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Pre-Education Certificate

Location(s): Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge


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The Pre-Education Certificate comprises the first year of an Associate of Arts Degree designed for prospective teachers and is a first step toward enrolment in the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education  (AHCOTE), Northern Lights College’s teacher training program.

A Pre-Education Certificate is awarded to students who complete one year of planned coursework at Northern Lights College. Credits earned may also be applied to an undergraduate degree with other post secondary institutions.

The Pre-Education Certificate is offered as part of the University Arts and Sciences program, which provides university-level learning opportunities that reflect the intellectual and creative modes of inquiry practiced in the Arts and Sciences.

Career Prospects


The Certificate prepares students for continued Bachelor level studies at universities or other receiving institutions, continued studies in specific programs at NLC, continued studies in professional programs, or entry-level employment opportunities.

Transfer arrangements exist with universities, colleges and institutes throughout British Columbia. See the BC Transfer Guide. Course transfer beyond British Columbia is determined on a case-by-case basis. NLC students are responsible for confirming admission requirements, application procedures, transfer credit, and graduation requirements at all receiving institutions.

Details


Intakes


Location Starting Type
Chetwynd* Fall Full-Time Part-Time   
Winter Full-Time Part-Time   
Spring Full-Time Part-Time   
Dawson Creek Fall Full-Time Part-Time   
Winter Full-Time Part-Time   
Spring Full-Time Part-Time   
Fort Nelson* Fall Full-Time Part-Time   
Winter Full-Time Part-Time   
Spring Full-Time Part-Time   
Fort St John Fall Full-Time Part-Time   
Winter Full-Time Part-Time   
Spring Full-Time Part-Time   
Tumbler Ridge* Fall Full-Time Part-Time   
Winter Full-Time Part-Time   
Spring Full-Time Part-Time   

* requires a mix of online and video-conference  courses 

Length


30 credits (450 hours), minimum.

This is a one year program taken over two semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester.  Part-time studies will take longer.

Estimated Program Fees


Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.
Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Total
Year 1 $ 3,820.16 $ 152.16 $ 103.68 $ 4,076.00

International Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
International
Medical Insurance
Total
Year 1 $ 12,352.00 $ 152.16 $ 103.68 $ 828.00 $ 13,435.84

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Admission Requirements


English Requirement

For applicants from countries that practice Standard Written English, one of the following:

  • English Studies 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • English First Peoples 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 050  with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 099  with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • Any university-level English course with a grade of C or higher
  • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)
For all other applicants, one of the following:
  • IELTS result with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 6.0*
  • TOEFL iBT of 78
  • Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) 60 overall band
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) 8 in each section
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 76
  • Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) 69 plus NLC’s Writing Assessment
  • A post-secondary level credential with equivalent English language requirements
  • Two years of full-time secondary school education in English in Canada and completion of English 12, English Studies 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent with a minimum grade of B.

The General Academic English Language Proficiency Requirements   outline more details of the academic English requirements.

* Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete ENGL 099  with a B grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program.

Math Requirement

One of the following:

  • Pre-calculus 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Principles of Mathematics 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • MATH 040  with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Readiness for MATH 050  as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.

Note

Elective courses may have specific prerequisites. Meeting entrance requirements for the program does not ensure course prerequisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes


  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans for domestic students. Visit StudentAidBC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.

  2. Course transfer agreements allow students to receive course-by-course transfer to other colleges, universities, and institutes in BC, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.

Program Requirements


Residency Requirement 25% of all coursework must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements 2.00 program Grade Point Average (GPA); minimum D grade (50%) in all courses

Semester One


Pre-Education Electives


Students must select a total of four electives (12-14 credits) as:

  • A minimum of one lab science 
  • Plus two or three open electives in Arts and Science , depending on the course(s) selected as a lab science

* Students planning to enroll in the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education  program at SFU, should note that in some cases, two NLC lab science courses are required to meet the SFU lab science requirement (eg. GEOG 112  and GEOG 114  or PHYS 103  and PHYS 104 )

Credential


Certificate in Pre-Education

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