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.

English

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
Notes:
  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 satisfied by one of:
    • ENGL 135 with a B-, or
    • ENGL 146 and 147 with a B- average.
Canadian Studies

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

Take HIST 130 History of Canada (3 units) or choose two from:

  • CS 102 Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
  • ECON 100 The Canadian Economy Problems and Policies
  • HIST 131 History of Canada to 1867
  • HIST 132 History of Canada since 1867
  • POLI 101 Canadian Politics
  • POLI 201 Canadian Institutions of Government
  • SOCI 103 Canadian Society
Notes:
  1. We won't accept Canadian literature courses.
  2. We won't accept courses that study one region or province of Canada.
Mathematics

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
Notes:
  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. 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.

Take PHYS 102 (3 units) or 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
  • 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 includes a lab that was specifically designed for prospective teachers. This course is a good choice if it fits your timetable.
  2. Speak with an academic adviser if you took a human anatomy course elsewhere.
  3. * Consult an adviser if you want to take GEOG 103 but have already taken EOS 110 or 120.
  4. 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: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and ocean sciences, environmental studies, French, geography, history, Indigenous studies, physics, political science, psychology and sociology.

Notes:
  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. ED-D 101 is an exception. Speak with an adviser if you'd like to take this course. Examples of courses that cannot be accepted: AE 103A, AE 103B, ME 101.

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 an 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

Eligible applicants will be admitted to the quota (normally 70) starting with the highest GPA working down to the lowest. Having the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the quota, not all eligible applicants will be admitted.

For further information contact an academic adviser.