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

DSTC Program Partner Organization Approved Teacher Education Program
Dakelh / Carrier College of New Caledonia, Dakelh / Carrier Linguistic Society, Lake Babine Education Authority University of Northern British Columbia
Gitksan Siwiixo'osxwim Wilnatahl Gitksanimx Society University of Northern British Columbia
Klahoose, Homolco, Sliammon North Vancouver Island / W’SANEC University of Victoria
Kwak’wall / Liq’walla Campbell River area University of Victoria
Nisga’a Nisga'a Language Authority of Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a University of Northern British Columbia
N'syilxcen (Okanagan) En’owkin Centre University of British Columbia-Okanagan
Secwepemcstin, Nla’kapmuxcin, Státimcets Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Thompson Rivers University
Tsimshian Sm’algyax Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Authority University of Northern British Columbia