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Education Secondary (Grades 8 - 12): Bachelor Degree


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Prince George

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  • Length
    60 Credits (2 year post-degree, full-time)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $6900 per year (domestic students); $24,400 per year (international students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1600 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • First Professional Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

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 UNBC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by January 15 for program entry in September. 

Verify directly with UNBC.

Application Fee: $35.70 (domestic students); $125 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic

1. Completion of a four-year Bachelor’s degree (at least 120 credit) or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution, with at least a "C+" (2.33) grade point average on the most recent transferable 60 credits at the post-secondary level

2. With the Bachelor's degree, the following is required:

a) six credits of undergraduate English courses with at least a C+ average - this may involve: 

  • three credits of English literature and three credits of English composition; OR
  • six credits of English literature. 

Note: courses in creative, business or technical writing, or communication are not acceptable.

b) three credits in Math (not including Statistics)

c) three credits in 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)

d) three credit hours of Canadian Studies (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

e) 24 credits of undergraduate course work (inclusive of the credit requirements above) in any one of the teachable subjects taught in British Columbia public schools listed below:

  •     Biology
  •     Chemistry
  •     Computer Science
  •     Earth Science
  •     English
  •     First Nations Studies
  •     General Science *
  •     Geography
  •     History
  •     Mathematics
  •     Physics
  •     Social Studies **

Notes:
(*) Applicants 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 (based on submission of course syllabi/outline).

(**) Applicants 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 evaluation 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.

Non-Academic

  • submit the Experience with Children and Youth statement (resume format);
  • submit three Confidential Reference forms;
  • submit a Personal Statement Form;
  • undergo a Criminal Record Check and provide evidence of this check before being considered for admission.

Admission Advice

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

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

3. Admission rankings are determined by a combination of grade point average (GPA), experience with children, personal statement scores, and letters of reference.

4. You are strongly encouraged to contact a UNBC advisor for assistance with navigating the admission process.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, regardless of your citizenship or country of origin, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission in one of the following ways (minimum score):

  • Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission (i.e. within two years of application)
  • Completed high school education taught entirely in English at a recognized institution
  • Completed two full years of full-time post-secondary level studies (or equivalent) at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English 12 (50%) or equivalent in the BC secondary system
  • An university transferable English course (B or 75%)
  • TOEFL internet-based = overall score of 90, with no sub-score less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • TOEFL computer-based = overall score of 230
  • TOEFL paper-based = overall score of 570
  • IELTS Academic = overall score of 6.5, with no subsection below 6.0
  • UNBC English Language Studies 50 (C) and English Language Studies 170 (final grade of 'C')
  • An articulated BCCAT English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 4 program (final grade of 'C')
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition (final grade of 2)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition (final grade of 2)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level) (final grade of 3)
  • MELAB = overall score of 80, with at least 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment = overall score of 70, with no subsection below 60
  • Cambridge English Qualification C1 Advanced (B)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) = overall score of 65, with at least 60 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking 

Note:
1. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from English language requirement for admission. 

2. Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP) has different English proficiency requirements. 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Non-Competitive Entry Programs
Meeting the program-specific admission requirements and the minimum average needed to apply guarantees admission to non-competitive entry program. The admission average is calculated using:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12 or equivalent
  • the next three highest academic Grade 12 courses
  • an additional Grade 12 course (which can be elective or academic) 

Competitive Entry Programs
Meeting the minimum average and course requirements for a competitive entry program does not guarantee admission, as space is limited in each program. A competitive average is established yearly based on that year’s applicant pool. Students above the established average may be offered early provisional admission. After the application deadline, students are admitted on a rolling basis as seats are accepted or declined. Deadlines may be extended based on capacity.

The program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates, including a list of approved BC high school courses in pdf, can be found here.

Out-of-Province

Program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces, including high school course equivalencies for admission, are found here.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UNBC. Use BC Transfer Guide to check course transferability/equivalency of courses completed in BC.

To be considered a transfer student, you need at least15 credit hours of acceptable university-level coursework from a recognized post-secondary institution. For admission, at least a grade point average (GPA) of UNBC 2.0 (63%) calculated on the most recent 30 credit hours of university-level coursework is required. GPA is calculated on the coursework completed for students with less than 30 credit hours but equal to or more than 15 credit hours.

Please refer to UNBC's Transfer Credit web page for details.

 

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 UNBC.

To be considered a transfer student, you need at least15 credit hours of acceptable university-level coursework from a recognized post-secondary institution. For admission, at least a grade point average (GPA) of UNBC 2.0 (63%) calculated on the most recent 30 credit hours of university-level coursework is required. GPA is calculated on the coursework completed for students with less than 30 credit hours but equal to or more than 15 credit hours.

Please refer to UNBC's Transfer Credit web page for details.

Mature Student

UNBC welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate academic potential but does not meet the requirements of the regular admissions routes. For more information on Mature Student admission, please check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Information for other Admission Categories is found here.

These categories include:

  • Mature Student Entry
  • Interest Only (ie-taking courses for credit but not a credential)
  • Special Entry
  • Audit Only (ie-taking courses but not for credit)
  • Studying at UNBC as a Visiting Student
  • Dual High School/University Credit

How to Apply

Click here for more details on How to Apply for admission to UNBC.

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