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You’ve decided to take your education further. Where do you start? What career path do you want to follow? What schools can take you there? (Hint: you can do it all in Northern BC)

There’s some good advice at the EducationPlannerBC site.

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate
    Institution:
    NWCC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, University Block Transfer, University Course Transfer
    Program Length:
    Eight Months (two semesters)
    Location: Terrace Campus
    Approx. Cost of Books: $2300 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $5182 Total
    Application Fee: No Charge
    Application Deadline:

    Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Application Advice:

    Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Program Details:

    Academic

    1. English

    One of:

    • English 12
    • English 12 First Peoples
    • ENGL 050
    • ENGL 055
    • CAT III English assessment (satisfactory score)
    Non-Academic
    • one character letter of reference
    • resume and a written statement (between 300 and 500 words long) outlining career goals and reasons for seeking entry to the program
    • documentation of at least 45 hours of satisfactory work or volunteer experience in the Early Childhood Education field
    • Criminal Record Check
    • medical certificate confirming good physical and mental health
    • immunizations

    Admission Advice

    1. A successful Criminal Record Check is required for anyone working with children in a child care centre. Certain crimes make practicum placement, graduation and future employment impossible.

    2. After acceptance, you must take the CAT English assessment. If you do not receive a satisfactory score upgrading options will be outlined.

  • Economics: Bachelor of Arts Degree - Major
    Institution:
    UNBC
    Program Credentials:
    Bachelor's Degree
    Program Length:
    Four Years
    Location: Prince George
    Approx. Cost of Books: $1450 per year
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $6005 per year
    Application Fee: $35.70
    Application Advice: Early applications are accepted up to one year in advance of the intended start date. The application deadline for secondary school students is March 1 for September entry and November 2 for the January intake. Admission deadlines are subject to change and are often extended.
    Program Details:

    BC High School Graduates require the following for entry into the Bachelor of Arts Program:

    Academic

    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • three approved Grade 12 courses *
    • a fifth Grade 12 course **
    • at least a 65% average

    Footnotes:

    (*) Approved Grade 12 courses are: Applications of Mathematics, BC First Nations Studies, Biology, Business/Hospitality Management, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Civilizations, Economics, English Literature, Français, Français Langue Seconde-Immersion, French, German, Geography, Geology, History, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mandarin, Math Foundations, Middle Earth 12, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Mathematics, Punjabi, Social Justice, Spanish, Sustainable Resources, Technical and Professional Communications, Writing

    (*) Approved Advanced Placement courses are: AP Biology (General), AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A or AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP German, AP History of Art, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B and/or Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Literature, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP US Government & Politics, AP World History.

    (*) Approved International Baccalaureate courses: IB Biology, IB Business Management, IB Chemistry, IB Computer Science, IB Economics, IB English Language A, IB Environmental Systems, IB French Language A and/or French Language B, IB Geography, IB German, IB Greek, IB History, IB History - Asian, IB History - European, IB History and Culture of the Islamic World, IB Latin, IB Mathematics, IB Further Mathematics, IB Music, IB Philosophy, IB Physics, IB Psychology, IB Social and Cultural Anthropology, IB Spanish A and/or Spanish B.

    (**) A fifth Grade 12 course = any other approved Grade 12 courses, and also any Grade 12 course taught in the secondary school including locally-developed courses (eg - First Nations Languages), career preparation courses (eg - Construction 12) or others (eg - Art 12, Band 12, Information Technology 12, Communications 12, CAPP 12) or any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.

    Admission Advice

    Students in other admission categories (eg - Admission from other Post-Secondary Institutions, Mature Student Entry, Special Entry) should refer to the Institute Admission Requirements for UNBC in Education Planner.

  • Education Assistant Certificate
    Institution:
    NLC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, University Course Transfer
    Program Length:
    12 Months
    Location: Online
    Approx. Cost of Books: $800 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $3930 Total
    Application Fee: $25
    Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by June 1 for Fall entry, October 1 for Winter entry, or February 1 for Spring entry.

    Program Details:

    Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

    1. High School graduation (mature students may also be considered for admission).

    2. One of:

    • English 12 (C)
    • English 12 First Peoples (C)
    • equivalent assessment

    Non-Academic

    • two letters of reference (dated in the last year): one from an employer and one personal
    • letter stating your background, interest, and goals for taking the program
    • current certificate of good health from your doctor
    • Criminal Record Check
  • Education Assistant Certificate
    Institution:
    CNC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate
    Program Length:
    9 Courses (a maximum of three courses per semester)
    Location: Distance Education (through Prince George Campus), Quesnel
    Approx. Cost of Books: $800 to $1200 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $290 per course
    Application Fee: $15
    Application Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time. Early application is strongly recommended.

