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Teacher Education

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. The 55-credit program, which can only be taken on a full-time basis, features the integration of knowledge, practice, and program components that are specifically designed to meet the TEP program values and goals. The program is intended to help prospective teachers attain the professional standards established by the B.C. College of Teachers (BCCT; see for more information).

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be recommended to the BCCT for professional certification and will receive a Certificate in Teacher Education from UFV.

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 the integration of knowledge, educational theory and practice, on social justice, and on curriculum development, our graduates will be distinguished by the knowledge, skills and values expected of educators in the contemporary classroom.

Dates and location

The program has a capacity of 32 students. TEP is 12 months in length, beginning July 2, 2008 and ending June 30, 2009.

Students will take classes at the Chilliwack campus. School experiences and practica will take place in schools from the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Fraser Cascade school districts.

Entrance requirements

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

1. Academic education requirements

• Bachelor’s degree acceptable to BCCT (see Note)
• 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: All applicants must meet the acceptable degree policy of the B.C. College of Teachers for professional certification. The policy (P2.B.03) is posted on the BCCT website.

All courses mentioned above, except EDUC 300, must be completed one full semester prior to beginning TEP.

Prospective Teacher Education applicants may complete the academic requirements at UFV. If you are not pursuing your bachelor degree at UFV, you could apply to a program path such as Arts Studies or Science Studies in order to register for the remaining courses.

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 languages spoken and travel experience.

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

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

e) Academic preparation: Applicants are encouraged to include in their programs MATH 205, courses in Fine and Performing Arts, and Kinesiology and Physical Education courses. Computer literacy is an asset.

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

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 490, all students must complete a criminal record check before entering the program.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

Applicants must submit their completed applications with documentation by January 31 each year to be considered for the July 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. EDUC 300 must be completed by April 30 prior to commencing TEP in July.

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, Admission and Records office, or the web-site

2. Submit a complete application along with the application fee to the Admission and Records office (A&R). The deadline for application is January 31 for the following July intake. Applications received after January 31 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 student 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 of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Rd.
Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 7M8

The written assignment and résumé must accompany the application.

Basis for admission decision

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

2. Each applicant must meet all academic requirements. In addition candidates are evaluated based on the five additional admission criteria (a-e) as outlined under “Other requirements”. 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 prior to beginning the TEP in July. Proof of completion of ALL entrance requirements is due at the end of April.

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

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 (July and August)

Course Title Credits
EDUC 410 Schooling in a Diverse Society 3
EDUC 421 Designs for Learning Elementary Social Studies 2
EDUC 422 Designs for Learning Elementary Fine Arts 1
EDUC 424 Designs for Learning Elementary Mathematics 3
EDUC 445 Introduction to the Principles of Assessment 1
EDUC 446 Information Technology in Teaching 1
EDUC 495A Applications of Reflective Practice I 0.5
Total   11.5

Term 2 (September to December)

Integration of Knowledge and Practice

Course Title Credits
EDUC 412 Developmental Theory and Teaching 3
EDUC 420 Designs for Learning Elementary Language Arts 2
EDUC 423 Designs for Learning Elementary Science 2
EDUC 425 Designs for Learning Elementary Physical Education 1
EDUC 442 Introduction to Classroom Research 1
EDUC 444 Classroom Management Strategies 1
EDUC 447  Indigenous Youth and Schooling 1
EDUC 490 School Experience (practicum 1) 6
EDUC 495B Applications of Reflective Practice II 0.5
Total   17.5

Term 3 (January to April)

Courses on Emerging Educational Issues

Course Title Credits
EDUC 448 Conflict Resolution in Schools 1
EDUC 453 Literacy Across the Curriculum 3
EDUC 452 Principles of Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting 1
EDUC 492 Integration of Knowledge and Practice (practicum 2) 12
EDUC 495C Applications of Reflective Practice III 0.5
Total   17.5

Term 4 (May to June)

Course Title Credits
EDUC 450 Second Language Learning in Classroom Practice 2
EDUC 454 Mental Health and Special Learning Needs in Schools 3
EDUC 460 Governance and Reform in Public Education 3
EDUC 495D Applications of Reflective Practice IV 0.5
Total   8.5
Total program credits 55

Program Regulations

Continuance in the program

Students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of understanding in all foundations courses, designs for learning courses, and short courses in order to receive credit. Courses are evaluated on a credit/no credit basis. Please note that details of how a student is evaluated in a course is specified in each course outline. Students must receive credit in the school experience and practica in order to complete the program. Moreover, students are expected to be guided by ethically responsible professional conduct that includes behaviour consistent with BCCT’s Standards for the Professional Conduct of Educators.

Interruption of TEP due to extenuating circumstances

Students may apply for permission to interrupt TEP due to extenuating circumstances such as medical, personal, or financial difficulties. There is an interrupt form which must be completed by the student and reviewed by the placement coordinator. A recommendation is then made to the department head. Conditions for the student’s re-admission into TEP are specified at this time. Students who interrupt TEP will be considered to have withdrawn from the program. They must apply for re-entry into the program by the specified deadlines within two years of the interruption. Interruption is not an option once performance issues have been identified.

Withdrawal from TEP

Academic warning

Students must achieve credit in all courses to maintain standing in the program. Academic warning in the Teacher Education Program is provided in the form of a Notice of Potential Withdrawal Contract. Students who do not achieve credit in a course will be withdrawn from the program. Please see the section on course withdrawal below.

