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UFV's Teacher Education Programs

Be a teacher, make a difference

UFV’s post-degree Teacher Education Program (TEP) prepares you to become an elementary, middle or secondary school teacher.  If you’ve already earned a four year bachelor’s degree, this 11-month program can open the door for you to teach in public or private schools, locally or around the world.

The program equips you to become an agent in the changing landscape of 21st century education by providing you with unique and innovative professional development opportunities:

  • Core courses in social justice, special education, indigenous education, and second language instruction
  • Instruction with a strong emphasis on transformative learning and developing critical thinking skills
  • Focus on the integration of knowledge and practice in the classroom
  • Thorough grounding in methodology to prepare you for your practicum
  • Two planning and assessment courses to help you integrate all the methods courses

In addition to first-class instruction, you also benefit from the strong support of a close-knit intellectual community:

  • You  and your classmates move through the program as a cohort to foster collaboration, reflection and inquiry
  • Your development as a teacher is enhanced by your participation in a professional learning community
  • You receive extensive supervision during your practica
  • You receive support as you transition out of the program to find employment. A high percentage of TEP graduates start their careers each year in our local school districts.

Upon successful completion of the program, you are recommended to the Ministry of Education to receive a BC teaching certificate through the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch.

We recognize and honour the contributions that Aboriginal people have made to our community. We strive to support indigenous learners and seek to incorporate indigenous ways of knowing in the curriculum. We welcome applicants who have aboriginal heritage. There are two access initiatives as part of our program:

1) Reserved seats: 10% of the positions in our programs are held for Indigenous applicants who meet the programs minimum admission requirements.

2) Exceptional admission: Exceptional students who do not meet the standard faculty requirements may be eligible for admission through a case-by-case review process. For more information, contact the Faculty Advisor in Teacher Education.


The Halq'eméylem name of the Stó:lō people for "Education for the New Teachers" is S'í:wes Xwela ye Xá:ws I:westeleq. The Teacher Education department at UFV focuses on social justice and inclusion. We value diversity and stress acceptance for all people, including those whose identities are influenced by factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language, mental or physical ability, or age.

 We encourage you to meet with our Advisor and apply to the TEP.


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