Workshops & Institutes

Professional Development for Educators

Specialized institutes, workshops and short-courses are developed in collaboration with Faculty of Education departments and centres.

To discuss the possibility of developing an institute, workshop or short program, contact Dr. Mark Edwards at 604.822.2013.

Vancouver Summer Program

The Vancouver Summer Program in the Faculty of Education is a four-week program developed for international undergraduate students from partner universities. Find out more.

2015 Summer Programs

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Program Registration Location Dates
Challenge and Initiative Games Credit UBC Vancouver + Overnight out-trip June 1 to 5
Indigenous Existential Resistance: the Sundance practice Credit and Non-Credit UBC Vancouver & Kainai Reserve, Alberta June 29 to July 13
UBC-Ritsumeikan Joint-TESL Certificate Program 2015 Credit UBC Vancouver & Kyoto, Japan July to August, 2015
Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon Credit Lamas, Peru July 6 to 27
Historical Thinking Summer Institute Credit and Non-Credit Museum of Vancouver & UBC Vancouver July 6 to 11
Field House Curriculum Development Project Credit UBC Vancouver + Overnight out-trip July 6 to 24
Early Childhood Education Credit and Non-Credit UBC Vancouver July 6 to 17
Infant Development & Supported Child Development (IDSC) Credit and Non-Credit UBC Vancouver July 6 to 17
Drama Education Credit and Non-Credit UBC Vancouver July 13 to 17
Reconciliation through Indigenous Education Credit and Non-Credit UBC Vancouver July 13 to 18

We offer many of our programs annually. You can read about last year’s adventures in our Media & Stories section, or review the archived summer calendars here.


For information on admission or re-admission, please contact Alya Zhukova (604-822-0165) in the Teacher Education Office. Download the application form here.

  • New UBC Students must apply for admission through the Teacher Education Office, UBC Vancouver.
  • Previous UBC Students must apply for re-admission through the Teacher Education Office.

Using your campus wide login and password, register for the courses through the Student Service Centre.


Some programs listed may be offered by UBC-Okanagan Faculty of Education. For information on these programs contact Wendy Klassen, Associate Professor, UBC-O Faculty of Education.


For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Non-Credit Fees

Some programs offer non-credit registration, in which case the tuition fees will be posted on the program webpage.


All courses are subject to minimum enrollment requirements. If UBC cancels the course, course fees will be reimbursed. For student cancellations in credit courses the UBC policy will apply. For non-credit registrations, see the program webpage.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 |

All certificates are mailed, or delivered, to:
Jeanette Hansen
UBC Faculty of Education (PDCE)
1304 - 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

If you are registering for non-credit, please register for your course through the online registration option and select "Tuition Fee Certificate" as your payment method, and then send or deliver your certificate to the address above.

Need Accommodation?

If you are planning to attend an on-campus summer institute and are interested in accommodation options, visit these two sites:

Note that on-campus accommodations fill quickly, and early booking is recommended.

What is the cost?

Non-credit tuition is determined per course; refer to the program page for the course you are interested in. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of full payment.

Methods of Payment:

We accept online payment in the form of:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard, and
  • Interac (debit cards from: Royal Bank, Scotiabank, CanadaTrust and Bank of Montreal only).

For some programs, we accept payment via cheque or money order (payable to "UBC" in Canadian dollars only). If this option is available for your program, you will see the pay later option on the payment screen. Please note that cheques must be received within 5 business days of your online registration in order to confirm your place in the course.

Registration Deadlines:

The deadline for non-credit registration is typically 5-weeks prior to the course start, although registration will remain open until the seats are full.

What is the Refund Policy?

If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by 5 weeks prior to the course start date to be eligible for a refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than this date, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.

NSF Cheques:

All NSF cheques are subject to a $30.00 Administrative Fee.

How do I obtain a tax receipt for a non-credit course?

Tax receipts are only valid for students whose fees have not been reimbursed by an employer or other organization. For further information contact PDCE:, 604-822-2013.

Does completion of a non-credit course qualify for academic credits toward a diploma or degree program?

No, non-credit courses cannot be transferred to a credit degree program.

If a course if offering both non-credit and credit registration, students are not permitted to change to credit status once the course has begun.

For advising about non-credit versus credit options for your diploma or certificate program, you can consult with a Program Coordinator in the Teacher Education Office: or

Where do I get parking or transit information for UBC Campus?

For information regarding parking at UBC Point Grey campus, click here. For transit information, click here.

I'm a UBC employee. How can I access UBC PDCE courses?

Most UBC employee groups are eligible for tuition fee waivers that reimburse or offset the cost of most UBC PDCE courses. Find out more.

I am a teacher who has a tuition fee certificate. As a non-credit participant can the certificate be used to pay the institute fees?

Yes. The certificate only covers the institute fee. It does not cover the cost of course materials or any other fees. Please contact PDCE for further information.

Many of our summer programs are offered annually. Review the archived summer calendars here for a preview of next year's programs.

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