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Teacher Education Program (Elementary)

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) will provide professional development for elementary school pre-service teachers in a Kindergarten to grade seven module. TEP is a 55 credit program, which can only be taken on a full-time basis. Its key features are the integration of knowledge, practice, and program components that are specifically designed to meet the TEP program values and goals, and are intended to help prospective teachers attain the professional standards established by the BC College of Teachers (BCCT; see for more information). Upon successful completion of the program, students are recommended to the BCCT for professional certification.

It is anticipated that professional development for a secondary module will be added in May 2010, pending external and internal approvals.

Mission statement

The mission of the TEP is to educate teachers who will become responsible and effective professionals. Through our emphasis on curriculum development, social justice, and the integration of knowledge, educational theory, and practice, our graduates will be distinguished by the knowledge, skills, and values expected of educators in the contemporary classroom.

Dates and location

The program will begin with 32 students in May 2007 and end 13 months later in June 2008.

Students will take classes at the Chilliwack campus, although some classes are scheduled at the Abbotsford campus. Practica will take place in schools from the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Fraser Cascade school districts.

Entrance requirements

The program is designed to prepare students to qualify for a professional teaching certificate issued by the BCCT. Some admission requirements are governed by policies or standards of BCCT.

1. Education requirements

• Bachelor’s degree acceptable to BCCT (see Note 1)
• 3 credits of English composition
• 3 credits of English literature
• 3 credits of Canadian history
• 3 credits of Canadian geography
• 4 credits of MATH 105 or equivalent
• 4 credits of an approved laboratory science course
• 3 credits of EDUC 200 or equivalent
• 4 credits of EDUC 300 or equivalent

Note 1: All applicants must meet the acceptable degree policy of the BC College of Teachers for professional certification. The policy (P2.B.03) is posted on the BCCT website.

Note 2: All of the courses mentioned above, except EDUC 300, must be completed one full semester prior to beginning TEP.

2. Other requirements

a) Written assignment: Enclosed in the TEP application package.

b) Work experience, talents, and skills: Students are required to have related experience working with children — classroom volunteer work is strongly recommended; certificates such as coaching, music, and first aid are reviewed in this area, along with travel experience and languages spoken.

c) Reference letters: Two confidential letters of reference are required to support the student’s application. The student may submit an additional confidential reference, but no more than three references are permitted.

d) Grade Point Average: UCFV will calculate grade point average on the most recent two years (approximately 60 semester hours) of undergraduate coursework (this may include post-degree coursework). Applicants with a grade point average below a B- (2.8 on the 4.33 point scale) in this calculation will not be considered.

e) Academic preparation: Applicants are encouraged to have MATH 205, courses in Fine and Performing Arts (FPA), and Kinesiology (KIN). Computer literacy is an asset.

All documentation submitted in support of a student’s application is confidential and will be treated as such by UCFV.

All candidates must meet the BCCT acceptable degree policy, restricting the academic preparation acceptable for qualifying teachers.

Criminal Record Check: Persons convicted of a criminal offense and given an absolute or conditional discharge are advised to write the Registrar of the British Columbia College of Teachers for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program. As all the Fraser Valley school districts require a criminal record check before students can participate in Education 400, all students must complete a criminal record check before entering the program.

How to apply

Applicants must submit their completed applications with documentation by December 1 each year to be considered for May admission. Applicants are eligible to apply while completing a Bachelor’s Degree acceptable to BCCT, provided all prerequisite courses (except EDUC 300) are completed in the fall semester prior to starting TEP.

Admission to the TEP will be on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. Obtain a TEP application package from Student Services, Admissions and Records (A&R), or the website.

2. Submit your complete application, along with your application fee, to the A&R office. The deadline for application is December 1 for the following May intake. Applications received after December 1 may be considered, but only if space is available.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions you have attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. If transcripts are going to be sent directly from the institution(s) attended, please indicate that they are on order. To meet application deadlines, order your transcripts early so they arrive before your application is submitted.
• Written assignment, reference letters, and a brief résumé. Use the forms that are available on the teacher education website:

Reference letters should be written on school/company letterhead, must be original, and must be signed by the referee. One reference letter must come from an off-campus educator who has observed the applicant interacting with children/adolescents in a public educational setting. Referees may fill out the Referee’s Report as part of the TEP application package instead of providing a reference letter. The reference letter must answer questions 1-6 from the Referee’s Report.

