AHCOTE

Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education

Method of delivery:
In-person
Applications open:
October 1, 2022
Applications close:
January 31, 2023
Next start date:
September 2023

Get all the information you need to apply for the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE). AHCOTE admission requirements vary based on whether you want to be an elementary or secondary teacher.

Admission Requirements

During the application process, you will be asked to select your grade-level preference. While most people generally have a single preference, you can select a second preference provided you meet the requirements for both Elementary and Secondary.

General Requirements - All Applicants

Recommended Experience

  • Before applying to the AHCOTE, we recommend that you gain experience (volunteer or paid) working with children or youth at the age level you wish to teach
  • This may include, but is not limited to, spending time volunteering or observing in B.C. schools and classrooms
  • Given the current situation with COVID-19, we recognize that recent volunteer experience in schools and other educational settings may be limited or difficult to obtain

SFU UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

SFU LITERACY REQUIREMENT

  • All AHCOTE applicants must meet SFU's English Language requirement. Visit the SFU Undergraduate Admissions English Language requirement website for more information.
  • To enroll in EDUC 401W & 402W or to declare the BEd 2nd degree you must meet the SFU Literacy (FAL) requirement. Direct enrollment in a W course requires a higher grade than SFU's English Language admission requirement. See option (a) under "Direct admission from Grade 12" or "Admission by college or university transfer" on the SFU Curriculum Initiative website.

SFU Quantitative REQUIREMENT

  • All applicants to SFU degree programs must meet SFU's Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement. There are many ways to meet the quantitative requirement. Visit the SFU Undergraduate Admissions Quantitative requirement website for more information.
  • To declare the BEd 2nd degree you must meet SFU's Foundations of Academic Numeracy (FAN) requirement for direct enrollment in a Quantitative (Q) course. Direct enrollment in a Q course requires a higher grade than SFU's Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement for admission. See option (a) under "Direct admission from Grade 12" or options (a) and (b) under "Admission by college or university transfer" on the SFU Curriculum Initiative website.
  • If you do not meet the SFU English Language requirement or Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement prior to application to the AHCOTE, we strongly suggest you complete an acceptable university or college level W or Q course with a grade of C- or higher

NORTHERN LIGHTS COLLEGE (NLC) ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

  • All AHCOTE applicants must be admissible to NLC. For the September intake, you must apply to NLC by January 31. See NLC Admissions for details.          

Teacher Certification REQUIREMENT

  • To teach K-12 in B.C. schools, student teachers must meet the teacher certification requirements set out by the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) of the B.C. Ministry of Education
  • In some cases, the AHCOTE's requirements may be higher than the TCB's. This is because the AHCOTE is designed to prepare teachers for the challenges of K-12 schooling in B.C., while the TCB’s must also consider inter-provincial certification.

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK

  • Once accepted into the program, you must clear a Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
  • This must be done through SFU Student Services. If you have been convicted of a criminal offence, you should contact the TCB for clarification of your status before applying to a teacher education program.

Elementary Admission Requirements

Completed before applying to the AHCOTE:

  • GPA 2.5+ (approximately last 60 units of undergraduate coursework)

Also complete one of the following:

  • NLC’s Associate of Arts Degree (AHCOTE)
  • A recognized Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • A minimum of 60 university-level units that include coverage in designated subject areas (units must also be transferable to SFU and approved by SFU’s Faculty of Education) must be in-progress or complete at time of application (January).

Completed before starting the AHCOTE (by August 31):

  • 6 units of English (including a minimum three units of English literature)
  • 3 units of First Nations studies
  • 3 units of Canadian History
  • 3 units of Canadian Geography
  • MATH 190 (Principles of Mathematics for Teachers) or equivalent
  • 3 units of laboratory Science
  • SFU literacy requirement
  • SFU quantitative requirement

Prerequisite Courses

  • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting AHCOTE. Applicants may submit their AHCOTE applications providing official transcripts by January 31 showing your prerequisite courses still in-progress (providing they are completed by August 31)
  • For a list of accepted prerequisite courses offered at SFU and other B.C. post-secondary institutions, refer to the Chart of Acceptable Courses

Experience

  • Before applying to the AHCOTE, you should have demonstrable experience working with children or youth, or helping others learn
  • We strongly recommend that you spend time observing or volunteering in B.C. elementary schools

Deadlines

  • For the September (Fall) intake, submit AHCOTE applications online between October 1 and January 31 at 4:00 p.m.
  • You may start the online application form and work on it over time. However, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Interview Process

After reviewing your application, we will invite potentially suitable candidates for an interview. The interview allows the Admissions Committee to learn more about you and determine your candidacy for AHCOTE. Only short-listed applicants are contacted for an interview and the interview does not guarantee an offer of admission to AHCOTE.

