BC Teachers’ Council (BCTC)
(formerly BC College of Teachers (BCCT))
Bill 12 - 2011, The Teachers Act, dissolves the BC College of Teachers, creates a new BC Teachers' Council, and establishes a new system for teacher certification, regulation, and discipline administered by the Ministry of Education called the BC Teacher Regulation Branch. Here is a summary of changes prior to and as a result of the Teachers Act.
The new BC Teachers’ Council will consist of 3 teachers nominated by the BCTF, 5 teachers elected regionally and 7 members appointed by the Minister of Education. A Commissioner will be appointed to oversee professional conduct and discipline matters. Any hearings will be before a Disciplinary Board consisting of 1 teacher and 2 government appointees. The Director of Certification will determine whether applicants meet the requirements for certification with respect to both qualifications and good character.
The structure and processes developed by the College will continue. Certification, fees, complaints and discipline will continue to be handled by the Council and staff following the currently established rules. When the Council is elected/appointed additional changes to meet the newly established structures will need to be developed.
BC Teachers' Council elections
Elections for the first teachers' council begin this month. Teachers will receive ballots in the mail beginning February 15. Completed ballots must be received by the Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education by 4:30 on March 20.
Purpose of the following regulations is included in the Summary of Changes document.
Fee and membership information
The BC Teachers' Council is required through legislation to set standards for the teaching profession.
The BCTF provides important advice for teachers who find that they are being investigated by the Teacher Regulation Branch. Please use the printable request form when applying for legal aid for a disciplinary matter.
The Teacher Regulation Branch's complaint process outlines how parents and others can file complaints about teachers. However, the B.C. School Trustees Association's position is that local district complaint processes should be followed and all local avenues exhausted first. The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils' position is that all local avenues should be attempted first before complaints are made to the college.
Parent Concerns: A Guide for Resolution
From time to time parents may have a query or worry about some aspect of their child's schooling. The processes outlined in this brochure represents some of the best practices for handling complaints fairly and respectfully. These brochures have been distributed by mail to school staff representatives and school PACs.
BCTF policies and procedures
They have been established by the decision-making bodies of the BCTF and are in section 7 of the BCTF Members' Guide.