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:

Personalized Learning: Modes of Instruction* 

On-Campus | July 4 - July 26, 2022 | 8:30 - 4:30

Completing this package will award you 4.5 UVic units, or 9 TQS credits

* these courses will be split into week-long intensive courses in the month of July, but the exact allocation of the weeks is yet to be determined. It is strongly recommended that you take all three PLI courses, as they are closely intertwined. 

How to express interest: 

Summer registration is now open. If you need assistance, please email Amy Machin at

Educational Technology

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

Education Technology: Design and Personalized Learning 

Completing this package will award you 3 UVic units, or 6 TQS credits

Education Technology: Online and Multimedia Learning 

Completing this package will award you 3 UVic units, or 6 TQS credits

If you plan on completing these four courses, you can also apply for the Professional Specialization Certificate 

How to express interest: 

Summer registration is now open. If you need assistance, please email Amy Machin at

Art Education

Art Education: Alternative Mediums

Completing this package will award you 3 UVic units, or 6 TQS credits

How to express interest: 

Summer registration is now open. If you need assistance, please email Amy Machin at

French Immersion

Learn the theory and practice behind teaching French Immersion, as well as the linguistic, cultural and attitudinal tools to move ahead in your profession. All courses are taught in French, and their content is based on the BC curriculum

Please email  to indicate your interest


 Applicants must:

  • Be either certified teachers (in-service) or enrolled in a program of teacher education (pre-service);
  • Have a high initial level of French language fluency and have taken the:
    • Test International de Français (TFI)* with a score of 365 for oral skills and 305 for written skills OR
    • The Diplôme d’Études en langue Française (DELF)* with a score of 75% on the B2 exam.

*IF test results are older than two years, you may be considered for admission based on proof of continuous practice of French since the test date.

Music Education

  • EDCI 487: Ukulele Level I 
    Online | July 4 - August 19, 2022 | asynchronous delivery


How to express interest: 

Please email Amy Machin at


Drama Education

  • EDCI 487: Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World
    On campus | May 30 - June 5, 2022 | 8:30 - 4:00

6-day intensive course worth 1.5 with expert drama educator and author Kathleen Gould Lundy

Understanding diversity is a necessary part of contemporary Canadian classrooms. This six-day intensive course will offer a wealth of challenging, open-ended drama strategies that encourage inclusionary practices connected to student voice and social justice. Participants will learn how to use drama to create inclusive classrooms where students feel safe and are aware of what is fair, not only for themselves but for others. Participants will define and re-define inclusive curriculum by questioning what is taught, how it is taught, to whom, and under what conditions. They will discover how to use drama to create classrooms where there is respect, not just tolerance; there is community, not just group process; there are relationships, not just connections; and there is empathy and compassion based on mutual understanding, not just on superficial encounters.

For more Information 

Contact  or 250-472-4045

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.

July 2022 - on campus intensive

IED 374
IED 375
IED 473

Fall 2022 (Sept - Dec online)

IED 376
IED 377

Winter 2023 (Jan - April online)

IED 378
IED 379

July 2023 - on campus intensive

IED 372
IED 473
IED 476

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.

Theories of Counselling

Online | May 4 - July 29, 2022 | asynchronous delivery
CRN: 30392

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