UFV's Bachelor of Education as a second degree
Be a teacher, make a difference
The Teacher Education department offers a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree for prospective students who have already completed a four-year degree. The BEd program prepares you to become an elementary, middle or secondary school teacher. There are two options within the Bachelor of Education: the elementary/middle school option (grades K-7) and the secondary school option (grades 8-12). Within the secondary option, there are two streams: the Math/Science stream and the Humanities stream (English/Social Studies). The BEd spans over three semesters and can only be taken on a full-time basis. Graduates are able to teach in public or private schools, locally or around the world.
The program equips you to become an agent in the changing landscape of 21st century education by providing you with unique and innovative professional development opportunities:
- Core courses in social justice, special education, Indigenous education, second language instruction, and reflective practice
- Instruction with a strong emphasis on transformative learning and the development of critical thinking skills
- Focus on the integration of knowledge and practice in the classroom
- Thorough grounding in methodology to prepare you for your practicum
- Two planning and assessment courses to help you integrate your methods courses
In addition to first-class instruction, you also benefit from the strong support of a close-knit intellectual community:
- You and your classmates move through the program as a cohort to foster collaboration, reflection and inquiry.
- Your development as a teacher is enhanced by your participation in a professional learning community.
- You receive extensive supervision during your practica.
- You receive support as you transition out of the program to find employment. We have strong relationships with our local school districts leading to robust employment rates.
Upon successful completion of the program, you are recommended to the Ministry of Education to receive a BC teaching certificate through the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch.
We recognize and honour the contributions that Aboriginal people have made to our community. We strive to support Indigenous learners and seek to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing into the curriculum. We warmly welcome applicants who have Aboriginal heritage. There are two access initiatives as part of our program:
1) Reserved seats: 10% of the positions in our program are held for Indigenous applicants who meet the program's minimum admission requirements.
2) Exceptional admission: Exceptional students who do not meet the standard faculty requirements may be eligible for admission through a case-by-case review process. For more information, please contact the Advisor in Teacher Education.
The Teacher Education department at UFV focuses on social justice and inclusion. In 2012 we held a formal naming celebration identifying our program as S'í:wes Xwela ye Xá:ws I:westeleq, meaning "Education for the New Teachers" in Halq'eméylem, the language of the Stó:lō peoples.
We value diversity and embrace acceptance for all people, including those whose identities are influenced by factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language, mental or physical ability, or age.
We encourage you to meet with our Advisor and apply to the BEd at UFV.