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.

Offering a generalist orientation, it provides a comprehensive introduction to the full range of teaching subjects in the elementary curriculum (kindergarten through grade seven).

Applying for second year

You can take the admission requirements (year 1) as a UVic student in the Faculty of Humanities, Science or Social Science, or at another university or college.

You can then apply to enter the Faculty of Education for years 2, 3 and 4. See the program outline in the UVic calendar.

Once completed you will qualify for a Bachelor of Education degree and a BC teaching certificate.

Note: High school students may apply to take the admission requirements as a Faculty of Education student starting in 2015.

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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 Regulation 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.

All admission requirements must be completed by April 30 of the year you intend to enter this program.

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.

Approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics and laboratory science offered at UVic.

Click on the Transfer Credits tab above for information about approved courses at other BC post-secondary institutions.

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


Choose two from:

  • ENGL 135 University Writing or Academic Reading and Writing
  • ENGL 146 Introduction to Literary Genres, Themes and Styles
  • ENGL 147 Introduction to Literary Traditions and Transformation
  1. We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 3 units of English composition.
  3. Consult an adviser if you've taken English courses at UVic but not the ones listed here.
  4. Written English competency is normally satisfied by one of:
    • ENGL 135 with a B-, or
    • ENGL 146 and 147 with a B- average.

Refer to section 8.1 in the University of Victoria Calendar for more information about the written English competency requirement.

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

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. French is strongly recommended.
  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.

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.

It's possible to take courses at another post-secondary institution to satisfy our admission requirements.

If you're taking courses at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia, you can use the BC Transfer Guide to see how those courses transfer to UVic.

  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 New Caledonia Thompson Rivers University
College of the Rockies Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning (distance)
Douglas College University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Kwantlen Polytechnic University University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Langara College University of the Fraser Valley
North Island College University of Northern British Columbia
Northern Lights College Vancouver Island University
Northwest Community College
Okanagan College

Admission criteria are currently under review. Please check back for an update in December 2014. For September 2014 entry, eligible applicants will be admitted to the quota on the basis of their grade-point average. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the quota, not all eligible applicants will be admitted.

For further information contact a Faculty of Education academic adviser.