Elementary BEd

This four-year program has been carefully designed to provide engaging, relevant and high-quality preparation for the responsibilities and challenges of today's classrooms.

The faculty admits students into the first or second year. Each admission point has specific admission criteria that applicants must meet.  Students may take the first year as a student in UVic's Faculty of Education, as a student in another faculty at UVic or at another post-secondary institution. Students who are not admitted directly from high school may apply for year two entry after completing year one in another faculty or at another university or college.

The core education courses commence in year two. All year one requirements must be satisfied before a student may continue or enter to year two. The core education courses provide a comprehensive introduction to the full range of teaching subjects in the elementary curriculum (kindergarten through grade seven). Once completed you will qualify for a Bachelor of Education degree and a BC teaching certificate. The program outline can be found in the UVic Undergraduate Calendar.

Interested in working as a French Immersion teacher? Go to our Current Students page for more information.

High school students applying to UVic for year one of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary Curriculum) program for September 2015

High school students planning to complete year one requirements at another unversity or college in 2015/16

UVic and other post-secondary students applying for year two entry for September 2015 or 2016

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Requirements for admission to this program are:

  • 3.0 units approved English, and
  • 3.0 units approved Canadian studies, and
  • 3.0 units approved mathematics with a C+ average, and
  • 3.0 units approved laboratory science, and
  • 3.0 units approved academic electives, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English. See Faculty of Education calendar entry 8.1: Written English Competency or speak to an academic adviser.
  • a sessional grade-point average of at least 4.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic's B- grade) on your most recent 12.0-unit session. If your most recent session is less than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 4.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic's B- grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.

Participation in an interview may also be required. In lieu of an interview, applicants may be asked to submit a letter of intent, resumé and reference letters. In your letter of intent and resumé you have the opportunity to tell us about your experiences and how they relate to your goal of becoming a teacher.

While the application deadline is January 2, you have until April 30 to complete the admission requirements. You'll find examples of approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics, laboratory science and elective courses below. If you are ready to apply, go to our application page.

Note: A unit value of 3.0 is given to a full year course, starting in September and ending in April. A one-term course (either September to December or January to April) normally has a 1.5 unit value.

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

Examples of approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics, laboratory science and elective courses offered at UVic are provided here. Click on the Transfer Credits tab above for information about approved courses at other BC post-secondary institutions.



Choose two from:

  • ENGL 135 University Writing or Academic Reading and Writing or ENGL 215 The Writing of Expository Prose
  • ENGL 146 Introduction to Literary Genres, Themes and Styles
  • ENGL 147 Introduction to Literary Traditions and Transformation
  • ENGL 200A English Literature to 1660
  • ENGL 200B English Literature, 1660-1800
  • ENGL 200C English Literature, 1800-1914
  • ENGL 201 Introduction to Modernist Lieterature
  • ENGL 202 Introduction to Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 203 Introduction to Americal 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
  1. We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 3 units of English composition.
  3. Consult an adviser before taking a 'special topics' course. The adviser will need to see a course description or outline.
  4. You must demonstrate competency in written English. Refer to the University of Victoria Calendar (Faculty of Education section 8.1) for more information.
  5. Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies

We accept courses that focus on the Canadian experience and cover topics taught in the BC elementary social studies.

Choose two from:

  • CS 102 Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
  • ECON 100 The Canadian Economy Problems and Policies
  • HSTR 230A Canada to Confederation
  • HSTR 230B Canada from Confederation-present
  • POLI 101 Canadian Politics
  • POLI 201 Canadian Institutions of Government
  • SOCI 103 Canadian Society
  1. We won't accept Canadian literature or art history courses.
  2. We won't accept courses that study one region or province of Canada.



Choose two from:

  • 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
  1. A C+ average is needed to demonstrate competency in mathematics.
  2. We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
  3. We won't accept UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
  4. Statisics courses offered by a social science department are not accepted. Consult Teacher Education Advising if you have completed a statistics course from a mathematics department.
  5. We won't accept any Math courses completed more than ten years ago.

Laboratory Science

Laboratory science

Because elementary teachers take a strong field-based, hands-on approach to teaching sciences, you should choose science courses that offer a significant lab component.

