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East Kootenay Teacher Education Programs

A scenic landscape nature photo from the Cranbrook region looking toward town, during the summer season.

Complete your UVic teaching degree in Cranbrook, BC

Our East Kootenay Teacher Education Programs (EKTEP) provide students with the opportunity to complete their UVic teaching degree at the College of the Rockies (COTR) campus in Cranbrook, British Columbia, within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation.

There are currently two programs offered as part of EKTEP:

  • Bachelor of Education—Elementary Curriculum
  • Bachelor of Education Post-Degree Professional Program (PDPP)—Elementary Curriculum

These programs offer a unique opportunity for those seeking to become engaging, inspiring and forward-thinking teachers. We offer small class sizes, a strong focus on rural, place-based experiences, and integration of teaching through Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. Students will be part of meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations, local schools and the Ktunaxa Nation. 

Bachelor of Education - Elementary Curriculum

You may enter the Bachelor of Education (Elementary Curriculum) program after one year of approved post-secondary studies (year 2 entry). To find out what courses you will take in years two-four, visit the UVic academic calendar. 

How to apply

Download the detailed application instructions for the Bachelor of Education - Elementary program

Bachelor of Education - Elementary CurriculumPost-degree Professional Program

This post-degree professional program is designed for those who have already completed a Bachelor's degree. To find out what courses you’ll take, visit the UVic academic calendar. Please note that the Cranbrook campus program format differs from the Victoria campus program format. Contact an academic adviser for more information.

Application deadline: January 2 each year for September entry

How to apply

Download the detailed application instructions for the Bachelor of Education - Elementary PDP


Do you have questions about these UVic program offerings at COTR? Please contact UVic Education Advising to learn more. You can call, email, or book an appointment with an adviser.  


Nestled directly against 2000 hectares of the Cranbrook Community Forest, and located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies of southeastern BC, the College of the Rockies campus offers you the lifestyle and learning opportunities to match the spectacular setting.

See the College of the Rockies website for more information on the campus, culture, and location.

Yes! Our EKTEP teacher candidates can access free counselling, student service supports, workshops, an on-campus gym and weight room, along with help from our dedicated library liaison technician. On-campus housing and food services are also available.

The majority of our instructors are experienced local and/or retired teachers who are qualified to teach at the university level.

We also have a team of “fly in” instructors who travel from Victoria. This helps promote close links between the Victoria and Cranbrook campuses and to the emerging research from within the Faculty of Education.

As our program is located within ʔamak̓is Ktunaxa, we consistently work to build strong relationships with the Ktunaxa Nation in order to have ongoing support for our Indigenous Education courses, workshops, and general coursework. We also offer an on-site partership with ʔaq̓amnik̓ School at ʔaq̓am, just outside of Cranbrook.