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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Frequently Asked Questions - British Columbia

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Q: How do Queen's online courses work?

Our courses are built on Desire2Learn, a robust learning management system that allows candidates to interact seamlessly with their instructor and peers. All course materials, including a variety of teaching resources and full access to the Queen's library system, are accessed online. Courses are divided into modules, each with a specified due date, and you are free to complete course tasks at a time and place that are most convenient for you.

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Q: How many courses are required for a certificate?

Each post-graduate certificate program consists of five full-year university courses (6.0 non-degree credit-units per course). Candidates are required to complete five courses in the course package to be eligible for the certificate. Each course successfully completed will appear on a Queen's University transcript. Parts 1, 2, and Specialist are required; two additional courses are chosen from a list of electives.

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Q: Can I transfer courses from other universities or programs?

Our programs have been evaluated and approved by TQS as complete packages. At this time, transfer courses from other programs or universities are not accepted.

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Q: How much does the program cost?

Tuition fee for each course in the certificate program is CAN$745. Fees are paid online on a course-by-course basis.

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Q: How do I get my transcript?

An official transcript will be automatically mailed to you upon successful completion of all courses in a certificate program. You can also order one through SOLUS any time during your program.

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Q: Can I complete these courses if I’m not a certified BC teacher?

Yes! We encourage those from related disciplines (e.g., EA and ECE) to apply, as well as educators and interested applicants from across the country or around the world. Proof of an undergraduate degree is required.

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Q: Do your programs count towards my pay-scale upgrades in BC?

The BC Teacher Qualification Service recognizes these Queen’s certificates as one-year post-graduate integrated programs in education. Completion of these course packages may qualify BC-certified teachers for a teaching category upgrade within the BC provincial framework. If a category upgrade is one of your considerations for pursuing a Queen’s post-graduate certificate program, we recommend that you consult the BC Teacher Qualification Service before applying.

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Q: What will I learn in a certificate program?

Our course packages are shaped around BC Ministry of Education curricula and are taught by experienced BC teachers. That means your professional learning experience at Queen’s will be directly applicable to the challenges you face in your BC classroom. You can view full course descriptions on the Post-Graduate Certificates for BC Teachers page.

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Q: Who teaches the certificate program courses?

Only highly experienced BC teachers write and facilitate our courses. Their local knowledge and experience ensure that candidates have access to the practical and current professional knowledge that will benefit their teaching careers.

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Q: Do I have to be online at specific times or attend on-site classes?

No. Our online courses are completely asynchronous, meaning that you can work at a time and place convenient to you and different from your peers. Our online courses have no classroom-based practicum requirements. You can complete your post-graduate certificate entirely online.

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Q: How much time per week is required to keep up with the course load?

Depending on the session (e.g., Fall, Fall/Winter, etc.), the average workload commitment is about 10 hours per week.

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Q: How long do I have to complete the program?

It is possible to complete a post-graduate certificate program (five courses) in just under a year. While the BC Teacher Qualification Service allows up to ten years to complete the requirements, we encourage our candidates to finish within three years.

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Q: When are your courses offered? When can I register?

Courses are offered up to eight times per year, allowing multiple entry points into the program. Check our offerings page for more detailed information on courses and dates.

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Q: Does completion of a certificate count towards a master's degree?

Applicants to the Professional Master of Education (PME) degree program qualify for advanced standing in PME 800 (Self-Regulated Learning) and/or PME 811 (Innovation in Teaching and Learning) if they have successfully completed post-graduate certificates through CTE at Queen's.

The following BC post-grad certificates are eligible:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Language Learners
  • Mathematics Education
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Librarian

To be considered for advanced standing, submit a written with your application to the PME program.

You can download the application letter to be submitted with you PME application: BC PME Application Letter

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