Customized Short-Term Non-Credit International Education Programs
The Office of International Education collaborates with international partner educational institutions and organizations to offer customized short term, non-credit international education programs for groups of teachers, student teachers and educational leaders.
Programs are designed to best reflect the educational and cultural contexts of the participating groups, the majority of whom request courses in the teaching of English as a Foreign or Additional Language (TEFL/TEAL).
The format normally includes workshops, seminars, discussion sessions, presentations, school visits, field trips, cultural events, enrolling 16 to 22 participants for 2 to 6 weeks.
International Teacher Education Module (PDP-ITEM)
Part of the Faculty's highly acclaimed Professional Development Program, the International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) was established in 1996 as a way to develop pre-service education students' global perspectives. The ITEM module focuses on the theme of "internationalization" of education, and allows student teachers to examine -- in an international setting -- the issues and challenges for teachers and students in BC schools where diversity, global education, English-as-an-additional-language and intercultural communication have become critical and integral components of classroom life and the curriculum. Current ITEM sites include Mexico and India.
Professional Qualification Program (PQP)
The PQP is a 12-month program located in the lower mainland. This program supports teachers who have previous teaching experience or qualifications from outside Canada to enter the teaching profession in BC. Prospective students need to first contact the BC College of Teachers to have their credentials evaluated.
International and Global Education (Undergraduate Minor Program)
This minor provides opportunities to explore an interdisciplinary, experientially based approach to International and Global Education so that appropriate learning experiences can be created and infused in any given elementary and secondary course.