Why Education?

Education majors contribute to the transformation of society by helping others become life long learners who respond compassionately to the world around them.

Why Education?

Education majors contribute to the transformation of society by helping others become life long learners who respond compassionately to the world around them.

Teaching isn’t just a career; it’s a sacred calling.

As a teacher, you help children and young people find meaning and purpose in their lives in a loving and respectful learning community. You hold a unique position to help develop your students’ abilities and dispositions. At TWU, we help you to develop the skills you need to nurture your students’ academic, social, and emotional growth.


  • Elementary, middle, or secondary school programs
  • A five-year concurrent BA/BEd or B.Sc./BEd program*
  • A two-year post-degree BEd program**
  • A special education minor (as a teachable subject area)
  • An education concentration or minor for those pursuing teacher certification
  • A Master of Arts in Education Studies—Special Education

*TWU’s concurrent program allows you to work toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree at the same time as a Bachelor of Education degree. Most students graduate after four years with a BA or B.Sc, with an additional year to earn a BEd.

**TWU’s post-degree BEd program is for those who have already completed a BA or B.Sc. degree that meets the requirements of the acceptable degree policy for certification in British Columbia and who want to teach at the elementary, middle, or high school levels. For more information please click here.

Alumni Perspective

“I felt like I had the knowledge and tools to charge into my teaching career from a position of strength... TWU’s program is the ‘bar of excellence’ for the province and is head and shoulders above the others.”



Both our concurrent and post-degree BEd programs are approved by the BC Teacher Certification Branch and lead to recommendation for a British Columbia Professional Certificate of Qualification— valid at all grade levels—issued by the BC Teacher Certification Branch (BCTCB, the provincial teacher certification authority).

Note: If you are not a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, you can receive a letter of standing from the BCTCB stating that you qualify for the Professional Certificate. If you are from the US, check early in your program whether the state in which you plan to teach has any specific requirements you should include in your studies.

Important Dates

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Jennifer Parkinson is a student in the School of Education's post degree program. Hear about her experience as she prepares to become a teacher. Trinity Western alumni teach in public and independent schools in Canada, the U.S., and many continents around the world. Most of our graduates receive teaching contracts immediately after graduation.

Careers in Education
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Our graduates teach in a wide variety of educational settings locally, nationally and internationally. Most of our graduates seek and gain employment as Teachers On Call or as part time and full time classroom teachers in public schools and independent schools. Other graduates choose to work in non-traditional educational settings such as churches, museums, or camps.

International students who complete their teacher certification at TWU are eligible to work in the Lower Mainland for three years after graduation, under the Canadian Graduate Work Permit Program, if offered employment by a Canadian school district or independent school.

Faculty Profiles

Jaqueline Buitelaar, M.Ed.

Professional Year Program Coordinator
Faculty Associate - Elementary Stream

Susan M. Dykshoorn, M.Ed.

Faculty Associate - Elementary

Matthew Etherington, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Moira C. Fricke, M.A.

Sessional Instructor of Education
Special Education Advisor

Barbara Hofmann, Ph.D.

Faculty Associate - Secondary

Kathy Holmes, M.Ed.

Part-time Faculty Associate

Allyson Jule, Ph.D.

Dean of Education
Professor of Education

Clary Kloosterhof

Part-time Instructor of Education

Melanie Laurie, MET

Part-time Instructor of Education
Instructional Designer

Yu-Ling Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

Jordan M. Mayer, M.Ed.

Part-time Instructor of Education

Cynthia D. McCarthy, MAEL

Faculty Associate and Professional Year Coordinator, Secondary Stream

Kevin Mirchandani, M.Ed.

Part-time Instructor of Education

Lisa Olding

Sessional Assistant Professor of Education

Jill Omichinski, M.Ed

Faculty Associate, Professional Year Program
Part-time Instructor of Education

Nina Pak Lui, M.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Education

Lisa Peterson, M.Ed.

Part-time Instructor of Education
Part-time Faculty Associate

Kenneth Pudlas, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Education

Lara Ragpot, D.Ed

Director of the Masters of Educational Studies
Associate Professor of Education

Meena Sangha

Part-time Instructor of Education

Andrew Shutsa

Part-time Instructor of Education

Jenn Skelding, M.Ed

Adjunct Professor of Education

Patricia Victor, M.A.L.

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Co-Director, Institute of Indigenous Issues & Perspectives
Indigenous Elder
Part-time Instructor of Education

Alan Wiebe, M.Ed.

Faculty Associate, Professional Year Program

Jim Willms, M.Ed.

Part-time Instructor of Education