    Application Advice: Contact 250.561.5855 or 1.800.371.8111 to confirm application deadline. Early application is recommended.
    Program Details:

    Academic/Non-Academic

    Path #1: Paid Professional (for students employed as paraprofessionals providing support services to persons with disabilities)

    • English 12 or equivalent (C)*
    • a letter from an employer, on agency letterhead, confirming employment.

    Path #2: Volunteer Service Provider (for students volunteering service to people with developmental disabilities)

    • English 12 or equivalent (C)*
    • a Community and School Support Programs (CASS) Volunteer Experience Record completed by a supervisor which shows at least 65 hours of direct service in the past three years. 

    Path #3: Caregiver (for students at least 19 years old who are caregivers [eg-parent, guardian or sibling])

    • English 12 or equivalent (C)*
    • a completed CASS Personal Statement Form
    Path #4: Special Admission (for students who do not qualify for full admission into the program. Special admission students can register for one semester in CASS 110 and/or CASS 120)
    • English 12 or equivalent (C)*
    • at least 65 hours of relevant volunteer experience in your first semester of the program. To continue in the program you must submit a Volunteer Experience Record and apply for full admission. 

    Note (*): If you did not achieve at least a "C" grade in English 12 (or equivalent) you must write an English test at CNC. To do so, contact CNC's Centre for Student Success at 1.800.371.8111, ext. 5387

    All students must submit proof of application for a Criminal Record Check for CASS 195.

    Admission Advice

    To obtain an admissions package (with appropriate forms) click here.
  • Education Assistant Diploma
    Institution:
    NLC
    Program Credentials:
    Diploma, University Course Transfer
    Program Length:
    16 Months
    Location: Online
    Approx. Cost of Books: $800 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $3214 per year
    Application Fee: $25
    Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by June 1 for Fall entry, October 1 for Winter entry, or February 1 for Spring entry.

    Program Details:

    Academic

    • Northern Lights Education Assistant Certificate students must submit a letter of intent to continue their studies at the diploma level.
    Note: Applicants with ECE certificates from other post-secondary institutions must go through a more comprehensive admission process similar to NLC's Education Assistant Certificate.
  • Education Elementary (Grade K - 7): Bachelor Degree
    Institution:
    UNBC
    Program Credentials:
    Bachelor's Degree
    Program Length:
    Five or Two Year Options
    Location: Prince George & Terrace Campus
    Approx. Cost of Books: $1450 per year
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $6005 per year
    Application Fee: $35.70
    Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by March 15.

    Application Advice: Applications must be submitted by March 15th.
    Program Details:

    Academic

    1. One of:

    • a four-year Bachelor's degree (120 credits) of which 60 credits, including 30 senior level credits, must be in Arts, Science or other teachable fields relevant to the BC School System
    • at least 90 credits of undergraduate course work, of which 60 credits, including 30 senior level credits, must be in Arts, Science, or in other teachable fields relevant to the BC School system
    • a UNBC Education Diploma in a First Nations Language and Culture (92 credits).

    2. All of:

    • six credits of acceptable English literature and composition at any level -- this may involve three credits of literature and three credits of composition or six credits of acceptable English literature. This work must be completed with at least a "C+" average. Special Note: Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical or business writing, communications or English as a Second Language are not acceptable to meet the English requirement
    • three credits in Math (not including Statistics)
    • three credits in a laboratory science. Laboratory science credits are normally selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, or Physics
    • three credits in Canadian History or 3 credits of Canadian Geography plus three credits of approved Canadian Studies, at any level, applicable to teaching in the BC school curriculum. Credits will normally be selected from Anthropology, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Northern Studies, or Political Science courses that contain significant Canadian content (on review, credits from other disciplines may be recognized as meeting the Canadian content requirement).

    3. At least a "C+" (2.33 GPA) grade point average on the most recent 60 credits completed.

    Non-Academic

    • submit the Experience with Children and Youth Form;
    • submit three Confidential Reference forms;
    • submit a Personal Statement Form;
    • undergo a Criminal Record Check and provide evidence of this check before being considered for admission.
    Admission Advice

    1. Admission rankings are determined by a combination of grade point average, experience with children, personal statement scores, and letters of reference.

    2. You are strongly encouraged to contact a UNBC advisor for assistance with navigating the admission process.

  • Education Secondary (Grades 8 - 12): Bachelor Degree
    Institution:
    UNBC
    Program Credentials:
    Bachelor's Degree
    Program Length:
    Two Years
    Location: Prince George Campus
    Approx. Cost of Books: $1450 per year
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $6005 per year
    Application Fee: $35.70
    Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by March 15.

