6 things Canadian teachers need to know before applying for a teaching job in BC

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If you’re new to British Columbia and you’re considering a teaching career in our education system, there are a few important things that you need to know. Here’s a list of six things to learn about our education system, the job application process, and how you can get started in a career in our beautiful province.

1. We have a “Know-Do-Understand” model to support a concept-based, competency-based new curriculum

Our new curriculum aims to connect learning to the real world with a focus on literacy and numeracy. Learning can happen anywhere and is centred around developing three core competencies: communication, thinking and personal and social competency.

The “Know-Do-Understand” model has three elements that support deeper learning: 1) the Content (Know), 2) Curricular Competencies (D0), and 3) Big Ideas (Understand). A detailed description of the new curriculum is on the Government of BC’s website.

2. The Ministry’s Teacher Certification Branch issues teaching certificates

The entire application process from gathering and submitting your documents to having your application evaluated and approved can take up to several months to complete. Processing wait times vary from month-to-month. You can expect a delay when all the new teachers graduate and apply for their certification all at once. We encourage that you start your application even if you don’t have all the required documents. You can always update your application as you receive more of the required documentation to complete the application. Learn more about the application for teacher certification.

3. The Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) determines your pay category

The Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) evaluates teachers’ qualifications for the purpose of placing a teacher in a particular salary category. Your assigned category indicates where you are placed on a school district’s salary grid. Applying for your TQS card is just as important as obtaining your teaching certificate. Learn more on the TQS website.

4. Job alerts are your way of keeping your ear to the ground

Teaching jobs are posted throughout the year on www.makeafuture.ca. Jobs are posted when new positions are created, student enrolment increases and employees take leave, so there are opportunities available year-round. So that you don’t miss out on any opportunities, sign-up for job alerts on our job board. Just enter your search criteria (e.g. position type, location, etc.), type in your email address, and click the subscribe button. When a job opportunity matches the search criteria you’ve entered, you’ll get an email right away, notifying you to apply.

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5. Make a Future doesn’t hire on behalf of school districts

Make a Future is not a recruitment agency! We do occasionally help school districts find candidates, but we’re not involved in hiring decisions. As much as we’d like to have this privilege, each school or district handles recruitment individually. When you apply for a job with a particular employer, an HR person or school principal from that organization will be in touch with you.

6. You’ll likely have to create an online application portfolio to apply to jobs

All 60 school districts and more than 100 independent schools advertise their job openings on www.makeafuture.ca. However, there are a few school districts that still prefer to receive dropped off or emailed applications. If you see the “Apply Online” button at the bottom right-hand corner of a job posting, that means you can apply online.

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If you’re applying for a job with one of our independent schools, don’t worry, they all accept online applications through our site.

7. You can call, email or DM a real person if you have questions about teaching in our province

If you have questions about teaching in a particular school and district, you can usually email or call someone in human resources. If you can’t find their contact details in the job posting or employer profile page, please contact us, and we’ll find someone you can speak to.

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