Secondary BEd

Art and Physical Education 

This five-year degree program focuses on preparing high school art and physical education teachers.  After completing this 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 (see below).
  • Physical education (PE) must be combined with a second approved teaching area (see below).
  • You may combine art with physical education but you must satisfy the admission requirements for each teaching area.
Other teaching areas

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). Prospective secondary music teachers, must complete a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education before applying to the Faculty of Education's Secondary PDPP.

Program information

In order to complete the BEd (Secondary Curriculum) program in five years, plan to take at least 15 units of courses each year. 

Approved second teaching areas include biological science, chemistry, English, French, general science, mathematics, physics, social studies, spanish and theatre. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.