Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Admission Requirements?

  1. All applicants should be high school graduates OR 19 years or older at the start of the applicant’s program or course.
  2. Applicants who wish to qualify as domestic students must produce valid documentation confirming their legal status as Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  3. Applicants who are classified as International students must meet the requirements for international students studying in Canada as laid down by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language skills. The minimum level of English is IELTS 5 for the program, or equivalent.
  5. Applicants are required to complete a criminal record search before beginning the practicum
  6. Applicants are required to complete basic First Aid before beginning the practicum
  7. To be successful in an online course, students need to be able to:
    • Copy and paste
    • Locate and upload a file
    • Use a web browser and word processor
    • Send and receive emails

What are acceptable English Language skills?

Applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language skills to enroll in any program. The minimum level of English is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
All applicants to the College must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing proof of one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: overall band of 5.5 or higher, with a minimum of 5 in each band.
  • Coastal College of British Columbia (CCBC) Language Proficiency Assessment score of 40 (In-house testing)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 68 or higher.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 42 or higher
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks- Score of 6 in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • English 12, English Literature 12, Communications 12 or English 12 First Peoples with a C
  • Post- secondary English- 6 credits with a C

Do I have to meet all the admission requirements?

Yes. Neither the institution nor the student can waive the requirements.

How do I register?

Go to the Registration page. Complete an online registration and upload the documents required. There is a one-time non-refundable fee of $150. Before registering, carefully read the CCBC Student Handbook.

What do I do if I am having problems registering?

When registering, use a desktop or laptop.If you are still having problems with the online format, contact the college and you will be sent a paper copy that can submitted by email with all required documentation.

Are you accredited?

Coastal College of British Columbia is a fully accredited, designated college.

Can we choose our practicum placement, or is it chosen for us?

Practicums are organized by Coastal College of British Columbia (CCBC). In consultation with the student, CCBC would tentatively schedule a practicum in a high school or elementary school in the students preferred area. The student may also make inquires. CCBC would negotiate placements through discussions with a host organization. If a host organization is not available in the student’s preferred area of residence, the student maybe required to accept a practicum elsewhere.

Through negotiations, the practicum is set out based on the learning outcomes. Care is taken to ensure that the practicum does not demand knowledge that the student does not yet possess. All coursework must be complete before the beginning of the practicum. As well, a criminal record search and a basic first aid course must be completed before the start of the practicum.

Most school districts do not allow practicums in September or June. Our goal would be to have you start the practicum in other months. Not to worry, we would work with you to ensure all these pieces are in place.

Are the listed textbooks included in the price and provided or do we buy them elsewhere? If so, where?

As you may know, you can purchase or rent textbooks from a variety of sites and locations. Please see the attached course outline and textbook list for textbook titles and ISBN numbers. We encourage students to rent textbooks or buy second hand textbooks from a vendor of their choice. Here is a list of sites some students have found useful.

Is the programming test based?

In the courses there are no examinations. The research is quite clear that exams do not provide long term retention or deep understanding of course content. In this program, the instructors use the formative assessment model. Many colleges and universities are moving away from the “test”. Many educators and experts believe that formative assessment is an integral part of effective teaching and learning. In contrast with most summative assessments (exams and tests), which are deliberately set apart from instruction, formative assessments are integrated into the learning process. For example, a formative-assessment technique could be as simple as an instructor posing a reflection question to a student and then using a rubric to provide feedback.

Can payment for the course be made in installments or does it all have to get paid at once?

Tuition fees for programs are due and payable before the start date of the program. Students may pay in installments, which would be set up as evenly as possible. The amount of tuition would be apportioned equally to each installment date.

All tuition must be paid before the student begins their practicum and before the students receive their final proof/certification of program completion. Most students pay in 3 installments. Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks.

Is there a set start date or can I start as soon as I pay and register?

Programs have continuous intake. This means that you can start as soon as your registration has been processed by the registrar.

How do I pay?

You can pay by e-transfer or PAYPAL.

Do you have bursaries or scholarships?

We have a small scholarship of $100 for students in need. All that is required is a letter outlining the details. A summary will suffice.

I have never taken any online course before. Is distance education right for me?

Don’t be afraid. Many students who never had any experience with online training have been successful with us. Do you have self-discipline, motivation, and basic computer skills? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, you should be fine.

Can I be granted advanced credit for previously completed coursework?

A Prior Learning Assessment is completed on a case by case basis. The process is applied consistently to all students.

  1. The student submits all necessary documentation.
  2. The Senior Educational Administrator completes a thorough analysis to see if Advanced Credit should be granted.
  3. The student is notified of the result.
  4. The student has the option of accepting the advanced credit or taking the course.

Please do not hesitate to contact CCBC if you require any further information.