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).

The withdrawal of a student from TEP may be a difficult experience for all concerned. It is important that all affected parties have a thorough understanding of the withdrawal process in order to lessen discomfort and ensure transparency of the process.

Withdrawal Procedures

Voluntary withdrawal by the student

If a student acknowledges his/her inability to meet the goals of the Teacher Education Program, he/she may withdraw from the program. The student is required to inform their Faculty Mentor, Teacher Mentor, and the Registrar’s office of his/her intention to withdraw. The student is required to fill out the withdrawal form and to meet with the placement coordinator. In a student-initiated withdrawal, a variety of conditions for re-entry may be identified on the Withdrawal Form. These conditions will reflect the student’s performance and the circumstances surrounding the student-initiated withdrawal.

Withdrawal initiated by TEP

If in the professional judgment of the Faculty Mentor, Teacher Mentor, or Coordinator, a student has not adequately demonstrated competency in meeting the goals of the Teacher Education Program, certain procedures are initiated in the following sequence:

The Contract/Notice of Potential Withdrawal

As problems in the student’s work are identified and persist, the Faculty Mentor may put the student on contract. This contract is developed in consultation with the student, Faculty Mentor, Teacher Mentor, and Coordinator, so that the requirements of the contract are clear. This contract identifies the student’s performance weaknesses and specifies the conditions the student must meet in order to demonstrate improvement. A deadline will be set to determine whether the conditions have been met. (The student will have a minimum of five working days to meet the terms of the contract.) When the student has demonstrated that he/she has met the conditions by the deadline, he/she must demonstrate that the improvements are sustained during the remainder of the practicum. Failure to meet or sustain the conditions of the contract will result in immediate withdrawal.


At the time of a student’s withdrawal, a withdrawal form is completed and signed by the student, the Faculty Mentor, the Teacher Mentor, and the Coordinator. The withdrawal form lists the reasons for the withdrawal and specifies the conditions that the student must meet before he/she can apply for re-entry and re-admission. These conditions for re-entry should identify the student’s performance issues clearly, and should allow for the presentation of observable data at the time of re-entry, both in an interview and in the student’s portfolio.

Note: Students who withdraw or who are withdrawn from a course in the first semester must re-apply to TEP. Students who withdraw from any of the TEP courses will be withdrawn from the program. (See Re-entry and Re-admission to TEP for information on subsequent attempts to complete the program.)

Immediate withdrawals

For situations that are considered very serious, a student may be immediately removed from the classroom. Examples include instances when  physical, emotional, intellectual, and social safety of children may be at risk, or when the principal at the sponsoring school refuses to allow the student to continue. In this case, the Placement Coordinator will remove the student from the program immediately without following the usual steps in the withdrawal process. The process is outlined in the TEP Handbook.

Re-application, re-admission, or re-entry

There are three ways to re-join TEP. The specific options available relate to the length of time spent in the program before withdrawing or being asked to withdraw: re-application, re-admission, or re-entry.

Re-application to TEP

Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from EDUC 490, or any first semester course, are required to repeat the first semester and must re-apply for admission to TEP. Admission is competitive and the student must be successful in the application to be re-admitted. A previous admission does not imply any guarantee for re-admission; the application is subject to the same criteria for admission as are those from all other candidates. An interview with the admissions committee may be required.

Re-admission to TEP

Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from second semester courses (except EDUC 490), or third semester courses (except EDUC 492) may apply for re-admission to TEP. They must show evidence of meeting the terms of the withdrawal contract. An interview with the admissions committee may be required.

Re-entry to TEP

Students who do not meet the objectives of EDUC 492 may be put on a probationary contract. If the student is deemed suitable by the department for an additional, supplemental practicum offered by the TEP, a six-week extension to EDUC 492 may be granted. This would take place in the following fall semester. If the student is unsuccessful during the six-week extension, he/she may be eligible to apply for re-admission into TEP. If the student withdraws or is withdrawn from EDUC 492, the student can apply for re-entry into the program. There are specific written requirements for re-entry as stated on the withdrawal form, which can be obtained from the TEP Coordinator.

A student who re-enters TEP is required to repeat the semester in which the withdrawal occurred. Students who have withdrawn from EDUC 492 must be successful in their application to be re-admitted within 2 years after 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 demonstrates that all re-entry conditions have been met.

Only students who withdraw from EDUC 492 and apply by the deadline will be considered for re-entry into TEP.

Requirements for Re-Entry to TEP may include one or more of the following:

a) The student may need to show documentation of new observation and/or volunteer experience working in educational/instructional contexts.

b) The student may need to show completion of required coursework.

c) The student may be required to complete specific tasks involving reading, writing, reflection, planning and/or instruction.

d) The student must apply for re-entry within two years of interrupting or withdrawing from TEP and must demonstrate that professional/personal development relevant to the circumstances of withdrawal has been undertaken.

e) The student may be required to have an interview with the Admissions Committee.

A student who re-enters TEP is required to repeat the semester in which the withdrawal occurred. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from the program for the second time will not be considered for re-entry to the program.

Note: Although every effort is made to accommodate students who wish to re-enter the program in the semester of their choice this cannot be guaranteed. Factors such as space availability for re-admitted students, as well as the total number of applicants in any given semester, inevitably influence the possibility of re-admission even for candidates who are otherwise qualified.


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-application, 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 B.C. College of Teachers for professional certification.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.