Elementary BEd post-degree professional program (PDPP)
This second-degree program has been carefully designed to provide engaging, relevant, and high-quality preparation for the responsibilities and challenges of today's classrooms.
You’ll take 30-units of specified education courses, including two teaching practica, in four terms over a 16-month period starting in September. The courses in this program are intended to meet the broad learning outcomes. Click here for more information about the learning outcomes.
See the program outline.
- September to December (courses)
- January to May (courses and 6-week practicum)
- July and August (courses)
- September to December (courses and 9-week practicum)
After completing this program, you’ll be eligible for a Bachelor of Education degree and a BC teaching certificate.
This program is also offered in Cranbrook, BC on the College of the Rockies campus. Please consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you wish to attend the program in Cranbrook.
The requirements for admission to this program are:
- an undergraduate degree from an accredited university that is acceptable to the University of Victoria
- 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
- 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 grade-point average of at least 4.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s B- grade) must have been obtained on:
- your most recently completed session. If your most recent session is less than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 4.00 (equivalent to UVic's B- grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.
- 30-units (equivalent to two years) of course work completed to December 31.
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 and laboratory science 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 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.
Examples of approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics and laboratory science courses offered at UVic are provided here.
Please consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office to check if an English, Canadian studies, mathematics and/or laboratory science course you've taken satisfies the admission requirements.
Literature and composition courses offered by an English department will be considered. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.
Choose two from:
- ENGL 135 University Writing or Academic Reading and Writing or ENGL 215 The Writing of Expository Prose
- ENGL 146 Introduction to Literary Genres, Themes and Styles
- ENGL 147 Introduction to Literary Traditions and Transformation
- ENGL 200A English Literature to 1660
- ENGL 200B English Literature, 1660-1800
- ENGL 200C English Literature, 1800-1914
- ENGL 201 Introduction to Modernist Lieterature
- ENGL 202 Introduction to Canadian Literature
- ENGL 203 Introduction to Americal Literature
- ENGL 207 Introduction to Cultural Studies
- ENGL 208 Introduction to Women's Writing
- ENGL 209 Foundations of Literary Criticism
- ENGL 260 The Bible as Literature
- We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
- We can't accept 3 units of English composition.
- Consult an adviser before taking a 'special topics' course. The adviser will need to see a course description or outline.
- You must demonstrate competency in written English. Refer to the University of Victoria Calendar (Faculty of Education section 8.1) for more information.
- Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.
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
- GEOG 306 Geography of Canada
- 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
- We will not accept Canadian literature or art history courses.
- We will not 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
- A minimum C+ average is needed to demonstrate competency in mathematics.
- We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
- We will not accept UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
- We will not accept statistics courses from computer science, economics, psychology or sociology.
- Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have completed a statistics course from a mathematics department.
- We will not accept any math courses completed more than ten years ago.
Because elementary teachers take a strong field-based, hands-on approach to teaching sciences, we prefer 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.
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 with a Lab designed for prospective teachers
- One of EPHE 141 Human Anatomy or EPHE 241A Introduction to Human Cellular Physiology
- GEOG 103 Introduction to Physical Geography
- PHYS 120 Physics I
- EOS 120 is highly recommended. It has a lab that was specifically designed for prospective teachers.
- Consult an adviser if you want to take GEOG 103 but have already taken EOS 110 or 120.
- PHYS 102 General Physics (3.0 units) is also acceptable. You won't need to pair PHYS 102 with a second course because it is 3.0 units.
- Please consult an academic adviser if you took a human anatomy or physiology course elsewhere.
- Social Science department courses, such as psychology, are not accepted in lieu of science courses.
- Physical geography courses are the only social science courses that will be accepted as science. UVic's GEOG 103, for example.
- We won't accept any laboratory science course completed more than ten years ago.
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:
- 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.
- Exceptional admission: Exceptional students who do not meet the standard faculty requirements may be eligible for admission through a case-by-case review process.
Admission requirements may be taken at another post-secondary institution. Please consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office for more information.
Eligible applicants are admitted to the quota on the basis of a 30-unit grade-point average calculated on courses attempted to December 31. 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.
Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. You'll take 18.0 units in year one.
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.