Approved Teacher Education Programs

Teacher education programs at B.C. universities are one to two years long. Course work and practicum experience focuses on education, competence and professional conduct standards for educators in B.C.

Check with each institution to find out more about admission requirements.

First Nations language and culture programs

Some institutions offer a Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) program in First Nations language and culture studies. Not all programs are offered every year – check with the institution for more information.


University of Northern British Columbia

Dakelh / Carrier College of New Caledonia, Dakelh / Carrier Linguistic Society, Lake Babine Education Authority
Gitksan Siwiixo'osxwim Wilnatahl Gitksanimx Society
Nisga’a Nisga'a Language Authority of Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a
Tsimshian Sm’algyax Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Authority

University of Victoria

Klahoose, Homolco, Sliammon North Vancouver Island / W’SANEC
Kwak’wall / Liq’walla Campbell River area

University of British Columbia-Okanagan

N'syilxcen (Okanagan) En’owkin Centre

Thompson Rivers University

Secwepemcstin, Nla’kapmuxcin, Státimcets Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Program Approval

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.

Proposals for a new program or changes to an existing program should include the following elements:

  • Introduction/program history
  • Program mission statement
  • Program consultations process
  • Program goals/strengths
  • Course sequence & descriptions
  • Monthly sequence of classes
  • Full course syllabi
  • Admission requirements/withdrawals/appeals
  • Program delivery/class size & structure/practicum requirements
  • List of faculty & staff with credentials
  • Faculty scholarly research
  • Library resources review
  • Program review & evaluation
  • List of reference
  • Applicable appendixes