Middle years 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 middle school curriculum (grades 6-8).
Note: There will be no Middle Years intake for 2014-2015 winter but the Elementary PDPP is a good second choice. You may take at least one of your practica in a middle school.
You’ll take 30-units of specified education courses in four terms over a sixteen-month period. Included are two teaching practica of six and nine weeks. See the program outline.
After completing this program, you’ll be eligible for the Bachelor of Education degree and a BC teaching certificate.
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 a teacher education adviser
- a grade-point average of at least 4.00 (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 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 UVic courses are provided here.
Consult teacher education adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have completed English, Canadian studies, mathematics or laboratory science courses not listed above.
Choose two from:
- 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
- We can accept 3 units of English literature or 1.5 units of English composition and 1.5 units of English literature. We cannot accept 3 units of English composition.
- We cannot accept technical or creative writing courses.
- ENGL 115 was last offered in summer 2012.
- 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.
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 middle school 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.
Admission requirements may be taken at another post-secondary institution. Please consult an adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office for more information.
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.
Eligible applicants are admitted to the quota starting with the highest GPA (30-unit based on courses completed to December 31) 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 in the Teacher Education Advising Office.