Standards for B.C. Educators

The standards for educators were developed by the BC Teachers' Council and the Independent School Teaching Certificate Standards Committee to:

  • Establish commonly held standards of practice and conduct that help to guide teacher education, practice and ongoing professional growth
  • Communicate to the public the standards that educators hold
  • Establish a regulatory framework that guides the Ministry of Education and other decision makers in decisions related to teacher education programs, certification, fitness to practice and discipline of certified teachers

Standards guide the practice, conduct and competence of B.C. teachers

For educators with a Certificate of Qualification

For educators with an independent school teaching certificate

Independent schools and their communities may have developed specific codes and standards of conduct that serve their educational philosophy or community standards. Breach of these standards may not also be a breach of the regulatory standards for conduct and competence.

Review of the standards

From 2016 through 2018, the BC Teachers' Council engaged with and reviewed feedback from certificate holders, teacher candidates, education partners, students, parents, and the public. The BCTC has updated the Standards, now called the Professional Standards.

Questions and case studies

Educators and the public can use questions and case studies related to the Standards to help guide an understanding of how the Standards may be applied.

Read more about the questions and case studies below.


A series of questions and short case studies were developed to focus on critical aspects of each Standard. These can be used to develop frameworks to discuss and apply the Standards from scholarly and practical perspectives. Student teachers, professors, certified teachers and others are encouraged to develop additional questions based on their experience and understandings to promote further discussion.


People may wish to use the questions for different purposes. University instructors may wish to use the questions to initiate discussion among students or to relate the Standards to their assessment of students. Certificate holders may use the questions to help guide professional development decisions or to engage in ethical, philosophical or pedagogical issues that attend to the Standards. Members of the public may use the questions to help them understand the complexities of the role of teachers.

Each Standard has a description and questions. There is also a general section for questions related to the concept of standards. For example, Standard 1 (Educators value the success of all students. Educators care for students and act in their best interests) identifies a number of big ideas related to the overarching notion of caring for students.

If you have feedback regarding the Standards or the questions, please contact us by using the feedback form.