TWU offers two ways to get your teaching certificate:
Our teacher education programs lead to a Professional Teaching Certificate issued by the B.C. Teacher Certification Branch (BCTCB), the provincial certification authority. This certificate is valid for all grade levels from grades K to 12, and remains valid as long as you maintain membership in the BCTCB. The School of Education sends the BCTCB a list of students who have successfully completed our program, usually in June. At the same time, each student who wishes to teach in British Columbia applies to the BCTCB for certification and membership. You usually receive your certificate within a month after all documentation has been submitted.
Once you have obtained the B.C. Professional Certificate, you may also apply for and will normally receive a teaching certificate in other Canadian provinces and territories.
If you are not a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, you will receive a Letter of Standing that states that you qualify for the Professional Certificate. A Professional Certificate or the Letter of Standing will normally entitle you, upon application, to a valid interim teaching certificate in most states in the U.S. ** However, early in your program you should determine specific requirements for particular jurisdictions in which you plan to teach so that you can include those in your studies. Students who are not residents of Canada but are offered a teaching position in British Columbia can usually obtain a Canadian residency permit from border authorities. The post-graduation work permit program is designed to provide graduating students with Canadian work experience. Students may work in Canada for up to three years after graduation.
** Oregon students are advised to take their fifth year in Oregon. We have a cooperative agreement with George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon.
Our graduates are teaching in a wide variety of educational settings locally, nationally and internationally. Most of our graduates seek and gain employment as Teachers On Call or as part time and full time classroom teachers in public schools and independent schools. Other graduates choose to work in non-traditional educational settings such as churches, museums, or camps.
International students who complete their teacher certification at TWU are eligible to work in the Lower Mainland area for three years after graduation, under the Canadian Graduate Work Permit Program, if offered employment by a Canadian school district or independent school.