Welcome to the Teacher Education department (TED) at UFV! An exciting year lies ahead of you – one in which we hope you will find many rewards. As a teacher candidate (TC) in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) program at UFV, you will be joining a learning community that prides itself on being inclusive, student-focused and forward-thinking. Our program is designed to foster teacher agency to address the changing landscape of 21st century education 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.
The BEd program begins each year with foundational activities and events to help teacher candidates orient themselves to the program and to each other (Orienting to TED). This helps build the learning community of all teacher candidates enrolled in the elementary/middle school option and the secondary school option. An overview of the whole year is provided during these orienting days, and many details can be found in the BEd Handbook, which is published each year for each individual cohort. A pdf version of this handbook can be found under "quick links" on the department website or it can be purchased in hard copy from the UFV bookstore. The Teacher Eduation department expects that every teacher candidate becomes familiar with the BEd Handbook as it contains detailed information on program expectation and policies, semester and course information.
Semester 1: Building a Community (August 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018)
Semester 2: Becoming a Teacher (January 7, 2019 to May 17, 2019)
Semester 3: Shaping the Profession (May 20, 2019 to June TBD)
A departmental schedule of all courses is available on a semester-by-semester basis through the Google Calendar on the Teacher Education department website.
EDUC 410 – Orienting to Schools (September)
As a component of EDUC 410 (Schooling in a Diverse Society), the TC will participate in Orienting to Schools, a three day learning experience in a school setting that culminates in the development of a community ethnography presentation. The TC will be assigned to a school (not the TC’s practicum school) to learn about the ‘place’ of school in communities and gain appreciation for the diversity and complexity of school cultures.
EDUC 490 – School Experience: Practicum 1 (October 22 to November 21, 2018)
EDUC 490 introduces teacher candidates to planning and assessing within the context of a classroom. Details are provided in the BEd Handbook. In addition, TCs will particpate in orientations to familiarize themselves with the expectations of the school experience.
EDUC 492 – Integration of Knowledge and Practice: Certifying Practicum (February 19 to May 17, 2019)
The certifying practum is designed to scaffold and immerse the teacher candidates into the full spectrum of teaching responsibilities in their professional role as a classroom teacher. Please note that further details are available in the BEd Handbook. There are several orientations for both Teacher Mentors, Teacher Candidates with their Faculty Mentors, to ensure that everyone has sufficient information and all questions are answered.
Additional Field Experiences
Please note that as part of a professional program, teacher candidates are expected to participate in field trips to local schools, community education centres, and cultural education centres within Metro Vancouver. The learning experiences are integral to the courses within the BEd and the program as a whole. Field trips will involve travel by motor vehicle to and from UFV and may involve a certain degree of risk.