Hunter MacKay (AHCOTE graduate and teacher at Alwin Holland Elementary School)
The Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE) is a joint teacher education program offered by Simon Fraser University (SFU), Northern Lights College, School Districts 59, 60, 81, and local teacher associations. The AHCOTE program has existed at NLC for more than two decades, and hundreds of program graduates now work in school districts across the region and beyond.
Students who enter AHCOTE with a previously completed degree finish the program in 1.5 years and are then eligible to apply to the Teacher Regulation Branch, to start teaching with a Professional Teaching Certificate provided all course prerequisites have been met. Students who enter AHCOTE with 60 credits in designated areas or with NLC’s Associate of Arts Degree (AHCOTE) also finish the program in 1.5 years and are then eligible to apply to the Teacher Regulation Branch, to start teaching with a Conditional Teaching Certificate provided they have the required minimum credits and all course prerequisites have been met. These students generally need an additional 30 elective credits to earn SFU’s Bachelor of General Studies (Education) and a Professional Teaching Certificate.
Depending on how completion of NLC’s Associate of Arts Degree (AHCOTE) aligns with alternating-year AHCOTE intakes, students may have the option of taking 30 upper-level elective credits before enrolling in AHCOTE.
AHCOTE graduates receive either a Professional or Conditional Teaching Certificate from the Teacher Regulation Branch of BC.
- Professional Certificate (no expiry date): Awarded to AHCOTE graduates who have a full degree.
- Conditional Certificate (five year duration): Awarded to AHCOTE graduates who are still working toward a degree. They must complete a degree within five years to continue teaching.
Location: Fort St. John Campus
Length: 1.5 years
NEXT START DATE: September 2016
Fees: Contact Paola Rodriguez
Applicants may be admitted to AHCOTE if they meet one of the following criteria:
- completion of NLC’s Associate of Arts Degree (AHCOTE);
- completion of a minimum of 60 university-level credits that include coverage in designated subject areas (credits must also be transferable to SFU and approved by SFU’s Faculty of Education);
Note: Admission is subject to academic performance and a suitability interview.
- completion of a degree from an accredited university.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
- With minimal additional coursework, students who hold a degree upon entering AHCOTE may also qualify for SFU’s Bachelor of Education as a Second Degree after completing AHCOTE.
- AHCOTE students who do not have a degree when they begin the program are advised to pursue SFU’s Bachelor of General Studies (Education) degree.
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Program Support: Paola Rodriguez
Program Chair: Lisa Verbisky
Fall (Semester 1)
- NLC Education 220
- SFU Education 352 (non-degreed students only; degreed students take Education 252 from the AA curriculum)
- SFU Education 472-412
- SFU Education 475
- SFU Upper-Division Elective by Distance Education (for non-degreed students only)
Spring (Semester 2)
- PDP Begins
- SFU Education 401/402
Intersession (Semester 3)
- SFU Education 404: Additional Education coursework
Fall (Semester 4)
- SFU Education 405
- Teaching Semester