Secondary BEd

This is a five-year program that focuses on preparing secondary school art and physical education teachers. After completing the program, you'll be eligible for a Bachelor of Education degree and a BC teaching certificate.

  • Art education (AE) may be taken as a single teaching area or combined with a second approved teaching area.  
  • Physical education (PE) must be combined with a second approved teaching area.

If you wish to teach subjects other than art or physical education, you must complete an undergraduate degree in your chosen subject area and then apply to our secondary post-degree program (Diploma or Bachelor of Education).

French Immersion Specialization

With approval, the Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion may be taken concurrently with the BEd (Secondary Curriculum) program. 

The certificate consists of four courses: two offered online in the winter session and two offered face-to-face in the summer session (normally in July). If admitted to the PSC, secondary teacher education students may begin taking courses in the summer session following year two. The final course must be taken in the fall term of year four. Refer to Continuing Studies’ web site for more details about admission to the certificate program. 

Students must meet with a teacher education adviser before applying to the PSC.

Program and admission information

Art and physical education students: 

  • Plan to take at least 15 units of courses each year in order to complete the BEd (Secondary Curriculum) program within five years.
  • Your second teaching area will determine what you must take in your first year and how many electives you'll have within your program. For example, if you've chosen biological sciences, you should take BIOL 184, 186; CHEM 101, 102; and MATH 100 in first year. If you combine PE with biology, you won't have room for electives.
  • Approved second teaching areas include biological science, chemistry, English, French, general science, mathematics, physics, social studies, spanish and theatre. 
  • Program outline with links to course descriptions.

 

Art education

Admission requires at least 12.0 units of university-level courses that include:

  • 3.0 units approved English (see below), and
  • AE 103A and AE 103B with a B average, and
  • a sessional grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ 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 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units, and
  • recommendation of the faculty art education adviser

You should consult a teacher education adviser when choosing additional year one courses. 

While the application deadline is January 31, you have until April 30 to complete the admission requirements.  If you are or have been a UVic student, you'll find the forms you need through My page (faculty change form for continuing students and a re-registration form for returning students). Submit the appropriate form to Undergraduate Records. If you have never attended UVic before, speak with a teacher education adviser before submitting the UVic Undergraduate Application.

Eligible art education will be admitted to the quota in order of GPA.

Approved UVic English courses 

Choose two from:

  • ENGL 135 University Writing or Academic Reading and Writing or ENGL 215 The Writing of Expository Prose
  • ENGL 146 The Literature of our Era
  • ENGL 147 Great Moments in English Literature
  • 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. You must satisfy this requirement before entering the final year of this program. 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.

Notes:
  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.

Physical education

Admission requires at least 12.0 units of university-level courses that include:

  • 3.0 units approved English (more information below), and
  • EPHE 141 and 143, and
  • a sessional grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ 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 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units, and
  • approval of the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education following an interview.

Physical education applicants who remain eligible after the interview will be assessed an admission score. This score is based on an interview (30%) and sessional GPA (70%). Applicants will be admitted to the quota on the basis of this score starting with the highest score working down to the lowest.

You should consult a teacher education adviser when choosing additional year one courses. Try to take four skill performance and analysis courses in first year. Ideally these would be EPHE 106, 107, 120 and 122.

While the application deadline is January 31, you have until April 30 to complete the admission requirements. To find out how to apply to this program, to to the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

Approved UVic English 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. You must satisfy this requirement before entering the final year of this program. 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.

Notes:
  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.

You may be able to transfer credit for courses taken at other post-secondary institutions as long as they are equivalent to those specified here. If you're planning to complete course work elsewhere, please consult an academic adviser.

Tuition is based on a per-unit fee which varies from year to year. See a breakdown of annual costs.

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.