Additional requirements for admission to the secondary Teacher Education program
In addition to the academic requirements, the Admissions Committee evaluates the following areas in reviewing student applications:
Directions and details are enclosed in the TEP application package. Students will complete this written assignment on the UFV campus together with the interview during the month of February and March. Dates and times will be made available to each applicant. The interview and written assignment are part of the student's application. Students unable to attend these writing sessions must consult the TEP Advisor.
Work experience, talents, skills
You are required to have work experience 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, talents and skills.
At least two, but no more than three, confidential letters of reference from professionals are required to support your application. These letters must be sealed and sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
Office of the Registrar
Teacher Education Admissions
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Rd.
Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 7M8
Grade Point average
UFV will calculate your grade point average (GPA) on the most recent two years (approximately 60 semester hours) of undergraduate course work (this may include post-degree course work). Applicants with a GPA below 2.8 on a 4.33 scale will not be considered.
Breadth of academic preparation
In addition to the courses required to apply for each stream, you are encouraged to take additional courses to enhance your preparedness for today’s classrooms. You are encouraged to pursue course work in the following areas:
Mathematics/Sciences applicants: 6 credits in computer science or geology
Humanities applicants: 6 credits in a social science other than history or geography, such as sociology, anthropology, First Nations studies, or political science.
If you are applying with only one teachable minor in one of the four subject areas, note that preference may be given to students who have a second minor in another subject area widely taught in B.C. schools.
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 records check. This is a requirement before students can participate in any practicum placements. Persons convicted of a criminal offense and given an absolute or conditional discharge are advised to contact the Registrar of the British Columbia College of Teachers for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program. The Criminal Records Check will be administered through the TEP office and the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
All documentation submitted as part of a student’s application is confidential and will be treated as such by UFV.
Before applying, we strongly recommend that prospective applicants make an appointment with the Education Advisor in TEP or attend one of the regulary scheduled information sessions.
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.