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TTED student poses at 2017 Vehicle in a Box competition
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. See additional information for liberal studies and PLAR.
  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 Vancouver Campus.

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.

Check out Technology Teacher Education’s Vehicle in a Box competition:

Also, check out Technology Teacher Education’s bike mechanics module that gives back.

Program Entry

If you are passionate about teaching and are excited about
students in lab
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.

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

In response to COVID-19, BCIT has made the following changes to this program's entry process for the September 2020 intake:
  • Applicants can be conditionally accepted pending a criminal record check.

  • Please attach the Criminal Record Check Request [PDF] as a cover letter when applying for a criminal record check.

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning October 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:
  • Math: one of the following:

  • Science: one of the following:
    • Chemistry 11 (60%) or
    • Earth Sciences 11 (60%) or
    • Environmental Science 11 (60%) or
    • Life Sciences 11 (60%) or
    • Physics 11 (60%) or
    • Science for Citizens 11 (60%) or
    • Other acceptable BC and Yukon courses

  • One of the following:
    • 15 credits of post-secondary studies
    • Technical certificate, diploma, or degree
    • Entry-level trades training program or technical foundation program
    • Two or more levels of training in an apprenticeship program
    • Certificate of qualification in a trade
    • Red Seal endorsement in a trade

  • Criminal Record Check
    Applicants must pass a criminal record check, including the vulnerable sector check. Criminal record checks can be obtained through your local police department (Commissionaire BC, RCMP, or police detachment). See Criminal Record Check BC for more information. Proceed with your check as soon as possible as processing time varies.

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 FAQ page 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).

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

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 FAQ page.


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 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 Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


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 Industrial Design for the Classroom 5.0
  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 4.0
  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 Microcontroller 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* 6.0
  TTED 4060 Teaching Electronics 1 9.0
  TTED 4072 Introduction to Teaching Technology Education 2.0
  TTED 4075 Automotive Systems Foundations* 3.0
  TTED 5020 Teaching Metal Product Manufacturing 8.0
*denotes a half-term course
Level 4 (January - May, 20 weeks) Credits
  TTED 5000 Teaching Design, Drawing and CAD/CAM 8.0
  TTED 5010 Exploring Trades Skills* 4.0
  TTED 5030 Teaching Woods/Composites Manufacturing 8.0
  TTED 5050 Teaching Automotive Systems 8.0
  TTED 5060 Teaching Electronics 2 8.0
  TTED 5070 Creating Teaching and Learning Support Materials* 4.0
  TTED 6100 Student Learning Portfolios 2.0
*denotes a half-term course.
Total Credits: 140.5

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
student working on car
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.

TTED Grads Learning New Skills

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Liberal Studies

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Becoming a Technology Education Teacher in BC

Why do I need to complete 30 credits of Liberal Studies?

The 30 credits of liberal studies is one of the three components needed to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Education from UBC, so that you are eligible to teach Technology Education in BC (the other two components being the two year diploma program at BCIT and the one year of teacher training at UBC).


Are the liberal studies a requirement to enter the TTED program at BCIT?

No. However, we prefer that our students have completed all or most of the liberal studies. Keep in mind that there is no advantage to completing the liberal studies after the BCIT portion of the program.


Which courses can I take?

The liberal studies are intended to be exactly that – liberal in nature, rather than a prescriptive set of courses. Students in some programs, such as Business or Human Kinetics, have their first year courses selected for them and those courses are specific to those programs and not liberal in nature. The types of courses you take during your liberal studies might include courses such as English or some other language course, psychology, anthropology, art, history, math - just to name a few.


Are there specific English requirements?

Yes. Of the 30 credits, six must be in English. Three credits should be in Literature and three in Composition. You will select the remaining 24 credits.


Where do I take these courses?

The liberal studies can be completed at any accredited college or university. This means that they can usually be completed close to home.


How long does it take to complete the 30 credits?

Typically, 30 credits can be completed in one year if you are attending school full time. Taken part time, it will take two or more years depending on how many classes you are enrolled in at any given time.


What about courses I have taken in the past?

Post-secondary courses you have completed in the past may count towards the liberal studies provided they are liberal in nature and were completed at a recognized college or university. Courses which you may have completed as part of a trade program, engineering program, business program etc. won’t be transferable towards the liberal studies.


I completed business or kinesiology courses in the past. Can these credits be applied towards the liberal studies?

No. UBC will not accept business or kinesiology course credits.


Does BCIT’s TTED Faculty evaluate these credits?

No. These credits are UBC’s requirements and they will be evaluating the liberal studies courses you have completed.


Where can I get more info?

If you have further questions, please contact the UBC Teacher Education Office and ask for their Secondary Admissions Officer.


What is the PLAR process?

The PLAR process was developed a number of years ago by the TTED faculty as a means to recognize a student’s experience that is relevant to the TTED program.


How is that recognition applied to the program?

If your experience aligns itself with one or more of our courses, we can grant credit towards that course.


Which courses can I PLAR?

