Teacher Education Programs in British Columbia

There are nine teacher education programs in BC that prepare teachers to teach in the K-12 public school system. The programs range from one to two years and include both theoretical coursework and practical experiences in schools.

The Teacher Regulation Branch is responsible for ensuring that applicants for teaching certificates meet certain standards of qualification and fitness. The teacher education programs must ensure that their graduates meet the Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in BC. The BC Teachers' Council has the responsibility to approve any new teacher education programs proposed in BC.

Approved Programs in BC



Developmental Standard Term Certificate Programs in First Nation Language & Culture


There are also a number of Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) programs in BC restricted to First Nation language and culture studies. Anyone interested in pursuing one of these DSTC programs should check directly with the First Nations Education Office or the supporting university Faculty of Education as not all of these programs are offered every year.


DSTC programs in First Nation Language & Culture (as of January 2014)

DSTC Program Approved Teacher Education Program / First Nations Organization
Carrier (Nak’azdli dialect) University of Northern British Columbia / Carrier Linguistic Society
Gitksan University of Northern British Columbia / Siwiixo’osxwim Wilnatahl Gitksan Society
Halq’emeylem Simon Fraser University / Stò:lõ Nation
Hul’qumi’num Vancouver Island University / Chemanius First Nation
Interior Salish (Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Syilx) Thompson Rivers University / Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Campbell River First Nations Languages (Kwak’walla & Sliammon/Comox) University of Victoria / Campbell River area First Nations
Okanagan University of British Columbia-Okanagan / En’owkin Centre
Ts’msyen Sm’algyax University of Northern British Columbia / Ts’msyen Smalgyax Authority
Nisga’a University of Northern British Columbia / Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Nation