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Bachelor of Education Degree Requirements

Timeframe to Complete

The Bachelor of Education program is an intensive, 16-month program. B.Ed. students are encouraged to complete the program within 16-months; however, B.Ed. students whose program is interrupted normally have four years from first registration in which to complete the requirements of the program. B.Ed. students whose program is interrupted for any reason are required to provide evidence that the conditions set at the time of the interruption have been met. The conditions may include additional and/or repeated coursework.

Reinstatement or readmission is not automatic (see Reinstatement and Readmission for more information).

B.Ed. students who fail to complete all requirements of the Bachelor of Education program within the four year period may not be allowed readmission. In such cases, B.Ed. students may submit a new application for admission and, if admitted, will receive no credit for courses completed previously. See Readmission for more information.

Part Time Students

The Bachelor of Education program is an intensive, 16-month program. Because of the integrated nature of the coursework, a part-time study is not possible.

Generalist Program

The Bachelor of Education is a generalist program where B.Ed. students learn through exposure to a variety of pedagogies and through extended practicum and other field experiences. While the majority of the required courses are the same for both program pathways (‘Teaching Children’ and ‘Teaching Adolescents’), B.Ed. students will often be grouped within these courses and during experiential components according to the level they aspire to teach. B.Ed. students will also be able to personalize their programs and potentially specialize further through their choice of elective courses during the Summer Institute and through their selection of community field experience (EDUC 442).

Given the generalist nature of the B.Ed. program, no specialization or pathway will be indicated on the transcript or parchment.

Program Overview

The B.Ed. program requires B.Ed. students to complete 60 credits:

  • 54 credits of core courses including practicums and community field experience
  • 6 credits of Okanagan School of Education’s Summer Institute electives.

The program spans 16 months beginning mid-August of Year 1 running continuously for 16 months with completion in late December the following year. Most of the courses and practicums are run sequentially one after the other.

For the specific course structure and schedule, see B.Ed. Course Structure and Schedule for Students Entering the Program in 2017/18 or Later

Completion of this program meets the requirements for the UBC Okanagan campus B.Ed. degree and the requirements of the Ministry of Education Teacher Certification Branch for a Professional Teaching Certificate.

First Year

The first year starts mid-August with a required Orientation and ends in mid-August the following year.

Winter Term 1 (Year 1)
Orientation (required)
EDUC 403 (6) Becoming a Scholar practitioner
EDUC 440 (3) Field Experience: Literacies and Numeracies in Action
EDUC 431 (6) Developing a Pedagogical Stance
Winter Term 2
EDUC 436 (5) Developing Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Educational Purposes, Policies and Practices Part 1
EDUC 441 (5) Field Experience: Formative Practicum
EDUC 437 (5) Developing Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Educational Purposes, Policies and Practices Part 2
Summer Term 1
EDUC 442 (5) Community Field Experience
EDUC 438 (4) Educating for the Whole Person
Summer Term 2
Summer Institute in Education (6): Complete elective courses that focus on personalized professional learning goals.
Scholar-Practitioner Inquiry Conference

Second Year

The second year starts mid-August directly after completion of Year 1. The second year ends with the program completion in late December of the same calendar year.

Winter Term 1 (Year 2)
EDUC 444 (15) Field Experience: Final Practicum/Internship
Program Debrief (required)

Taking Non-UBC Okanagan Courses While Registered in the BEd Program

The Okanagan School of Education must ensure the professional competency of its B.Ed. graduates; therefore, most courses must be completed at the UBC Okanagan campus.

B.Ed. students are advised to seek academic advising prior to registering in courses outside of UBC Okanagan that they wish to apply to their B.Ed. degree.

B.Ed. students require a letter of permission from the Okanagan School of Education before registering to take a course at any other academic institution to apply credit.

On completion of the course, B.Ed. students are responsible for submitting an official transcript to have the credits assessed and applied to their degree.

Please refer to the Okanagan School of Education website for information about the guidelines and procedures for taking a non-UBC Okanagan courses while registered in the BEd program.

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