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The HEART (Helping Ease Access for Returning Teachers) program supports teachers who need to recertify or acts as a refresher program for teachers who have been out of the classroom for a period of time.  This EDUC 406 option within Professional Programs is a one-semester program including a 2-week orientation and preparation time on campus followed by an extended practicum in a BC public school.  This program offers educators an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the BC school system, to update teaching skills, and to acquire certification from the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB). 

Prospective students who have let their certificate lapse must contact the TRB to see if this program is right for them.

Please note: there are limited spots available in the HEART program each semester.

Who can apply?

  • Teachers whose BC certificate has lapsed and are looking to be recertified.
  • Teachers who are interested in updating their credentials in order to obtain a recent teaching report.

HEART Application Deadlines

  • September 15 for the spring semester
  • February 15 for the fall semester

HEART is offered in the fall and spring semesters only and space is limited.  

Supervised Observation and Teaching – EDUC 406

Education 406 is designed for those who need to meet BC certification requirements. It is a supervised orientation/observation/teaching sequence of approximately ten weeks, in a BC public school. This practicum is designed as an opportunity to familiarize students with the British Columbia school system and update their teaching skills. EDUC 406 is not applicable toward the credit requirements for a degree or diploma, i.e. not counted in total units. Grading will be on a pass/withdrawal basis. Prerequisite: Permission will not be given to students without previous teaching experience. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.