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Education - Secondary (Grades 8-12)

University of Northern British Columbia

Faculty:Faculty of Education
Field of Study:Secondary Education and Teaching
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,522
International: $23,010
Careers:Secondary School Teachers


The Secondary program is a two-year after-degree program that prepares individuals to teach in grades 8 through 12 in specialty areas. This model reflects current thinking about optimizing the match between educational theory and children's levels of cognitive and social development. The Secondary program is designed to educate teachers to combine pedagogical excellence across disciplinary areas with a learner-centered approach to practice. Philosophically, the program is designed around constructivist principles, and it emphasizes approaches to practice such as inquiry-based learning, strategies for instruction, integration of language across the curriculum, inclusion of diverse learners and perspectives, the development of caring and respectful communities of learners, and reflective practice. Successful applicants to the Secondary program are assigned to a cohort group of approximately 35 students and normally take all of their courses with that cohort group.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*65
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    In addition to the entry requirements described above, the following requirements must be met (see note following):
    Successful completion, with a C+ average, of six (6) credit hours of acceptable English literature and composition at any level (one of the following: (a) three (3) credit hours of English literature and three (3) credit hours of English composition or (b) six (6) credit hours of acceptable English literature). Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical or business writing, communication, or English as a second language are not acceptable to meet the English requirement.
    One of the following:
    One teachable major and one teachable minor, or
    Two (2) teachable minors, or
    One teachable major
    Submission of the completed application forms that include the Experience with Children and Youth statement, three (3) Confidential Reference Forms, and the Personal Statement.
    Submission of the completed application forms that include the Experience with Children and Youth statement, three (3) Confidential Reference Forms, and the Personal Statement.
    Note: Applicants who do not meet the English requirement in item 1 above but who otherwise meet the admission requirements may be admitted provisionally to the BEd program with the approval of the Chair. Applicants admitted provisionally to the program under this section will not be recommended to the British Columbia Ministry of Education - Teacher Regulation Branch for certification until they successfully complete the English requirements.

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    Additional Admission Requirements:
      Applicants to the Secondary program must have completed, with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) on the most recent 60 credit hours of university credit hours completed, a four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Commerce degree (120 credit hours) or the equivalent (i.e., a three-year Bachelor's degree with a teachable major plus 30 additional approved university credit hours) with a minimum of 90 credit hours in Arts, Science, or Business Administration or in other teachable fields relevant to teaching in the BC School system. The remaining credit hours may come from any discipline.

      * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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