Elementary BEd - East Kootenay Program

UVic's Bachelor of Education Program (Elementary Curriculum) is also offered in Cranbrook, BC on the College of the Rockies campus.

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.

You may take the admission requirements (year 1) at the College of the Rockies or at another university or college. You will then apply to enter the University of Victoria's Faculty of Education for years 2, 3 and 4. See the program outline.

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

If you already have an undergraduate degree please consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office about the Bachelor of Education Post-Degree Professional Program (Elementary).

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The 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. 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. Learn how a GPA is calculated at UVic.

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 resume you have the opportunity to tell us about your experiences and how they relate to your goal of becoming a teacher.

While the application deadline is January 2, you have until April 30 to complete the admission requirements. You'll find examples of approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics, laboratory science and elective courses below. If you are ready to apply, go to our application page.

Note: A unit value of 3.0 is given to a full year UVic course, commencing in September and ending in April. A one term UVic course (either September to December or January to April) normally has a 1.5 unit value.

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

Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you plan to take courses at another post-secondary institution.


Choose two from:

  • ENGL 100 English Composition
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Poetry and Drama
  • ENGL 102 Introduction to Prose Fiction
  1. We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 6 credits of English composition.
  3. Written English competency is satisfied by one of:
    ENGL 100 with a grade of B- or better, or
    ENGL 101 and 102 with an average grade of B- or better.

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 Community
  • ANTH 120 Aboriginal World Views
  • FNST 101 First Nations Studies
  • FNST 203 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing
  • HIST 201 Pre-Confederation Canada (to 1867)
  • HIST 202 Post-Confederation Canada (from 1867)
  • HIST 208 Canadian–American Relations: 1867 to the Present
  • 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.


Choose two from:

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

  • 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 (with emphasis on Weather and Climate)
  • 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 (Calculus)
  • PHYS 104 Introduction to Physics 2 (Calculus)
  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.

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. The quota for 2015 will be set in February 2015.

For further information contact a Faculty of Education academic adviser.

If you plan to take the admission requirements at a college other than College of the Rockies, please contact an academic adviser in the Faculty of Education.

Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. You'll take 18.0 units in year two.

Additional costs will include books, miscellaneous fees, 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.