Secondary post-degree professional program (PDPP) - Diploma or BEd

This program provides engaging, relevant and high-quality preparation for those who wish to teach one or two of the following subjects in a secondary school: art, biology, chemistry, computer science, English, French, general science, mathematics, music, physics, social studies, Spanish, teaching innovation in education, theatre. Tip! Check back in May for news on a physical education area.

Initial admission is to the Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education program. An additional 6.0 units of thematically-related courses may be taken to ladder the diploma into a Bachelor of Education degree. Click here to see the list of courses with links to the course descriptions. Note: Starting 2017, all PDPP students will follow the first program format listing.

Graduates 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).

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 31.
  • Final transcript deadline: May 31, showing grades for courses attempted to April 30.

Eligibility for admission requires:

  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited university,
  • 3.0 units approved English, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English competency, and
  • approved academic preparation in two teaching concentrations or in one teaching major with a grade-point average of at least 4.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s B- grade) on the 300 and/or 400-level courses needed for each teaching concentration or teaching major (click on  Teaching areas tab for more information), and
  • a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic's C+ grade) on the most recent 30 units  attempted to December 31 (equivalent to 20 half-year courses).
  • a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent session. If your most recent session is less than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 3.00 (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.

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

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.

Approved English and written English competency

Approved English and written English competency

The following UVic courses are examples of approved courses. Equivalent courses taken elsewhere (accredited post-secondary institution) will also be considered.

  • 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.


We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.

  1. We can't accept 3.0 units of English composition.
  2. Consult an Education adviser if you've taken an English course that is not on this list. The adviser will need to see a course description or outline.
  3. Consult an Education adviser if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

Teaching subject areas

We've prepared a self-assessment form for each of the teaching subject areas available at UVic. Click on the applicable link below to see the list of required courses for each subject area.

Be sure to speak with an Education Adviser if you have any questions about the teaching subject area requirements. Call 250-721-7877 to speak with an adviser or send an email to


  • You may apply with one teaching major OR one teaching major and one teaching concentration OR two teaching concentrations. Teaching major and teaching concentration are defined on the self-assemssment form. Tip! You need at least one teaching major to apply to this program but your job prospects may be improved if you have more than one area of specialization.
  • Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, technology innovation in education and theatre must be combined with a second approved teaching major. Tip! They may not be combined with one another.

How to apply (September entry)

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.