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Teacher track - 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 well-suited for aspiring teachers who want to teach in Catholic, faith-based, or public schools.

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.

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Program Highlights

  • Complete your studies at St. Mark’s College, right on the UBC campus
  • Earn a BA with teaching concentrations in teachable subjects such as 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

Program Benefits

While many Bachelor’s degrees 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

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.


"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)


Need help with your application? Contact a St. Mark's College Recruiter to review your course history and eligibility. Schools need good teachers - make an appointment now!

Email: [email protected]

*Catholic Studies is not a provincially recognized teaching concentration; however, it is recognized by the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA) and recognized throughout the Catholic school districts of British Columbia.

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at conwuli[email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

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