1) Program Admission Requirements
1. Completion of a four-year (minimum 120 credit hours) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution.
2. Degree requirements include:
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 acceptable 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. 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
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:
- Business Education
- Computer Science
- Earth Science
- First Nations Studies
- General Science *
- Social Studies **
(*) 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.
(**) 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:
- Political Science
- 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.
f) at least a "C+" grade point average on the most recent 60 credits completed
- 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.
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, you may meet the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways (minimum score):
- Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission
- Completed 2 full years of full-time post-secondary level studies (or equivalent) at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction
- A 70% final grade in English 12 or equivalent in the BC secondary system
- A 75% (B) grade in a university transferable English course
- A 2.00 (C ) grade in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 and English Language Studies 170.
- An internet based TOEFL score of 90, with no less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
- An IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any of the four modules
- A final grade of 2 in Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition
- A final grade f 3 in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level)
- A grade of (B) on Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA)
- (no longer listed in 2018/19 calendar; is it still current?) Comparable results to the TOEFL or IELTS requirements in any other recognized English Language Assessment
1. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from English language requirement for admission.
2. Click here for a full list of ways to meet the English language proficiency requirement.
General Admission Requirements (All Students)
English Language Requirement - English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. If your first language is not English, you must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English to participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as complete written assignments. See English Language Requirements for full details.
BC Secondary School (or equivalent)
Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates can be found here
Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces are found here
BC Transfer Student
For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here
Out-of-Province Transfer Student
For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here
For details on Mature Student admission check here
For details on International Student admission 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
For details on How to Apply check here.