Elementary BEd - East Kootenay Program

The University of Victoria has offered the Bachelor of Education (Elementary Curriculum) program in Cranbrook, BC on the College of the Rockies  campus for 25 years! We are proud to provide engaging, relevant, and high-quality teacher preparation to the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. On completion of this program, you are eligible for a Bachelor of Education degree and a Professional Teaching Certificate.

Entry to year two

Students will take year one courses as a College of the Rockies student and then apply to UVic's Faculty of Education for year two. We also accept applications from students who take year one at another post-secondary institution.

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

With approval, the Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion may be taken concurrently with the BEd (Elementary Curriculum) program. 

The certificate consists of four courses: two offered online in the winter session and two offered on the Victoria campus in the summer session (normally in July). If admitted to the PSC, you may begin taking courses in the summer session following year two. The final course must be taken in the fall term of year four. Refer to Continuing Studies’ web site for more details about admission to the certificate program. 

Students must meet with a teacher education adviser before applying to the PSC.

If you already have an undergraduate degree please consult a UVic teacher education adviser about the Bachelor of Education Post-Degree Professional Program (Elementary).

Application and transcript (with grades for courses attempted to December 31) deadlines: February 28. View application instructions here starting November.

Final transcript deadline: May 31. To meet this deadline, all required courses must be completed by April 30.

Eligibility for admission to year two, requires at least 12 units of courses acceptable to the Faculty of Education. These are:
  • 3.0 units approved English, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English, and
  • 3.0 units approved Canadian studies, and
  • 3.0 units approved mathematics, and
  • demonstrated competency in mathematics, and
  • 3.0 units approved laboratory science, and
  • a minimum sessional average of 3.00/9-point scale (UVic C+). If your most recent session is fewer than 12.0 units (or 24 COTR credits), 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 (or 24 COTR credits).  Learn how a GPA is calculated at UVic.
Academic electives (3.0 units) 
  • You must complete 3.0 units/ 6 credits of academic elective before entering year four. You may take one or both electives in year one or during a summer session following years 1, 2 or 3. 
  • By 'academic' we mean courses related to subjects taught in BC schools. These may not be seleted from a professional program such as child and youth care, education or social work.  Choose courses that are related to subjects taught in BC schools. 

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 UVic 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 about the admission requirements and your course selection.

Examples of approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics, laboratory science and elective courses offered at College of the Rockies are provided below.

English and written English competency

Choose two from:

  • ENGL 100 English Composition
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Poetry and Drama
  • ENGL 102 Introduction to Prose Fiction
Written English competency

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

  1. We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 6 credits of English composition.

Canadian studies

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

Choose two from:

  • ANTH 105 Introduction to Health and Wellness in Aboriginal Communities or FNST 203 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing
  • ANTH 120 Aboriginal World Views
  • FNST 101 First Nations Studies
  • HIST 201 Pre-Confederation Canada (to 1867)
  • HIST 202 Post-Confederation Canada (from 1867)
  • HIST 211 Women in Canada: 1920 to the Present
  1. We won't accept Canadian literature or art history courses.
  2. We normally won't accept courses that study one region or province of Canada. Check with a UVic teacher education adviser.

Mathematics and mathematics competency

Choose two from:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics 1  
  • MATH 102 Finite Mathematics 2  
  • MATH 103 Differential Calculus 
  • MATH 104 Integral Calculus
  • MATH 105 Mathematics for Teachers  
  • STAT 106 Statistics
Mathematics competency

This will be satisfied with a C+ average on two approved mathematics courses (UVic 3.00/9-point scale or COTR 4.00/10-point scale).

  1. We recommend MATH 101 Finite Mathematics 1, and one of MATH 102 Finite Mathematics 2 or MATH 105 Mathematics for Teachers.
  2. We won't accept Pre-calculus courses (MATH 100, for example).
  3. 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 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 101 and CHEM 100.

Choose two from:

  • ASTR 100 Elementary Astronomy
  • BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology I
  • BIOL 102 Introduction to Biology 2
  • BIOL 151 Biology of the Environment
  • CHEM 100 Environmental Chemistry
  • GEOG 101 Introduction to Physical Geography  
  • GEOL 105 Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL 106 Physical and Historical Geology
  • One of BIOL 181, BIOL 182, KNES 190, KNES 200 or KNES 210 
  • PHYS 103 Introduction to Physics 1  
  • PHYS 104 Introduction to Physics 2  
  1. We won't accept any laboratory science course completed more than ten years ago.
  2. If you want to take physical geography as well as geology, be aware that transfer credit won't be granted for courses with duplicate content. Consult a Faculty of Education adviser if you are thinking of taking physical geography and geology courses.


Electives selected from subjects taught in BC elementary schools

Choose two electives from subjects related to those taught in a BC public school. For example: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, French, geography, geology, history, First Nations Studies, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and sociology.


  1. We can't accept courses from professional programs such as child and youth care, education or social work.
  2. When selecting courses use the online BC Transfer Guide to find out if the course transfers to UVic.
  3. When selecting courses with similar topics also refer to the UVic calendar course descriptions for credit restrictions.
  4. When in doubt, consult UVic Teacher Education Advising.

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.

If you plan to take the admission requirements at a college other than College of the Rockies, please speak with an adviser in UVic's Teacher Education Advising Office.

Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. Please note that tuition fees are subject to increase each year. See a breakdown of annual costs.

Additional costs will include books, miscellaneous fees, room and board, practicum travel and other living expenses.

Year Two: 18 units

Year Three: 16.5 units

Year Four: 12.0 units