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Notices - Integrated Program Changes (December 2019)

Integrated Program Changes

Policies and Regulations regarding acceptable Integrated Programs have changed.  If you are in TQS category five (5) or lower, these changes may affect the upgrading requirements or category eligibility of some applicants.

PLEASE NOTE: No reviews or upgrades will be processed automatically.  You must apply in order to receive a review or upgrade.

What Changed?

  • Time Restrictions -- There are no longer any time restrictions on course work in an Integrated Program (previously ten years).
  • Relevancy -- Twenty semester credits in the Integrated Program must be relevant to the BC public K-12 system; however, they need not be in a specific theme of study.  Previously twenty credits needed to be in a specific theme.

Who Should Apply?

  1. If you are in category five (5) or lower and have completed course work that meets the new requirements of an Integrated Program (see below) but have not yet used that course work for your current category placement, please apply for an upgrade.
  2. If you require clarification as to how these changes might affect your upgrading requirements or current category placement, please request a Director's review of your file.

To request a Director's Review:

Submit your request through the "Contact Us" page on our website.  You must provide verification of current employment in the BC public school system (most applicants photocopy a pay stub) in order to receive a Director's review.

To apply for an upgrade:

Submit your request through the "Contact Us" page on our website.  You must provide Complete the Upgrade Application form on our website.  Indicate that you are applying for an upgrade based on the policy and regulation changes.  You must provide verification of current employment in the BC public school system (most applicants photocopy a pay stub).  Please indicate if the official transcripts are already on file or if they are being forwarded by mail.

Please Note: If you are currently in category five plus (5+) or six (6), these changes do not affect you.

The basic requirements of an Integrated Program are:

  • thirty semester credits
  • twenty semester credits related to education or educational practice in the BC K-12 system
  • third year university level or higher
  • from an accredited degree granting institute acceptable to the TQS

Twenty credits must be relevant to the BC public K-12 system while up to ten credits may be electives.  Courses should be approved by the TQS.  You can either design a program yourself by choosing courses that meet the requirements above or you could complete an appropriate post graduate certificate, diploma or degree that fulfils the Integrated Program requirements.  There are only two specific instances where junior level course work is allowed in an Integrated Program.  The first is in the context of a completed diploma program awarded by a university.  The second is where the junior level course work is a verifiable pre-requisite to course work that is directly relevant to the BC public K-12 system.

TQS Policy 4.14 states that verifiable pre-requisites totalling not more than six semester credits may be accepted at less than senior level provided they are relevant to the BC public K-12 system.

Please see TQS Regulation 4.05 & Policy 4.1 on our web site for complete details.

   

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