This four-year program will prepare you to be an elementary classroom teacher. You may apply to enter this program after completing at least one year of university-level courses acceptable to the Faculty of Education.
Once completed you will qualify for a Bachelor of Education degree and a teaching certificate in British Columbia.
Before admission, you'll take courses related to the subjects taught in BC schools. After you're admitted to the program, you'll takel courses that prepare you to teach those subjects. Your program will be a co-ordinated, sequenced balance of course work, integrated observation and practice teaching experiences.
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The requirements for admission to this program are:
- 3.0 units1 approved English, and
- 3.0 units1 approved Canadian studies, and
- 3.0 units1 approved mathematics with a C+ average, and
- 3.0 units1 approved laboratory science, and
- 3.0 units1 approved academic electives, and
- demonstrated competency in written English. For details see Regulation 8.1: Written English Competency, in the University of Victoria Calendar, 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.
- to participate in an interview
All admission requirements must be completed by April 30 of the year you intend to enter this program.
1A unit value of 3.0 is given to a full year course, commencing 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 at UVic.
Tip! A 1.5 unit UVic course meets for at least 3 hours per week for 13 weeks; a 3.0 unit UVic course meets for at least 3 hours per week for 13 weeks.
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
- We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
- We can't accept 3 units of English composition.
- Consult an adviser if you've taken English courses at UVic but not the ones listed here.
- Written English competency is satisfied by one of:
- ENGL 135 with a B-, or
- ENGL 146 and 147 with a B- average.
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
- We won't accept Canadian literature courses.
- 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
- A C+ average is needed to demonstrate competency in mathematics.
- We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
- We won't accept UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
- We won't accept any Math courses completed more than ten years ago.
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 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. 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 Earth1
- One of EPHE 141 Human Anatomy or EPHE 241A Introduction to Human Cellular Physiology2
- GEOG 103 Introduction to Physical Geography3
- PHYS 120 Physics I
- EOS 120 includes a lab that was specifically designed for prospective teachers; therefore, this course is a good choice if it fits in your timetable.
- Speak with an academic adviser if you took a human anatomy course elsewhere.
- Consult an adviser if you want to take GEOG 103 but have already taken EOS 110 or 120.
- 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.
- French is strongly recommended.
- We normally can't accept courses from professional programs such as child and youth care, social work and education. Examples of courses that cannot be accepted: AE 103A, AE 103B, ME 101. ED-D 101 is an exception. Speak with an adviser if you'd like to take this course.
Consult an academic adviser if you've completed English, Canadian studies, mathematics or laboratory science courses not listed above.
If you're planning to take the admission requirements at another BC insitution, please proceed to Transfer Credits for some helpful information.
It's possible to take courses at another post-secondary institution to satisfy the 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.
- Select your courses.
- Use the transfer guide to check transfer credit.
- Confirm with an academic adviser that your courses satisfy our admission requirements.
You may also use the information sheet that we've prepared for students attending:
Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. The 2013 rate is $337.20 per unit.
You'll take 18.0 units in year two ($337.20 X 18 = 6069.60)
Additional costs will include books, miscellaneous fees (athletic and student society fees, bus pass, etc), room and board, practicum travel and other living expenses.
Please note that tuition fees are subject to increase each year. See a breakdown of annual costs.
Applicants are ranked according to a score based on their interview (30%) and their sessional grade-point average (70%). Applicants will be admitted to the quota (normally 90) starting with the highest score 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.