Familiarization Program

Introduction to the BC K-12 School System & Professional Standards for Educators 

Next offering (April 3-June 12, 2024) will be hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC).

For more information and registration, visit: https://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/bc-school-system/

Delivery method:
Online
Applications open:
October 30, 2023
Applications close:
December 18, 2023
Next start date:
January 2024

Applications closed

For teachers new to B.C.! An introduction to the B.C. K-12 school system and professional standards for educators.

COURSE OVERVIEW

DESIGNED FOR

This non-credit online course is required for individuals who hold teaching credentials issued outside of the province of British Columbia (BC) and who are seeking their Certificate of Qualification in BC (via the BC Ministry of Education and Child Care, Teacher Regulation Branch).

In order to take this course, individuals must first have received their Conditional Certificate of Qualification from the Ministry. 

COURSE STRUCTURE

  • 11 weeks
  • Online delivery with instructor
  • Combination of 6 asynchronous and 5 synchronous sessions
  • Non-credit course

COURSE INTAKE

JANUARY 2024

  • Tuesday cohort  (January 16 - April 9, 2024)
  • Thursday cohort  (January 18 - April 11, 2024)

COURSE DESIGN & SCHEDULE

COURSE DESIGN

Over 11 weeks, through synchronous and asynchronous engagement, students will explore the educational landscape in B.C., including the professional standards for B.C. educators and the B.C. curriculum.

By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the B.C. Curriculum and the Professional Standards for B.C. Educators through the creation of a professional action plan. This action plan will enable participants to reflect on and articulate who they are and who they can become in light of the expectations for teachers in British Columbia, providing them with a path forward.

COURSE SCHEDULE

TUESDAY COHORT: JanUARY 16 - April 9

Synchronous online classes on January 16, February 13, March 5, April 2, April 9 (4:30 - 6:30 PM)

THURSDAY COHORT: JanUARY 18 - April 11

Synchronous online classes on January 18, February 15, March 7, April 4, April 11 (4:30 - 6:30 PM)

Note: No classes during Spring Break.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Participants must attend all synchronous sessions. For these sessions, participants must have access to a computer with a functioning microphone and camera, as on-camera presence will be required throughout the sessions to verify attendance.

For the asynchronous, or self-paced, portion of the course, participants are expected to engage in their learning team and submit all learning tasks in a timely manner.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Participants will be assessed a final recommendation of ‘Complete’ or ‘Incomplete’ (i.e. there will be no final letter or numeric grade).

Participants who receive a recommendation of ‘Complete’ will be issued a letter of completion. This letter will also be forwarded to the BC Ministry of Education and Child Care, Teacher Regulation Branch.

Participants who receive a recommendation of ‘Incomplete’ may attempt the course again when next offered, either at SFU or another offering institution.

INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM

QUESTIONS?