories for teachers are established by the Teacher Qualification Service upon application, and only when a British Columbia teaching credential has already been granted by the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch. Categories are assigned on the basis of completed years of academic and professional preparation.
  • Procedure and Documentation: Application forms for the British Columbia Ministry of Education, Teacher Regulation?Branch?and the Teacher Qualification Service are available from the School of Education, as well as directly from the agencies or their respective websites?(https://teacherregulation.gov.bc.ca/ and http://www.tqs.bc.ca).
Updated: March 6, 2020