Associate of Arts Degree (Education)

Program Description

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

The Associate of Arts Degree (Education) is offered as part of the University Arts and Sciences division, 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: Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson, where resources and interest permit.

Length: The Associate of Arts Degree (Education) 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

*English is the language of instruction in all programs at NLC, thus it is imperative that NLC students meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.

*In University Arts and Sciences and Related Programs, it is understood that the minimum English Language Proficiency requirement is that required to graduate from a Canadian high school program conducted in English. This is defined in the English Language Requirement document.


Math Requirement: One of the following with a 'C' grade (60%) or higher: 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 that some University Arts and Sciences elective courses have specific prerequisites. Meeting the entrance requirements for the University Arts and Sciences program does not ensure course prerequisites have been met for all available courses. 

Post-Admission Requirements:
After program admission, but prior to registration in EDUC 252, students must complete a BC Solicitor General Schedule Type "B" Criminal Record Check WORKS WITH: Children & Vulnerable Adults.

Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to begin the Education 252 practicum until a SG/CRC has been received and reviewed by NLC. Students will be provided with information about the SG/CRC process at program orientations. SG/CRC searches can take from 3 to 6 weeks for completion, so students are urged to attend to this matter at least 6 weeks before the start of Education 252. 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 for domestic students. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. The AHCOTE program involves a partnership between School Districts 59, 60, 81, Simon Fraser University, and Northern Lights College.  Courses comprising the Associate of Arts Degree (Education) transfer to receiving institutions throughout British Columbia (see the BC Transfer Guide 
  3. 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 current Program Guide

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Year 1 (Pre-Education Certificate)

4 electives (12-14 credits) selected from one of the following:
a) 1 lab science course (3-4 credits) AND 3 Arts and Science courses (9 credits) 
b) 2 lab science courses (6-8 credits) AND 2 Arts and Science courses (6 credits)

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

Year 2 (Completion of the Associate of Arts Degree)

Plus four 200-level Arts Electives (12 credits)*

Plus one open Elective in Arts or Sciences (3 credits)

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