Trinity Western University

School of Education

Important Information

Teacher Certification and Qualification Categories

For students in the concurrent B.A./B.Ed. and B.Sc./B.Ed and the post-degree B.Ed. programs for Grades K–12, the School of Education sends the British Columbia College of Teachers (BCCT) a list of students who have successfully completed teacher certification requirements. The School includes a copy of each student’s TWU transcript as well as copies of transcripts from other institutions. The BCCT is the sole agency that issues teaching certificates that are valid in both public and independent schools in British Columbia. TWU’s programs are designed to meet the criteria of the Professional Teaching Certificate. This certificate is valid at all grade levels.

Each student who wishes to teach in British Columbia must forward an application to the BCCT for formal evaluation for certification and membership in the BCCT. If students are not Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or in possession of a Canadian work permit, they receive a Letter of Standing indicating that they qualify for the Professional Certificate. A Professional Certificate or the Letter of Standing entitles them to apply for a teaching certificate in all jurisdictions in Canada and most jurisdictions in the United States. However, early in their program they should determine specific requirements for the particular jurisdictions where they plan to teach so they can include those in their studies.

The Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) is an advisory service to teachers and school boards for evaluating newly certified teachers for salary placement. Sponsored jointly by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. School Trustees Association, TQS assesses the number of years of preparation it finds acceptable for salary purposes. Requests for evaluation forms are available from the School of Education or directly from TQS at 106-1525 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1T5.

Teacher Certification and B.Ed. Program Changes

The B.Ed. degree is designed to prepare students for BCCT Professional Certification. Therefore, when the BCCT makes changes to certification requirements, or suggests program changes in light of reviews or audits, the School of Education may make program requirement changes that are effective immediately in order to ensure that graduates are eligible for certification.

Transfer Credit into TWU’S Education Programs

Students may transfer courses into TWU’s Education program from post-secondary institutions that are accredited and recognized by the British Columbia College of Teachers (BCCT), the provincial teacher certification authority. Note that the BCCT recognizes credits from Bible colleges only if such colleges are fully accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the courses transferred are given credit by TWU as ones equivalent to courses that are part of the TWU concurrent B.A./B.Ed. program. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses are recognized only with Grades 4 and 5. Transfer credit for courses in education depend on whether the courses are equivalent to those offered in TWU’s Teacher Education program.

Admission Process for TWU’S Education Programs

Concurrent Program Admissions Process:

In the concurrent five-year programs, students apply for official entry into the Education program upon completion of the three Education “screen” courses, i.e., EDUC 200, 203, and 211. Except for transfer students, this takes place when students complete their second year at Trinity Western. To be successful, students need at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA (B-), a minimum C average in English 103 and 104 (or their equivalents), and the recommendation of their second year Education course professors.

In the concurrent K–12 program, students apply for entry into the Professional Year by November 15 for entry the following September. Entry into this year is competitive. It is based on a minimum 2.7 GPA of the last 60 sem. hrs. of study, breadth of academic background, quality of the submitted CV, suitability for teaching as indicated by referees, and successful initial classroom experiences. Students must also be able to demonstrate that they will meet all graduation requirements for the concurrent program, except for those courses to be taken during the Professional Year, prior to entering that year. The School of Education must receive applications by November 15. Late applications are considered only when successful applicants who submitted their applications by November 15 have not filled all available positions.

Post -Degree Admissions Process:

Students must apply for admission into the post-degree B.Ed. program to the director of Professional Education Programs by November 15 for entry the following September. Entry is competitive. If not all available positions are filled, applications received by April 15 are considered. Acceptance is based on a minimum 2.7 GPA of the last 60 sem. hrs. of study, breadth of academic background, quality of the submitted CV and case study analysis, suitability for teaching as indicated by referees, and successful experiences working with children. Applicants should complete all the required core and subject specialization course work prior to entering the program. However, applications lacking one or two of these courses are considered, if it is possible to complete all core and subject requirements in the first year of study.

All students admitted to the post-degree program must provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of written and oral English. Post-degree B.Ed. program applicants who have had all their post-secondary study at English language institutions and have obtained an average grade of C on the two required English courses are assumed to have met a satisfactory standard of writing. Students whose first language is not English are interviewed and may be evaluated for their spoken English by the School of Education prior to an admission decision.

Students may obtain application packages from the School of Education at 604.513.2072 or school.education@twu.ca.

Criminal Record Check

All Education students participating in practicum placements that involve working with children under the age of 19, and that are a requirement for certification by the B.C. College of Teachers, are required to have a Criminal Record Check done by the Criminal Records Review Program. Education students will be asked to complete a Criminal Record Review Consent Form by the School of Education in the fall of their second year. This Criminal Record Review will be kept on file in the School of Education office for five years. International or US students should visit the School of Education during their first year for information about Criminal Record Reviews for international and US students.

Students convicted of a criminal offence or given an absolute or conditional discharge and who are considering a teaching career should write to the registrar of the BC College of Teachers for clarification on their status before undertaking an Education degree.

Withdrawal and Readmission

Students who are required to withdraw from EDUC 452 or 453 may appeal to the dean for permission to re-enrol in the program when EDUC 452 or 453 is offered again. Such an appeal must include evidence of having successfully met the conditions that were set at the time of withdrawal.

Students who voluntarily withdraw from EDUC 452 or 453 may apply to re-enter the program. Their new application is considered along with other applications. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Students who have been accepted but do not enter the professional certification year of the concurrent program or the post-degree program forfeit their place and must re-apply for subsequent program entry.

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