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Elementary Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

Changes Being Considered for the Bachelor of Education Program - UPDATE

The Faculty of Education is proposing to make changes to its Bachelor of Education program. 

For several years, the Faculty of Education has been consulting on the future of its two-year Elementary Teacher Education Program (ETEP) and one-year Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). After discussion with students, faculty, school districts and continuing conversations with external groups, it was decided to pursue a path that merged the two existing programs into one Bachelor of Education program with renewed curriculum. 

The aim of our program renewal is to prepare educators that are able to work within a diverse education sector and to offer more opportunities to learn in school-based and community environments. 

After additional consultation, it was decided to have one final ETEP intake in 2016 and then transition to the renewed program in 2017. This was approved by Senate on December 17, 2015. 

We would like to thank students and members of the community for their continued input and engagement with the Faculty of Education.

Current or prospective students interested in the changes should contact Faculty of Education advisors for more information at 250.807.9176 or email:

NOTE: The Bachelor or Education is currently under review. Changes are expected to be implemented in the upcoming and subsequent academic years. Please contact the Faculty of Education for more information. 

This two-year program has an annual intake in September and leads to a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree and certification by the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch to teach in the province of BC. There are two options for completing a B.Ed. degree in the Elementary Teacher Education Program:

  • Five-Year Bachelor of Education Degree Program
  • Two-Year Bachelor of Education Post-Degree Program

The ETEP is an innovative program offering a balance of content, conceptual studies, and practical experiences in the schools. The program provides a strong theoretical base and specialized methodological content with an emphasis on integration of knowledge. Teacher candidates enjoy opportunities for choice of study and independent research in a Guided Reflective Inquiry Project (GRIP) that serves as a final project for this degree program. Teacher candidates will also complete their practice teaching in schools throughout the Okanagan region.


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