Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is the program offered?
Applications for both the elementary/middle school cohort and the secondary school cohort are open on October 1st and close January 31st at 4pm. The next cohort begins in September 2017 and ends in June 2018. There is a mandatory three day TEP Orientation at the end of August. Classes take place at the Abbotsford campus with practica arranged in local school districts.
What is the length of the program?
Both Teacher Education Programs are 10 months in length. Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Some classes are scheduled later into the evening.There are two practica as part of the program. A 5-week school experience in the fall and a 12 week practicum in the winter semester.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants need to have a recognized four year Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 120 credits. For the elementary/middle school cohort, there are eight specific elementary breadth courses which are required and 18 upper-level credits in teachable subject areas. For the secondary program there are specific course requirements related to each one of the four teachable subjects areas (Social Studies, English, Sciences, Math). Applicants to either cohort will require one English composition course, one course in English literature, EDUC 200 and 300. With the exception of EDUC 300 these need to be completed by Dec. 31 prior to admission to TEP.
Where do classes take place?
Students attend classes in Abbotsford and do their practica in the Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Langley or Fraser Cascade school districts. Students are expected to travel to practicum sites and inservice sessions, and must have reliable means of transportation.
What is the capacity of the program?
32 teacher candidates will be admitted to the elementary/middle school cohort. In addition, 32 teacher candidates will be admitted to the secondary school cohort (16 for the science/math stream and 16 for the humanities stream)
Can I apply to both the elementary/middle school cohort AND the secondary school cohort?
Technically you can apply to both cohorts, however, upon admission you will need to choose which cohort you wish to remain in for the duration of the program. Secondary school applicants wanting to be considered for both the humanities and science/math streams will also need to make a decision upon admission, which stream they wish to follow for the duration of the program. If you need guidance, please contact the TED Faculty Advisor.
Do students have a choice in practicum sites?
Teacher Candidates should be prepared to accept placement deemed appropriate by TED. In addition, while every effort is made to place students in schools within a reasonable distance from their homes, students should be prepared to travel up to one hour to their school placements. Coordinators consider many factors in finding the best possible placement, including an environment that optimizes a teacher candidates professional growth. It is the coordinator’s role to make contact with school administration and staff to recruit teacher mentors and facilitate placements. Practicum sites are selected from the Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, and Fraser Cascade school districts.
How much does the program cost?
TEP consists of 55 credits. Tuition fees and ancilliary costs are estimated at approximately $10.000 for all three semesters. Tuition fees will be paid in installments for each one of the three semesters, according to the credit load in each semester. There are additional student union fees. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $600 for the program. Students must have reliable modes of transportation for travel to practica sites.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to apply for TEP, starting in 2017, will be January 31st, 2017. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to see the Faculty Advisor in TED well ahead of their application and come to the TEP Seminars.
When will the interviews take place?
Once you have submitted your application forms and your resume, the Office of the Registrar ensures that all your transcripts and references have been received. Once your application is considered "complete", it will be forwarded to the TEP Admission's Committee for review. Interviews will then be made available by invitation. These will take place during the first two weeks of March. Admission decisions are usually made by mid-April.
Where can I get an application form and what does it cost to apply?
Application forms are available online after Oct. 1st. It is recommended that students apply through MyUFV (general UFV application) and then submit supporting documents (resume, TED application, and references) to the Registrar's office. This allows you to track your application. Please read the application guidelines or come to one of the TEP seminars.
TEP and BEd as a second degree
The Ministry of Advanced Education recently approved the UFV Bachelor of Education as a second degree for Teacher Education graduates at UFV. Starting in the fall of 2016, teacher candidates completing the Teacher Education program will receive the Bachelor of Educatio as a second degree, upon successful completion of the program.
For further information on admission requirements to the UFV Teacher Education department, please consult the website or make an appointment with an education advisor at 1-888-504-7441 ex4700