Why Students Choose VIU's Initial Teacher Education Programs

Though slightly different, all 3 program options reflect VIU's commitment to providing initial teacher education programs that are current, relevant, and meet practical needs expressed by the field. Central to these programs is the personal attention and commitment to student success for which VIU's Faculty of Education is well known.

Another distinguishing characteristic of our programs is the nature of our faculty. Our programs offer top-notch academically passionate faculty with expertise and experience in their educational fields. Unlike other universities, the knowledge and experience of VIU's professors is "not strictly academic". VIU's Faculty of Education has a commitment to hiring professors who have "real-world" K-12 experience. Our faculty have been in the field-as school counsellors, teachers, and administrators-and can speak as both academics and K-12 practitioners. This gives our programs a distinct edge over others.

Our Faculty of Education also strives to provide out students with opportunities for international practica in a variety of countries beyond Canada. More information on International Practicum Opportunities.

Why Students Choose VIU's Post-Degree Diploma Programs

Though different in focus, both the IEGD and OLTD diploma programs reflect VIU's commitment to providing post-graduate programs for educators that are current, relevant, and meet practical needs expressed by the field. Central to these two programs is the personal attention and commitment to student success for which VIU's Faculty of Education is well known.

Another distinguishing characteristic of these programs is the nature of our faculty. Both programs offer top-notch academically passionate faculty with expertise and experience in their educational fields. Unlike other universities, the knowledge and experience of VIU's professors is "not strictly academic". VIU's Faculty of Education has a commitment to hiring professors who have K-12 experience. Our faculty have been in the field-as school counsellors, teachers, and administrators-and can speak as both academics and practitioners. This gives our programs a distinct edge over other programs.

Why Students Choose VIU's Master's Programs

The Master of Education programs at VIU's Faculty of Education are well known for providing personalized learning through a cohort model. The cohort model is an important factor in building community and offering a support network for you as you work through a master's degree program.VIU's Faculty of Education is also well known for supporting rich connections between our students and the communities in which they work and live. With responsive, knowledgeable instructors and supervisors, our students are able to leverage a variety of research opportunities toward successful completion of their Master of Education whether in Leadership or Special Education.

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