Elementary BEd post-degree professional program (PDPP)

This second degree program has been carefully designed to provide engaging, relevant, and high-quality preparation for the responsibilities and challenges of today's classrooms. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Education degree and are eligible to apply for a BC teaching certificate. In British Columbia, teaching certificates are issued by the Ministry of Education's Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB).

The Elementary PDPP provides an introduction to the full range of subjects taught in an elementary classroom (kindergarten to grade seven). Click here to view the program outline (course list).

The Elementary PDPP may also be taken in Cranbrook, BC on the College of the Rockies campus. The off-campus program is completed over two or three academic years depending on course scheduling. Please consult an academic adviser in the Education Advising Office for more information.

Admission requirements: courses, competencies, GPA, and deadlines

  • Application deadline: January 2. View application instructions here starting September. 
  • First transcript deadline: January 31, showing grades for courses attempted to December 31 and, if applicable, course registration for the January to April 30.
  • Final transcript deadline: May 31, showing grades for courses attempted to April 30.
Eligibility for admission requires:
  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited university that is acceptable to the University of Victoria
  • 3.0 units approved English, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English, and
  • 3.0 units approved Canadian studies, and
  • 3.0 units approved mathematics with a C+ average completed within the last ten years, and
  • 3.0 units approved laboratory science, completed within the last ten years, and
  • a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on:
    • the most recently attempted session (minimum 12 units or 24 credits or eight half-year courses). If you took fewer than 12.0 units in the last session, you need a grade-point average of at least 3.00 (equivalent to UVic's C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.
    • 30-units (equivalent to two years) of course work attempted to December 31.

Note: 3.0 units are equivalent to two half-year courses at most BC post-secondary institutions.

Consult an adviser in the Education Advising Office if you have any questions.

Admission requirements: Course options at UVic

English and written English competency

We'll consider composition and literature courses offered by an English department. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

Two of:

  • ENGL 135 University Writing or Academic Reading and Writing or ENGL 215 The Writing of Expository Prose
  • ENGL 146 The Literature of Our Era
  • ENGL 147 Great Moments in English Literature
  • ENGL 200A English Literature to 1660
  • ENGL 200B English Literature, 1660-1800
  • ENGL 200C English Literature, 1800-1914
  • ENGL 201 Introduction to Modernist Literature
  • ENGL 202 Introduction to Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 203 Introduction to American Literature
  • ENGL 207 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • ENGL 208 Introduction to Women's Writing
  • ENGL 209 Foundations of Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 260 The Bible as Literature

Written English competency
This will be satisfied with a grade of C+ or higher in each of two approved English courses.  Consult an Education adviser if you've completed any English course with less than a C+ grade.


  1. We can't accept technical. creative writing, or communication courses.
  2. We can't accept 3.0 units of English composition.
  3. Consult an Education adviser before taking a 'special topics' course. The adviser will need to see a course description or outline.
  4. Consult an Education adviser if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

Canadian studies

We'll accept courses that focus on the Canadian experience and cover topics taught in the BC elementary social studies curriculum. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

Two of:

  • CS 102 Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
  • CS 201 Issues and Ideas in Canadian Environmentalism
  • ECON 100 The Canadian Economy - Problems and Policies
  • HSTR 230A Canada to Confederation
  • HSTR 230B Canada from Confederation - present  
  • IS 200A Indigenous Studies Foundation
  • IS 200B Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • POLI 101 Canadian Politics
  • POLI 201 Canadian Institutions of Government
  • SOCI 103 Canadian Society


  1. We won't accept Canadian literature, art history courses or CS 101.
  2. We normally won't accept courses that study one region or province of Canada.
  3. There are several 300-level Canadian history courses that are acceptable. Check with an education adviser.


We'll consider courses offered by a mathematics department. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

  • MATH 100 or 102 Calculus I or Calculus for Students in the Social and Biological Science
  • MATH 101 Calculus II
  • MATH 151 Finite Mathematics
  • MATH 161 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I 
  • MATH 162 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II

Mathematics competency
This will be satisfied with a C+ average on two approved mathematics courses (UVic 3.00/9-point scale).


  1. We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
  2. We won't accept UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
  3. We won't accept statistics courses from computer science, economics, psychology or sociology.
  4. Consult an Education adviser if you've completed a statistics course from a mathematics department.
  5. We won't accept any math courses completed more than ten years ago.

Laboratory science

Elementary teachers take a strong field-based, hands-on approach to teaching sciences, therefore, we check that the science courses you've taken include a significant lab component.  Science courses that average at least 1.5 hours of lab time a week are acceptable but we prefer those that have at least 3 hours of lab time each week. Try to choose courses from two different subjects. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

Two of:

  • ASTR 101 Exploring the Night Sky
  • ASTR 102 Exploring the Cosmos
  • BIOL 184 (formerly BIOL 190B) Evolution and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 186 (formerly BIOL 190A) Physiology and Cell Biology 
  • CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • EOS 110 Oceans and Atmosphere
  • EOS 120 The Dynamic Earth1
  • One of EPHE 141 Human Anatomy or EPHE 242 Introduction to Human Cellular Physiology (formerly EPHE 241A)4
  • GEOG 103 Introduction to Physical Geography2
  • PHYS 102A General Physics I
  • PHYS 102B General Physics II
  • PHYS 120 Physics I


  1. EOS 120 is highly recommended. It has a lab that was specifically designed for prospective teachers.
  2. Consult an adviser if you want to take GEOG 103 but have already taken EOS 110 or 120.
  3. Please consult an Education adviser if you took a human anatomy or physiolgy course elsewhere.
  4. Social Science department courses, such as psychology, are not accepted in lieu of science courses.
  5. Physical geography courses are the only social science courses that will be accepted as science. UVic's GEOG 103, for example.
  6. We won't accept any laboratory science course completed more than ten years ago.

Admission requirements: Course options at other post-secondary institutions

Please refer to the handout provided below if you would like to take English, Canadian studies, mathematics and laboratory science at Camosun College, North Island College or Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning. If you are taking courses at another institution, be sure to have your course selections reviewed by an Education adviser.

Course options at Camosun College, North Island College or Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning.

Educative experience

In addition to the requirements listed above, you'll be asked to provide evidence of your experience, ability, and interest in working with children/youth in educative ways in the form of a letter of intent, résumé and reference forms. These supporting documents must adequately indicate to the satisfaction of the secondary program lead that your experience working with children/youth support your ability to be a teacher candidate in this program.

  • In your letter of intent, you'll explain why you wish to become a teacher, how your life experiences (employment, volunteer activities, work with diverse groups of children/youth, special skills or talents, leadership roles) are relevant to teaching, and why you think these experiences are appropriate preparation for a career in teaching.
  • Your résumé will list your education, employment history, education-related experience (volunteer or paid), work experience with youth (volunteer or paid), and two references.
  • Your reference forms will be completed by individuals who have observed you interacting with children/youth in educative ways in at least two different settings.

Eligible applicants may also be invited to attend an interview.

How to apply for September 2018

Application deadline: January 2

  • Click here to access application information. This information is updated each September for entry in the following year.
  • Indigenous applicants, please take note of the additional information provided for you on this page.