    Application Advice: Applications must be submitted by March 15th.
    Program Details:

    Academic

    1. A four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Commerce degree (120 credits or equivalent) with at least 90 credits in Arts, Science, or Business Administration or in other teachable fields suitable to teaching in the BC School system. The remaining credits may come from any discipline.

    2. Degree requirements include:

    a) six credits of acceptable English literature and composition at any level -- this may involve three credits of literature and three credits of composition or six credits of acceptable English literature. This work must be completed with at least a "C+" average. Special Note: Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical or business writing, communications or English as a Second Language are not acceptable to meet the English requirement.

    b) one of the following:

    • one teachable Major/one teachable Minor
    • two teachable Minors
    • one teachable Major
    c) at least a "C+" grade point average on the most recent 60 credits completed

    Notes:

    A Teachable Minor normally consists of 18 credits of 300 or 400-level courses taken in third and fourth years, besides required first- and second-year courses.

    A Teachable Major normally consists of 30 credits of 300- and 400-level courses taken in third and fourth years, besides required first- and second-year courses.

    Teachable Major and Minors are available in the following subjects:

    • Biology
    • Business Education
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English
    • General Science
    • Geography
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Social Studies

    A Teachable Minor is also available in First Nations Studies.

    Non-Academic

    • submit the Experience with Children and Youth Form;
    • submit three Confidential Reference forms;
    • submit a Personal Statement Form;
    • undergo a Criminal Record Check and provide evidence of this check before being considered for admission.
    Admission Advice

    1. Admission rankings are determined by a combination of grade point average, experience with children, personal statement scores, and letters of reference.

    2. You are strongly encouraged to contact a UNBC advisor for assistance with navigating the admission process.

  • Electrical Certificate
    Institution:
    CNC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, Trades Foundation Program
    Program Length:
    20 Weeks
    Location: Prince George, Quesnel
    Approx. Cost of Books: $742 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $2700 Total
    Application Fee: $15
    Application Deadline: Applications are accepted after September 15 for entry the following Fall. Applications for the following Fall should be received by March 31 to ensure priority admissions processing and review. Applications for the following Winter should be received by October 31.

    Application Advice: Applications may be submitted at any time. Early application is strongly recommended.  You can apply any time starting September 15 for entry the following year. October 31 is the deadline for programs starting in January or February.
    Program Details:

    Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

    1. English/Communications

    One of:

    • Communications 12 (C)
    • English 11
    • ENGL 045
    • equivalent course

    2. Math

    One of:

    • Foundations of Math 11
    • Pre-calculus 11
    • MATH 042
    • MATH 045
    • equivalent course

    3. Physics

    One of:

    • Physics 11
    • Applications of Physics 12
    • PHYS 045
    • equivalent course
    Non-Academic

    1. You are encouraged to:

    • submit a resume and handwritten statement outlining reasons for wanting to enter the program*
    • complete a test of mechanical reasoning skills*
    • complete the Student Readiness Assessment (SRA)*
    Note (*): These requirements will be used to select students if the program is oversubscribed.

    Admission Advice

    1. Applicants who are mature students (ie - those who are at least 19 years old on the first day of classes and have been out of the regular school system for at least one year) may also be admitted to the program. For details, contact a CNC advisor.

    2. For complete details on the selection process if the program is oversubscribed, please refer to CNC's website.

  • Electrical Foundation Certificate
    Institution:
    NWCC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, Trades Foundation Program
    Program Length:
    24 Weeks
    Location: Prince Rupert, Terrace
    Approx. Cost of Books: $1600 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $2139 Total
    Application Fee: No Charge
    Application Deadline:

    Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Application Advice: Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Program Details:

    Academic

    1. English

    One of:

    • English 10
    • ENGL 030
    • ENGL 032 
    2. Math

    One of:

    • Principles of Math 10
    • Foundations and Pre-Calculus Math 10
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11
    • MATH 0301/0302
    • MATH 032
    Note: It's also possible to meet admission requirements through one of the following:
    • satisfactory standing in a CAT Assessment Test
    • permission of the Instructor
    Admission Advice

    1. Many employers require high school graduation.

    2. Physics 11 is recommended.

    3. You are also encouraged to enhance your employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.

  • Electrical: Apprenticeship
    Institution:
    NWCC
    Program Credentials:
    Apprenticeship, ITA Credential
    Approx. Cost of Books: Contact: Keisha Wilson kwilson@nwcc.bc.ca 250.635.6511
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $78.23 to $92.23 per week
    Application Fee: No Charge
    Application Advice: Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.