As the regulator for approximately 68,000 certified educators in British Columbia, the Teacher Regulation Branch is directed through legislation to enforce standards for educators.
The standards communicate to certificate holders, letter of permission holders and the public a description of the work of educators - what they know, what they are able to do, and how they comport themselves as they serve the public. The standards provide the foundation and stability on which educators can grow, articulating both the values and characteristics that distinguish their work.
In order to be issued a teaching certificate, Section 30 of the Teachers Act requires that a person meet certain standards, in respect of a certificate of qualification or independent school teaching certificate. Applicants must also be of good moral character and otherwise fit and proper to be issued a certificate of qualification or an independent school teaching certificate.
The public and independent school systems are legislated by two different statutes, therefore; there are a slightly different set of standards for conduct and competency. The two sets of standards are as follows:
Established by the Independent School Teaching Certificate Standards Committee for individuals who hold an independent school certificate.
It should be noted that independent schools and their communities may have developed particular codes and standards of conduct that serve their particular educational philosophy or community standards. Breach of such local community standards may not be a breach of the standards of conduct and competence for independent school teaching certificate holders.
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