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Take Your Passion for Hands-on Learning & Technology & Turn it into a Rewarding Career in Teaching!

The Technology Teacher Education (TTED) program enables you to teach technology education in BC's Middle and High School system. Offered as a joint program with the University of British Columbia (UBC), it explores technical components at BCIT and the teaching component at UBC.  It has three components:

  1. Academic Component
    Completion of 30 credits of university transfer liberal arts and science courses including six credits of English - additional information [PDF].
  2. Technological Component
    Completion of the two-year Diploma of Technology Teacher Education at BCIT.
  3. Pedagogical Component
    Completion of professional teacher education studies at UBC.

When all three of the above program components have been completed a Bachelor of Education Degree is awarded by UBC. B.Ed degree holders qualify for a BC Professional Teaching Certificate.

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Program Entry

If you are passionate about teaching and are excited about
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blending technical skills and knowledge with academics, then this may be an excellent career path for you. Review the entrance requirements. If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements and equivalents, please contact Program Advising. For more information on the application process, visit Admission & Registration.

If you qualify, you may want to attend an information session or spend a day exploring the program. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Any Science 11 (60%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 11 (60%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 11 (67%) or
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 (73%) or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 (67%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 11 (60%)

  • One of the following:
    • 15 credits of post-secondary studies or
    • A trade qualification

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

Liberal Studies:

30 credits of liberal studies will be required to complete the BEd degree. While these 30 credits are not a requirement for acceptance into the program, we strongly encourage applicants to complete these prior to admission. At minimum, 6 credits in English must be completed prior to entry into the Education program at UBC. View the Liberal Studies Information Sheet [PDF] for additional information.

Working with youth experience:

A minimum of 75 hours of experience working with youth (ages 12-18) is required before entering the UBC component of the TTED program. Even though this is not required for entering the BCIT diploma component, it is highly recommended.

As a TTED student and as a high school Technology Education (shop) teacher, you must be able to:

  • work cooperatively with others
  • enjoy working with adolescents - if not, this isn’t the program or career for you
  • be open-minded and respectful of others regardless of race, ethnicity, religious background or sexual orientation

Relevant experience might include:

  • coaching
  • teaching
  • mentoring
  • tutoring

If you don’t have experience working with youth, we highly recommend spending some time shadowing a high school Tech Ed teacher(s). This can be arranged by contacting the school and making the appropriate arrangements (keep in mind that many school districts in BC require a criminal record search prior to working with students).

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Opportunities exist within the Technology Teacher Education program at BCIT for students to receive Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) credit for skill and knowledge they possess that aligns with the TTED program goals and the teachable technical subject areas in schools. When applying for PLAR credit, students must illustrate their applicable skill and knowledge through a variety of testimonials, portfolios, demonstrations, and tests.

Please note that PLAR does not reduce the length of the TTED program. Instead, students who have been granted PLAR credit will have a reduced class load. For additional information, view the PLAR information sheet [PDF].

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Graduates of the Technology Teacher Education program (TTED) are
group of students
eligible to have 40% of their students loan forgiven.

For further information on this opportunity, please click on the Loan Forgiveness FAQs [PDF].

Here is a link to the current list of required supplies [PDF].

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $480; Level 2: $20; Level 3: $120; Level 4: $110
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Term structure

Each year of the TTED program is divided into two terms - the first term runs from September to December (15 weeks) and the second term runs from January to the third week in May (20 weeks) with a one week break in the middle. In level 1 of the program, the introductory courses run in the first 5 weeks and are then followed by the 10 week foundations courses.

A typical week

You will spend 30 hours each week in labs and lectures. Overall, approximately 75% of your time is spent in labs, and 25% in lectures, giving you the ability to understand the theory and principles while learning vital, practical skills.

Small class sizes help you learn

The TTED program accepts 22 students each year. Small classes encourage an atmosphere of camaraderie, healthy competition and teamwork as well as allowing instructors to provide plenty of individual attention to students.

