Trinity Western’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, and, after nine more months of successful study, also receive a B.Ed [Students who already have a BA or B.Sc degree should refer to the separate sheet for the Post-Degree B.Ed Program.
TWU core and basic requirements include a general core of diverse courses for a teaching career (48 sem. hrs. at the elementary level and 45 sem. hrs. at the secondary level) Academic specialization(s) in one or two teachable subjects (42- 48 sem. hrs.), depending on specialization and overlap with core)
Education course taken while completing BA or B.Sc. (First four years; 33-34 Sem. Hrs.)
This includes general courses such as introduction to teaching and learning, social issues in education, curriculum planning, special education, indigenous education and classroom management. You normally also have four semesters of classroom experiences for half a day a week.
Professional year (grades K-7; 37 Sem. Hrs.)
This year consists of long practica interspersed with seminars and workshops, as well as courses in how to teach math, social studies, science, and language arts, and how to assess students.
Professional year (grades 8-12; 37 Sem. Hrs.)
This year consists of long practica interspersed with seminars and workshops, as well as courses in how to teach math/science, humanities and one additional teaching specialization.
Our teacher education programs prepare you to teach in both public and independent schools. You gain a comprehensive and spiritually grounded Christian understanding of effective learning and teaching for today’s pluralistic society. You consider how you can structure and guide classroom learning using sound educational principles—and then implement such guidelines.
Preparing to Become a Teacher
At the end of your second year at TWU you apply for entry into TWU’s education program. To be successful, you need a 2.7 (B-) cumulative grade point average, a minimum C average in two English courses (Literature and Composition), and the recommendation of your 2nd year education course professors.
In your fourth year you apply for entry into the Professional Year. Your GPA should be at least 2.7 (B-) for your last 60 sem. hrs. of study. Your suitability for teaching as shown, for instance, in how well you did in your initial classroom experiences, is also assessed. During your final Professional Year you implement and extend your knowledge and skills in seminars and classroom practica under the guidance of master teachers as well as professors.
Middle schools usually include grades 6, 7 and 8. If you are interested in being placed in a middle school for your Professional Year, your initial four years should include the core courses required for certification at the elementary school level, and teachable subject area minors that are acceptable for high school.
Students may transfer courses into TWU’s education program from post-secondary institutions accredited and recognized by the British Columbia Teacher Regulation Branch, the provincial teacher certification authority.
The BC Teacher Regulation Branch only recognizes credit from Bible Colleges which are full members of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placements courses are transferable subject to specified minimum grades.
Transfer credit for teacher education courses depend on their equivalency to those offered in TWU’s teacher education program. A total of 6 sm hrs of education transfer credit is normally the maximum.
Teachable Subject Specializations
Those teaching K-7 usually take two subject specializations with a total of 24 sem. hrs. each. Each subject must meet TWU requirements for a minor. You may take a major in certain approved subjects, but will need at least 42 sem. hrs. with 30 of senior level courses, but this option is not recommended for teaching at the elementary or middle school level. You may also take another minor in any area including Religious or Catholic Studies if you plan on teaching at an independent school. The following is a list of acceptable subject specializations:
- Canadian Studies (conc)
- Applied Linguistics/TESL
- International Studies (major)
- Geography & Environmental Studies
- Computing Science
- Human Kinetics
- Social Studies (conc)
- Special Education
For the secondary education program (Grades 8-12), you must complete at least one major or two minors from the following teachable subject specializations. For employment purposes it is preferable to complete either two minors or one of the interdisciplinary majors.
- Applied Ling/TESL **
- Canadian Studies*
- Computing Science
- Geography & Environmental Studies*
- Human Kinetics*
- International Studies*
- Social Studies**
- Special Education**
* Subjects must contain 24 sem. hrs. in one teachable subject area (such as biology for environmental studies, history for International Studies and History or Geography for Canadian Studies, or either human kinetics or physical education if Human Kinetics is a major). ** Students cannot major in the subject areas with a double asterisk (**) and can only choose one of them as a minor.
Applying For The Program
News students: Apply through TWU’s general applications system.