The mission of the UFV Teacher Education department (TED) is to educate teachers who will become responsible and effective professionals. Our graduates are distinguished in the teaching profession because of their strong ability to integrate educational theory and knowledge into a reflective teaching practice that is critically minded, pedagogically sensitive and socially just.

PROGRAM VALUES

Our Bachelor of Education is informed by these values:

Pedagogical Sensitivity

The TED supports a pupil-centered view of teaching. Educators must develop an understanding of the primacy of the pupil-teacher relationship and its ethical underpinning while honouring and respecting the needs of each pupil. Educators must have the knowledge, skill and confidence to adapt and develop curriculum to meet the specific needs of the pupil.

Reflective Practice

The TEP believes that educators must engage in reflective practice, the ability to reflect in a thoughtful way on the significance of different teaching situations and on their role in defining a learning environment. Educators must demonstrate self-knowledge by openly identifying personal biases and projections. Reflective practice, guided by the principles of self-evaluation and self-directed learning, is considered the foundation of continuous professional growth.

Critical Mindedness

The TED believes that educators must understand the complexity, subtlety, and difficulty of contemporary educational questions and issues. In an attempt to solve problems, educators must show a high degree of flexibility in comparing various perspectives and alternative solutions.

Social Justice

The TED believes that educators must be open to and respectful of diversity and difference. Educators require the ability to see beyond their own ways of defining the world and to be advocates of social justice and the inclusive classroom. A high value is placed on the ethical responsibilities of educators.

Integration of Knowledge and Practice

The TED supports the seamless connection between knowledge (academic disciplines), educational theory, and practice (methods for achieving educational ends). Educators must constantly engage in the recursive interplay of knowledge, educational theory and practice throughout their professional lives.

The five program values form the basis for the goals of the Bachelor of Education.

PROGRAM GOALS

The fourteen goals that follow are competencies to be demonstrated by an effective teacher upon completion of the BEd. They represent those competencies that we in TED consider extremely important. Organized into three key areas and sequenced in a developmental progression, the fourteen goals are listed below:

Demonstrating a strong, professional, teacher presence

1. Professional

2. Strong connection with students

3. Classroom management

4. Reflective practitioner

5. Working with feedback

6. Clear and observable vision

 

Demonstrating knowledge and skills related to teaching

7. Knowledge of students

8. Knowledge of content

9. Effective communication with students

10. Effective teaching practices

11. Valid and reliable assessment practices

12. Inclusive and individualized teaching

 

Becoming a positive member of the school and the community

13. Working respectfully with parents

14. Contributing to school culture and community

 

The Bachelor of Education’s program goals are complex and in alignment with the standards of professional practice for teachers in BC. We, as a  department, are committed to the program goals and uphold these standards of practice in course work, school practica and our daily lives. Further details on the program goals, including examples of observable actions related to each goal, can be found in our Teacher Education handbook.

 

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