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.
Get paid, full-time work experience during your studies
Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate.
NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
Associate of Arts Graduation Requirements:
- Successful completion of 60 University Transfer credits
- Require a minimum program GPA of 2.00
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.
A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the Research Universities - SFU, UBC (UBCV or UBCO), UNBC, or UVIC in the BC Transfer Guide.
A second year Arts elective is an Arts course that transfers to the second year at one of the following research universities: SFU, UBC (UBCV or UBCO), UNBC, or UVic.
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.
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. Please check Program and Course Catalogue for prerequisites.
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, applicants must have a completed Bachelor's degree before starting the PDP. For applicants interested in elementary education, a minimum 90-credit degree is required. Applicants may submit their PDP application with their degree still in-progress (providing that it is completed by August 31). To teach at the secondary level, a student must complete a degree (minimum of 120 credits), 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 first-year English* electives
6 credits Humanities** electives
6 credits Social Sciences** electives
6 credits Arts ** electives
18 credits second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
3 credits Lab Science elective
3 credits Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
3 credits Math, Statistics or Science elective
9 credits other University Transfer electives
*English courses can include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVic) as English credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course, so-named. For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences", check with an Academic Advisor. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVic).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Student Success 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.
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.
- General Admission Requirements; AND
- English 12 with a minimum grade of "B" (interim transcript); AND
- Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11 with a minimum grade of "C" (interim transcript)
- A minimum average of 70% from interim grades using English 12, Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11, and one other Grade 12 academic course.
Note: Acceptable Grade 12 academic courses include: Pre-calculus 12; Calculus 12; Computer Science 12; Geometry 12; Statistics 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
- Completed a minimum of 12 credits of post-secondary university transfer (UT) credit courses that meet Associate of Arts Degree requirements; AND
- General Admission Requirements; AND
- 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
- 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
- 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.
By continuing on to further education you can gain the qualifications to work as a teacher. If you seek work with your Future Teachers' credential only, these are just some of the career opportunities:
- Admissions Assistant
- Behavioural Interventionist
- Child and Youth Worker
- Client Liaison
- Assistant Community Support Worker
- Community Worker
- Daycare Provider
- Early Childhood Educator Assistant
- Educational Assistant
- Elementary School Assistant
- Humanitarian Worker
- Private Tutor
- Teacher’s Aide
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.
Seizing her dream
When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.