Secondary BEd

This  five-year program prepares 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.

  • You'll need 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'll take in your first year and how many electives you'll have within your program. For example, if you choose biological sciences, you'll 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.

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

Art education teaching area

This teaching area may be taken on its own or in combination with another approved teaching area. Refer to the UVic Calendar for a list of approved teaching areas and the full program format.

Admission requirements

Entry to year two requires at least 12.0 units of university-level courses that include:

  • 3.0 units approved English (refer to English requirements), and
  • AE 103A and AE 103B with a B average.

Consult a Faculty of Education adviser when choosing additional year one courses.

Entry to year two also requires:

  • a minimum sessional grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade). 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.
  • a recommendation by the faculty art education adviser.

Physical education teaching area

This teaching area must be taken in combination with another approved teaching area. Refer to the UVic Calendar for a list of approved teaching areas and the full program format.

Admission requirements

Entry to year two requires at least 12.0 units of university-level courses that include:

  • 3.0 units approved English (refer to English requirements), and
  • EPHE 143. Note: EPHE 141 is no longer an admission requirement for 2017 but remains a required course in the program.

Consult a Faculty of Education adviser when choosing additional year one courses.

Entry to year two also requires:

  • a minimum sessional grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade). 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.
  • supplementary documents and a successful interview.

English requirements for both art and physical education applicants

All applicants must

  • complete two approved English courses prior to admission. At least one of the courses must be literature.
  • demonstrate competency in written English prior to entry to year five.

Approved English

UVic students may 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

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 a  Faculty of Education adviser if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

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.

Ready to apply for 2017?

Apply online by January 31 for entry in September of the same year.

Tip! PE applicants must also submit a letter of intent and an essay. Go to the Excercise Science,Physical and Health Education website for more information.

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’ website for more details about admission to the certificate program. 

Students must meet with a Faculty of Education adviser before applying to the PSC.

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.