Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) STEM

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) (Secondary) STEM degree prepares students to teach science and mathematics in the context of engineering and technology in secondary school settings. Graduates qualify for a professional teaching certificate from the BC Ministry of Education, Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), certifying them to teach science and mathematics subjects in any secondary school setting. Graduates often teach in other provinces or territories in Canada and in other countries.

Upon graduation from the STEM program, you will have two degrees: the bachelor's degree in science or mathematics required for entry into this program and the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree.

STEM is a one-year intensive, full-time program that starts in July of one year to the end of June in the following year. The total number of credits for this program is 64. The program includes foundation courses in education, methods courses, and practica.

Academic requirements

You must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (120 credits) or equivalent in science (such as physics, biology or chemistry) or mathematics with a 2.67 GPA on the most recent 60 credits completed.

Within the degree, all applicants must have one teachable major or two teachable minors (courses taught in secondary schools). A teachable minor consists of 18 credit hours of upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or 4000), in addition to required lower-level courses. A teachable major consists of thirty (30) credit hours of upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or 4000) in addition to required lower-level courses.

Also required is successful completion, with a C+ average of six (6) credit hours of acceptable English Literature and Composition at any level. These credits do not include courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical writing, business writing, communication or English as a Second Language.

Teaching experience requirements

You must have at least 100 hours of relevant volunteer or paid teaching experience working with groups of secondary-school age students. These hours must be completed prior to your admission into the program. We recommend that 25 of these hours be in a secondary-school classroom or environment.

A supplementary form included in the application package asks you to describe your volunteer experiences and to discuss how they have influenced your decision to become a teacher. We are interested in how you have made connections between your volunteer experiences and what you have learned about yourself as a potential teacher.

Other requirements

Letter of intent

In no more than 300 words, outline the reasons you would like to become a teacher and why you have chosen the BEd program as your preparation, as well as any information you feel is pertinent to your application.

Spontaneous write and personal interview

If you meet the basic requirements for the program, you will be interviewed by members of the faculty and practising classroom teachers. The interview is approximately 15 minutes; all candidates are asked the same questions. Immediately prior to the interview, you will be asked to write a spontaneous composition of approximately 500 words on a question pertinent to education.You can arrange to have your interview conducted via Skype and can complete your spontaneous write at another location and under approved supervision.

Documentation requirements

  • TRU application form, letter of intent and a report detailing 100 hours of teaching experience, verified by a supervisor or supervisors
  • Application fee for all students new to TRU
  • Two confidential statements from referees qualified to attest to the applicant’s suitability for teaching
  • By May 15, official transcripts (not photocopies) from post-secondary institutions other than TRU

Registration and payment of fees

If you are accepted, the Registrar’s Office will notify you in writing. To reserve your place, you must pay a $500 commitment fee.

Financial aid, entrance scholarships, bursaries and awards

Applicants may apply for financial aid, entrance scholarships and awards. To learn more, contact awards@tru.ca and search the Awards Guide on the Student Awards and Financial Support page.

Criminal record check

To participate in a practicum, teacher candidates must have completed a criminal record check.

Persons convicted of a criminal offence or who have been given an absolute or conditional discharge should contact the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program.