Secondary Admission Requirements

Completed before applying to the AHCOTE:

  • GPA 2.5+ (approximately last 60 units of undergraduate coursework)

Completed before starting the AHCOTE (by August 31):

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum 120-unit degree)
  • 1 major or 2 minors in teachable subjects (see list below)
  • 6 units of English (including a minimum three units of English literature)
  • 3 units of First Nations studies
  • SFU literacy requirement
  • SFU quantitative requirement

Prerequisite Courses

  • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting AHCOTE. Applicants may submit their AHCOTE applications providing official transcripts by January 31 showing your prerequisite courses still in-progress (providing they are completed by August 31)
  • For a list of accepted prerequisite courses offered at SFU and other B.C. post-secondary institutions, refer to the Chart of Acceptable Courses

BACHELOR'S DEGREE

  • You must have a completed Bachelor's degree before starting AHCOTE.
  • Applicants may submit your AHCOTE application with your degree still in-progress (providing that it is completed by August 31)

Teachable Subjects

Secondary applicants must have a major or two minors in the following subjects:

In the AHCOTE, Theatre, Dance, Computing Science and Physical Education (Kinesiology) are considered to be teachable minors and must be combined with another teachable subject.

Majors and Minors

The exact requirements for majors and minors vary by university and department. For the purpose of admission into PPS programs majors and minors units are defined as follows:

  • A major is approximately 42 units: 12 to 18 units of lower division coursework (100 & 200 level courses), plus approximately 28 to 30 units of upper division coursework (300 & 400 level courses), all in one subject 
  • A minor is approximately 30 units: 12 to 15 units of lower level coursework, plus approximately 14 to 18 units of upper division coursework all in one subject.

Refer to the SFU Calendar for the specific major and minor requirements. Not all university majors and minors translate into teachable subjects in B.C. secondary schools.

Experience

  • Before applying to the AHCOTE, you should have demonstrable experience working with children or youth, or helping others learn
  • We strongly recommend that you spend time observing or volunteering in B.C. elementary schools

Deadlines

  • For the September (Fall) intake, submit AHCOTE applications online between October 1 and January 31 at 4:00 p.m.
  • You may start the online application form and work on it over time. However, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Interview Process

After reviewing your application, we will invite potentially suitable candidates for an interview. The interview allows the Admissions Committee to learn more about you and determine your candidacy for AHCOTE. Only short-listed applicants are contacted for an interview and the interview does not guarantee an offer of admission to AHCOTE.

Tuition & Costs

Tuition 2022/23

SFU Supplementary Fees

Simon Fraser University assesses the Student Services/Recreation-Athletics fee, the student activity fee and the U-Pass BC fee to all eligible students in each term of enrollment.

More information

How to Apply

Follow this step-by-step guide to apply for the AHCOTE program.

Simon Fraser University has a Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct (S10.01 Policy o), which applies to this application. Applications with falsified, misleading, plagiarized, or ghost-written materials will be removed from the competition.

AHCOTE Application Deadlines

General Application Deadline: The AHCOTE application deadline for the September (Fall) intake is January 31 at 4:00 p.m. (PST)

Review Important Information

Review the admission requirements, deadlines, and application samples

  • Review AHCOTE Admission Requirements
  • Review the application timeline and process as shown on the AHCOTE Application Instructions to make sure you will have all your materials together in time
  • Review the AHCOTE Application Evaluation Process to understand how your application will be evalutated
  • Review our PDP Application Samples to understand how to be successful at creating your own application. These examples are specifically designed for PDP applicants and as such, the educational backgrounds and work experience may differ. However, AHCOTE and PDP application components are very similar and you may find referring to the examples useful as you prepare your AHCOTE application.

Prepare your application

Request academic transcripts

Due to the high volume of transcripts being received, the PPS Admissions cannot confirm receipt of transcripts. We will email you if your transcripts have not been received once you have submitted your application. It can take up to two weeks after submission for your file to be updated.

Submit an official transcript from every college and university that you've attended, including withdrawals, incomplete, failed, repeated studies and attendance as an exchange student.

We cannot review your application if any transcripts are missing.

