Elementary BEd

This four-year program provides engaging, relevant and high-quality preparation for the responsibilities and challenges of today's classrooms. 

Entry to year one or two

The Faculty of Education accepts students into year one and year two of this program. Each entry point has specific admission criteria.  Students may take the first year courses as a student in UVic's Faculty of Education, as a student in another faculty at UVic, or at another post-secondary institution.  If you are not admitted to the Faculty of Education for year one, you may apply for year two entry after completing the first year courses in another faculty at UVic or at another university or college.

Core education courses

The core education courses are offered over three winter sessions commencing in year two. The courses provide a comprehensive introduction to the full range of teaching subjects in the elementary curriculum (kindergarten through grade seven). Go to the UVic Undergraduate Calendar to view the program outline

French immersion specialization

Those wishing to teach in a French immersion school may take a Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion concurrently with the Bachelor of Education degree program. Information about this option may be found on the Current Students' page

On completion of year four, you are eligible for a Bachelor of Education degree and a BC Professional Teaching Certificate.
Year One Admission - from high school (grade 12)

Application deadline: February 28. Go to the  Undergraduate Admissions website for year one admission requirements and application procedures.

Progression to year two  BEd (Elementary Curriculum) core courses requires:
  • completion of all year one courses (click on Year one tab) by April 30
  • a minimum C+ grade in each of two approved English courses
  • a minimum C+ average on two approved mathematics courses
  • a minimum sessional average of 3.00/9-point scale (UVic C+). If your most recent session is fewer than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic's C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.  

Students must formally declare their program to Teacher Education Advising by February 28. Contact a teacher education adviser if you have any questions.


Year Two Admission - from university or college

Application deadline: February 28. View application instructions here starting November.

Eligibility for admission to year two, requires:
  • completion of all year one courses (click on Year one tab) by April 30
  • a minimum C+ grade in each of two approved English courses
  • a minimum C+ average on two approved mathematics courses
  • a minimum sessional average of 3.00/9-point scale (UVic C+). If your most recent session is fewer than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic's C+ 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.

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.

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

 
Year one
  • 3.0 units approved English
  • demonstrated competency in written English1
  • 3.0 units approved Canadian studies
  • 3.0 units approved mathematics
  • demonstrated competency in mathematics2
  • 3.0 units approved laboratory science
  • 3.0 units approved academic electives

Notes:

1 This will be satisfied with a grade of C+ or higher in each of two approved English courses.  Consult a teacher education adviser if you've completed any English course with less than a C+ grade or received advice prior to May 2015.

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

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

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

English and written English competency

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 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 a teacher education adviser if you've completed any English course with less than a C+ grade or received advice prior to May 2015.

Notes:

  1. We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 3.0 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. Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

Canadian studies

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

Choose two from:

  • 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  
  • POLI 101 Canadian Politics
  • POLI 201 Canadian Institutions of Government
  • SOCI 103 Canadian Society
Notes:
  1. We will not accept Canadian literature, art history courses or CS 101.
  2. We normally will not accept courses that study one region or province of Canada. Consult a teacher education adviser.

Mathematics and mathematics competency

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
Mathematics competency

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

Notes:
  1. We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
  2. We will not accept UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
  3. We will not accept statistics courses from computer science, economics, psychology or sociology.
  4. Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have completed a statistics course from a mathematics department.
  5. We will not accept any math courses completed more than ten years ago.

Laboratory science

Because elementary teachers take a strong field-based, hands-on approach to teaching sciences, we prefer science courses that offer a significant lab component. We recommend courses with a weekly 3-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. 

Choose two from:

  • ASTR 101 Exploring the Night Sky
  • ASTR 102 Exploring the Cosmos
  • BIOL 184 (formerly BIOL 190A) Evolution and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 186 (formerly BIOL 190B) 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 Earth with a Lab designed for prospective teachers
  • One of EPHE 141 Human Anatomy or EPHE 241A Introduction to Human Cellular Physiology
  • GEOG 103 Introduction to Physical Geography
  • PHYS 120 Physics I
Notes:
  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. PHYS 102 General Physics (3.0 units) is also acceptable. You won't need to pair PHYS 102 with a second course because it is 3.0 units.
  4. Please consult an academic adviser if you took a human anatomy or physiology course elsewhere.
  5. Social Science department courses, such as psychology, are not accepted in lieu of science courses. 
  6. Physical geography courses are the only social science courses that will be accepted as science. UVic's GEOG 103, for example.
  7. We won't accept any laboratory science course completed more than ten years ago.

Electives

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.

Notes:
  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 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 prior to applying for admission to UVic's Faculty of Education.. 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 one elsewhere.

Advisers will update these information sheets over the next six weeks (starting April 27, 2015). All year one course requirements will remain the same but the minimum sessional average required is moving from B- to C+. Also, to demonstrate competency in written English, students must obtain a grade of C+ or higher in each of two approved English courses.

Camosun College - updated May 29 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

Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. See a breakdown of annual costs. Additional costs will include books, miscellaneous fees (athletic and student society fees, bus pass, etc), room and board, practicum travel and other living expenses.

Year one: 15 units

Year two: 18 units

Year three: 16.5 units

Year four: 12.0 units