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Make a difference in the world with visible results, share your deep love of learning and inspire the youth of your community.

Do you have an urge to make a difference in the lives of others? As an educator, you’ll clearly see the tangible results of your influence every single day. You’ll use your knowledge and intelligence to encourage students to become excited and eager about learning.

Why pursue a a credential in education?

Teachers are in demand more now than ever. And being a certified educator means that you can teach virtually anywhere—coast to coast and in various types of schools. You can choose to explore careers in elementary and secondary education with TRU.

You’ll have the opportunity to become an essential part of your neighbourhood, while participating in good causes or interacting with parents and community members.

Experiential learning

While studying at TRU you have opportunities in undergraduate research, co-op work placements, practicums, field schools, service learning and study abroad.

Collaborative faculty

Your lecturers approach teaching with compassion for their students and truly foster a productive learning environment. Enjoy classes with enthusiastic professors, and active listening in smaller classroom settings.

  • 93% of graduates said that said the quality of instruction was very good or good
  • 86% of employed respondents were working full-time
  • 95% of employed respondents were in a job related to their program
  • 95% said they developed the skills to be able to speak effectively, analyse and think critically during their studies

BC Student Outcomes Data (2018-2020)

Next steps

Once enrolled in a TRU open program, our Academic Advisors work with you to create an academic plan to meet the admission requirements of your chosen professional program. Review the Academic Advising program planning forms for help with course selection.

What you need to get in

Students wanting to pursue educational studies can begin by applying to one of our open admission programs, such as the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Computing Science.

 If you don’t meet the requirements

You can take upgrading courses at TRU to help you meet the requirements of this program.

» Talk to a student recruiter about your options. You may be eligible for free tuition. Or learn more about upgrading.

What stands out to me about TRU is the incredibly welcoming environment which breeds student opportunity not only within the classroom but within the university's entire environment."
— Nolan Chapman, Bachelor of Education graduate

I had a wonderful experience throughout the BEd (Elementary) program. The program truly equipped and prepared me for virtually any situation that might arise in the teaching profession. I benefited greatly from the small class sizes, and the personable and caring faculty in all aspects of the program.”
— Michael Wood, Bachelor of Education graduate

My journey through the BEd program was everything I hoped for and more! It has helped shape the person I have become. The knowledge and experience I gained throughout the program has been pivotal in building a strong foundation for who I strive to be as a teacher.”
— Laura Gatenby, Bachelor of Education graduate

Teaching future teachers new ways to teach — with a program designed to get away from the silos of teaching into a more holistic style, one based on experiential, project- and inquiry-based teaching.

Ted Howe, now an associate professor of curriculum studies in Thompson Rivers University’s school of education, and fellow instructors Susan Lidster and Carol Rees are teaching would-be teachers who want to learn new ways to impart science and math to their future students.

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Career opportunities for teachers are about to take off.

“There hasn’t been such a great time to be a teacher in decades,” says BEd Program Coordinator John Churchley. “There is more funding for teaching positions, student enrolment has stabilized and there is an exciting re-designed curriculum.”

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Carol Rees, associate professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, has been awarded a $25,000 Partnership Engage Grant through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) COVID-19 Special Initiative program.

This grant has enabled greater collaboration between TRU and the Kamloops-Thompson School District, and a greater depth to the research team with the additional collaborators.

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Program Details

Length of this program varies
Intake dates
September, January, May
Now accepting applications

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Admission requirements

Faculty Highlights

Tuition & Fees

Cost for this program per semester:

  • Canadian
  • International
Choose the number of courses:
Tuition $0.00
Fees $0.00
Books and supplies
Typically about $150 per course
Total (CDN) $0.00

Does not include a lab fee of $23.03 that may apply to some courses.

These are only estimates - your actual cost may vary.

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