  • SFU students do not need to order their SFU transcripts, as we have access to those records
  • The PPS Admissions office does not accept electronic (XML/EDI) transcripts as our computer system is not compatible with receiving electronic transcripts. SFU Undergraduate Admissions does accept electronic transcripts. Check the Student Services website for details.
  • We will accept emailed transcripts sent directly from the post-secondary institutions to our office. Have them sent directly to pps_transcripts@sfu.ca from the institution.
  • You must include original transcript(s) for College Board - Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or any transfer credits (i.e. exchange program and college transfer) where applicable
  • Order ALL transcript(s) to be sent directly from the issuing institution to both the PPS Admissions office and the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office to be received by JANUARY 31

Reminders:

  • You must submit official transcripts from institutions where you are currently taking courses
  • If your transcript does not show degree conferral, you must submit a letter from an academic advisor at your institution confirming your degree will be complete prior to the start of AHCOTE (August)

Do not drop documents off in-person. Transcripts should be mailed directly from the post-secondary institution to the PPS Admissions office at:

PPS Admissions, Faculty of Education
Education Building, Room EDB 8630
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
778-782-4129

The deadline for your transcripts to arrive at the PPS Admissions Office is January 31.

TIP: If you are requesting transcripts from institutions outside of B.C., you should start this step as far in advance of the deadline as possible.

Create your resume

Your resume should include your contact information, education, work and volunteer experiences and any honours, awards, special talents, skills or training. It should:

  • Be no longer than two single-sided pages
  • Be detailed, but in an outline rather than a narrative form
  • List the length of time you were in each position, the number of hours you worked or volunteered in the position, and your duties

We highly recommend that you spend time observing/volunteering in K-12 classroom(s) in British Columbia before applying. Such visits, along with a conversation with the teacher(s) afterwards, can help you decide if teaching is a profession you wish to pursue. It may also help you craft your resume to show how your experiences thus far will help you in the pursuit of a teaching career.

When evaluating resumes, we are looking for evidence of knowledge and experiences that will be useful to you if you were to become a teacher, including evidence of experience:

  1. Working with children and/or youth (babysitting, tutoring, camp counselor, swim instructor, parenting, volunteering in a classroom, etc.)
  2. Engaging in work or activities related to helping others learn (tutoring, coaching, Resident Assistant in student housing or an orientation leader for new university students, running workshops for children or adults, summer camp counselor, designing learning materials for children or adults, such as directions, handouts, training activities, etc.)
  3. Collaborating and working with others
  4. Showing leadership and/or initiative
  5. Working independently
  6. Demonstrating organization and time management skills
  7. Engaging in novel situations and/or with a diverse range of individuals
  8. Using skills or knowledge related to the subject(s) you wish to teach

You may not have experience in all the areas listed above, but it will be important to highlight the related experiences you do have.

You will upload your resume to the online application system in PDF format.

Write your essay

Choose one or two experiences from your resume and explain:

  • What you learned from these experiences that will help you as a future educator
  • What they show about your interest in and potential for a career in education
  • What questions they raise for you related to teaching and learning
  • Why you chose these examples

Your essay should be 500–1000 words and fit on two single-sided pages. Use 12-point font, single spacing and 1” margins on all sides.

If you refer to other people in your essay—especially children or youth with whom you have worked—change their names and describe your experience with them in such a way that you guard their right to privacy.

Proofread your paper carefully. It will be evaluated based on:

  • The overall quality of the writing
  • The evidence it shows of critical reflection upon your part
  • How well you demonstrate your potential for and interest in education
  • You will upload your essay to the online application system in PDF format.

Find three recommenders

When submitting your online AHCOTE application form, you will be asked to submit three email addresses for individuals who are willing to complete a recommendation for you. The system will then automatically send these individuals an email requesting they fill out an online recommendation form. Recommendations may only be submitted via the online system.

Paper recommendations are no longer accepted. Download the PPS Recommendation Form Questions to review most of the questions they will be asked.

Depending on how your recommenders know you (e.g. a former employer, a professor for one of your classes, or someone in whose classroom you volunteered) they may not be able to answer all the questions in the form. That’s okay. But you may want to consider whether between them, the individuals you have asked for letters of recommendation can answer most of the questions. For example, one may know a lot about how well you work with children, while another may know more about your organizational skills.

