BA Degree in Theology and Culture
Thinking of a career in teaching? St. Mark’s College at UBC offers a unique Bachelor of Arts Program for aspiring teachers who want to teach in Catholic, faith-based, or public schools in British Columbia.
Our program is recognized by UBC’s Faculty of Education, which means graduates are eligible to apply to the teacher preparation (BEd) program at UBC. It is also endorsed by Catholic school districts across BC, providing a potential employment advantage for graduates who want to teach in a Catholic school.
- Complete your studies at St. Mark’s College, right on the UBC campus
- Earn a BA with teaching concentrations in English, History (Socials), and Catholic Studies*
- Get real teaching experience with internship opportunities (2nd year) plus pre-practicums at local schools (4th year)
- Be eligible to apply to UBC’s teacher preparation program (BEd)
- Start on a pathway to teach elementary (K-7), middle school (6-8), or high school (8-12) in Catholic and public schools across the Province
- Get the edge when applying to teach at a Catholic school
- Integrate your faith life and academic life
While any Bachelor’s degree can qualify you for admittance into a B.Ed program, there are several key advantages to choosing the St. Mark’s BA in Theology and Culture
- Teach elementary, middle school or high school. Three teachable concentrations in History, English and Catholic Studies* means a wider range of applicable skills
- A hands-on pre-practicum placement in a lower mainland school gives you valuable teaching experience – before you even start your B.Ed.
- Our smaller, cohort-style learning environment means you will always have one-on-one support from professors, and a dedicated group of peers to study with
- Upon completion of your B.A. (St. Mark's College) and B.Ed. (UBC), you will qualify to teach in both Catholic and public schools across BC, opening up more job opportunities
"My decision to attend St. Mark's was based on career opportunities. I love the fact that we interact with students in the Archdiocese of Vancouver through the teaching pre-practicums at local schools. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in teaching...or in a comprehensive education in the humanities, which has the potential to lead to so many other fields."
– Alexandra Glinsbockel, Corpus Christi Alumna and St. Mark’s College BA Alumna
Learn on the UBC campus
As a St. Mark’s student, you will enjoy state-of-the-art learning facilities on the UBC campus with some classes in the newly updated Vancouver School of Theology (VST) building. Close to St. Mark's College, UBC’s bus loop and major campus facilities, the VST building boasts smartboards, bright and comfortable study spaces, and a dynamic student population.
Enjoy a vibrant community
St. Mark’s College campus is steps from the VST building. As a student, you will benefit from our active Campus Life and Ministry Office, and have full access to research materials at the John Micallef Library, our brand-new computer lab and printers, and much more.
At the heart of our community is the St. Mark’s Parish, where liturgical services are offered throughout the week. The Pastoral team provides numerous opportunities for spiritual formation, service learning, and one-on-one guidance.
Take advantage of UBC amenities
As a St. Mark’s student, you are also an affiliated UBC student, giving you direct access to a myriad of UBC clubs, amenities, academic resources and wellness services.
Graduation and teaching
Upon graduation from St. Mark’s, you will be eligible to apply for UBC’s Education program with three teaching concentrations: History and English, as well as Catholic Studies*. With internship experience at an elementary and/or high school setting already completed, your application will stand out.
Following graduation from UBC, you will be eligible to work in public and private schools. However, with your third teachable concentration in Catholic Studies, you will also have a distinct advantage over competing applicants for teaching positions in Catholic schools.
"It has been the long-time dream of several archbishops to have a Catholic school in Vancouver that helps prepare Catholic teachers to teach in our 78 Catholic schools. I look forward to seeing the program's graduates enter the Catholic school system."
– Doug Lauson, Former Superintendent, Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese
"For those who are specifically interested in teaching in Catholic schools, St. Mark's is now the place for them. St. Mark's is the only school in this province offering the third concentration – Catholic Studies. Students who complete our program can also teach at public schools, but they will likely have an edge and an advantage."
– Gabriel Pillay, Dean of Students, Corpus Christi College
“Sixty-five per cent of independent schools in British Columbia are faith-based, which means that, in addition to the certified curriculum, they also teach faith values to students. A Bachelor of Arts program that prepares prospective teachers on how to integrate their faith values in the classroom will enable Catholic schools to better prepare students for life by following the example that Jesus set for us all.”
– Peter Froese, Director of the Federation of Independent Schools of BC (FISA)
"For decades, Catholic schools have not had the privilege of a BC Catholic College to provide training for graduates of our secondary schools. St. Mark's College's initiative will provide BC schools with British Columbia-trained teachers well versed to teach Catholic religious studies.
The five Catholic school systems of BC (Vancouver, Victoria, Nelson, Kamloops, Prince George) commit to supporting the College's initiative by providing teaching pre-practicum placement options for these student teachers.
Furthermore, we commit to support the College in any way possible in…providing a Bachelor of Arts in…Catholic Studies with a dual English and History concentration.”
– Beverly Pulyk, Superintendent, Catholic Independent Schools Nelson Diocese and Chair, Catholic Superintendents of BC
Need help with your application? Contact a St. Mark's College Admissions Counsellor to review your course history and eligibility. Schools need good teachers - make an appointment now!
*Catholic Studies is not a provincially recognized teaching concentration; however, it is recognized by the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA)