Bachelor Degree

 

Undergraduate Program for Future Teachers

Thinking of a career in teaching? Saint Mark’s has launched a Bachelor of Arts Program for aspiring teachers who want to teach in a Catholic or public school in BC.
 
Our program is endorsed by UBC’s Faculty of Education, which means graduates are eligible to apply to the teacher preparation (BEd) program at UBC. It’s also endorsed by Catholic school districts across BC, providing a potential employment advantage for graduates who want to teach in a Catholic school.
 
Program Highlights:
 
  • Complete your 3rd and 4th year studies at Saint Mark’s
  • Earn a BA in Theology and Culture, with teaching concentrations in English, History and Catholic Studies*
  • Get in-class experience at a local school
  • Be eligible to apply to UBC’s teacher preparation program (BEd)
  • Pathway to teach elementary (K-7), middle school (6-8), or high school (8-12) in Catholic and public schools across the Province

"My decision to attend Saint Mark's was based on career opportunities. I love the fact that we interact with students in the Archdiocese of Vancouver through the in-school practicums. 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 Saint Mark’s BA Candidate, 2016

Apply now

  • Application deadline for Fall 2016 intake: May 30, 2016
  • Document submission deadline: June 30, 2016

Speak to a Recruitment Officer

Unsure if you have the necessary pre-requisites? Need help with your application? Contact a Saint Mark's College recruitment officer to review your course history and eligibility. We need good future teachers: make an appointment now!

Application Requirements

The BA program offers 3rd-year entry, so you can start after completing the equivalent of two years of university-level courses. You can start your studies at Corpus Christi College or any other university or university-transfer college. You can then transfer directly into 3rd year at Saint Mark’s to complete the final two years of your Bachelor’s degree.

If you’re in high school, start your studies at Corpus Christi College for the smoothest transition into Saint Mark’s. You may also take your first and second year courses at another university or college, but ensure you speak with one of our advisors to ensure you will meet transfer requirements.

If you are already an undergraduate student, you can apply to transfer into Saint Mark’s. Don’t worry if you are missing prerequisite courses! Our prerequisite courses may be substituted for others, under review on a case-by-case basis. Simply submit your application, and our advisor will contact you to discuss your options.

Why the Saint Mark’s BA?

While any Bachelor’s degree can qualify you for admittance into a B.Ed program, there are several key advantages to choosing the Saint 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 practicum placement in a Vancouver school gives you valuable teaching experience – before you even start your B.Ed.
  • Our smaller, cohort-style learning environment means you’ll always have one-on-one support from professors, and a dedicated group of peers to study with.
  • Upon completion of your BA and B.Ed, you’ll qualify to teach in both Catholic and public schools across BC, opening up more job opportunities

Learn on the UBC Campus

As a Saint Mark’s student, you will enjoy state-of-the-art learning facilities on the UBC campus, in the newly updated Vancouver School of Theology building.

Less than five minutes away from UBC’s bus loop and major campus facilities, the VST building boasts smartboards, bright and comfortable study spaces, and a vibrant student population.

Enjoy a Vibrant Community

Saint Mark’s College campus is also less than five minutes away from the VST campus. As a student, you’ll 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 Saint Mark’s Parish chapel, where liturgical services are offered every day of the week. The Pastoral team provides numerous opportunities for spiritual formation, service learning, and one-on-one guidance. Please contact Alexandria Fung, Director of Campus Life and Ministry, to learn more (afung@stmarkscollege.ca).

As a Saint Mark’s student, you are also a UBC-affiliate student, giving you direct access to a myriad of UBC clubs, amenities, academic resources and wellness services.

Graduation and Teaching

Upon graduation from Saint 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, you’ll stand out against the rest. For more information on the program, click here.

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’ll also have a distinct advantage over competing applicants for teaching positions in Catholic schools.

Endorsements

"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, Saint Mark's is now the place for them. Saint 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 [over other candidates seeking positions in a Catholic setting?]."

– Gabriel Pillay, Executive Director of Strategy & Planning; Dean of Student Services, 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

"For decades, Catholic schools have not had the privilege of a BC Catholic College to provide training for graduates of our secondary schools. Saint 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 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

 

*Catholic Studies is not a provincially recognized teaching concentration; however, is recognized by the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese.