East Kootenay Teacher Education Programs

Primary teacher Amanda Patterson doing an activity with students in a forest setting.
Primary teacher Amanda Patterson enjoys the intimacy of teaching to a multi-grade classroom in her home town of Kimberley, BC. She graduated with a BEd in Elementary Teaching, from the UVic’s East Kootenay Program offered in Cranbrook. © Zoe Ferguson - Learn Magazine

The East Kootenay Teacher Education Programs (EKTEP) provide engaging, relevant, and high-quality teacher preparation for the responsibilities and challenges of today’s classrooms. Graduates are eligible to apply for a BC teaching certificate issued by the Ministry of Education's Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB).

Two programs are offered at the College of the Rockies (COTR), Cranbrook campus: 

You may enter the Bachelor of Education (Elementary Curriculum) program directly from high school, or after one year of approved post-secondary studies. The core education courses start in year two. To find out what courses you will take in years two, three and four, visit the UVic Calendar.

Admission requirements for year one entry - BEd (Elementary Curriculum)

If you’re a current grade 12 student, or if you are a recent graduate who has not attended college or university, you may be admitted to both College of the Rockies and the University of Victoria (dual admission) for year one. You will transition automatically into year two (UVic) after you successfully complete year one requirements at College of the Rockies.

 Year One information – courses and minimum grade requirements

Apply for dual admission

Admission requirements for year two entry - BEd (Elementary Curriculum)

Consult the UVic Calendar to find out what you’ll need to be considered for admission to year two of this program.

Application deadline: February 28
Admission requirement completion date: April 30
Program start: September

Academic requirements

To be considered for entry to year two, you’ll need at least eight university-level courses; 3.0 UVic units (6 COTR credits) in each of approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics and laboratory science. This program also requires two approved academic electives that may be taken prior to year two admission or in a summer session following years two or three.

Advising handouts

To help you choose courses, we’ve prepared advising handouts for several BC post-secondary institutions.

If the college or university you're attending isn’t listed above:

  1. Select courses that you think can be used to satisfy year one requirements.
  2.  If you’re attending a BC post-secondary institution, use the BC transfer guide to find out if the courses transfer to UVic.
  3. Send your course selection to Advising at the Faculty of Education. An adviser will review your course selection and let you know if your courses are approved. If you’ve already completed post-secondary studies, be sure to provide the adviser with copies of your transcript.

Experience requirement

In addition to the academic requirements listed above, you'll be asked to provide evidence of your experience, ability, and interest in working with groups of children in educative ways. Ideally, you’ll have at least 75 hours of relevant experience. You’ll be asked to provide two reference forms completed by individuals who have observed you working with children in educative ways in at least two different settings.

The Bachelor of Education Post-Degree Professional Program (Elementary) is designed for those who have already completed a bachelors' degree. To find out what courses you’ll take, visit the UVic Calendar. The Cranbrook campus program format differs from the Victoria campus program format. Contact an  for more information.

Admission requirements to BEd PDPP (Elementary)

Consult the UVic Calendar to find out what you’ll need to be considered for admission to this program.

Application deadline: January 2
Admission requirement completion date: April 30
Program start: September

Academic requirements

In addition to a bachelors' degree and the minimum GPA requirements, you’ll need two courses (3.0 UVic units or 6.0 COTR credits) in each of approved English, Canadian studies, mathematics and laboratory science.

Refer to the handout Elementary PDPP admission requirements and course options to find approved course options offered at College of the Rockies, Camosun College, North Island College and Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning. If you plan to take courses at UVic, refer to the UVic calendar for options.

Experience requirement

In addition to the academic requirements listed above, you'll be asked to provide evidence of your experience, ability, and interest in working with groups of children in educative ways. Ideally, you’ll have at least 75 hours of relevant experience. You’ll be asked to provide two reference forms completed by individuals who have observed you working with children in educative ways in at least two different settings.