Associate of Arts Degree - AHCOTE


Program Description

The Associate of Arts Degree – AHCOTE (AAA) is awarded to students who complete two years of planned coursework at Northern Lights College. The AAA prepares students for entry into the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE), the teacher-training program offered at NLC. Credits may also be applied toward a degree.

The AAA is offered as part of the University Arts and Sciences program, which provides university-level learning opportunities that reflect the intellectual and creative modes of inquiry practiced in the Arts and Sciences.


Career Prospects

Students who complete the Associate of Arts Degree designed for prospective teachers are eligible for AHCOTE and will eventually be seeking careers as teachers. Note, however, that completion of the designated Associate of Arts Degree is not a guarantee of admission into AHCOTE.


Locations: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Fort St. John campuses, where resources and interest permit

Length: The AA--AHCOTE involves 900 hours of class time and may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Where learners are attending full time, the credential may be completed in 60 weeks or two academic years.

Start: September, January, or May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Requirements

To register for individual courses within the program:
* Prospective learners need to complete a College “Application for Admission” form. Admission forms can be obtained in person from NLC Student Services or downloaded in PDF format. A one-time application fee is required.

* Where available, secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts should be provided to indicate that prerequisites for specific courses have been met.  Applicants who do not have secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts that provide documentation of prerequisites should speak with an NLC Recruiter. In these situations, entry-level skills will be evaluated as required through the Writing Assessment, the Calculus Readiness Assessment, or other assessments.

* A. Domestic students must have official transcripts demonstrating the following:
1. English Requirement: One of the following with a "B" grade or higher: Grade 12 English, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, English 050, or English 099. Alternatively, any university-level English course with a "C" grade or higher. Students who do not meet one of the above English requirements must complete the NLC Writing Assessment for appropriate course placement.
2. Math Requirement: Successful completion of one of the following: Pre-calculus 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Foundations of Math 11, Math 040, or equivalent. Alternatively, readiness for MATH 050 as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.

* B. International students must have documentation demonstrating the following:
1. English Requirement: An IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 5.5. Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete English 099 with a "B" grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program. The necessity for upgrading can extend the length of the program.

2. Math Requirement: Successful completion of one of the following: Pre-calculus 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Foundations of Math 11, Math 040, or equivalent. Alternatively, readiness for MATH 050 as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.

* *Note: For transfer into degree programs in this field, degree granting institutions might require higher pre-requisites than required for entrance into NLC’s AAA program. All students planning to transfer into a bachelor's degree should ensure that they have met the entrance requirements of the receiving institution. In addition, some elective courses in NLC’s AAA require additional course pre-requisites.


Post-Admission Requirements:
After program admission, but upon registration in EDUC 252, students must complete a Criminal Record Check.

Using the specified Consent Form, request a Ministry of Justice Schedule B Criminal Record Check (CRC). Because requests for Schedule B CRCs may take up to six weeks, students are strongly encouraged to attend to this post-admission requirement as soon as possible. Please note that convictions for certain offenses may disqualify students from participating in course practica. Further, students are obligated to report any Schedule B criminal convictions that occur after they authorize a CRC, but are still registered in EDUC 252. Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal from the course.

Please see the NLC Criminal Records Check page for completion instructions and more information pertaining to Criminal Record Checks.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Completion of the AAA program is not a guarantee of admission into the AHCOTE program.
  3. NLC courses may transfer individually to other colleges, universities, and institutes in British Columbia, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.
  4. The AHCOTE program is affiliated with School Districts 59, 60, 81, Simon Fraser University, and University of Northern British Columbia.
  5. The information on this page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Guide

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Program Contact: Greg Lainsbury

Phone: 250 785-6981, ext 2025
Toll Free: 1-866-463-6652



Year 1 (Pre-Education Certificate)
Plus one lab science (students planning to enroll in AHCOTE should note that in some cases two NLC lab science courses are required to meet the SFU lab science requirement, eg., GEOG 112 and GEOG 114 or PHYS 103 and PHYS 104) (75-105 hrs per lab science)

Plus two or three open electives in Arts and Science, depending on the course(s) selected as a lab science (45 hrs per elective)

Year 2 (Completion of the Associate of Arts Degree)

Plus four 200-level Arts Electives (45 hrs)*

Plus one open Elective in Arts or Sciences (45 hrs)

Note that PSYC 211 is recommended as a 200-level Arts elective. However, PSYC 211 requires PSYC 101 and 102 as prerequisites.

The next intake of the AHCOTE
program itself is scheduled
for September 2018 on
NLC’s Fort St. John Campus.
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