BC Certificate for MLES International teachers

Most teachers holding a teaching certificate from a Canadian province or the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand meet the MLWSP requirements to teach at Maple Leaf High Schools. For these teachers of the BC certificate is often not required.

Teachers at Maple Leaf Foreign National Schools (K-8) are required to apply for the British Columbia Certificate of Qualification.

For 2021, teachers may be required to apply for a BC certificate if teaching Grade 12 classes.

Review the official requirements and apply at the Teacher Certification Bureau Website

Professional Certificate of Qualification Requirements

  1. A B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) or one of the following is required:
  • Quebec: A DEC after two years of CEGEP, plus one year of post-secondary education
  • United Kingdom: Completion of two or more “A” levels. “A” level coursework with an A or B grade is considered equivalent to six credits of first-year university course work 
  • A combination of secondary school and post-secondary studies: For example, Grade 10 plus a four-year undergraduate degree could be considered equivalent to Grade 12 graduation and two years of post-secondary study (i.e. Philippines)
  • Pedagogical Training – in K-12 system in candidates’ country or state. Educational systems must be “similar” to BC educational system. This is the “familiarization” requirement. Applicants also need 48 credits (about 1.5 to 2 years of full-time study) from an approved teacher education program that includes classroom teaching experience. For example:
  • A degree or diploma in education
  • Teacher training courses completed as part of an academic degree
  • Human development and learning
  • Educational foundations (history, philosophy, sociology)
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Diagnosing and providing for students with special needs
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • For secondary must have secondary methods course in teachable subject
  • For elementary must have elementary methods courses
  • If applicant has only 30 credits then may get a conditional certificate but need to do 18 more credits with recommendation for assessment courses and special ed.

Post-secondary education outside of Canada: Not all teacher education programs are recognized in B.C. Some examples of programs that do not qualify a person for teaching in B.C. include:

  • Very short programs
  • On-the-job or employment-based programs
  • Programs completed entirely online or by distance education
  • Programs that do not include training or education related to teaching in the K-12 school system

Candidate can still apply for certification if you have completed a teacher education program that is not recognized in B.C. Once the application and supporting documents are assessed, a letter that explains what is needed to qualify will be issued to the candidate.

       3.   Recent Experience – within the last 10 years:  75 days in one year or 100 days over two consecutive years or 10 weeks of practice teaching

       4.   Post secondary – 120 credits – 4-year program plus degree. Teacher education portion must be completed in full time attendance with peers.