The Standards for Educators communicate to certificate holders, letter of permission holders and the public 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 outline the requirements of the profession and provide the foundation 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 to 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.
There are two sets of standards for conduct and competency. The standards that apply to an educator depend on the type of certificate the educator holds:
Established by the British Columbia Teachers' Council for individuals who hold a certificate of qualification.
Note: The BC Teachers’ Council is currently reviewing the Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in BC. Read more about the review process.
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 local community standards may not be a breach of the regulatory standards of conduct and competence set for independent school teaching certificate holders.
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