Program Approval

The BC Teachers' Council (Council) reviews and approves new teacher education programs, or changes to existing programs, proposed by post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. They are reviewed with an eye to ensuring that programs produce graduates that will meet the standards for educators in BC. It is also the Council's role to regularly review existing programs to ensure that they continue to meet required standards.


Process for Program Approval

The Council, in consultation with the Association of BC Deans of Education, is currently developing a formal process for the review and approval of changes to existing teacher education programs and of proposals for new teacher education programs.In the interim, the Council has established an Interim Teacher Education Program Review Committee (the Committee), and the following review process is in place:


  • Interim Teacher Education Program Approval Process: The BC Teachers' Council uses this interim process for the receipt of and response to proposals for new or existing teacher education programs. The Interim Teacher Education Program Approval Process information sheet provides all interested parties with a clear understanding of the process that the Council takes when considering a proposal. Access the information sheet.

  • Interim Teacher Education Program Review – Proposal Components: The Committee suggests that any proposal for a new teacher education program or for changes to an existing program include a variety of components. View the suggested list of components.

  • Interim Teacher Education Program Review – Report to the Council: When considering proposals for new or existing teacher education programs, the Committee will review the content against the suggested proposal components and complete a report form for the Council's consideration. This form outlines the criteria being used by the Council in its decision making. View the Report to Council form.