All references must be mailed directly by the referee to the Admissions and Records office in a sealed envelope:

Admission and Records
Teacher Education Program Admissions
University College of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Rd.
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8

The written assignment and résumé must accompany the application.

Admissions procedures

1. An Admissions Committee, comprised of the TEP department head, program advisor, two education faculty members, and a member of the TEP Curriculum Committee, will consider each candidate's application.

2. Each applicant must meet all academic requirements. In addition, candidates are evaluated based on the additional admission criteria (a-e). Each criterion will be given equivalent weight, and the top 50 candidates may be asked for an interview. A waitlist of 5 to 6 applicants will also be compiled.

3. Conditional acceptance may be offered if students are still completing their Bachelor’s degree and/or EDUC 300. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due at the end of April.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $150 per course. Students also need to have reliable modes of transportation to get to practica sites.

Program outline

Term 1 (May to mid-August)

Foundations courses

Course Title Credits
EDUC 410 Social Justice 3
EDUC 412 Developmental Theory and Teaching 3
EDUC 495A Applications of Reflective Practice I 0.5

Elementary Designs for Learning courses

Course Title Credits
EDUC 420 Designs for Learning Elementary English Language Arts 2
EDUC 421 Designs for Learning Elementary Social Studies 2
EDUC 422 Designs for Learning Elementary Fine Arts 1
EDUC 423 Designs for Learning Elementary Science 2
EDUC 424 Designs for Learning Elementary Mathematics 3
EDUC 425 Designs for Learning Elementary Physical Education 1
Total   17.5

Term 2 (September to December)

Integration of Knowledge and Practice

Course Title Credits
EDUC 442 Introduction to Classroom Research (child study on an individual student's strength) 1
EDUC 443 Literacy Across the Curriculum 3
EDUC 444 Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution 2
EDUC 445 Introduction to the Principles of Assessment 1
EDUC 446 Using Information Technology in Teaching 1
EDUC 447 First Nations Youth and Schooling 1
EDUC 400 Integration of Knowledge and Practice I (practicum 1) 6
EDUC 495B Applications of Reflective Practice II 0.5
Total   15.5

Term 3 (January to early February)

Courses on Emerging Educational Issues

Course Title Credits
EDUC 450 Second Language Learning in Classroom Practice 2
EDUC 414 Mental Health and Special Learning Needs in Schools 3
EDUC 452 Principles of Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting 1
EDUC 495C Applications of Reflective Practice III 0.5
Total   6.5

Term 4 (mid-February to May)

Course Title Credits
EDUC 404 Integration of Knowledge and Practice II (practicum 2) 12
EDUC 460 Governance and Reform in Public Education 3
EDUC 495D Applications of Reflective Practice IV 0.5
Total   15.5
Total program credits 55

Continuance in the program

Students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of understanding in all foundations courses, designs for learning courses, short courses, and colloquia (C+, 65 percent in each course), and receive credit in the practica, to complete the program. Moreover, students are expected to be guided by ethically responsible professional conduct that includes behaviour consistent with the BCCT’s Standards for the Professional Conduct of Educators.

Students are expected to maintain a program GPA of at least 2.0.

Re-entry and re-admission to TEP

Only students who withdraw from EDUC 400 or EDUC 404 may re-apply. There are specific requirements for re-entry, which can be obtained from the TEP advisor. A student who re-enters TEP is required to repeat the semester in which the withdrawal occurred. Students who have withdrawn from EDUC 400 or 404 must be successful in the application to be re-admitted within 2 years of interrupting or withdrawing from TEP. Deadline for re-entry is October 15, and part of the application to re-enter is a submission of supporting data which demonstrate that all re-entry conditions have been met. A previous admission does not imply any right to re-admission; the application is subject to the same criteria for admission as all other candidates.


This is a full-time program in which all students take all of the courses. Thus, transfer of courses from other institutions or earlier studies will not be considered.

Auditing courses

Students will not be permitted to audit courses.

Course withdrawal

Students who withdraw from any of the TEP courses will be considered to have withdrawn from the program. See Re-entry and re-admission to TEP for information on completing the program.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are recommended to the BC College of Teachers for professional certification.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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