Celebrating 10 years of Teacher Education at UFV

UFV Teacher Education celebrating 10 yearsThis year the University of the Fraser Valley’s Teacher Education department (TED) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Many significant changes have occurred since 2006, when the program welcomed its first intake of 30 pre-service elementary/middle school teachers at the Chilliwack campus. Since then, the program shifted to the Abbotsford campus in 2012 and has more than doubled in size, with an intake of 66 teacher candidates in 2016.  

A secondary school option was added in 2014 with two streams (Math/Science and English/Social Studies); and, as of May 2016, graduates from the Teacher Education Program at UFV receive a Bachelor of Education as a second degree.

We have witnessed the transformation of 381 graduates who have now successfully begun their respective teaching careers both nationally and internationally, with the bulk remaining in the Fraser Valley to serve the needs of K-12 students in our local communities.  All of this would not be possible without the strong support of our partnering school districts: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Fraser-Cascade, Langley and Mission.

To commemorate this special year, we have a two events planned: a speaker series and an alumni gala.

Speaker Series

In response to the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and the subsequent Calls to Action, the Teacher Education Department has invited distinguished guest speakers to join the UFV community to speak on Truth and Reconciliation in Education.  As Justice Murray Sinclair reminds us, “It was the educational system that contributed to the problems in this country; and it is the educational system, we believe, that is going to help us to get away from it.” 

Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Dean, Indigenous Studies, UBC Faculty of Education

Date:                    November 22, 2016
Time:                     5-7pm
Room:                   B101, Abbotsford campus


Richard Wagamese, Ojibway author of the Indian Horse and Medicine Walk

Date:                     February 8or 10, 2017 (to be confirmed)
Time:                     to be confirmed
Room:                   to be confirmed

*Please note that admission is by donation. Any proceeds will go towards a BEd bursary, benefitting a teacher candidate with demonstrated financial need.

Alumni Gala

In addition, we would like to acknowledge the inspiring and innovative educators that have graduated from our program and entered the teaching profession. Please join us for an evening of celebration and connection with fellow teachers, faculty, mentors, and supporters of our program. We are eager to hear where your teaching journey has taken you and what news you have to share. Here are the details of the reunion/celebration event:

Date:                     April 7, 2017
Time:                     7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Tickets:                 $20*
Location:              Abbotsford, SUS building

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Tickets on sale now! Go to link to purchase yours today! 

*Your ticket includes light refreshments. Any proceeds will go towards a BEd bursary, benefitting a teacher candidate with demonstrated financial need.

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