Secondary post-degree professional program (PDPP) - Diploma or BEd

The secondary post-degree professional program is designed for degree holders who wish to teach at least one of the following subjects in a secondary school: art, biology, chemistry, computer science, English, French, general science, mathematics, music, physics, social studies, Spanish, teaching innovation in education, theatre.

Initial admission is to the Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education program. After completing the diploma program (24 units), you'll be eligible for a BC teaching certificate. An option is available to ladder the diploma into a Bachelor of Education degree.

Note: If you don't have an undergraduate degree and wish to teach art or physical education, please see our BEd Secondary program page.

Program structure

Secondary post-degree professional program 

You'll take 24 units of specified education courses in three terms over a 16-month period to qualify for a BC teaching certificate and a Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education.

An additional six units of thematically-related education courses are needed to qualify for the Bachelor of Education degree. To enable you to complete the BEd within 16 months, these six units are scheduled during the summer session preceeding the final term. This course work is often referred to as the "summer institute." Information about the summer institutes is provided to diploma students in December.

The courses needed for a BEd may be taken before or after you qualify for a teaching certificate. They must, however, be taken within 10 years of completing the final practicum.

  • Application deadline: January 2. View application instructions here starting November. 
  • First transcript deadline: January 31, with grades for courses attempted to December 31.
  • Final transcript deadline: May 31, with grades for courses attempted to April 30.

Eligibility for admission requires:

  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited university,
  • 3.0 units approved English (see below), and
  • demonstrated competency in written English competency (see below), and
  • approved academic preparation in two teaching concentrations or in one teaching major with a grade-point average of at least 4.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s B- grade) on the 300 and/or 400-level courses needed for each teaching concentration or teaching major (click on Teaching areas tab above for more information), and
  • a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent session. If your most recent session is less than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 3.00 (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.

Note: 3.0 units is equivalent to two half-year courses at most BC post-secondary institutions.

Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of their experience, ability, and interest in working wth children in educative ways in the form of a letter of intent, résumé and reference letters. Eligible applicants will also be invited to attend an interview. Information about the supplementary documents, the interview, and the selection process for 2017, will be available on the application web page in November.

English requirements

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.  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.


  1. We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 3.0 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 need one teaching major to apply to this program but your job prospects may be improved if you are able to teach more than one subject. 

You may wish to prepare two teaching majors, one teaching major and one teaching concentration or two teaching concentrations.

Tip! A teaching concentration typically requires 9 units of upper-level courses and a teaching major 15 units of upper-level courses. 

We've prepared a self-assessment form for each of the teaching areas available at UVic. Fill out the appropriate form to find out if you've completed all of the requirements for your teaching subject. Be sure to speak with an adviser if you have any questions about the teaching area requirements. Call 250-721-7877 to speak with an adviser or send an email to

Note: The following teaching areas must be combined with a second approved teaching area but may not be combined with one another: Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, technology innovation in education (formerly information and communication technology integration), theatre.

Consult an academic adviser in the Teacher Education Advising Office if you have any questions regarding the teaching area 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.

Eligible applicants are admitted to the quota on the basis of a 30-unit grade-point average calculated on courses attempted to December 31. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the quota (available seats), not all eligible applicants will be admitted. 

The overall program quota varies from year to year. The program quota for 2017 will be set in February 2017. Teaching areas also have quotas.   

For further information contact a Faculty of Education 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.