Requirements

Academic requirements

You must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (120 credits) or equivalent in a STEM discipline such as Science (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics with a minimum 2.33 GPA in the most recent 60 academic credits completed.

Within the degree, all applicants must have one teachable major or two teachable minors in course subjects taught in the BC secondary school curriculum.

  • A teachable major consists of 30 credits at the 3000/4000 level
  • A teachable minor consists of 18 credits at the 3000/4000 level

Also required are 6 credits of English at any level with at least 3 credits in Literature taken through a Canadian university. Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical writing, business writing, communication or English as a Second Language are not eligible to fulfill the English requirement.

Teaching experience requirements

You must have at least 100 hours of relevant volunteer or paid teaching experience working with groups of middle or high school students. These hours must be completed by the application deadline. A minimum of 25 hours must be in a secondary-school classroom or environment.

For the Summer 2021 intake only, the program is waiving the requirement that at least 25 hours must be in a classroom setting due to the current social distancing regulations that are closing school classrooms to volunteer opportunities.

If you are not able to complete all of the required 100 hours by the June 1, 2021 deadline, you can still apply to the program but your score in that aspect of the application review process will be adjusted accordingly which will impact your ranking within the applicant pool.

Spontaneous composition 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 composition at another location and under approved supervision.

Mandatory supplemental documentation requirements

Submission deadline: June 1 by email to the TRU Admissions Office

Link to forms on Application page

  • Letter of Introduction Form
  • Statement of 100 Hours of Experience Form
  • Two Reference Report Forms
  • Official transcripts (not photocopies) from all post-secondary institutions (other than studies completed at 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 tuition deposit fee by the date specified in your offer of admission letter.

Financial aid, entrance scholarships, bursaries and awards

Applicants may apply for financial aid, entrance scholarships and awards. To learn more, search the Awards Guide on the Student Awards & Financial Aid page.

Criminal record check

To participate in a practicum, teacher candidates must have completed and submitted a Consent to Criminal Record Check form.

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

Program Schedule

The BEd STEM program is only available for on-campus studies and is full-time with courses scheduled Monday to Friday anywhere from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm and subject to the BEd Student Attendance policy