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 is twelve months in length, can only be taken on a full-time basis.
the integration of knowledge, practice, and program components that
are specifically designed to meet the TEP values and goals.
The program is intended to help prospective teachers attain the professional
standards established by the Ministry of Education through the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB); see bcteacherregulation.ca for more information. Upon successful completion
of the program, students will be recommended to the Ministry of Education for
professional certification through the Teacher Regulation Branch and will receive a certificate in Teacher Education
It is anticipated that professional development
for a secondary module will be added in July 2013, pending external and
Mission statement of the UFV Teacher
The mission of the UFV Teacher Education
Program (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 one intake per year. TEP is
twelve months in length, beginning in early July and ending in late June.
Students will take classes at the Abbotsford
campus. School experiences and practica will take place in schools from
the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Fraser Cascade school districts.
The program is designed to prepare students to
qualify for a professional teaching certificate issued by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB). Some
of the following admission requirements reflect policies or standards of the TRB.
• Bachelor’s degree to include 18 credits of
300 or 400 level courses in
teachable subject areas
• 3 credits of English composition
• 3 credits of English literature
• 3 credits of Canadian history
• 3 credits of Canadian geography
• 4 credits of an approved laboratory science course
• MATH 105 (4 credits)
• EDUC 200 (3 credits)
• EDUC 300 (4 credits)
Note: All applicants must meet the course requirements
of the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch to qualify for professional certification. The required Bachelor's degree needs to include a minimum of 120 credits.
Eighteen credits of third and fourth year courses have to be from teachable subject
areas: English, math, science, physical education, social studies (any
combination of anthropology, geography, history, political science, or
sociology), French, visual arts, and theatre.
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.
1. Written assignment: Directions and
details are enclosed in the TEP application package. Please note that
this assignment needs to be written on campus. Several dates will be
made available in January. Students unable to attend these writing sessions must consult the TEP advisor.
2. Work experience, talents, and skills:
Students are required to have related experience working with children/adolescents in a variety of settings. While all
experience with children/adolescents is valuable, classroom volunteer work is strongly recommended. Students are encouraged to highlight additional certificates such as coaching, music, and first aid, along with languages spoken and travel experience.
3. Reference letters:
At least two, but not more than three confidential letters of reference from professionals are required to support the
student’s application. It is highly recommended that the referee has seen you work with children/adolescents.
4. 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
2.8 on the 4.33 scale in this calculation will not be considered.
5. Academic preparation: We welcome applicants
with diverse backgrounds. Elementary teachers have to be competent in
many subject areas, and we recommend that applicants have preparation in
numeracy (e.g. Math 205), and literacy skills. You can further enhance
your preparation by taking courses from disciplines such as cultural
anthropology, visual arts, music, theatre, sociology, modern languages,
kinesiology/physical education, linguistics, science, and math.
All documentation submitted in support of a
student’s application is confidential and will be treated as such by
All candidates must meet the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch acceptable
degree policy, restricting the academic preparation acceptable for
qualifying teachers. It is strongly recommended that prospective students attend the TEP Seminars which are regularly offered by the department. For more information please see ufv.ca/tep.
Criminal record check
Under the Criminal Records Review Act, students in a professional post-secondary program with a practicum component involving work with children and/or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check. Applicants to the program who may have a criminal offence are advised to contact the Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General.
Students admitted to the TEP who have been convicted of a criminal offence and given a discharge are advised to contact the Commissioner of the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program. The Criminal Records Check will be administered through the TEP office.
Recognition of previously completed education courses
TEP is a full-time cohort program, in which all students take all courses together on the same schedule. To ensure that students progress through the program at the same pace and to ensure that students receive consistent exposure to all aspects of the TEP curriculum, TEP limits transfer credit from other institutions or from other programs at UFV toward credit in the TEP program.
The following criteria are used to determine the applicability of transfer credit or other UFV credits to the Teacher Education program requirements or entrance requirements:
• Relevance of the course, as determined by TEP faculty.
• Suitability of the course to the program, as determined by TEP faculty.
• The date the course was taken. Generally, courses taken more than 10 years ago will not be considered applicable to TEP entrance requirements or program requirements.
• The content of the course. If a course has been taken within the past 10 years, but there has been significant change to the course content, the course may not be considered applicable to TEP entrance requirements or program requirements.
Once transfer credit has been evaluated, through the process administered by the UFV Admissions and Records office, applicants should contact the Teacher Education department to determine whether courses assigned UFV transfer credit may be used toward TEP entrance requirements or program requirements. When transfer credit to the TEP program is not appropriate, unassigned transfer credit may be given towards electives for other UFV programs – students should consult with their department advisor or program head.
How to apply
Applicants must submit their completed
applications, including 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 TRB, 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
• Official transcripts (or interim
transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended,
showing grade/course achievement. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details. To meet application
deadlines, order your transcripts early.
• Reference letters, a brief resume, and a written assignment. Use the forms available on the TEP
ufv.ca/teachereducation. Please note that the written assignment must be completed at an
on-campus writing session (see directions and details in the application package). The resume should be submitted with the application.
All references must be submitted on the Referee Report form provided with the application package, with a separate completed form for each reference. An additional letter can be attached to the referee form; however, this must be written on school/company letterhead, must be original, and must be signed by the referee. One reference must come from an off-campus educator who has observed the student interacting with children/adolescents in an educational setting.
All references must be mailed directly by the
referee in a sealed envelope to the Admissions and Records office:
AdmissionS and Records
Teacher Education Program Admissions
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road
Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 7M8
The resume must accompany the application.
Please make arrangements to complete the written assignments on campus.
Basis for admission decision
1. An admissions committee, comprised of the
TEP department head, program advisor, and two education faculty members will consider each candidate's
2. Each applicant must meet all academic
requirements. In addition, candidates are evaluated based on the five
additional admission criteria 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 must have reliable modes of transportation for travel
to practica sites. The criminal record check will be $20. Upon successful completion of TEP, student teachers can expect to pay a fee to the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch to have documents reviewed for certification purposes.
This is the suggested order and sequence of courses taken by all students within the cohort model.
Semester I (July and August)
||Schooling in a
Learning Elementary Social Studies
Learning Elementary Science
||Designs for Learning Elementary Physical Education
||Planning and Assessment
||Information Technology in Teaching
Reflective Practice I
Semester II (September to December)
||Introduction to Development and Special Learning Needs
Learning Elementary English Language Arts
Learning Elementary Fine Arts
||Designs for Learning Elementary Mathematics
Resolution in Schools
||Mental Health and
Special Learning Needs in Schools
Reflective Practice II
Semester III (January to April)
Learning in Classroom Practice
||Unit Planning, Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting
Knowledge and Practice (Practicum 2)
Reflective Practice III
Semester IV (May to June)
||Introduction to Classroom Research
Youth and Schooling
Reform in Public Education
Reflective Practice IV
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 the established Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators, as outlined through the Ministry of Education's Teacher Regulation Branch.
Interruption of TEP due to extenuating
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
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.
Students who withdraw from any of the TEP courses will be considered to have
withdrawn from the program. See Re-application, re-admission, or re-entry below 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.
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
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.)
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-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
Re-entry to TEP
Students who do not meet the objectives of EDUC 492 may
be put on a probationary contract. 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
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
b) The student may need to show completion of required
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.
Students will not be permitted to audit
Upon successful completion of all program
requirements, students are recommended to the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch for
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.