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Faculty of Education and Social Work

Message from the Interim Dean to all EDSW students:

In March of 2020 we all began the difficult task of adapting to studying and working remotely in a pandemic-gripped world. Many of us thought longingly of going back to ‘normal’ and had hopes for a quick return to face-to-face classes and an end to lock-downs. More than a year later, with the high vaccination rate in BC, we along with all of TRU, are planning a return to face to face classes for all of the Faculty of Education and Social Work (EDSW) in Fall 2021. TRU has a robust return to campus plan with increased safety measures in place.I acknowledge that much has changed since March of 2020 and I understand that the return we dreamed of in 2020 may now include concern for our health and safety and those of our loved ones.

I want to reassure you that TRU and EDSW are carefully following all of the BC Government Go Forward Guidelines for safety. These guidelines indicate that we are safe to return. This is based on the increased vaccination rate and the steadily decreasing number of COVID-19 cases in BC. Dr. Bonnie Henry has stated that those with underlying health conditions who were able to attend university (or work) pre-pandemic will be safe to return to face-to-face studies in September. In EDSW we believe that knowledge brings power and comfort. Here are some resources you can refer to for further information, and student supports as you transition back.

As you begin to prepare to attend your classes in-person, if you have concerns or anxiety about returning, there are supports available to you. You can reach out for assistance from TRU Counselling for workshops and one-on one counselling (in-person or virtually), and the TRU Wellness Centre has additional workshops, supports, and a well-trained student ambassador team. Additionally, HealthLinkBC offers mental health services you can access.

I wish you all success this Fall, and beyond.


Donna Petri, Interim Dean

Faculty of Education and Social Work


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We help unexpected levels of student success happen. We are movers and shakers through education, social work and human services. We say and do things that matter and can be relied upon. We plan carefully. We look out for others and look after each other.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work has 110 faculty members and over 8,500 enrolments in two schools and two departments. Studies range from the master’s level to employment courses for those with learning challenges. About half our students connect with studies in other TRU faculties. Data from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education shows that over 90 percent of education and social work graduates are in the labour force within two years.

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Featured programs

  Master of Education

Designed for the working professional, this is open to any bachelor's degree graduate who wants to expand career options.

  Adult Basic Education

Adult learners can upgrade for career, vocation and academic programs, or obtain high school graduation equivalency.

  Bachelor of Social Work

A nationally accredited degree that prepares students for a career as a professional social worker.

  Human Service Diploma

Support individuals and families with economic disadvantage, mental health and substance use issues, and involvement with the justice system.

  Early Childhood Education Diploma

Classroom-based research gives you the teaching skills you need to become an effective educator of young children.

 Bachelor of Education (Secondary) STEM

Become a teacher who brings science and math to life for high school students.

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