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Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE) Program


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Dawson Creek

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    City of Dawson Creek
    Fort St. John

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    City of Fort St. John
  • Length
    4 semesters (16 months)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $4,000 Year One; Verify directly with SFU
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2500 - $3000 Year One
  • Credential Granted
    Certificate
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

    The Northern Lights College campus location(s) for instruction are to be determined. All students should be prepared to do some travel between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out NLC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted directly to SFU. Applications are open from October 1st to January 15th. 

All applicants must submit official transcripts by January 31st showing completed and in-progress courses. In-progress courses that are required for admission must be completed by August 31. 

Verify directly with SFU.

Application Fee: SFU Application: $81 (domestic students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic

1. One of:

  • completion of NLC's Associate of Arts Degree (AHCOTE)
  • completion of at least 60 university-level credits that include coverage in designated subject areas (these credits must be transferable to SFU and approved by SFU's Faculty of Education); or
  • completion of a degree from an accredited university
2. In addition to the above, AHCOTE's admission requirements vary based on your interest in teaching at the elementary or secondary level:
  • For admission to the Elementary AHCOTE program, you need:
    • GPA 2.5+ (calculated on approximately last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework)
    • 6 credits of English (at least 3 credits of English literature)
    • 3 credits of First Nations studies  
    • 3 credits of Canadian History
    • 3 credits of Canadian Geography
    • MATH 190 (Principles of Mathematics for Teachers) or equivalent
    • 3 credits of laboratory Science
    • Meet SFU's literacy requirement
    • Meet SFU's quantitative requirement
  • For admission to the Secondary AHCOTE program, you need: 
    • Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university (at least 120 credits)
    • GPA 2.5+ (calculated on approximately last 60 units of undergraduate coursework)
    • 1 major or 2 minors in teachable subject area(s)
    • 6 credits of English (at least three credits of English literature)
    • 3 credits of First Nations studies
    • Meet SFU's literacy requirement
    • Meet SFU's quantitative requirement

Non-Academic (for all applicants)

  • Experience working with children or youth, or helping others learn (it is strongly encouraged that you spend time observing or volunteering in BC schools) 
  • Participation in a suitability interview (for shortlisted candidates)

Admission Advice (for all applicants)

1. Admission is competitive. Application process includes a review of academic performance, prerequisite completion, experience in a classroom setting, and an interview.

2. During the online application process, applicants will be asked to select their grade-level preference (elementary-level v.s. secondary-level). While most applicants generally have a single preference, you can select a second preference if you meet the elementary and secondary requirements. Visit SFU program website for details on application process. 

3. Applications are accepted from October 1st to January 15th. All applicants must submit official transcripts by January 31st showing completed and in-progress courses. In-progress courses that are required for admission must be completed by August 31. 


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy NLC's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Each program has its own admission prerequisites and English language requirements. Program-specific English language requirements for NLC's programs are detailed separately in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Program Search Database.

Domestic students (and students from English-speaking countries) applying to NLC's undergraduate-level programs must meet one of the following:

  • English 12 (B)
  • English Studies 12 (B)
  • English Literature (B)
  • English First Peoples 12 (B)
  • English 050 (B)
  • English 099 (B)
  • one university-level English course (C)
  • complete the NLC Writing Assessment for appropriate course placement
For international students applying to NLC's undergraduate-level programs , including students who received their secondary education in another language other than English, must meet one of the following:
  • IELTS = overall score of 6.0 or higher, with no band less than 6.0*
  • TOEFL iBT = overall score of 78
  • Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) = 60 overall band
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) = 8 in each section
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) = 57
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) = 76
  • CambridgeMichigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) = 69
  • NLC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 060-level Certificate
  • An English course at the post-secondary level (C)
  • completion of a post-secondary credential that is assessed as equivalent to a similar program from a reputable Canadian institution with its own appropriate English Language requirement
  • complete the NLC Writing Assessment for appropriate course placement
Note (*): If you meet the English proficiency requirement using an IELTS score and have a writing band of 6.0 or less, you are required to complete NLC English 099 with at least a "B" grade in your first semester at NLC.

Verify with NLC directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Admission into all programs at NLC is based on the order in which applicants successfully complete all admission requirements for the individual program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for Northern Lights College (NLC) in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

Many programs have a maximum number of seats available therefore, you are encouraged to apply early and complete any requirements.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who are applying for admission to Northern Lights College must meet one of the following:

Academic and Career Programs - You must have one of the following:

  • Completion BC secondary school or equivalent
  • Be lacking no more than two courses from BC secondary school graduation (if available, these must be completed while attending the college)
  • Be accepted by special arrangement in view of your experience, maturity or ability

Academic Upgrading Programs - one of the following:

  • Be at least 17 years old and have been out of school for at least one year
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Receive special admission for entry

Vocational and Dual Credit Programs - You must:

  • Completion of Grade 10 is required for most programs. However, some programs require Grade 11 or 12 with specific prerequisite courses (detailed in the program profiles for NLC in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database)
Verify details with NLC directly.

Out-of-Province

Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who are applying for admission to Northern Lights College must meet one of the following:

Academic and Career Programs - You must have one of the following:

  • Completion BC secondary school or equivalent
  • Be lacking no more than two courses from BC secondary school graduation (if available, these must be completed while attending the college)
  • Be accepted by special arrangement in view of your experience, maturity or ability

Academic Upgrading Programs one of the following:

  • Be at least 17 years old and have been out of school for at least one year
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Receive special admission for entry

Vocational and Dual Credit Programs - You must:

  • Completion of Grade 10 is required for most programs. However, some programs require Grade 11 or 12 with specific prerequisite courses (detailed in the program profiles for NLC in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database)

Verify details with NLC directly.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at Northern Lights College (NLC). The BC Transfer Guide allows you to check on the transferability of your courses taken at another BC post-secondary institution.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Application Form. A detailed course description/outline may also be required before credit can be evaluated. For more details, please contact a NLC academic advisor.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at Northern Lights College (NLC). 

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Application Form. A detailed course description/outline may also be required before credit can be evaluated. For more details, please contact a NLC academic advisor.

Mature Student

For admission purposes, a mature student is one who is over the age of 19 years, and who has been out of school for at least one year. Adults are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet specified admission prerequisites, given that other factors (such as maturity and work experience) may be considered.

If you do not meet minimum educational requirements for a desired program, you may enter Career and College Preparation (Upgrading) programs to upgrade your skills for the program of your choice. Students must provide official secondary school or post-secondary transcripts to indicate successful completion of admission prerequisites for programs.

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Not Applicable

 

How to Apply

For details on applying to Northern Lights College, please check here.

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