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

The secondary post-degree professional programs are 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, you'll be eligible for a BC teaching certificate.

The Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education may be laddered into a Bachelor of Education degree. The number of units needed to qualify for the BEd depends on whether you were admitted to the diploma program with a music teaching area or not.

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 with teaching areas other than music

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 a 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.

Secondary post-degree professional program for students with a music teaching area

You'll take 15 units of specified education courses in two terms over an eight-month period to qualify for a teaching certificate and a Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education. 

An additional 15 units, determined in consultation with an academic adviser, are needed to qualify for a Bachelor of Education degree. You're encouraged to choose thematically-related courses in order to develop another area of expertise relevant to the school curriculum.

The requirements for admission to this program are:
  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited university,
  • 3.0 units approved English (more information below), and
  • written English competency requirement. See Faculty of Education Calendar entry 8.1: Written English Competency or speak to an teacher education adviser, 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.

An interview may also be required. In lieu of an interview, applicants may be asked to submit a letter of intent, resumé and reference letters. In your letter of intent and resume you have the opportunity to tell us about your experiences and how they relate to your goal of becoming a teacher.

While the application deadline is January 2, you have until April 30 to complete the admission requirements. If you are ready to apply, go to our application page.

English requirements

Literature and composition courses offered by an English department will be considered. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable 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 Lieterature
  • ENGL 202 Introduction to Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 203 Introduction to Americal 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


  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. You must demonstrate competency in written English. Refer to the University of Victoria Calendar (Faculty of Education section 8.1) for more information.
  5. 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 2015 will be set in February 2015. 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.