Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is the program offered?
Applications for both the elementary/middle school cohort and the secondary school cohort are open on October 1st and close January 31st. Classes take place at the Abbotsford campus with practica arranged in local school districts.
What is the length of the program?
Both Teacher Education Programs are 11 months in length. Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. There are two practica as part of the program. A 5-week school experience in the fall and a 12 week practicum in the winter semester.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants need to have a four year Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 120 credits. For the elementary/middle school cohort, there are eight specific elementary breadth courses which are required and 18 upper-level credits in teachable subject areas. For the secondary program there are specific course requirements related to each one of the four teachable subjects areas (Social Studies, English, Sciences, Math). Applicants to either cohort will require one English composition course, one course in English literature, EDUC 200 and 300. With the exception of EDUC 300 these need to be completed by Dec. 31 prior to admission to TEP.
Where do classes take place?
Students attend classes in Abbotsford and do their practica in the Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Langley or Fraser Cascade school districts. Students are expected to travel to practicum sites and inservice sessions.
What is the capacity of the program?
32 teacher candidates will be admitted to the elementary/middle school cohort. In addition, 32 teacher candidates will be admitted to the secondary school cohort (16 for the science/math stream and 16 for the humanities stream)
Can I apply to both the elementary/middle school cohort AND the secondary school cohort?
Technically you can apply to both cohorts, however, upon admission you will need to choose which cohort you wish to remain in for the duration of the program. Secondary school applicants wanting to be considered for both the humanities and science/math streams will also need to make a decision upon admission, which stream they wish to follow for the duration of the program. If you need guidance, please contact the TED Faculty Advisor.
Do students have a choice in practicum sites?
Faculty select practicum sites within the Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, and Fraser Cascade school districts. Our coordinators take into consideration where students reside and which grade levels/subjects they prefer and are qualified to teach.
How much does the program cost?
TEP consists of 55 credits. Tuition fees and ancilliary costs are estimated at approximately $9.800 for all four semesters. Tuition fees will be paid in installments for each one of the four semesters, according to the credit load in each semester. There are additional student union fees. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $600 for the program. Students must have reliable modes of transportation for travel to practica sites.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to apply for TEP, starting in 2016, will be January 31st, 2016. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to see the Faculty Advisor in TEP well ahead of their application and come to the TEP Seminars.
When will the interview and writing session take place?
Once you have submitted your application forms and your resume, the Office of the Registrar ensures that all your transcripts and references have been received. Once your application is considered "complete", it will be forwarded to the TEP Admission's Committee for review. Interviews will then be made available by invitation. Applicants will have an interview and their writing session on the same day during the month of March. Admission decisions are usually made by mid-April.
Where can I get an application form and what does it cost to apply?
Application forms are available online after Oct. 1st. They are also available from the TED office in Abbotsford, D3005. It is recommended that students apply through MyUFV (general UFV application) and then submit supporting documents (resume, TED application, and references) to the Registrar's office. This allows you to track your application. Please read the application guidelines or come to one of the TEP seminars.
For further information on admission requirements to the UFV Teacher Education department, please consult the website or make an appointment with an education advisor at 1-888-504-7441 ex4700