Date came into force or revised
Effective January 9, 2012
All educators in British Columbia, including teachers, principals, vice-principals, superintendents, and other educators must have a Ministry of Education teaching certificate to qualify for work in B.C.’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 education sector.
Rationale or purpose of policy
Educators are certified in British Columbia only when they have the necessary academic qualifications, teaching experience and personal characteristics required to work with children. Interaction between educators and students has a great impact on children's intellectual, emotional and physical development. Educators in the K-12 public and independent school systems in B.C. must be well-educated and prepared for the responsibility they share with parents to raise strong, healthy and informed citizens.
- Section 30 of the Teachers Act (PDF) covers the issuance of a certificate.
- Section 35 of the Teachers Act (PDF) covers the issuance of a letter of permission.
Policy in full
- http://www.bcteacherregulation.ca/documents/AboutUs/BylawsPolicies/bylaws.pdf (PDF)
Procedures related to policy
The following are links to documents or web pages that set out required procedures for teacher certification:
- Becoming a Teacher in B.C.
- Overview of the Application Process for Graduates of a B.C. Teacher Education Program
- Overview of the Application Process for Graduates of a Canadian Teacher Education Program Outside of B.C.
- Overview of Eligibility Requirements for International Graduates
- Applying for a First Nations Language Teaching Certificate
- Overview of the Application Process for an Independent School Teacher Certificate
- Applying for a Letter of Permission
- B.C. Offshore Schools
- Previously Certified Teachers