Overview of the Eligibility Requirements for Graduates of a BC Teacher Education
The information in this section applies to you if you are completing or have recently
completed a teacher education program at a BC university.
To teach in BC's kindergarten to grade 12 public education sector, you must apply
to the Teacher Regulation Branch for a Ministry of Education teaching certificate.
We will evaluate your application to determine if you qualify for certification
in BC. We will assess your:
- academic record, including teacher education training and subject area studies
- teaching experience, and
- fitness to teach (that is, whether your moral character makes you suitable to work
If you have not completed a teacher training program, you will need to do so before
applying to us for a Certificate of Qualification. Please see
Teacher Education for a list of BC universities that offer approved
programs leading to certification.
The following are some basic requirements for certification through the BC Ministry
of Education Teacher Regulation Branch:
BC grade 12 diploma or its equivalent
You must have completed the equivalent of a BC grade 12 diploma. We consider the
following to be equivalent to a BC grade 12 diploma:
- Ontario: Grade 13
- Quebec: A DEC after two years of CEGEP is considered equivalent to a BC grade 12
diploma and one year of post-secondary education.
- British education system: Completion of "O" levels and at least two "A" levels.
"A" level coursework with a grade of A or B is considered equivalent to six credits
of first-year university level coursework
You must have completed four years (120 credits) of post-secondary studies and a
degree or its equivalent. Within these studies, we will look for coursework that
meets our academic requirements and teacher education requirements.
All public school teachers in BC, regardless of subject area or level, are required
to have completed 6 credits of coursework in English literature and composition.
If you completed all of your post-secondary studies in French, you must have completed
6 credits of coursework in French literature and composition.
Secondary school teachers must have completed at least 24 credits of coursework
in one of the following acceptable subject areas:
First Nations Studies
Elementary school teachers must have completed 30 credits of general coursework
in areas related to the BC elementary curriculum. These 30 credits must include
- 3 credits of Canadian studies
- 3 credits of mathematics and
- 3 credits of science.
The science course must be in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental
science, geology (earth science and/or ocean science), physics or physical geography.
Trades teachers can qualify for a restricted Trades Certificate if they hold
a trades qualification issued or recognized by the BC Industry Training Authority
in a trade that has a minimum of three levels of technical training and a minimum
of 5 years of journeyperson work and/or trades teaching experience. Trades teachers
must also meet the English coursework requirement and teacher education coursework
Teacher education studies
You must have completed a teacher education program consisting of at least 48 credits
of education courses and classroom teaching experience. This is equivalent to approximately
1.5 to 2 years of full-time study. This could include a degree or diploma in education,
or teacher training courses that you completed within an academic degree.
The program must include studies in the areas of:
- human development and learning
- educational foundations (history, philosophy, sociology)
- curriculum and instruction
- diagnosing and providing for students with special needs and
- evaluation and testing.
The BC teacher education program you completed must have been approved by the British
Columbia Teachers' Council to lead to certification to teach in the elementary and/or
secondary public school system in BC.
Once we have completed our evaluation, we will send you a letter describing the
courses or program you need to complete before you qualify for a certificate. You
can appeal our decision if you believe there are additional factors that we should
consider that were not described or included in your initial application.
You may still qualify for a teaching certificate, even if you have not completed
all of these requirements. In some cases, we will grant you a temporary teaching
certificate. You can upgrade the temporary certificate to a permanent certificate
by finishing the remaining coursework while you teach. We will send you a letter
describing the courses you need to complete once we have finished evaluating your
Proficiency in English or French
To teach in BC, you need to be proficient in English. You must be able to read,
write and speak English at an advanced level. If you teach in French or are planning
to teach with the French education authority of BC (le Conseil scolaire francophone
de la Colombie-Britannique), you need to be proficient in French.
Fitness to teach
You must be a person of a good and moral character. We evaluate your suitability
(or what we call "fitness") to teach based on some of the documents you must submit
as part of your application. These include:
- confidential character reference forms
- final practicum reports
- the criminal record check results we receive from the Ministry of Public Safety
and Solicitor General
- in some cases, the results of a fingerprint search through regional and/or national
Ready to apply?
Please review the Standards for Educators,
the application process and
the required application documents.
Then, create your online account in the Applicants'
Area and submit your application.