Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (Curriculum & Instructional Studies and Montessori Education)

Program Coordinator: Andrew Kitchenham
Colin Chasteauneuf, Assistant Professor
Bryan Hartman, Professor
Andrew Kitchenham, Professor
Judith Lapadat, Professor
Willow Brown, Associate Professor
Lantana Usman, Associate Professor
Dennis Procter, Assistant Professor

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma program and courses within it are designed to advance the professional knowledge and skills of practicing K-12 teachers. Diploma requirements are coherent with the BC Teacher Qualification requirement for 30 credits in a focused area of study for an increase in professional certification from level 4 to 5. Admission is on a course by course basis to accommodate teachers who may want to increase their competency or update their knowledge and skills in a particular area of instruction. Flexible admission also allows for teachers to select the variable number of courses required to increase professional standing to the “five plus” category currently administered by some school districts.


Applicants applying for admittance to the Diploma Program require a four-year (120 credit hours) undergraduate degree from a UNBC-recognized university completed with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Applicants must have the ability to study and work in English.  An additional requirement for this Post-Baccalaureate Diploma is that students possess a current teaching certificate or are admitted with the approval of the admissions committee.
The number of spaces in each course offered in the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma program is limited; therefore, course registration will be on a first come first served basis until the specified course is full. This program admits new students three times per year, at the start of each term: October 30 for the January Term, April 30 for July/August courses, and June 30 for the September Term.
To accommodate practicing teachers, Diploma courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, on weekends, and during the summer. It is recommended that students plan to make full use of the Summer Session offerings to complete the Diploma within the ten year time limit.  It is recommended that students complete the two compulsory courses early in their program of studies.
Applicants are required to submit proof of a recent criminal records check (within five years).  Students are expected to abide by expectations for professional conduct  for the teaching profession in British Columbia.

Program Requirements

Completion of a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma is achieved with 30 credits of coursework, including two compulsory courses and eight electives.   
Students may be granted credit for up to 15 credits of upper division coursework from another recognized institution, provided that such courses have not been associated with the receipt of a degree or diploma.
The focus areas offered at this time are Curriculum and Instructional Studies and Montessori Education.

Required Courses

EDUC 500-3 Teacher Leadership
EDUC 502-3 Interpretation and Application of Educational Research

Elective Courses (Curriculum and Instruction)

EDUC 504-3 Instructional Leadership for Cooperating Teachers
(a weekend seminar to follow classroom supervision of extended B.Ed. practicum and to reflect on these mentorship experiences in terms of the instructional leadership literature) 
EDUC 521-3 Classroom Assessment Practices
EDUC 523-3  Teaching for Social Responsibility
EDUC 528-3 Numeracy Strategies for Struggling Learners
EDUC 531-3 Applications of Educational Technology
EDUC 533-3 Human Development: Implications for Education
EDUC 534-3 Achievement Motivation
EDUC 535-3 Learning and Diversity: Inclusive Classrooms
EDUC 541-3 Principles of Instruction
EDUC 546-3 First Nations Education
EDUC 551-3 Mathematics Education
EDUC 552-3 Science Education
EDUC 558-3 Language Arts Education
EDUC 559-3 Second Language Instruction
EDUC 580-3 Visual Arts Across the Curriculum
EDUC 581-3 Performing Arts Across the Curriculum
EDUC 592-3 Special Topics (no limit as to the number of these courses)
EDUC 593-3 Directed Readings

Elective Courses (Montessori Education)

EDUC 573-3 Montessori Curriculum and Instruction: Scientific Literacy
EDUC 574-3 Montessori Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics Education
EDUC 575-3 Montessori Integrated Cultural Studies and Field Study Planning
EDUC 576-3 Montessori Integrated Studies Field Study
EDUC 577-3 Montessori Portfolio
Updated: May 8, 2020