University Arts and Sciences - Certificate in Pre-Education

Program Description
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University Arts and Sciences courses and credentials are designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship, an enriched life as an educated person, and to create a solid foundation for further study.

Students may register in a program stream, or they may register for individual courses that are scheduled during the Fall, Winter and Intersession semesters. Courses are offered using various modes of delivery, including in-class, videoconference, and online.

The Pre-Education Certificate is one year of planned coursework that also serves as the first year of the Associate of Arts Degree – AHCOTE designed for prospective teachers, and the first step toward enrolment in the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE) program. Credits can also be put towards a Bachelor’s degree.

Coursework within the Academic program also supports other College programs, such as Business Management, Early Childhood Education and Care, Education Assistant, Social Services Worker Diploma, and Visual Arts.

Career Prospects

The Certificate prepares students for continued Bachelor level studies at universities or other receiving institutions, continued studies in specific programs at NLC, continued studies in professional programs, or entry-level employment opportunities.

Transfer arrangements exist with universities, colleges and institutes throughout British Columbia. See the BC Transfer Guide. Course transfer beyond British Columbia is determined on a case-by-case basis. NLC students are responsible for confirming admission requirements, application procedures, transfer credit, and graduation requirements at all receiving institutions.


Location: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John campuses (NOTE: all courses are not available at each campus)

Length: 30 weeks (depending on intake start date)

Start: September, January, May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Prerequisites

To apply to the University Arts and Sciences program or 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 Admissions Officer. 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.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. The information on this program 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: Lisa Verbisky


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)