Bachelor's degree (as a second degree)
Elementary/middle school (grades K-7), secondary school (grades 8-12)
If you want to become an elementary, middle school or secondary school teacher and you have already completed a four-year degree, UFV's Bachelor of Education can help you achieve your goal.
Our program is designed to foster teacher agency by providing you with unique and innovative learning opportunities that will nurture your growth as a socially just, pedagogically sensitive, critically-minded and reflective educator.
You begin the Bachelor of Education with a three-day mandatory foundational experience which includes community-building activities and events to familiarize you with the program and your fellow classmates. The program is then divided into three full-time semesters, each with a different learning focus.
In your first semester, you learn to deconstruct your own schooling experiences and examine them with “teacher eyes” through the completion of foundational courses in diversity, special education, Indigenous youth and schooling, planning and assessment, reflective practice, and classroom management, as well as subject-specific methods courses. To apply what you learn in a real-world setting, you also complete a four- to five-week practicum.
In your second semester, you focus on methods courses, more specifically unit planning and construction, before completing your certifying practicum.
During your third semester, you examine the roles and responsibilities of teachers in a larger context — governance, action research, and professional development. You then complete and share your learning journey (via e-portfolio) with your teachers and classmates.
Upon successful completion of the program, you are recommended to the Ministry of Education to receive a B.C. teaching certificate through the Teacher Regulation Branch.
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.
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:
View the program outline for the secondary school option in the UFV Academic Calendar.
Before applying, we strongly encourage you to attend one of our Teacher Education information seminars.
With a growing population and the need to replace retiring teachers, employment for teachers in British Columbia and in the Fraser Valley are excellent. Elementary school teachers are currently ranked second in the list for high demand occupations usually requiring bachelor's, graduate or first professional degree. There are 10,100 job openings forecasted for the next decade in B.C.
In addition to extremely favourable market conditions, the strong ties developed by UFV’s Teacher Education department with local schools districts are resulting in a 100% placement rate, with students securing jobs even before graduation.
As a UFV Bachelor of Education graduate, you are able to teach in public or private schools, locally or around the world.
It is recommended that you complete all prerequisites at least one term prior to the program start. If you do not complete the requirements by the beginning of the program, you will not be considered.
Note: admission to the UFV Bachelor of Education is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements may not guarantee admission.
If you are a certified teacher from another country and your qualifications have been assessed by the Teacher Regulation Branch (BC Ministry of Education), UFV can offer you specific undergraduate courses such as English composition/literature and Canadian studies classes to qualify for certification.
The Teacher Education Department does not have a designated qualifying program to familiarize and orient foreign-trained teachers to the cultural, social, and political contexts of B.C. schools. As a foreign-trained teacher, you will need to meet the admission requirements of the Bachelor of Education in order to qualify for admission. Since all coursework within the Bachelor of Education is integrated and connected to the practicum, it is not possible to take only the teaching methods and supervised practica components. You are required to take all courses and practica on a full-time basis and in the same course sequence.