Bachelor of Education - Elementary

1,5 years
22,460 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

The Elementary Years track equips prospective teachers to deal with the special educational requirements of young students at the start of their school careers. Those who are accepted into the Elementary Years stream become part of a cohort of teacher candidates who often start and finish their programs at the same time.

Teacher applicants are recommended for professional certification by the Chair of the School of Education to the Ministry of Education after successfully completing all academic courses for the Bachelor of Education. Graduates who choose to work in a public school in BC must submit an application to the BC Ministry of Education along with the necessary paperwork and payment of fees.

Program structure

Year 1: First Semester

  • Inclusive Education: Success for All
  • Curriculum Development Models
  • Numeracy: Math Concepts (EY)
  • Academic course in a teachable area
  • Academic course in a teachable area

Year 1: Second Semester

  • Language and Literacy: Reading and Writing (EY)
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies (EY)
  • Numeracy: Instructional Strategies (EY)
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Science (EY)
  • Experiential Practicum
  • Academic course in a teachable area

Year 2: First Semester

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Fine Arts/Physical and Health Education (EY)
  • Interpersonal Counselling Skills
  • Assessment and Motivation
  • Educational Technology
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous Education: Epistemology
  • Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum (EY)
  • Formative Practicum

Year 2: Second Semester

  • Summative Practicum


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

*Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Requirements for applicants

  • The BEd Elementary Years program requires a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) on the most recent 60 university credit hours:
    • (a) an appropriate three- or four-year Bachelor's degree with 60 credit hours in Arts, Science, or other teachable disciplines relevant to the BC school system and 30 senior level credit hours, or
    • (b) a minimum of 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, 60 of which must be in Arts, Science, or other teachable disciplines relevant to the BC education system, and 30 senior level credit hours, 12 of which must be 300 or 400 level.

The School of Education will assess transfer credit for coursework related to the 90 credit hours completed before UNBC enrolment


About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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