Globally, nationally, and provincially, rural education is emerging as an important field of study. There are unique challenges involved in providing excellent educational opportunities to students who live far from the resources and services of metropolitan areas, but small rural communities and schools are also places of vitality, character and resilience. In the Department and across our Faculty, we are committed to preparing and supporting teachers for rural and small school settings. We have led the way since 1990 with initiatives such as the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program which offers a B.Ed based on our on-campus program and tailored to rural concerns. We also support rural school experiences for on-campus students, carry out rural research across local and international sites, and contribute to rural teacher mentorship through the office of the Eleanor Rix Professor of Rural Teacher Education established in 2009.
Read more about rural education: http://www.ruralteachers.com/
Read more about The West Kootenay Teacher Education (WKTEP): teach.educ.ubc.ca/bachelor-of-education-program/wktep/
The Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy offers a PhD concentration and MA and MEd specializations in Rural Education and Rural Teacher Education, along with a Teacher Education (BEd) major.