Secondary BEd

This five-year degree program prepares 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.

Teaching subjects other than art or physical education

If you wish to teach subjects other than art or physical education, you will need to complete an undergraduate degree first then apply to our secondary post-degree program (Diploma or Bachelor of Education). 

If you are planning to become a secondary school music teacher, you must first complete a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education before applying to our 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, mathematics, physics, social studies, 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 190A, 190B; 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 (more information 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.

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.

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 Academic Reading and Writing
  • ENGL 146 Introduction to Literary Genres, Themes and Styles
  • ENGL 147 Introduction to Literary Traditions and Transformations

Notes:

  1. We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 3.0 of English composition.
  3. You must also demonstrate competency in written English as described in the Univeristy of Victoria Calendar (Faculty of Education entry 8.1).

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.

Art education applicants who remain eligible after the interview will be admitted to the quota in order of GPA.

Physical education applicants who remain eligible after the interview will be assessed on 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.

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.