Academic requirements for secondary Teacher Education program
To enter the program, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree. The secondary program includes two streams: Math/Sciences and Humanities. Within these streams are four teachable subject areas: Mathematics and Science (Math/Sciences stream), and Social Studies and English (Humanities stream).
Broadly, there are three ways to qualify for the program:
- A Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the four teachable subject areas (e.g. a major in Biology would make an applicant eligible for the math/sciences stream)
- A Bachelor’s degree with two minors, with both minors from the four teachable subject areas (e.g. a minor in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry would make an applicant eligible for the math/sciences stream).
- A Bachelor’s degree with one minor in one of the four teachable subject areas (with a preference for a second minor in a subject area widely taught in B.C. schools)
A teachable major is comprised of 42 credits of general and specific course work in any one of the following core BC secondary school subjects: Mathematics, Sciences, English, and Social Studies. At least 30 of the 42 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.
A teachable minor consists of a minimum of 12-15 credits at the lower level and at least 18 credits at the 300 and/or 400 level in any one of English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Sciences.
Academic entrance requirements for all secondary streams
- Bachelor’s degree, to include at least one teachable area consisting of a major or a minor in one of English, Social Studies, Mathematics or Sciences
- 3 credits in English composition
- 3 credits in English literature
- 3 credits of Educational Psychology (EDUC 200) or equivalent
- 4 credits of Best Practices of Teaching and Learning (EDUC 300) or equivalent
Please note that the English requirement and EDUC 200 must be completed by Dec. 31, prior to applying to TEP.
Specific Course Requirements for Admission to TEP’s Secondary Program
Science teacher applicants:
To be accepted as a science teacher candidate for biology, chemistry, physics, or physical geography in the Math/Sciences stream, applicants must meet the following course requirements in order to be prepared for both the science and math methods courses
- MATH 111, and one of MATH 112 or MATH 118, or equivalent
- A minimum of 18 credits of 100/200 level course work in one of the following designated content areas: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physical Geography/Geology
- 30 credits of 300/400 level course work in the designated major subject area (or 18 credits for the minor)
Applicants for the Physical Geography content area must hold a B.Sc. in Physical Geography. Science teacher applicants will complete the math methods courses within the Math/Sciences stream.
Mathematics teacher applicants:
To be accepted as a mathematics teacher candidate in the Math/Sciences stream, applicants must meet the following course requirements in order to be prepared for both science and math methods courses:
- MATH 111 and MATH 112, or equivalent
- 12 additional credits in 100/200 level mathematics, (including one course in statistics)
- 8 credits from the completion of CHEM 113 and 114, or PHYS111 and 112, or BIO 111 and 112,
- 30 credits in 300/400 level mathematics courses (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)
Humanities Stream (English/Social Studies)
Social Studies teacher applicants
To be accepted as a Social Studies teacher candidate, applicants must meet the following course requirements:
- 12 credits in geography at any university level
- 12 credits in history, which must include 3 credits in pre-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits in post-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits in European history, and 3 credits in Asian history.
- 30 credits in 300/400 level geography courses (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)
- 12 credits in history, which must include 3 credits of pre-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits of post-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits of European history, and 3 credits of Asian history.
- 6 credits in geography (3 credits must be in Canadian geography),
- 30 credits in 300/400 level history courses (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)
It is recommended that students have six credits in a social science other than history or geography, such as sociology, anthropology, First Nations studies, or political science. Social Studies teacher applicants will complete the English methods courses within the Humanities stream.
English teacher applicants
To be accepted as an English teacher candidate, applicants must meet the following course requirements:
- 12 credits in 100/200 level English
- 30 credits in 300/400 level English (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)
- 3 credits in Canadian history and 3 credits in either European or Asian history
- 3 credits in Geography
English teacher applicants will complete the Social Studies methods courses within the Humanities stream.
Recognition of previously completed 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 receive consistent exposure to all aspects of the TEP curriculum, TEP limits transfer credit from other institutions or from other UFV programs. 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.
Ready to start the journey to become a secondary school teacher?
Applications for the July 2014 intake are accepted from October 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. Entry to the program is competitive. We strongly encourage you to review the requirements and to attend an info session or seek guidance from the TEP faculty advisor before you start preparing your application.