UFV Teacher Ed program prepares teachers with emphasis on social justice

BCAIU VIU Teacher-EdEducation is known to change lives. There is a program at UFV, however, that is especially transformative. People enter as students. They emerge as teachers. The Teacher Education program, now in its sixth year, recently moved to the Abbotsford campus from Chilliwack.

The Teacher Education program (aka TEP) is a one-year post-degree program. Some of the students entering the program are fresh graduates of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Others are undertaking a midlife career change.

“Our group this year consists of 36 students ranging in age from 24 to early 50s, and they come from all walks of life,” notes Barbara Salingre, educational advisor for the program. “Six have already been educational assistants so they bring a lot of experience in a classroom setting. Some have gained experience through our Kinesiology program’s outreach experience in Antigua, another has taught in Korea for many years, and others have completed internships in Tanzania with our Geography department. We have a record high of eight men in the program this year. And about a third of the students are parents.”  Read more….