BEd Requirements for Elementary/Middle School Option

If you have already earned a Bachelor’s degree, UFV’s 10-month, Bachelor of Education with an elementary/middle school option can open the door for you to teach in an elementary or middle school in the province of BC.

The program begins mid-August and is held at the Abbotsford campus, with 32 applicants selected each year for admission. This 55-credit program 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.

The total tuition fee for the program is approximately $11.000 which is spread over three semesters.

Upon successful completion of the program, you are recommended to the BC Ministry of Education to receive a BC teaching certificate through the Teacher Regulation Branch.

Academic Requirements

Applicants must have a recognized Bachelor degree with a minimum of 120 credits.

Within this degree 12 credits must be from third and fourth year courses from teachable subject areas: English, Math, Science, PE, Social Studies (a combination of Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology), French, Visual Arts, Theatre.

Applicants wishing to work in the middle school grades should complete a degree with majors or minors in teachable subject areas.

Applicants are eligible to apply while completing the last semester of their Bachelor's degree. With the exception of EDUC 300, all specific prerequisite courses listed below must be completed by Dec. 31: 

Course RequirementsUFV Equivalencies
6 credits of English including three
credit hours of composition and three
credit hours of literature
ENGL 105 and
one of ENGL 108, 120, 130, 150 or 170
3 credits of Canadian History HIST 101, or HIST 102, or HIST 103
3 credits of Canadian Geography GEO 130 or GEO 131
4 credits of Math for Elementary School Teachers Math 105
4 credits of an approved
lab science course
BIO 105, 106, 111, 112
CHEM 110, 113, 150
PHYS 101, 105, 111, 112
GEO 101, 102, 103, 116
3 credits of Educational Psychology EDUC 200
4 credits of Introduction to
Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
EDUC 300

You may complete EDUC 300 and degree completion courses in the semester prior to entering the program. Admission to the Bachelor of Education is competitive. It is recommended that you complete all prerequisites at least one term prior to the program start. Applicants who do not complete the requirements above by the beginning of the program will not be considered.

All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements set by the Ministry of Educations' Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), including a degree that is recognized by the TRB. If you are using credits within your degree from institutions which are not recognized by the TRB, please note that the TRB may not accept these credits towards professional certification. We strongly recommend you contact the Teacher Education advisor to have these courses verified by the TRB prior to admission into the Bachelor of Education. For further information, check the  BC Teacher Regulation Branch website.

Additional requirements

In addition to the academic requirements, the Admissions Committee evaluates the following areas when reviewing student applications:

Interview

All applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are interviewed to assess their readiness and their dispositions for the teaching profession. Interviews are by invitation and are typically scheduled for March. Students unable to attend the interview must consult with the Teacher Education advisor.

Program Preparation

Students are required to have work experience with children/adolescents in a variety of settings. This work experience can be from volunteer or work positions. While all experience is valuable, classroom volunteer work with the age group with whom you want to eventually work is strongly recommended. There is no minimum number of hours that is required for admission purposes, as the admissions committee reviews the specific details of these experiences. Students are therefore encouraged to provide a lot of detail about the types of experiences they have had with children and adolescents in all of these environments. This should be documented in a two page résumé, which is submitted with the application. Applicants are encouraged to:

  • Describe all work experience with children/adolescents in detail, preferably in classroom environments
  • Describe the types of learners you have been working with
  • Highlight additional talents and skills
  • Mention any special certificates such as in coaching, music, and first aid, all languages spoken, and any travel experience.
  • List additional experiences/skills that you can relate to the overall teaching competencies
  • List any coursework in First Nations Studies or Indigenous Peoples Knowledge as well as added preparation in numeracy (e.g. Math 205), modern languages, physical education, or the fine and performing arts

Reference Letters

Two confidential letters of reference from professionals are required to support your application. One reference letter must come from an off-campus educator who has observed you interacting with children/adolescents in a public educational setting.  Referees should fill out the provided Referee's Report. Please see the application page for more information. References need to be emailed directly to admissions@ufv.ca

Grade Point Average

UFV will calculate grade point average (GPA) on the most recent two years (approximately 60 semester hours) of undergraduate coursework (this may include post- degree coursework). The cut-off for this calculation are courses completed in the fall semester prior to applying to the BEd. Applicants with a GPA below a 2.8 on the 4.33 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 Commissioner of the Teachers Regulation Branch for clarification of their status before undertaking a Teacher Education program. The criminal records check will be administered through the Teacher Education department and the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety (Policing and Security Branch).

Before applying, we strongly recommend that prospective applicants attend an information session.

Ready to start the journey to become an elementary/middle school teacher?

Applications for the September intake are accepted from October 1 of the previous year to January 31. 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 Teacher Education advisor before you start preparing your application.

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