We recommend courses with a weekly three-hour lab, but will accept those that average at least 1.5 hours of lab time a week.

Try to choose courses from two different subjects. For example, BIOL 190A and EOS 120.

Choose two from:

  • ASTR 101 Exploring the Night Sky
  • ASTR 102 Exploring the Cosmos
  • BIOL 190A General Biology I
  • BIOL 190B General Biology II
  • CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • EOS 110 Oceans and Atmosphere
  • EOS 120 The Dynamic Earth
  • EPHE 141 Human Anatomy
  • GEOG 103 Introduction to Physical Geography*
  • PHYS 120 Physics I
  1. PHYS 102 (3 units) is also acceptable. You don't need a second science course if you complete PHYS 102.
  2. EOS 120 includes a lab that was specifically designed for prospective teachers. This course is a good choice if it fits your timetable.
  3. Speak with an academic adviser if you took a human anatomy course elsewhere.
  4. * Consult an adviser if you want to take GEOG 103 but have already taken EOS 110 or 120.
  5. Social science courses (psychology, for example) are not accepted as "science." The only exception is physical geography courses such as UVic's GEOG 103. 
  6. We won't accept any laboratory science course completed more than ten years ago.


Electives selected from subjects taught in BC elementary schools

Choose 3.0 units of electives from subjects related to those taught in a BC public school. For example:  ANTH 100 (anthropology); ASL 100A (American sign language); ART 141 (art); CSC 100, 106 (computer science); DHUM 150 (digital humanities); ES 200 (Environmental studies);  100 level FRAN (French); GEOG 101A101B (geography); GRS 200 (Greek and Roman studies), HSTR 101A120 (history); IS 200A (Indigenous studies); LING 100A (linguistics); MUS 111 (music); POLI 103 (political science); PSYC 192 (psychology); SJS 100 (social justice); SOCI 100A (sociology), THEA 150 (theatre) or WS 104 (women's studies)

You may take additional science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth and ocean science, physcis) and additional Canadian studies courses as electives.

  1. Elementary schools are keen to hire teachers with a good knowledge of French. For this reason, we suggest you consider taking French as your elective in first year. 
  2. We normally can't accept courses from professional programs such as child and youth care, social work and education. The exceptions are ED-D 101, EPHE 141, 142, 143 and 155.

The Faculty of Education is committed to increasing the number of students with First Nations, Inuit and Métis ancestry in our programs. The faculty has developed distinct access initiatives:

  1. Reserved seats: 5% of the positions in all the faculty's undergraduate programs will be held for Indigenous applicants who meet the Faculty of Education's minimum program entrance requirements and Indigenous application requirements.
  2. Exceptional admission: Exceptional students who do not meet the standard faculty requirements may be eligible for admission through a case-by-case review process.

 For more information, refer to the University of Victoria Undergraduate Calendar or speak with the Faculty of Education's Indigenous adviser, Nick Claxton.

It's possible to take courses at another post-secondary institution to satisfy our admission requirements. We've prepared information sheets for most of the BC post-secondary institutions that list approved courses. You'll find those information sheets below.

If you are taking courses at College of New Caledonia, Northern Lights College or Northwest Community College you can check how your courses transfer to UVic by using the BC Transfer Guide.

  1. Select your courses.
  2. Use the transfer guide to check transfer credit.
  3. Confirm with a Faculty of Education academic adviser that your courses satisfy our admission requirements.

Information sheets for taking year 1 elsewhere:

Camosun College Selkirk College
Capilano University Simon Fraser University
College of the Rockies Thompson Rivers University
Douglas College Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning (distance)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Langara College University of British Columbia - Okanagan
North Island College
University of the Fraser Valley
Okanagan College University of Northern British Columbia
Vancouver Island University

Eligible applicants are admitted to the quota on the basis of their sessional grade-point average calculated on courses attempted to April 30 (minimum 12 units or 8 courses). If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the quota (available seats), not all eligible applicants will be admitted.

The quota varies from year to year. The quota for 2015 will be set in February 2015.

For further information contact a Faculty of Education academic adviser.

Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. See a breakdown of annual costs.

You'll take 18.0 units in year two. Additional costs will include books, miscellaneous fees (athletic and student society fees, bus pass, etc), room and board, practicum travel and other living expenses.