Learn to teach, teach to learn — that is the mantra of the Faculty of Education.
The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus fosters academic excellence and life-long personal growth through the pursuits of learning and teaching. Teachers educate hearts and minds and they prepare students to be responsible global citizens who contribute to the betterment of society. Class sizes are small and professors know their students by name. The program integrates teacher educators with innovative research and modern technology.
The faculty includes undergraduate, graduate and Post-Baccalaureate programs. The keys to success in teaching education are in providing students with a transformative experience, teaching them innovative ways to think and engage. Among the faculty’s goals are nurturing students’ ability to conduct reflective inquiry, take charge of their learning and ensure education is inclusive and addresses special needs in promoting a fully participating community of learners.
“The Faculty of Education’s intimate, field-oriented, learner-focused approach builds upon critical inquiry to develop effective teaching practice. We offer programs to undergrad, post-degree and graduate students in the Okanagan and internationally. Our undergrad students benefit from engagement in a guided research project that deepens their inquiry into teaching and learning and serves as a capstone to their program.
“The opportunity for international practicum placements enable students to become responsible global citizens and cultivate an understanding and knowledge of other cultures. Our new Centre for Research on Mindful Engagement promotes creative and critical thinking to engage learners and support developing strong habits of mind. The Faculty continually engages in innovative learning opportunities that inform educational thought, policy and practice.”
— Dean Lynn Bosetti
New faculty members
Keith Culver works at the intersection of sustainability, legal theory and knowledge mobilization for innovation. He taught at the University of New Brunswick from 1997-2009 where he was professor of Philosophy, and from 2009-2011 he held the Econoving International Chair in Eco-Innovation in the UniverSud Paris consortium in Paris, France
Leyton Schnellert‘s research and teaching focus is on inclusive education, middle-years education, teacher inquiry, literacy learning and learning theory. He has almost 20 years of experience as a school- and district-based resource teacher and professional development facilitator across British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. For the past three years, he co-ordinated and instructed in Simon Fraser University’s Master of Education in Educational Practice program.
Scott Douglas has worked with additional language learners of all ages and abilities throughout the world from the Middle East to Asia. His research primarily looks at the transition from high school to university and the vocabulary use and academic achievement of non-native English speaking students. His other research interests include English for academic purposes, curriculum design and online technology as a tool for fostering English language proficiency.
To find out more about the Faculty of Education visit: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/education
Stirring Minds is a speaking series that is free and open to everyone, featuring esteemed academics visiting UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Keynote speakers from various backgrounds present their scholarly work to engage participating audiences about emerging issues and new ideas in education. They introduce and encourage innovative approaches to research, and generate discussion about significant initiatives in progress. The series will begin again this fall.
The Community Service Learning Project brings artwork and cards to the Gospel Homeless Shelter this December.
Elementary Teacher Education Program year-two art students Sharon McCoubrey and Phil Bond will be giving homeless people in the community the opportunity to send ‘seasons’ greetings’ to family.
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