Program matrix

Level 1 (September - December, 15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 3394 Communication for TTED 2.0
  MATH 3942 Math Foundations for TTED 2.0
  TTED 3001 Drawing and Design 5.5
  TTED 3002 Precision Measurement Foundations* 1.0
  TTED 3004 Joining Process Foundations* 2.5
  TTED 3009 Basic Safety Foundations* 1.0
  TTED 3022 Tool Essentials - Metalworking 3.0
  TTED 3033 Tool Essentials - Woodworking 3.0
  TTED 3044 Materials Science 4.0
  TTED 3050 Power Technology Foundations* 2.0
  TTED 3060 Electronic Foundations* 2.0
* denotes a half-term course
 
Level 2 (January - May, 20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 4494 Advanced Communications for TTED 2.5
  MATH 4943 Advanced Mathematics for TTED 2.5
  TTED 4000 Design, Drawing and CAD 1 for TTED 5.5
  TTED 4010 Microcontoller Programming and Integration 2.5
  TTED 4022 Metal Products Manufacturing 6.5
  TTED 4033 Wood Products Manufacturing 6.5
  TTED 4035 Computer Control 1 for TTED 4.0
  TTED 4044 Structures and Strength of Materials 6.5
  TTED 4070 Introduction to Technology Education 2.5
 
Level 3 (September - December, 15 weeks) Credits
  TTED 4005 CAD/CAM for TTED 3.0
  TTED 4050 Power Technology for TTED 9.0
  TTED 4060 Teaching Electronics 1 9.0
  TTED 4072 Introduction to Teaching Technology Education 2.0
  TTED 5020 Teaching Metal Product Manufacturing 8.0
 
Level 4 (January - May, 20 weeks) Credits
  TTED 5000 Teaching Design, Drawing and CAD/CAM 8.0
  TTED 5030 Teaching Woods/Composites Manufacturing 8.0
  TTED 5050 Teaching Automotive Systems 8.0
  TTED 5060 Teaching Electronics 2 8.0
  TTED 5190 Technology Education Projects 8.0
  TTED 6099 Safety Across Technology Education Curriculum 2.0
 
Total Credits: 140.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The first year of Technology Teacher Education covers foundational theory and practice, such as:
  • material science, structures, shop safety and mathematics
  • hand and power tools, computer control, and software design tools
  • electronics, woodworking, metal and plastics fabrication, design, drawing and power technology
Your second year drills deeper into theoretical and practical coursework which further examines a wide variety of technical areas:
  • furniture design, automotive diagnostics, power and energy technologies
  • computer aided design and manufacturing, and digital electronics
You will learn how to incorporate design, problem-solving skills and knowledge about tools, materials and processes.

Program length

Two years, full-time.

Program structure

Normally, the academic component requirements will be completed before candidates begin the technological component at BCIT. However, applicants may apply to complete parts of the academic component after they complete the technical component at BCIT. Students must complete the BCIT TTED diploma and at least the 6 credits of English (3 credits in literature, 3 credits in composition) before attending UBC.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Certified Technology Education teachers are in high demand
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throughout BC. As well, opportunities exist in many BC High Schools for Technology Education Teachers to teach in Career Preparation programs and High School Apprenticeship program options.

Technology Teacher Education may also lead to careers in post-secondary training, industry training or other occupations that require technical generalists.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and staff

Program Head Roger Bortignon and Student
  • Roger Bortignon, Cert IETE, BEd, MEd, Chief Instructor
  • James Bartz, DiplT, BEd, MEd
  • Jason Brett, Cert IETE, BEd, MEd
  • Courtney Neish, Administrative Assistant
  • Randall Schultz, BEd, MEd
  • Mary Woodbury, Program Assistant
  • Brent Dunn, BASc, MEng, PEng, Associate Dean

Advisory committee

  • Angie Gregson, Eagle Mountain Middle School
  • Wendy Carr, University of British Columbia
  • Sharissa Desrochers, Fraser Heights Secondary School
  • Randy Grey, BCTEA President
  • Peter Halim, Eric Hamber Secondary
  • Peter Orlandi, Vancouver Technical Secondary
  • Stephen Petrina, University of British Columbia
  • Jim Scoten, Templeton Secondary School
  • Bette Shippam, University of British Columbia

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