Elementary BEd post-degree professional program (PDPP)

This after 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. The off-campus program may take more than 16-months to complete depending on scheduling. Please consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office for more information.

  • Application deadline: January 2. View application instructions here starting November. 
  • First transcript deadline: January 31, with grades for courses attempted to December 31.
  • Final transcript deadline: May 31, with grades for courses attempted to April 30.

Eligibility for admission requires:

  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited university that is acceptable to the University of Victoria
  • 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
  • competency in mathematics
  • 3.0 units approved laboratory science, and
  • a grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ 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 3.00 (equivalent to UVic's C+grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.
    • 30-units (equivalent to two years) of course work completed to December 31.

Note: 3.0 units is equivalent to two half-year courses at most BC post-secondary institutions.

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 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.

Consult an adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have any questions.

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.

English and written English competency

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 Literature
  • ENGL 202 Introduction to Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 203 Introduction to American 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
Written English competency

This will be satisfied with a grade of C+ or higher in each of two approved English courses.  Consult a 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 3 units of English composition.
  3. Consult an adviser before taking a 'special topics' course. The adviser will need to see a course description or outline.
  4. Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

Canadian studies

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

Choose two from:

  • ANTH 336 Contemporary Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • CS 102 Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
  • CS 201 Issues and Ideas in Canadian Environmentalism
  • 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
  • WS 207 Indigenous Women in Canada
  1. There are also several 300-level Canadian history courses that are acceptable. Check with a teacher education adviser.
  2. We will not accept Canadian literature, art history courses or CS 101.
  3. We normally will not accept courses that study one region or province of Canada. Consult a teacher education adviser.

Mathematics and competency

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
Mathematics compentency

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

  1. We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
  2. We will not accept UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
  3. We will not accept statistics courses from computer science, economics, psychology or sociology.
  4. Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have completed a statistics course from a mathematics department.
  5. We will not 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, 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.   

Choose two from:

  • ASTR 101 Exploring the Night Sky
  • ASTR 102 Exploring the Cosmos
  • BIOL 184 (formerly BIOL 190A) Evolution and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 186 (formerly BIOL 190B) Physiology and Cell Biology 
  • 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
  1. EOS 120 is highly recommended. It has a lab that was specifically designed for prospective teachers.
  2. Consult an adviser if you want to take GEOG 103 but have already taken EOS 110 or 120.
  3. 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.
  4. Please consult an academic adviser if you took a human anatomy or physiology course elsewhere.
  5. Social Science department courses, such as psychology, are not accepted in lieu of science courses. 
  6. Physical geography courses are the only social science courses that will be accepted as science. UVic's GEOG 103, for example.
  7. 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:

  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.

Admission requirements may be taken at another post-secondary institution. Please consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office for more information.

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 (athletic and student society fees, bus pass, etc), room and board, practicum travel and other living expenses.

Terms 1 & 2 (September - May): 18.0 units

Term 3 (July - August): 6.0 units

Term 4 (September - December): 6.0 units