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, physical and health education, physics, social studies, Spanish, teaching innovation in education, theatre. 

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.  

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

Eligibility for admission requires:

  • an undergraduate degree recognized by the university, and
  • 3.0 units approved English, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English competency, and
  • approved studies in two teachable subject areas or in one teachable subject area 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 teachable area (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 are equivalent to two half-year courses at most BC post-secondary institutions.

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.


  1. We can't accept technical, communications, or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 3.0 units of English composition.
  3. 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.
  4. Consult an Education adviser if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

Teachable subject areas

We've prepared a self-assessment form for each of the teachable subject areas available at UVic. Click on the applicable link below for more information on your chosen subject (s).

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


  • You may be able to apply with one teachable subject area but your job prospects may be improved if you have more than one area of specialization.
  • You must combine computer science, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, technology innovation in education and theatre with a second approved teachable subject. Tip! These teaching areas may not be combined with one another.

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.