We allow students to apply for PLAR credit in all term one TTED courses as well as TTED 4075, 5000, 5020, 5030, 5050 & 5060.


How do I PLAR a course?

You must provide evidence of your applicable skill and knowledge. Good ways to do this would be via a portfolio which illustrates your accomplishments with pictures, copies of credentials, transcripts, examples of your work, detailed testimonials from credible sources, etc. Keep in mind that the more information you can provide, the better we are able to assess your capability.


I have a Red Seal certificate in a trade. Can I apply that to the TTED program?

Red Seal certificate holders typically challenge courses in their areas of expertise. For example, a Red Seal Automotive Technician would PLAR courses such as Precision Measurement and Teaching Automotive Systems (possibly others depending on their experience).


Is a Red Seal certificate the only way I can be granted PLAR credit for a course?

No. With the PLAR process, it doesn’t matter how you came to gain your knowledge and skills. For some, it might be a Red Seal trade certification, a certificate, diploma or degree or relevant work experience, while others might have gained their knowledge and skills as a serious hobbyist with no formal training.


I completed a multi-year apprenticeship in a trade. Will PLAR allow me to bypass part of the program?

No. When PLAR credit is granted, it is for a specific course, not a whole term. This means you won’t have to take that course, but there are other courses running simultaneously that you will be enrolled in.


If I am granted PLAR credit, can the TTED program now be completed in less than two years?

No. When PLAR credit is granted, it is for a specific course, not a whole term. This means you won’t have to take that course, but there are other courses running simultaneously that you will be enrolled in.


How long does it take to become a qualified Tech Ed Teacher?

  • 30 credits of post-secondary liberal studies: 1 year (if done full time).
  • BCIT Diploma program: 2 years (Sep-May)
  • UBC Teacher Education Program: 1 year (Sept-July)


I have a Red Seal Certification or another credential in a trade. Is the process to become qualified as a Tech Ed Teacher shorter for me?

Unfortunately, it is not. While you might have expertise in a particular area, there are many other Tech Ed subjects you need to prepare for to competently teach the broad array of Tech Ed courses offered in BC high school Tech Ed programs.


I am a qualified teacher in BC, with a B.Ed. degree, teaching something other than Tech Ed. What is required for me to become a Tech Ed Teacher?

You would only need to complete our two-year diploma program here at BCIT. No additional practicum would be required.


I am a qualified teacher in BC teaching something other than Tech Ed. However, my school district wants me to teach one (or more) specific Tech Ed course(s). Can I train in that particular area only?

No. We only offer the two year full-time diploma program. This is because BCIT prepares graduates so they can teach any of the Tech Ed subjects, not just one or two.


I am a qualified teacher in BC teaching something other than Tech Ed. Do you offer a Tech Ed Safety course that I can take?

No. Safety training is embedded into each of our courses to create a meaningful, holistic, context-based approach to teaching Tech Ed safely.


Can I take the program online via distance education and study from home?

Unfortunately, no. Our students spend approximately 75% of their class time in one of our four fully equipped shops learning how to safely and confidently use the vast array of hand tools, power tools, specialty tools, and equipment. This is only possible by attending classes in person on campus.


Do I have to take the pedagogical (teacher education) portion at UBC's Vancouver campus, or can I take it elsewhere?

Right now, this is the only option. We have had a working partnership with UBC Vancouver for 35 years and the transition from BCIT to UBC is a fairly seamless process. In the past, graduates of our program were able to choose between UBC Vancouver and OUC; however, that option no longer exists.


Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Program Head Roger Bortignon and Student
Roger Bortignon, MEd 
Department Head

James Bartz, MEd

Jason Brett, MEd

Rory Brown, MA

Technical Staff

Christopher Townsend, DiplT


Brent Dunn, MEng, PEng
Associate Dean

Courtney Neish
Administrative Assistant

Carmen Chen
Program Assistant

Advisory committee

An advisory board of experts in this field, from some of B.C.’s top companies, helps us keep our program and courses up to date with the latest research and industry trends. 

Angie Gregson
Eagle Mountain Middle School

Peter Halim
Vancouver Technical Secondary School

Benjamin King
Centennial Secondary School

Jason Leber
Industry Training Authority, BC

Marianne McTavish
University of British Columbia 

Peter Orlandi
Coquitlam School District

Bette Shippam
University of British Columbia

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Finding a Job Was No Problem At All

"Some days I can't believe I get paid for this", says Angie Gregson, a technology teacher at Moody Middle School. Angie loves her job and highly recommends the BCIT Technology Teachers Education program.



This program offers amazing support and knowledge from instructors who have decades of teaching experience

"BCIT was an amazing place to spend 2 years studying. Sometimes I wish I could go back…. Maybe one day as an instructor.", says Michael Friesen, a teacher in Surrey School District #36.


The TTED program offers exposure to all teachable subject areas

“The Technology Teacher Education (TTED) program was one of the most influential experiences of my life and definitely had the greatest impact on my future career options.", says Jemma Vaale, a teacher in her hometown high school Correlieu Secondary in Quesnel, BC.