University of Northern British Columbia's Quesnel campus will be home to a branch of its bachelor of education program starting this September.
The step comes more than 10 years after UNBC began delivering the program out of its Terrace campus and will consist of one cohort, a combined group of students based out of both locations with the help of video conferencing.
In addition, students will come together for immersive sessions in either Terrace, Quesnel or Prince George for two-week intensive block courses. Students will also complete four practica placements in elementary schools in their home communities.
UNBC Faculty of Human and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Shannon Wagner said the program emphasizes learner-centred strategies including inquiry-based learning, the inclusion of diverse learners’ perspectives and the development of caring and respectful learning communities.
“Elementary school educators not only teach children fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, they also teach their students how to learn and how to interact with the world around them,” Wagner said in a press release.
Applications are open until June 1, with first consideration given to applications received by May 1.