BEd Requirements for the Secondary Option

If you have already earned a Bachelor degree, UFV’s 10-month Bachelor of Education with a secondary school option can open the door for you to teach grade 8 to 12 in public or private schools in the province of BC.

This option within the BEd has two streams: a Math/Sciences and a Humanities (English/SS) stream. Each year, 16 students are admitted to the Math/Sciences stream and 16 to the Humanities stream. The program begins mid-August and is held on the Abbotsford campus.

Through a combination of professional coursework and practicum experience in local schools, the 55-credit program gives you the opportunity to develop your own teaching practice that is strongly rooted in educational theory.

The total tuition fee for the program is $11,000 which is spread over three semesters.

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

Academic requirements

To enter this option within the BEd, you must have completed a Bachelor degree.

The secondary option includes two streams: Math/Sciences and Humanities. Within these streams are four teachable subject areas: Mathematics and Science (Math/Sciences stream), and Social Studies and English (Humanities stream).

Broadly, there are three ways to qualify for the program:

  1. A Bachelor degree with a major in one of the four teachable subject areas (e.g. a major in Biology would make an applicant eligible for the math/sciences stream)
  2. A Bachelor degree with two minors with both minors from the four teachable subject areas (e.g. a minor in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry would make an applicant eligible for the math/sciences stream).
  3. A Bachelor degree with one minor in one of the four teachable subject areas (with a preference for a second minor in a subject area widely taught in BC schools)

Teachable Major

A teachable major is comprised of 42 credits of general and specific course work in any one of the following core BC secondary school subjects: Mathematics, Sciences, English, and Social Studies. At least 30 of the 42 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Teachable Minor

A teachable minor consists of a minimum of 12-15 credits at the lower level and at least 18 credits at the 300 and/or 400 level in any one of English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Sciences.

Academic entrance requirements for ALL secondary streams

  • Bachelor degree to include at least one teachable area consisting of a major or a minor in one of English, Social Studies, Mathematics or Sciences
  • 3 credits in English composition
  • 3 credits in English literature
  • 3 credits of Educational Psychology (EDUC 200)
  • 4 credits of Best Practices of Teaching and Learning (EDUC 300)

Please note that the English requirement and EDUC 200 must be completed by Dec. 31, prior to applying to the Bachelor of Education.

Specific Course Requirements for Admission to the Secondary Bachelor of Education

Math/Sciences Stream

Science teacher applicants:

  • MATH 111, and one of MATH 112 or MATH 118 (first year calculus)
  • A minimum of 18 credits of 100/200 level course work in one of the following designated content areas: Chemistry, Physics,  Biology, Physical Geography/Geology
  • 30 credits of 300/400 level course work in the designated major subject area (or 18 credits for the minor)

Applicants for the Physical Geography content area must hold a BSc in Physical Geography. Science teacher applicants will complete the math methods courses within the Math/Sciences stream. 

Mathematics teacher applicants:

  • MATH 111 and MATH 112, or equivalent calculus courses
  • 12 additional credits in 100/200 level mathematics, (including one course in statistics)
  • 8 credits from the completion of CHEM 113 and 114, or PHYS111 and 112, or BIO 111 and 112,
  • 30 credits in  300/400 level mathematics courses (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)

Humanities Stream (English/Social Studies)

Social Studies teacher applicants

 Geography students:

  • 12 credits in geography at any university level
  • 12 credits in history, which must  include 3 credits in pre-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits in post-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits in European history, and 3 credits in either Asian, Latin Amercan or African history.
  • 30 credits in 300/400 level geography courses (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)

History students:

  • 12 credits in history, which must  include 3 credits of pre-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits of post-Confederation Canadian history, 3 credits of European history, and 3 credits of either Asian, Latin American, or African history.
  • 6 credits in geography (3 credits must be in Canadian geography),
  • 30 credits in 300/400 level history courses (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)

It is recommended that students have six credits in a social science other than history or geography, such as sociology, anthropology, First Nations studies, or political science. Social Studies teacher applicants will  complete the English methods courses within the Humanities stream.

English teacher applicants

  • 12 credits in 100/200 level English
  • 30 credits in 300/400 level English Literature (a minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor)
  • 3 credits in Canadian history and 3 credits in either European or Asian history
  • 3 credits in Geography

English teacher applicants will complete the Social Studies methods courses within the Humanities stream.

Recognition of previously completed courses

The Bachelor of Education is a full-time cohort program where all students take all courses together on the same schedule. To ensure that students progress through the program at the same pace and receive consistent exposure to all aspects of the curriculum, the program limits transfer credit from other institutions or from other UFV programs. The following criteria are used to determine the applicability of transfer credit or other UFV credits to the Teacher Education program requirements or entrance requirements:

  • Relevance of the course, as determined by Teacher Education faculty
  • Suitability of the course to the program, as determined by Teacher Education faculty
  • The date the course was taken. Generally, courses taken more than 10 years ago will not be considered applicable to the Bachelor of Education entrance requirements or program requirements
  • The content of the course. If a course has been taken within the past 10 years, but there has been significant change to the course content, the course may not be considered applicable to the Bachelor of Education entrance requirements or program requirements.

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. You should also consider gaining an insight into the subject specific curriculum during your experiences. 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
  • List additional experiences/skills that you can relate to the overall teaching competencies
  • List any coursework in First Nations Studies or Indigenous Peoples Knowledge.
  • The admissions committee will also consider course work that can additionally support your subject area:
    Mathematics/Sciences applicants: 6 credits in computer science or 6 credits in another science subject other than the teachable major/minor. Humanities applicants: 6 credits in a social science other than history or geography such as sociology, anthropology, or political science
  • Mention any special certifications such as in coaching, music, and/or first aid, all languages spoken and any travel experience.

Be aware that if you have preparation in only one teachable subject area, preference is given to students who have preparation in a second teachable subject area, which is widely taught in BC schools.

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. References are to be sent by email directly from the referee to admissions@ufv.ca  Details can be found in the application section.

Grade Point Average

UFV calculates grade point average on the most recent two years (approximately 60 semester hours) of undergraduate coursework (Note: this may include post-degree coursework). Please note that all grades obtained in the fall semester prior to applying to the BEd will be included in this calculation. Applicants with a grade point below 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 adolescents and/or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal records check. Applicants to the program who may have a criminal offence are advised to contact the Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General.

Admitted students in the Bachelor of Education and who have been convicted of a criminal offence and given a discharge are advised to contact the Commissioner of the BC Teacher Regulation Branch for clarification of their status before undertaking a Teacher Education program. The criminal records check will be administered through the UFV Teacher Education department and the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety (Policing and Security Branch).

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 attend an info session well ahead of the admission deadlines.

Ready to start the journey to become a secondary school teacher?

Applications for the Mid-August 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 prior to preparing your application.

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