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Under the Teachers Act, the BC Teachers' Council (BCTC) is responsible for:

  • Setting standards for teachers and educators in B.C., including education, competence and professional conduct requirements
  • Setting standards for post-secondary teacher education programs
  • Reviewing and approving post-secondary teacher education programs

In June 2019 there was an update to the Professional Standards for BC Educators. They replace the Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in BC. Educators have a level of autonomy, are accountable for their actions, and must act in the public interest. An educator’s practice is governed by the ethics and principles outlined in these Professional Standards. The Professional Standards serve both as ideals to which educators aspire and expectations to which certificate holders can be reasonably held. Standards 1 to 8 have been updated to reflect current terminology and further enhance concepts of diversity and inclusion in BC’s classrooms. Standard 9 is new and honours the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This new Standard carries with it the aspiration and expectation that BC educators strive towards truth, reconciliation and healing, acknowledging the history and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada, and confirms educators’ commitment to the success of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.  The actualization of the Professional Standards requires a shared commitment across BC’s education system to provide educators with the necessary learning opportunities, resources and supports to ensure the success of students.

Education Standards Handout

Education Standards Document