Continuing teacher education

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We offer several options for pre-service and in-service teachers to enhance their education through coordinated course packages.

You may want to pursue professional learning through the packages listed below if you are interested in:    

  • a BC TQS salary upgrade
  • exploring ways to provide your students with enriched learning experiences
  • specializing in a theme or set of courses to expand your base of knowledge 

Professional Learning Packages: 

Personalized Learning

Personalized learning is at the forefront of educational reform efforts across Canada. Flexibility, project-based learning, community involvement, online learning, and differentiated instruction are all key elements to a personalized learning approach.

This Personalized Learning package provides foundational personalized studies in curriculum and instruction for recent teacher education graduates and/or in-service teachers:


Educational Technology

The Educational Technology professional learning packages provides important background and training for teachers in incorporating new communication technologies in their classrooms. 


Art Education

Typical elective courses offered in professional learning packages or as general Art Education electives: 

  • AE 305: Drawing
  • AE 306: Painting
  • AE 307: Printmaking
  • AE 319: Photography
  • AE 322: Digital Arts

Music Education

Designed for new and experienced elementary teachers who wish to expand their musical knowledge and music pedagogy skills as they pertain to the BC curriculum and BCTC Professional Standards. 


Western Music Theory (1.5 units)

May 3 - June 30, 2023 (online)

Kodaly Level 1 (3 units)
Orff Level 1 (3 units)
Indigenous artistic practice (1.5 units)

July 5 - August 9, 2023 (on campus)

*Prospective students are expected to take all core courses. However, prospective students with proof of completion of Kodaly Level 1, Orff Level 1, or a first-year undergraduate course in Western music theory from an accredited university in the last 10 years may be exempt from taking the corresponding core course. 

For more information about the TQS integrated program requirements, please consult the BC TQS website

Expressions of interest due December 2, 2022. Contact Lakisha Pellerin at to indicate interest. Limited seats available. 

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Additional learning packages:

Other UVic departments also offer certificates, diplomas, and institutes that could be applied to TQS salary upgrades:

Teaching and Learning Indigenous Perspectives

Teaching and Learning Indigenous Perspectives, is an integrated course set designed to give teachers an opportunity to learn from and about Indigenous knowledge, and to make valuable connections to local Indigenous communities to strengthen their understanding of Indigenous peoples and societies.

This pod of courses is offered by the Department of Indigenous Education.

Winter 2023 (Jan - April online)

IED 378: Educators Working Towards Reconciliation as Allies and Activists
IED 379: Indigenous Environmental Activism and Education

July 2023 - on campus intensive

IED 372: Indigenous Epistemologies
IED 473: CENENITEL TW TOLNEW: Helping each other to learn
IED 476: Foundations of Decolonization

Special and Inclusive Education

The Professional Specialization Certificate in Special and Inclusive Education is a professional program for educators who wish to enhance their ability to effectively teach every young person with a specialized learning need within their classroom every day.

Offered by the department of Education Psychology and Leadership studies, this is a part-time program is designed for working professionals.

Single course options

There are many other UVic courses that have been approved for TQS upgrades in the past, as long as they meet the requirements of a TQS integrated program.

These courses are not necessarily offered each term, so check the UVic timetable regularly to see. 

Typically offered online:

EDCI 447 Principles of Teaching English to Second Language Learners
EDCI 448 Organization and Procedures for Instruction of English to SLL
EDCI 441 Literacy strategies for supporting struggling learners

Typically offered face to face:

AE 330 Visual Design for Marketing, Advocacy, and Persuasion
AE 314 Introduction to Community Art Education
EDCI 311 Studio Guitar
ED-D 417 Effective Interpretation and Communication


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify for a salary upgrade?

Once you are a certified BC Teacher, your starting salary will be determined by your level of eduation as stated by the TQS website.

There are several options available in order to progress up on the salary grid, including the completion of an integrated program, or completing a masters degree. 

The basic requirements of an Integrated Program are:

  • 30 semester credits (15.0 Uvic units or 10 UVic courses)
  • 20 semester credits related to education or educational practice in the BC K-12 system
  • third year university level or higher 
  • from an accredited degree granting institute acceptable to the TQS

Of these 30 credits, 20 must be relevant to the BC public K-12 system, while up to 10 credits may be electives.  Courses should be approved by the TQS. 

You can either design a program yourself by choosing courses that meet the requirements above, or you could complete an appropriate post graduate certificate, diploma or degree that fulfils the Integrated Program requirements. 

One 1.5 unit UVic elective course = 3 BC TQS semester credits. 15.0 UVic units = 30 TQS semester credits.

In order to upgrade to a category 5 or 5+, you must complete a group of 10 courses (15.0 UVic units/30 TQS credits) beyond your degree requirements. If you are interested in a category 6, please consult the TQS website



How does a salary upgrade relate to a Continuing Teacher Education package?

In 2020, TQS adjusted the way they define an integrated program for the purpose of a category upgrade. As such, teachers are now able to pick and choose a variety of courses that can be applied toward an integrated program. 

In response to this new flexibility, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is offering smaller packages of two courses each, so that students have more choice around which courses they could apply towards a TQS salary upgrade. 

When choosing the courses you will apply towards your integrated program, please keep in mind the following: 

  • 7 courses (11.5 Uvic units) must be related to education or educational practice in the BC K-12 system. For example, these seven courses could include an Indigenous Education course, an Educational Technology course, an ELL course, a special education course, etc.

  • 3 courses (4.5 UVic units) can be any electives at third year university level or higher (in any Faculty or Department at UVic).


How does this relate to UVic units? 

One 1.5 unit UVic elective course = 3 BC TQS semester credits. 15.0 UVic units = 30 TQS semester credits.

Can I choose any electives I want?

You may choose any electives you like, in any Faculty, as long as they are third year level or higher. 

You must get final approval from TQS for the 10 courses you choose to take towards your upgrade.

I have completed graduate work or a degree, will these packages increase my TQS level?

Anyone wanting to upgrade their TQS level who already have a graduate degree/courses should contact TQS to determine how the 15 unit course upgrade will affect their TQS level.

What is the cost per course?

While tuition fees can be subject to change, generally one 1.5 unit UVic undergraduate course for a domestic student in the Faculty of Education is $581.01 

For more detailed information please visit Tuition, fees & budgeting 

Are there time limits to complete this coursework?

As of January 2020, the TQS has removed any time limits to acquiring these additional 15.0 units