When considering who to ask, keep in mind that:

  • We reserve the right to contact recommenders to verify the information they provide
  • Recommendations must be professional in nature
  • Recommendations from friends or relatives are not acceptable, even if those friends or relatives are educators
  • Inappropriate recommendations will make the application ineligible for consideration

Examples of inappropriate recommenders, include:

  • Family members, including in-law, step-family, etc.
  • Friends and co-workers

If the individual you ask is willing to complete a recommendation, ask them for an email address you can submit to the application system and explain how the system will send them an email request to complete the form. Inform them of the due date for their recommendation.

TIP: Provide your recommenders with a copy of your resume. They may find it useful for writing the recommendation.

Step 1: Submit Your AHCOTE Application Online

Apply to AHCOTE Online Here

The same application system is used for a number of teacher education programs at SFU. You will need to do the following to complete your online application:

  1. Create an account
  2. Confirm the account (you will receive a confirmation email)
  3. Select 'AHCOTE' as the program you are applying to
  4. Complete the online application form
  5. Upload your resume and essay
  6. Enter the names and email addresses of your 3 recommenders (the system will contact these people)
  7. Submit your application (only possible after all three of your recommendations have been received)

Note: You may start your application early and work on it over time. You may review, edit or change your application at any time until you click the final submit button. After that time, you cannot change your application or any of your submitted materials. Your application form, resume, essay, and recommendation forms must all be complete before you can press the final "submit" button.

Step 2: Apply to SFU Undergraduate Admissions / Activate your SFU ID

Instructions for students new to SFU

  • New students to SFU must apply online through EducationPlannerBC. The SFU Undergraduate Admissions deadline is January 31.
  • Students accepted to the AHCOTE who do not submit an application to SFU Undergraduate Admissions by the deadline will not be able to start the AHCOTE.  Therefore, all applicants MUST submit their application to the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office BEFORE the application deadline. If you do not submit an application to the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office, your application may be cancelled.
  • SFU Undergraduate admissions requires a different application with a different set of admissions requirements, including a separate set of supporting documents, sent to a separate address. Unfortunately, the PPS Admissions office and the SFU Admissions office are not able to share documents. Review SFU Admissions requirements and make certain you are prepared to meet them.

Instructions for SFU alumni and current SFU students

If you were previously an SFU student, you must apply for readmission OR reactivation. Check with SFU Undergraduate Admissions to be certain which one applies to you.

The deadline to apply for readmission is January 31 for a September start.

The deadline to apply for reactivation can be found on the Student Services webpage.

If you are a current SFU student and will be an active student in the semester preceding the start of AHCOTE, you don’t need to apply for reactivation.

If you are a current SFU student and will not be an active student in the semester preceding the start of AHCOTE, you should follow the instructions for readmission or reactivation. Check with SFU Undergraduate Admissions to be certain which one applies to you.

SFU Undergraduate Admissions Questions

The PPS Admissions office does not handle SFU Undergraduate applications. For more information regarding admission to SFU, contact SFU Student Services:

Phone: 778-782-6930
Email: reginfo@sfu.ca
Website: sfu.ca/students/admission-requirements

Step 3: Apply to Northern Lights College (NLC)

Apply to NLC via EducationPlannerBC, using the instructions found on the Apply Now webpage of the NLC website.

Questions regarding NLC Admissions

The PPS Admissions office does not handle NLC applications. For more information regarding admission to NLC, contact NLC Admissions:

Main Switchboard: 250-782-5251
Toll Free: 1-866-463-6652
Email: study@nlc.bc.ca
Website: https://www.nlc.bc.ca/Apply

Upcoming Information Sessions

Start your journey to becoming a teacher in British Columbia. Register for an AHCOTE information session. Hosted by representatives from SFU and NLC, you will learn about:

  • The history and structure of the program
  • The different program options
  • The admission requirements, including prerequisites
  • The application process and deadlines
  • A Q&A to get your questions answered

Questions?

If you have questions about AHCOTE not covered on our website, contact our admissions team or the Coordinator, Angela Connelly.

Admissions Email: pps_admissions@sfu.ca

To prevent missing emails from us, add pps_admissions@sfu.ca to your contact list if you are not using an SFU email account.

Virtual Hours

Get help with your application and connect with a member of the admissions team during our virtual drop-in hours: every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (PST).

Meet on Zoom:
https://sfu.zoom.us/j/66007885834?pwd=ckVtTXVkVllsak9BU0FZd3hMUWE0dz09
Meeting ID: 660 0788 5834
Password: 833520
Regular Schedule: Wednesday, 3:00 pm - 4:00 p.m. (PST)