Post-Secondary Options Research: Secondary Education

University of British Columbia

Costs

  • $12,810.23 for 11 months
    • 11 month program total
  • $5100 – $7000 residence

Prerequisites

  • Secondary School
  • 3 year degree (Bachelor) in another subject
    • 6 credits in English Literature or Composition
    • Specific Credits in at least one teachable subject
    • 65% average

Timeline

  • Any 3 year program before entrance into this program
  • 11 month program

Reputation

  • 51st best university in the world(QS World University Rankings® 2018)
  • 3rd best in Canada (Huffington Post, 2019)

Structure

  • Co-op option
  • No part time study option

Location

  • Approximately 1 hr drive from my house
  • Approximately 2 hr transit from my house

 

McGill University

Costs

  • $8,964.26 per year 
    • 4 year program
  • $3,700 – $11,500 for residence

Prerequisites

  • Secondary School (no additional degree required)
    • English 12 or French 12
    • Four additional academic high school courses

Timeline

  • 4 year program

Reputation

  • 35th best university in the world (QS World University Rankings®)
  • 2nd best in Canada (Huffington Post, 2019)

Structure

  • Co-op option
  • No part time study option

Location

  • Montreal
    • $3,700 – $11,500 for residence

 

University of Victoria

Costs

  • $6,266 for 8 months
    • 16 month program
  • $5,500 – $9,000 for residency + meal plan

Prerequisites

  • Secondary School
  • 3 year degree (Bachelor) in another subject
    • GPA of at least 3.0
  • 3.0 credits of English

Timeline

  • Any 3 year program before entrance into this program
  • 16 month program

Reputation

  • 35th best university in the world (QS World University Rankings®)
  • 2nd best in Canada (Huffington Post, 2019)

Structure

  • Co-op option
  • No part time study option

Location

  • Victoria
    • $5,500 – $9,000 for residency + meal plan

 

Another option:

Concurrent Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education at McGill (also offered at Windsor University)

Costs

  • $10,429.04 per year
    • 5 year program
  • $3,700 – $11,500 for residency

Prerequisites

  • Secondary School
    • English 12 or French 12
    • Four additional academic high school courses

Timeline

  • 5 year program
    • Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education are integrated throughout the 5 years

Reputation

  • 346th best university in the world (QS World University Rankings®)

Structure

  • No co-op option
  • No part time study option

Location

  • Montreal
    • $3,700 – $11,500 for residence

 

Career Research

Secondary School Teacher

Education

  • Bachelors Degree in Education
    • Undertaken after another degree (typically in the arts or sciences)
  • Specialized training in their specific subject
  • Provincial teaching certificate

Salary

  • Median Salary in BC is $74,277
  • Hourly rates:
    • High: $51.92/hr
    • Median: $35.71/hr
    • Low: $21.54/hr

Tasks

  • Prepare course material and teach it to students effectively
  • Teach students using various mediums and methods
  • Mark assignments, projects, and tests
  • Assist students in and out of school hours as necessary
  • Attend meetings, workshops, etc

Stability

  • 61% of teachers work full time
  • No work or pay over summer, winter, and spring break

Hours

  • School Hours during the week
    • Marking, lesson planning, and extra activities are all on personal, unpaid time
  • Recent graduates are TOCs for several years until they are considered for permanent positions

Skills Required

  • Clarity in instructing
  • Knowledgeable
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication

 

Composer/ Arranger

Education

  • Degrees in composition are extremely beneficial but not necessary

Salary

  • Median Salary in BC is $34,695
  • Often self-employed

Tasks

  • Create original compositions for TV shows, movies, video games, artists/ specific groups, etc
  • Change and adapt existing compositions

Stability

  • Predicted 1.5% market growth by 2028
  • Often self-employed/ by commission
  • 39% of workers working full time

Hours

  • Often self-employed

Skills Required

  • Technical musical ability
  • Judgment
  • Communication
  • Coordination

 

Clinical Psychologist

Education

  • in BC, you need a doctoral degree in psychology to get registered as a psychologist 
  • Must be registered with the  College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC)
    • Have a doctoral degree in psychology
    • Pass a written test
    • Fulfill practical experience requirements 

Salary

  • $71,490 median salary in BC
  • High hourly rate: $56.95/hr
  • High median rate: $34.37/hr
  • High low rate: $12.65/hr

Tasks

  • Analyze behavior and diagnose issues
  • Help patients through various health issues (mental, physical, and more)
  • Coach patients to reach their goals
  • Utilize therapeutic techniques in order to help patients

Prospects

  • High demand in BC
  • 200 new job openings in BC expected by 2023

Stability

  • 36% of workers are working mostly fulltime

Hours

  • Hours vary wildly from person to person

Skills Required

  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading comprehension
  • Decision making

 

All statistics from WorkBC