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Letter of Introduction
Using the mandatory supplemental form only (see link on right), outline the reasons you would like to become a teacher, why you have chosen the TRU ELEM program and any information you feel is pertinent to your application.
Below are some questions that you can ask yourself. By thinking about and perhaps writing short answers to these questions, you will have a good outline for writing a strong letter of introduction.
- What are the qualities you think make for a successful teacher?
- How have you demonstrated such qualities in the past?
- What kinds of experiences are relevant to this teacher education program and what have you learned from these experiences?
- When have you taken on a teacher role?
- What do you enjoy learning in your volunteer or work experiences?
- Think about two or three adjectives that best describe you in relation to teaching. Provide evidence.
- Think about additional information you can provide that describes you in relation to teaching.
Using the mandatory supplemental form only (see link on right), outline the nature and extent of your 100 hours of experience, 25 of which must be in an elementary/middle school classroom setting in Canada.
For each different type of experience, use the six categories below to provide a summary of your experience.
- School or Organization
- Name of classroom teacher or supervisor
- Age/number of children
- Date ranges of experience
- Summary of activities (as two or three bullet points)
- Total hours
The 100 hours of experience with groups of children, preferably completed within the past two years.
You will need to provide the mandatory Reference Report form to two referees. Your chosen referees should be qualified to attest to your suitability for teaching and have observed you working with groups of children in the experiences you indicate on your Statement of 100 Hours Experience form. After you apply, the Admissions office will provide you with a reference report form link for you to pass on to your two referees. Please provide your referees with your TRU ID number so the Admissions office can match the forms with your application.
Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended except for studies completed at TRU. Official transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution and include a translation to English if required. Final official transcripts showing all final grades for courses needed to meet admissions requirements must be submitted directly to the TRU Admissions Office no later than the deadline of May 15 to be eligible to participate in the Fall intake of the program.
The application period for entry to the 2023 Fall intake opens October 1, 2022.
Application and Document Submission Deadline: March 15
Supplemental admission documentation must be submitted on the mandatory forms by email to the TRU Admissions Office with your name, T-ID number, and program name in the subject line.
Applications will not be considered complete until all mandatory supplemental and two Reference Report forms have been received by the TRU Admissions Office. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their supplemental documentation is submitted in a timely manner and should regularly monitor their application checklist for completeness through the myTRU student portal. Consideration will be given to applicants with complete documentation who meet all the minimum admission requirements.
Applicants must have completed all BEd program academic admission requirements no later than the end of the winter semester that coincides with the deadline for application. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
For each Fall semester intake, between 30 and 60 spaces are offered to the applicants ranked highest in the applicant pool following review of all complete applications.
Application Assessment Criteria
- GPA = 40%
- Letter of Intent = 30%
- Hours of Experience = 20%
- References = 10%