Approved teacher education programs
Teacher education programs at B.C. universities are one to two years long. Course work and practicum experience focus on education, competence and professional conduct standards for educators in B.C.
Last updated: August 19, 2021
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The BC Teachers' Council reviews and approves teacher education programs at B.C. post-secondary institutions to ensure that they will produce graduates that meet the standards for educators in B.C.
Framework for program approval and review
Post-secondary institutions and the BC Teachers’ Council use a framework that outlines the processes involved in the review and approval of a teacher education program.
- Teacher Education Program Approval & Review Framework (PDF)
- Process A – New Institution Teacher Education Program Approval (PDF)
- Process B – Changes to an Existing Teacher Education Program Approval (PDF)
- Process C – Ongoing Structured Dialogue (PDF)
- Process D – Maintenance Review (PDF)
- Process E – Exceptional Concerns Protocol (PDF)
The following materials guide approved teacher education programs, and post-secondary institutions seeking approval of a program, through the processes outlined in the Teacher Education Program Approval & Review Framework.
- Teacher Education Program Approval & Review Implementation Guide (PDF)
- Program Assessment Team (PAT) Orientation Guide (PDF, 1.16MB)
- Process A New program application form (PDF, 2MB)
- Process C Structured dialogue report to the BCTC form (PDF)
- Process D PAT report template sample (PDF)
- Process D Program structure template form (PDF)
- Process D TEP self-study template sample (PDF)
Teacher survey - results
In 2014, the BC Teachers' Council conducted a survey of newly certified educators to learn how prepared they felt for teaching in a K-12 classroom. The results of the survey were used to support the BCTC’s review of the Teacher Education Program Approval Standards.