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Future Teachers (Associate of Arts)

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department:
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses:
Credential: Associate Degree
Learning Format:
Offered:
program overview
The Associate of Arts Degree - Future Teachers will help you meet the course requirements for admission to the teacher training program (PDP) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and to the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia (UBC). At the same time, you'll also complete two years of university transfer courses that can be used toward a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
curriculum framework

In addition to completing the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree, the courses outlined below are a guide to choosing courses that will assist students in meeting the admission requirements to SFU's PDP Program and are transferable to SFU.

Suggested Course Plan for Associate of Arts for Future Teachers

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

ENGL 1130

GEOG 1160 or GEOG 1180

HIST 1113 or HIST 1114

Science elective

Arts elective

3

3

3

3

3

15

English elective (1st-year)

Social Science elective 1

Humanities elective

MATH 1191 2

Arts elective

3

3

3

4

3

16

SEMESTER 3

SEMESTER 4

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

Lab Science elective

HIST 2230PHIL 2220 or PSYC 2207 or SOCI 2245 3 4

2nd-year Arts elective

2nd-year Arts elective

University Transfer elective

3

3

3

3

3

15

2nd-year Arts elective

2nd-year Arts elective

2nd-year Arts elective

University Transfer elective

University Transfer elective

3

3

3

3

3

15

1 University Transfer electives include any Douglas College course that receives transfer credit at any of the following research universities: SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic.

2 MATH 1191 is only required for students planning to teach elementary school. An Associate of Arts Degree requires students to take a math, statistics or computing science course.

3 A second year Arts elective is an Arts course that transfers to the second year at one of the following research universities: SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic. 

4 All students entering SFU's PDP are encouraged to take Education courses. Douglas College offers Education courses in History (HIST 2230), Philosophy (PHIL 2220), Psychology (PSYC 2207) and Sociology (SOCI 2245). These courses transfer to SFU as second-year education courses.

SFU's PDP recommends that students who teach elementary school take Performing and Fine Art courses and Biomedical and Physiology Kinesiology courses. Many of Douglas College Performing and Fine Arts courses transfer to SFU as do our Sport Science courses (check the BC Transfer Guide to ensure they transfer as Fine Arts and Biomedical and Physiology Kinesiology courses).

For SFU's PDP program, a minimum of 76 semester hours of transferable university credits are required if a student is interested in teaching at the elementary school level, which includes specific course requirements. Note, however, students who plan to teach elementary school are strongly encouraged to complete their BA Degree. To teach at the secondary level, a student must complete a degree (minimum of four years), including a teachable major subject or two teachable minor subjects, plus two English courses.

The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

6 credits (2 courses) first-year English electives
6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts electives
18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts electives in 2 or more subject areas
3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

Note: "English" courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. "Arts" courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information. 

Definitions 

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

  1. An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  2. A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
    The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  3. A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  4. A first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  5. A second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  6. A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or possibly in the field. 

For detailed information you may book an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

admission requirements

Students Currently Enrolled in Secondary School

The College admits students on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis whereby students must satisfy all admissions criteria to establish eligibility and are then offered places by date of eligibility, except in programs that use selective admissions processes that rank order qualified applicants.

  1. General Admission Requirements; AND
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "B" (interim transcript); AND
  3. Foundations of Math 11 or Principles of Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C" (interim transcript)
  4. A minimum average of 70% from interim grades using English 12, Foundations of Math 11 or Principles of Math 11, and one other Grade 12 academic course.

Note: Acceptable Grade 12 academic courses include: Applications of Math 12; Principles of Math 12; English Literature 12; History 12; Geography 12; Geology 12; Physics 12; Chemistry 12; Biology 12; French 12; Spanish 12; German 12; Mandarin 12; Japanese 12; Punjabi 12.

Students Who Have Graduated from Secondary School

  1. Completed a minimum of 12 credits of post-secondary university transfer credit courses that meet Associate of Arts Degree requirements; AND
  2. General Admission Requirements; AND
  3. English 12 with a minimum grade of "B" or equivalent or University Transfer English course with a minimum grade of "P" or other approved substitutions; AND
  4. Foundations of Math 11 or Principles of Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C" or equivalent or UT math course with a minimum grade of "P"; or other approved substitutions; AND
  5. A minimum average GPA of 2.3 based on grades achieved from 12 credits of university transfer courses that meet Associate of Arts Degree requirements.  Students who have completed more than 12 credits will have the GPA calculated on their best 12 credits.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

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