Academic requirements

Applicants will be eligible for admission with a minimum of 90 credits acceptable to the TRU BEd Elementary (ELEM) program.

A maximum of 57 credits can be in academic coursework at any level in any subject area (excluding credits earned in practicum or work term courses).

The remaining 33 credits must meet specific academic requirements indicated below with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.67 in order for your application to be reviewed for admission.

A course can only be used once to fulfill any of the following five academic admission requirements.

  • 6 credits in English, must include courses in both literature and composition
  • 3 credits in mathematics (not statistics)
  • 3 credits in science (biology, chemistry, physics, physical geography, geology/earth science, environmental studies, astronomy)
  • 3 credits in history or geography
  • 18 credits at the 3000/4000 level in one or more teachable subject areas in the BC school curriculum
Teachable Subject Areas in the BC School Curriculum
English History Geography Social Studies Mathematics
Biology Chemistry Physics Earth Sciences Environmental Sciences
French (Core) German Japanese Spanish First Nations Language(s)
Korean Mandarin Punjabi Russian
Art Drama Music Dance
First Nations Studies Business Education Computing Science Physical Education

Courses can be taken at TRU for the Teachable Subject Areas indicated above in bold.

Also required but not part of the GPA calculation:

  • 24 credits of coursework in one teachable subject area in the BC school curriculum
  • 6 credits in Canadian Studies where the Canadian lived experience is the main focus of the course content

English courses in Canadian literature are not eligible to fulfill the Canadian Studies requirement

All courses needed to meet admission requirements must be completed no later than the end of April prior to the Fall intake being applied to. There is no option to complete courses needed to meet admission requirements after the end of April.

Teaching experience requirement

You must have at least 100 hours of relevant experience working with groups of elementary (grades K-7) and/or middle school (grades 6-9) students. A minimum of 25 hours must be in elementary or middle school classrooms in Canada. These hours must be fully completed by the application deadline of January 15th.

For the Fall 2022 intake only, the program is waiving the requirement for 25 hours of experience in a classroom setting due to the current COVID restrictions that are closing school classrooms to volunteer opportunities.

If you are not able to complete all of the required 100 hours of experience by the January 15th 2022 deadline, you can still apply to the program.

Mandatory supplemental documentation requirements

Submission deadline: January 15th 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 ELEM 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