Qualified teachers who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for our Teacher Updating Program. This program offers the opportunity to update teaching credentials while becoming familiar with recent developments in British Columbia schools.
Candidates admitted to this program take course work alongside Bachelor of Education teacher candidates. Practicum placements are matched to grade-level preference and previous experience. Upon completion of this program, candidates will hold a UBC-conferred Diploma in Education – Curriculum and Instructional Studies.
This program is designed for professionals wishing to acquire new skills or to build on their current knowledge base regarding adult learning. The Diploma in Adult Learning and Education is particularly appropriate for those who do not want to pursue a graduate degree but are interested in developing skills and knowledge in organizing, conducting, evaluating or administering programs for adult learners. Typical students range from business people to government workers to healthcare professionals to community organizers to independent consultants and other professionals whose practice, in some way, includes designing and running learning experiences for adults.
Early childhood (birth to age 9) is widely recognized as being a critically important period for establishing strong foundations for learning and wellbeing throughout life. Early childhood professionals thus have a tremendous responsibility in creating optimal learning environments, assessing children appropriately, and designing learning experiences to foster children’s development and learning.
The Guidance Studies Diploma offers teachers and other professionals background information and basic skills and concepts in school guidance work. It is intended for those who wish to do guidance work (excluding individual and group counselling) in elementary and secondary schools. Those desiring a position in a school system are required to be qualified teachers. One letter of reference is required for admission. This program can be completed on a full or part-time basis.
Note: The Diploma in Guidance Studies is not a graduate program.
This Health Education program is designed for educators currently working in health education programs in school and non-school settings. Applicants should have at least two years work experience and may choose a program emphasis on education in either school or non-school settings.
This Diploma may incorporate the Certificate in Health and Wellness.
The Diploma Program aims to provide additional professional and academic guidance to ID and SCC consultants, to raise their skill and knowledge levels beyond the introductory level, to enhance their level of practice, and to assist them in providing leadership. The Diploma that is awarded at the completion of the 10-course program is a terminal credential, which means that the credits earned cannot be applied to another University degree. Students must complete the Diploma program within 5 years of their acceptance.
The Diploma in Language and Literacy Education is an in-service program for teachers and administrators who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge of curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation for diverse types of school populations. It encompasses the various aspects of Language and Literacy Education, including: oral and written communication, reading, children’s and adolescent’s literature, drama, English education, French education, and modern languages education. Students may choose either to focus on a particular aspect of language and literacy education, to select a variety of courses from among the various areas of language arts, or a combination of the two.
A minimum of one year’s teaching experience is strongly recommended.
Participants in the Mathematics Education program will gain experience in and subject expertise and knowledge of the teaching of mathematics at the school level. The program is open to teachers and professionals in related areas.
ECPS offers a number of courses leading to a Diploma in Special Education. The coursework allows for specialization in a variety of areas within the field of Special Education.
The Diploma in Special Education does not require B.C. Teacher Certification for Admission.
UBC offers a 30-credit Diploma in Education – Teacher-Librarianship. This diploma meets all the course recommendations of the Canadian School Library Association. Students have the option to complete their Diploma entirely online.
The Diploma in Education – Teacher-Librarianship offers flexibility in course selection. Students are encouraged to take the required courses in any order, and at their own pace. All 30 credits must be completed within five years from the commencement of the first applicable course. If students begin their coursework as an unclassified student, they may advance their UBC coursework to a maximum of 18 credits (or, if a student has studied outside of UBC, 12 appropriate non-UBC credits) into their Diploma program. Please note that any transferred credits must also be within the five year limit.
The Diploma in Education (TESL) is for teachers interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages in B.C. schools (if candidates already possess a valid B.C. teaching certificate), in adult community or academic settings, or overseas.
The prerequisite to the Diploma in Education (TESL) is a minimum of one year’s teaching experience. The program requires 30 credits of approved core and elective courses.
The Technology Studies Diploma in Education program is designed to allow teachers of technology subjects to focus on new or established areas of curricular significance in order to enhance their knowledge of existing curricular topics and to develop new areas of curriculum. The diploma requirement is 30 post-baccalaureate credits, and its flexibility makes it a viable option to the masters program. The difference between the two is that in the diploma program students can take 12 credits of senior–level technical courses from BCIT, Emily Carr, or other design and technical institutions.
The diploma program in Visual and Performing Arts in Education may be just the kind of cross-disciplinary or integrated approach you have been looking for. It is designed to achieve breadth in the arts by offering combinations of art, dance, drama, and music courses.
Diploma students opting for a Visual and Performing Arts in Education program complete courses from three of the four arts disciplines.
Within UBC’s overall program in art education, is a faculty commitment to ongoing in–service for art teachers. Whenever possible, practicing teachers are encouraged to upgrade their expertise and qualifications by returning to UBC for additional courses.
Students enrolled in the Art Education diploma must complete 18 credits of courses in art education at the 300/400 level, with the remaining 12 credits chosen from any 300/400 level approved courses in the Faculties of Arts and/or Education.
The Diploma in Education sub-specialization in Integrating Technology through Education and Culture is offered through the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy subject areas: Computing Studies and Technology Studies Education Programs.
The iTEC program provides an opportunity for teachers to have hands-on experiences with educational technologies and technology-based learning. Students will work with emerging forms of digital media, technologies, and learning management systems, social media, and communication networks. Students will have opportunities to teach and learn in formal (public and private K–12 schools) and informal (museums, centers, community–based institutions) educational venues to improve their understanding and practices in the pedagogical uses of information and communication technologies (ICT) within face-to-face, mixed-mode, and online-distance education settings.
This program focuses on established and emerging digital media and educational technology perspectives and practices for the purpose of both enhancing your knowledge of existing educational technology curriculum issues and developing new areas of inquiry specific to your interests and situation.
A 30 credit Diploma in Education – Curriculum and Instructional Studies will enable teachers to explore new fields of curricular or instructional study or to further their studies in a field of interest for professional purposes. It permits students to focus primarily on curriculum questions or on instructional questions, or to work in both areas.
Home economics teachers are in high demand in BC and Canada. Whether you are a home economics teacher who wishes to further your specialization expertise, or you are a qualified teacher who wishes to add a specialization in home economics, the Home Economics Diploma in Education program can assist you.
The Diploma in Education is a 30 credit post-degree program designed to help teachers extend and deepen their knowledge of theory and pedagogy related to the teaching of home economics in schools. Teachers who complete their diploma may apply to the Teacher Qualification Service for a qualification upgrade.
The Physical Education specialization is designed for elementary teachers who wish to extend their knowledge of curriculum and instructional aspects of kindergarten, primary, and/or intermediate level physical education. This program will benefit teachers who are developing their own class curricula and teachers wishing to become resource persons for physical education at a school or district level.