The BC Teachers' Council reviews and approves new teacher education 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. Existing programs are reviewed to ensure that they continue to meet those
Process for Program Approval
The Council, in consultation with the Association of BC Deans of Education, is currently
re-developing the process for the review and approval of changes to existing teacher
education programs and of proposals for new teacher education programs.
TRB Review and Assessment Process: The first stage of the process is the
Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) Review and Assessment Process. The TRB, which provides
administrative support to the Council, is available to liaise with teacher education
programs considering program development to provide advice and respond to enquiries
about the Council program approval process. The Council also forwards queries or
notifications from teacher education programs about intended program additions or
changes to the TRB for initial reviews, and to provide summary reports to the Council.
The TRB Review and Assessment Process uses a defined series of steps to manage the
process in a clear and consistent manner. Please note: the TRB is not mandated to
approve teacher education program requests. Under the Teachers Act, the Council
alone is authorized to approve new teacher education programs or changes to existing
programs. Read the
TRB Review and Assessment Process.