Trinity Western University

School of Education

Programs

The School of Education offers the following programs:

  • A five-year concurrent B.A./B.Ed. or B.Sc./B.Ed. program for Grades K-12. Graduates are recommended for a Professional Teaching Certificate issued by the British Columbia College of Teachers.
  • A five-year B.Ed. program for Grades K-7. Graduates are recommended for a Professional Teaching Certificate issued by the British Columbia College of Teachers.
  • A two-year post-degree B.Ed. program for Grades K-12. Graduates are recommended for a Professional Teaching Certificate by the British Columbia College of Teachers.
  • A 37 sem. hr. Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, a degree for practitioners in education, with on-campus summer courses and online courses from September to May.
  • A concentration in Education.
  • A minor in Education.
  • A minor in Education (Special Education).

Education

Concurrent Five-Year B.A./B.Ed. or B.Sc./B.Ed. Programs (Grades K–8)

Beginning in the second semester of the first year, students in the concurrent B.A./B.Ed. or B.Sc./B.Ed. program (K-8) take both liberal arts and professional education courses. During their first four years students complete core requirements, subject specializations, 33 or 34 sem. hrs. of specified foundational professional education courses, including a minimum of 3 sem. hrs. of initial classroom experiences. At the end of the fourth year, students obtain a B.A. or B.Sc. degree, depending on their area(s) of specialization.

The fifth year is a professional certification year from late August to late May. During this final year students extend and implement their knowledge and skills in seminars and in two lengthy classroom practica under the guidance of master teachers as well as professors. During December, January, and May of the professional year, students complete 7 sem. hrs. of course work in curriculum and pedagogy courses in particular subject areas. Upon the successful completion of the Professional Year, students also receive a B.Ed. degree.

Concurrent Five-Year B.A./B.Ed. or B.Sc./B.Ed. Program (Secondary)

Beginning in the second semester of the first year, students in the concurrent B.A./B.Ed. or B.Sc./B.Ed. program (secondary) take both liberal arts and professional education courses. During the first four years students complete core requirements, subject specializations, and 33 or 34 sem. hrs. of foundational professional education courses, including at least 3 sem. hrs. of initial classroom experiences. At the end of the fourth year, students obtain a B.A. or B.Sc. degree, depending on their area(s) of specialization.

The fifth year, from August to May, is a professional certification year. During this final year, students extend and implement their knowledge and skills in seminars and in two lengthy classroom practica under the guidance of master teachers as well as professors. During December, January, and May of the professional year, students complete 7 sem. hrs. of course work in curriculum and pedagogy courses in particular subject areas. Upon the successful completion of the Professional Year, students receive a B.Ed. degree.

Five-Year B.Ed. Program (Grades K–7)

Beginning in the second semester of the first year, students in the five year B.Ed. program (K–7) take both liberal arts and professional education courses. During their first four years students complete core requirements, one subject specialization, 33 or 34 sem. hrs. of specified foundational professional education courses, including a minimum of 3 sem. hrs. of initial classroom experiences. Students also have room to fit in a variety of elective liberal arts courses. The fifth year is a professional certification year from late August to late May. During this final year students extend and implement their knowledge and skills in seminars and in two lengthy classroom practica under the guidance of master teachers as well as professors. During December, January, and May of the professional year, students complete 7 sem. hrs. of course work in curriculum and pedagogy courses in particular subject areas. Upon the successful completion of the Professional Year, students receive a B.Ed. degree.

NB: This degree is mainly designed for TWU and transfer students transitioning into an Education program after three years of undergraduate study (including 24 sem. hrs. of academic coursework in one teachable subject area). However, this degree is also available to students wishing to do an Education degree over five years, with the first four years focusing on one academic teachable and allowing opportunity for electives.

Two-Year Post-Degree B.Ed. Program (Grades K–12)

Trinity Western’s post-degree Bachelor of Education program is for people who have completed a B.A. or B.Sc. that meets the requirements of the acceptable degree policy for certification in British Columbia. This means the student’s previous degree must include a minimum of 30 sem hrs. of course work in faculties other than Education. The program is intended for those who wish to teach at the elementary, middle, or high school levels.

During the first year of the program, students take three foundation education courses as well as courses in social issues in education, teaching exceptional students, curriculum planning, classroom management and leadership, assessment and evaluation, literacy or middle/senior years education, and an interdisciplinary course in Christian worldview thinking applied to educational issues. Students also complete two initial classroom experience practica.

In the second year of the program students bring together, implement, and extend their knowledge and skills in seminars and in two lengthy classroom practica under the guidance of master teachers and education professors. They complete the program by taking curriculum and pedagogy courses in specific school subjects in December, January, and May.

Applicants to the post-degree B.Ed. program are expected to have completed a four year B.A. or B.Sc. degree. Their minimum cumulative GPA for the semesters that include the last 60 sem. hrs. of credit must be 2.7 (B-).

To meet the acceptable degree policy for certification of elementary and middle school teachers in British Columbia, the applicant’s university courses must include the following core courses:

  • English (6 sem. hrs., including both composition and literature, with a minimum C average);
  • Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.);
  • Science (3 sem. hrs.);
  • Canadian studies (3 sem. hrs.).

To meet the acceptable degree policy for certification of secondary school teachers in British Columbia, the applicant’s university courses must include the following core courses:

  • English (6 sem. hrs., including both composition and literature, with a minimum C average)

All applicants must also have at least 24 sem. hrs. of course work in one of the following teachable specializations: Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computing Science, English, French, Geography, History, Human Kinetics, Applied Linguistics/TESL, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Social Studies, Theatre.

Applicants who are one or two courses short of having completed the foregoing requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate that they will complete the prerequisites prior to entering the second year of the post-degree B.Ed. program.

Program Checklists and Requirements:

Concurrent Five-Year B.A./B.Ed. OR B.Sc./B.Ed. Program (Grades K-8)

Concurrent Five-Year B.A./B.Ed. OR B.Sc./B.Ed. Program (Secondary)

Five-Year B.Ed. Program (Grades K-7)

Two-Year Post-Degree B.Ed. Program (Grades K-12)

Concentration and Minor in Education

Minor in Education (Special Education)

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