British Columbia promotes an inclusive education system in which students with special needs are fully participating members of a community of learners. Inclusion describes the principle that all students are entitled to equitable access to learning, achievement and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their educational programs. The practice of inclusion is not necessarily synonymous with full integration in regular classrooms, and goes beyond placement to include meaningful participation and the promotion of interaction with others.
(British Columbia Ministry of Education, Special Education Policy, Effective July 1, 2006)
The Inclusive Education Certificate/Diploma program is designed to prepare teachers to work with children and adolescents with diverse needs establishing inclusive practices in classrooms and in schools so that all students have equitable access to learning and achievement. The Certificate and Diploma will appeal to B.C. certified graduates who are currently employed as, or who wish to become, Learning Assistance Teachers or Resource Teachers. The program will also appeal to classroom teachers who wish to create inclusive environments in their instructional practice.
The Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 credits) and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (30 credits) provide professional development opportunities for educators and respond to the needs of schools and districts for education specialists. These are post-degree professional programs designed to complement post-secondary education that has already been achieved. These programs do not carry credit toward certification to teach in public schools in British Columbia.
Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma programs requires a bachelor's degree, teacher's certification, or permission of the Dean of Education. Students wishing to enrol in individual courses but who are not in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma program require third-year standing as well as permission of the Dean of Education.
Courses permitted for advanced standing or transfer credit must be senior-level university coursework, and must be conceptually consistent with the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma specialization. Transfer courses require approval from the Specialization Program Coordinator and the Dean of Education. A maximum of 6 credits of coursework may be transferred toward the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. A maximum of 12 credits of coursework may be transferred toward the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma. Transfer courses must not have been used for credit toward other certificates, diplomas, or degrees.
To respond to professional schedules, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma courses are normally offered as Saturday sessions (during winter terms) and also as regularly scheduled summer session courses. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is awarded after the completion of 15 credits. The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma is awarded after the completion of 30 credits. Students may complete the courses as available in sequence, or take the required number of courses within a six-year maximum period.
Note: Some courses may require prerequisites.
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