UFV's Teacher Education program:
Planting the seeds for a critically thinking citizenry
The Teacher Education program (TEP) at UFV is unique in several ways. First of all, it has a focus on the people of the Fraser Valley itself. Student teachers make connections with local school districts. Many will actually become school teachers in these same districts. Second, the TEP has a strong emphasis on developing critically minded educators with a passion for social justice and a progressive outlook for the future. It is a belief of those working in the UFV TEP that teaching in our schools is one of the most important and complex professions a person can have in our society. In acknowledgment of this, our TEP has as one of its core assumptions the notion that teachers are lifelong learners. Its philosophy of education includes instilling this passion for learning in our student teachers.
The new UFV TEP already has a clear 5-year growth plan. The first cohort of 32 elementary school student teachers began their program in May 2007. TEP has now shifted to a July entry, with the seventh cohort starting in July 2013. UFV has developed a secondary program. We are currently in the process of implementing this option for July 2014.
The UFV program is composed of a combination of professional coursework and practicum experience in local schools. With this approach, student teachers are given ample opportunity to deeply engage with educational theory and its application to their own teaching practice. When student teachers successfully complete the program, they are recommended to the Ministry of Education to receive a BC Teaching certificate through the Teacher Regulation Branch.
This site will provide you with information on the academic preparation required to enter the UFV TEP and the admissions criteria considered in the review of your application.
The Teacher Education Program at UFV values the diversity that comprises Canadian society, including our students and teachers. It acknowledges this diversity by stressing acceptance and dignity for each individual, no matter how their identity is influenced by factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language, mental or physical ability, and age. This is reflected in the TEP focus on social justice and inclusion, and we encourage people who have a similar philosophy to apply. Mature adults who may be considering a career change are also encouraged to apply.