University of Northern British Columbia

Education - Elementary (K-7)

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Program Information

School:University of Northern British Columbia
Faculty:Faculty of Education
Field of Study:Elementary Education and Teaching
Description: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 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 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
URL:Education - Elementary (K-7) at University of Northern British Columbia
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $23,010
Careers:Elementary School Teachers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*65
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    The following requirements must be met (see note following):

    Successful completion, with a C+ average, of six (6) credit hours of acceptable English literature and composition at any level (one of the following: (a) three (3) credit hours of English literature and three (3) credit hours of English composition or (b) six (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.
    Three (3) credit hours in Mathematics (not including Statistics).
    Three (3) credit hours in a laboratory science. Laboratory science credit hours are normally selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, or Physics.
    Three (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).
    Submission of the completed application forms including the Experience with Children and Youth statement, three (3) 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.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      Applicants to the BEd degree Elementary program must have completed (with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) on the most recent 60 credit hours of university credit hours completed) 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 ninety (90) credit hours of undergraduate course work, of which sixty (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.

      Please visit the Undergraduate Calendar at: for further information.

      * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on January 27, 2022