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School of Education

Education — bachelor's degree


Bachelor's degree (as a second degree)

10.5 months

Elementary/middle school (grades K-7), secondary school (grades 8-12)

How to apply

Start date:

Mission campus

$12,800  Details


  • Practicum and field study experiences
  • Cohort learning community
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Please note: the BEd program is not available online or via distance learning. The program will be relocated to the UFV Mission campus in July 2024.

Have you already completed a 4-year degree and you want to become an elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher? UFV's Bachelor of Education (BEd) can help you achieve your goal.

Our program is designed to encourage and grow your agency as a teacher by providing you with unique and innovative learning opportunities. UFV's Bachelor of Education program will nurture your growth as a socially just, pedagogically sensitive, critically minded and reflective educator.

Program structure

You begin the BEd with a mandatory program orientation. The orientation includes community-building activities and events. This is to familiarize you with the program and your fellow classmates. 

The program is divided into three full-time semesters, each with a different learning focus.

Fall semester (mid-August - December)

In your first semester, you learn to deconstruct your own schooling experiences. You'll examine them with “teacher eyes” through the completion of foundational courses in: 

  • diversity
  • inclusive education
  • Indigenous histories, realities, and education
  • planning and assessment
  • reflective practice
  • positive environments for learning
  • subject-specific methods courses

To apply what you learn in a real-world setting, you then complete a five-week practicum.

Winter semester (January - April)

In your second semester, you focus on: 

  • methods courses
  • unit planning and construction

You will be assigned for your twelve-week certifying practicum.

Summer semester (May - June)

During your third semester, you examine the roles and responsibilities of teachers in a larger context:

  • governance
  • action research
  • professional development

You then complete and share your learning journey (via e-portfolio) with your instructors and colleagues.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be recommended to the Ministry of Education to receive a B.C. teaching certificate through the Teacher Regulation Branch.

Program options

Elementary/Middle school option

The 55-credit elementary/middle school option provides a solid grounding in methods, planning, and assessment to prepare you for your certifying practicum and future career in an elementary or middle school.

View the program outline for the elementary/middle school option in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Secondary school option

If you wish to work in the secondary school grades you need to complete a degree with majors or minors in teachable subject areas. You can choose from two streams:

  • math/science
  • humanities (English/social studies)

View the program outline for the secondary school option in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Teaching French as a second language (FSL)
If you are an intermediate level French-speaker (DELF/CEFR B1) you can become an FSL teacher within BC by taking EDUC 483J: Designs for Teaching French as a Second Language at UFV. Both elementary/middle and secondary school teacher candidates may add this option to their programs. 


With a growing population and the need to replace retiring teachers, BC and the Fraser Valley have excellent employment prospects for teachers.

According to WorkBC, elementary school teachers are second on the list of high-demand occupations usually requiring a degree. Over the next decade, there will be 12,610 job openings for K-7 teachers in BC.

Secondary school teachers are in demand as well, with 7,010 job openings in the next ten years.

UFV BEd graduates also benefit from the strong ties the School of Education has developed with local school districts, resulting in a 100% placement rate, with students securing jobs even before graduation.

As a UFV Bachelor of Education graduate, you can teach in public or private schools, locally or around the world.



Elementary/middle school option

We recommend that you complete all prerequisites at least one term before the program starts. If you do not complete the requirements by the beginning of the program, you will not be considered.

Secondary school option

Note: admission to the UFV Bachelor of Education is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements may not guarantee admission.

Before applying, we strongly encourage you to attend one of our Teacher Education information seminars.


Certified teachers from other countries

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