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.

Offering a generalist orientation, it provides a comprehensive introduction to the full range of teaching subjects in the elementary curriculum (kindergarten through grade seven).

You’ll take 30-units of specified education courses in four terms over a 16-month period. Included are two teaching practica of 6 and 9 weeks. See the program outline.

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 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.

All admission requirements must be completed by April 30 of the year you intend to enter this program.

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 UVic courses

Please consult an academic adviser if you have taken English, Canadian studies, mathematics and/or laboratory science courses not listed here.

We'll accept 3 units of literature or 1.5 units of literature and 1.5 units of composition. For example, ENGL 135 and one of ENGL 146 or 147; or ENGL 146 and 147.

  • ENGL 115 or 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 Transformations
Notes:
  1. We cannot accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We cannot accept 3 units of English composition.
  3. ENGL 115 won't be offered after summer 2012.
  4. Written English competency is satisfied by one of:
    • ENGL 115 or 135 with a grade of B- or better, or
    • ENGL 146 and 147 with an average grade of B- or better.

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

  • CS 102 Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
  • ECON 100 The Canadian Economy - Problems and Policies
  • GEOG 306 Geography of Canada
  • HIST 130 History of Canada
  • 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
Notes:
  1. We will not accept Canadian literature courses.
  2. We will not accept courses that study one region or province of Canada.

We accept courses taught by a mathematics department. For example:

  • 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
Notes:
  1. A minimum C+ average is needed to demonstrate competency in mathematics.
  2. We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
  3. We will not accept UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
  4. We will not accept computer science, economics, psychology or sociology courses.
  5. Normally, we will not accept statistics courses. Consult an academic adviser if you have already completed a statistics course.
  6. 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.

Examples of approved UVic courses include:

  • 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 102 General Physics
  • PHYS 120 Physics I
Notes:
  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. Please consult an academic adviser if you took a human anatomy or physiology course elsewhere.
  4. We won't accept any laboratory science course completed more than ten years ago.

Admission requirements may be taken at another post-secondary institution. Please consult an academic adviser for more information.

Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. You'll take 16.5 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.

Eligible applicants are admitted to the quota starting with the highest GPA working to the lowest. 

Having the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the established quota, some applicants will be not admitted.

Questions? Speak with an academic adviser.