Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is the program offered?
Applications for the BEd as a second degree are open on October 1st and close January 31st at 4pm. The next cohort begins in Mid-August 2018 and ends in June 2019. Classes take place at the Abbotsford campus with practica arranged in local school districts.
What is the length of the program?
Within the BEd, there is the elementary/middle school option and the secondary school option. Both run parallel to each other and are 10 months in length. Courses are typically scheduled Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, though sometimes it is necessary to schedule classes into the evening. There are two practica as part of the program: a 5 week school experience in the fall and a 12 week certifying practicum in the winter semester.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants need to have a recognized Bachelor degree with a minimum of 120 credits. For the elementary/middle school option, there are eight specific elementary breadth courses which are required and 12 upper-level credits in teachable subject areas. For the secondary school option 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 EDUC 300. It is expected that the majority of coursework will be completed by Dec. 31 prior to admission to the BEd.
Where do classes take place?
Students attend classes in Abbotsford and do their practica in the Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Langley, Fraser-Cascade and Maple Ridge school districts. Students are expected to travel to practicum sites and in-service sessions, and must have reliable means of transportation.
What is the capacity of the program?
Within the BEd cohort, we have 64 available seats: 32 teacher candidates will be admitted into the elementary/middle school option; and 32 teacher candidates will be admitted into the secondary school option (16 for the science/math stream and 16 for the humanities stream).
Can I apply to both the elementary/middle school option AND the secondary school option?
Technically, you can apply to both options; however, you will need to submit two applications. Upon admission, you will choose the option in you wish to remain. Secondary school applicants wanting to be considered for both the humanities and science/math streams will also need to make a decision upon admission. If you need guidance, please contact the Teacher Education advisor.
Do students have a choice in practicum sites?
Teacher Candidates should be prepared to accept a placement deemed appropriate by the department. While every effort is made to place students in schools within a reasonable distance from their homes, students should be prepared to travel up to one hour to their school placements. Coordinators consider many factors in finding the best possible placement, including an environment that optimizes a teacher candidate's professional growth. It is the coordinator’s role to make contact with school administration and staff to recruit teacher mentors and facilitate placements. Practicum sites are selected from the Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, Fraser-Cascade, and Maple Ridge school districts.
How much does the program cost?
The BEd consists of three semesters with a total of 55 credits. Tuition fees and ancilliary costs are estimated at approximately $11,800 for all three semesters. Tuition fees will be paid in installments for each one of the three semesters, according to the credit load in each semester. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course. The criminal record check (required by the Ministry of Public Safety for all prospective teacher candidates) is currently $28. As well, students must have reliable modes of transportation for travel to and from practica sites. Finally, other expenses will be incurred during the duration of the program including : fees for teacher certification ($250), annual professional memberships ($90) and costs incurred when acquiring a professional wardrobe. For additional information, please contact the Teacher Education advisor.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to apply for the BEd starting in 2018 will be January 31st, 2018. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to see the Teacher Education advisor well ahead of their application and come to a Teacher Education seminar.
When will the interviews take place?
Once you have submitted your application and your resume, the Office of the Registrar and the Teacher Education department ensures that all your transcripts and references have been received. Once your application is considered "complete", it will be forwarded to the TED Admission committee for review. Interviews will then be made available by invitation. These will take place during the first two weeks of March. Admission decisions are usually made by mid-April.
Where can I get an application form and what does it cost to apply?
You can apply online or through MyUFV after Oct. 1st. Applicants then submit supporting documents. The resume is sent to the Registrar's Office either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org The references are sent directly by the referee from an identifyable e-mail address to email@example.com Applying online through MyUFV allows you to track your application. Please read the application guidelines or attend the TE Application Seminar scheduled in December.
For further information on admission requirements to the UFV Teacher Education department, please consult the website or make an appointment with the Teacher Education advisor at 1-888-504-7441 ex4700