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:
All applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements will be interviewed to assess their readiness and their dispositions for the teaching profession. Interview dates will be made available by invitation and are normally scheduled for March. Students unable to attend the interview must consult with the Faculty Advisor.
Students 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.
For those students applying with only one teachable minor in one of the four subject areas, preference will be given to students who have a second minor in another subject area widely taught in B.C. schools. In addition to the courses required to apply for each stream, applicants are encouraged to take additional courses to enhance their preparedness for today’s classrooms. It is recommended that prospective applicants consider courses in First Nation Studies, or courses with indigenous content. Students are encouraged to pursue course work in the following areas:
Mathematics/Sciences applicants: 6 credits in computer science or 6 credits in another science subject than the teachable major/minor
Humanities applicants: 6 credits in a social science other than history or geography, such associology, anthropology, First Nations studies, or political science.
Certificates such as coaching, music and first aid are also reviewed in this area, along with languages spoken and travel experience. Please submit a brief résumé, two pages in length.
Two confidential letters of reference from professionals are required to support the student's application. The student may submit an additional confidential reference, but no more than three references are permitted. 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 provided Referee's Report. If they choose to provide a reference letter instead, it needs to include the following:school/company letterhead, original and signed by the referee, responses to the 1-6 from the Referee's Report.
All references must be mailed directly by the referees to the Office of the Registrar/TEP Admissions in a sealed envelope to:
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 grade point average on the most recent two years (approximately 60 semester hours) of undergraduate coursework (Note: this may include post-degree coursework). Applicants with a grade point below a 2.8 on the 4.33 point scale in this calculation will not be considered.
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 2015 intake are accepted from October 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015. 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.