Education: Elementary and Middle Years

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Learn to teach all subject areas in the elementary and middle school curricula: Kindergarten to Grade 8, including Core French. While the particular theme or approach varies in each cohort, the courses are the same for all teacher candidates, with each cohort and instructor tailoring the courses in unique ways.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Why this program?

  • Learn together in cohorts organized by a particular theme or pedagogical approach.
  • Learn how to promote self-regulated learning by involving students in making choices, controlling challenge, evaluating learning, and collaborating with peers.
  • Professional learning and development is supported throughout the program, including professional learning sessions with special guest educators.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Education
  • Degree: Bachelor of Education
  • Length 11 mos
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

UBC’s BEd degree is globally recognized, and open to international students. The Elementary and Middle Years option prepares pre-service educators for the varied contexts in elementary and middle schools with a special emphasis on self-regulated learning for teaching students aged 11 to 14 years.

Teacher candidates who successfully complete the requirements for the BEd Elementary and Middle Years program are recommended to the BC Teacher Regulation Branch for a professional teaching certificate. UBC’s BEd degree is globally recognized, and the program is open to international students.

Experiential learning


All UBC teacher candidates participate in an inquiry seminar in each of the three terms on campus, developing the habit of asking critical questions about their pedagogical decisions and practices.


The practicum includes a full day in schools each week starting in September or October, followed by a two-week school placement in November, which is also the setting for the 10-week extended practicum in the spring.

The teaching practicum is an exciting part of the Bachelor of Education program because it is the time when teacher candidates put theory into practice alongside an experienced teacher.

Community Field Experience (CFE)

Following successful completion of a school-based extended practicum, all teacher candidates participate in a three-week Community Field Experience.

Some field experiences take place in a school context that is very different from the extended practicum site, and others take place in non-school-based contexts such as museums, science centres, environmental ed camps, Indigenous communities, daycares, and more.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Teacher candidates gain firsthand knowledge experiencing the benefits of outdoor learning, place-based learning, and social and emotional learning as students at UBC's beautiful Vancouver campus. The Faculty of Education's sterling reputation and strong ties to local and rural school districts and over 240 community partners in the Lower Mainland positions teacher candidates for success.

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Your future

Many UBC BEd alumni go on to teach in local public and independent schools, while others decide to venture beyond BC’s Lower Mainland to teach in rural or international locations. The concept of an educational setting is far reaching, and many alumni find careers in non-school-based contexts (i.e. arts organizations, science centres, non-profit organizations, etc.). UBC BEd alumni include the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Juno-nominee and children’s entertainer Will Stroet, along with multiple school administrators, writers, and leaders in education.

Program graduates

  • Teacher, Richmond School District
  • Teacher, Vancouver School Board
  • Teacher, Hassenbrook Academy, UK
  • Teacher, Changchun American School in China
  • Teacher, Mulgrave School
  • Special education assistant, St. Patrick Regional Secondary
  • Special education assistant, St. Patrick Regional Secondary