Non-academic requirements for admission to the elementary/middle school Teacher Education program

In addition to the academic requirements, the Admissions Committee evaluates the following areas in reviewing student applications:

Written Assignment

Directions and details are enclosed in the TEP application package. Students will complete this written assignment on the UFV campus together with the interview during the month of February and March. Dates and times will be made available to each applicant. The interview and written assignment are part of the student's application.

Work Experience, Talents and Skills

Students are required to have related experience working with children. Classroom volunteer work is strongly recommended. Certificates such as coaching, music and first aid are reviewed in this area, along with languages spoken and travel experience. Please submit a brief résumé, two pages in length.

Interview/Reference Letters

For the July 2014 all applicants will be invited for an interview. This 30 min. interview will be combined with the written assignment session at the Abbotsford campus. Days and times will be made available, once the application has been reviewed by the department.

Two confidential letters of reference are required to support the student's application. The student may submit an additional confidential reference, but no more than three references are permitted. These letters should be written on school/company letterhead, must be original and signed by the referee. One reference letter must come from an off-campus educator who has observed the student interacting with children/adolescents in a public educational setting. Referees may fill out the referee's Report instead of providing a reference letter, but the reference letter must answer questions 1-6 from the Referee's Report.

All references must be mailed directly by the referees to the Office of the Registrar/TEP Admissions in a sealed envelope to:

Office of the Registrar
Teacher Education Admissions
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Rd.
Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 7M8

Grade Point Average

UFV will calculate grade point average on the most recent two years (approximately 60 semester hours) of undergraduate coursework (Note: this may include post-degree coursework). Applicants with a grade point below a 2.8 on the 4.33 point scale in this calculation will not be considered.

Breadth of Academic Preparation

We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds. Elementary teachers have to be competent in many subject areas and we recommend that applicants have preparation in numeracy (e.g. Math 205), and literacy skills. You can further enhance your preparation by taking courses from disciplines such as Cultural Anthropology, Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Sociology, Modern Languages, Kinesiology/Physical Education etc.

Criminal Record Check

Under the Criminal Records Review Act, students in a professional post-secondary program with a practicum component involving work with children and/or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal records check. Applicants to the program who may have a criminal offence are advised to contact the Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General.

Admitted students in the TEP and who have been convicted of a criminal offence and given a discharge are advised to contact the Commissioner of the BC Teacher Regulation Branch for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program. The Criminal Records Check will be administered through the TEP office.

Before applying, we strongly recommend that prospective applicants make an appointment with the Education Advisor in TEP or attend one of  the regulary scheduled information sessions.

Ready to start the journey to become an elementary/middle school teacher?

Applications for the July 2014 intake are accepted from October 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. Entry to the program is competitive. We strongly encourage you to review the requirements and to attend an info session or seek guidance from an advisor before you start preparing your application.

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