Elementary Bachelor of Education (BEd)

teacher candidate in a classroom at Tillicum elementary
Kindergarten teacher candidate is colouring a mural with students at Highlands Elementary School

Program Snapshot

  • Full-time four-year program
  • September entry to year one or two
  • Embedded in local classrooms for weekly full days in the first term 
  • Three practicum placements in elementary or middle schools
  • Application deadline: January 31

About our program

Are you motivated to be a transformative force in children's lives? Are you dedicated to teaching and learning? 

Through school-based hands-on learning experiences early on in your degree, diverse course options with integrated teaching on Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, and small, group-based structure, our program will help you become an engaging, inspiring, and forward-thinking teacher, ready to make a difference. 

The Faculty of Education is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers, and has reserved 5% of the placements in teacher education programs for applicants who meet the Faculty of Education's admission requirements

Program structure

Year one (Pre-education)

In year one, you'll study English, Canadian studies, mathematics and laboratory science. Two elective courses from a wide selection of academic subjects are also required. While the electives are normally taken in year one, you may take them in a summer session following year one, two or three. You must complete the electives before beginning year four. 

Your pre-education year can be completed at UVic or elsewhere. 

Years two to four 

The core teacher education courses and practica are offered over three academic years (September to May). The courses introduce the full range of subjects taught in an elementary classroom (kindergarten to grade seven).

You can complete the program at UVic, or at the East Kootenay Teacher Education Program in Cranbrook, BC. 

For a complete list of courses required for the B.Ed Elementary, visit the undergraduate calendar entry 

Program delivery - Elementary BEd
September - April (Year 1)
Pre-education courses 15.0 units
September - May (Year 2)
Courses + 3-week paired practicum 18.0 units
September - May (Year 3)
Courses + 6-week practicum 16.5 units
September - April  (Year 4)
Courses + 9-week practicum  12.0 units

French immersion opportunities: Contact Education Advising or the Teacher Education Office for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admissions into the UVic Teacher Education Program is competitive. Please ensure you pay careful attention to the criteria and deadlines included below.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Year one courses, competencies, GPA

You'll take these courses as a first year student in UVic's Faculty of Education, in another faculty at UVic, or at another university or college.

The courses and competencies listed here must be completed by April 30:

  • 3.0 units1 approved English, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English2, and
  • 3.0 units approved Canadian studies, and
  • 3.0 units approved mathematics3 with a C+ average, and
  • 3.0 units approved laboratory science3, and
  • 3.0 units approved academic electives4,5, and
  • a minimum sessional average of 3.00/9-point scale (UVic C+). If your most recent session is fewer than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic's C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.6


  1. 3.0 UVic units are equivalent to two, half-year courses or 6 credits at most BC colleges and universities.
  2. A minimum C+ grade in each of two approved English courses.
  3. Mathematics and laboratory science courses must be completed within ten years of entry to year two.
  4. Choose from subjects related to those taught in BC schools such as art, computer science, French, geography or physics. Courses from professional programs such as child and youth care, education and social work are not normally approved. Consult an Education adviser.
  5. The electives are normally taken in year one but may be taken in a summer session following year one, two or three. The electives must be completed before entry to year four.
  6. Learn how a GPA is calculated at UVic.


Year one course options at UVic

English and written English competency

Select two from:

  • ATWP 135 Academic Reading and Writing or 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. 


We can't accept technical or creative writing courses.

  1. We can't accept 3.0 units of English composition.
  2. Consult an Education adviser before taking a 'special topics' course. The adviser will need to see a course description or outline.

Canadian studies

We accept courses that focus on the Canadian experience and cover topics taught in the BC elementary social studies curriculum.

Select two from:

  • CS 102 Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
  • CS 201 Issues and Ideas in Canadian Environmentalism
  • ECON 100 The Canadian Economy - Problems and Policies
  • HSTR 230A Canada to Confederation
  • HSTR 230B Canada from Confederation - present  
  • IS 201 Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • POLI 101 Canadian Politics
  • POLI 201 Canadian Institutions of Government
  • SOCI 103 Canadian Society


  1. We won't accept Canadian literature, art history courses or CS 101.
  2. We normally won't accept courses that study one region or province of Canada.


Select two from:

  • MATH 100 Calculus I or MATH 102 Calculus for Students in the Social and Biological Sciences or MATH 109 Introduction to Calculus
  • MATH 101 Calculus II
  • MATH 151 Finite Mathematics
  • MATH 161 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I 
  • MATH 162 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II

Mathematics competency
This will be satisfied with a C+ average on two approved mathematics courses (UVic 3.00/9-point scale).


  1. We recommend MATH 161 and 162.
  2. We won't accept pre-calculus or algebra topics.
  3. We won't accept statistics courses from computer science, economics, psychology or sociology.
  4. Consult an Education adviser if you've completed a statistics course from a mathematics department.
  5. We won't accept any math courses completed more than ten years ago.

Laboratory science

Elementary teachers take a strong field-based, hands-on approach to teaching sciences; therefore, we check that the science courses you've taken include a significant lab component. Try to choose courses from two different subjects. Normally, we require applicants to complete 3 units of approved laboratory science course work that includes 1.5 hours of face-to-face lab instruction per week for each course. Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily waived the face-to-face lab component until April 2021. Therefore, we will accept 3 units of approved laboratory science course work with full online delivery until April 2021.The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

Choose two from:

  • ASTR 101 Exploring the Night Sky
  • ASTR 102 Exploring the Cosmos
  • BIOL 184 (formerly BIOL 190B) Evolution and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 186 (formerly BIOL 190A) Physiology and Cell Biology
  • CHEM 101 Properties of Materials
  • CHEM 102 Environmental and Physical Chemistry
  • EOS 110 Oceans and Atmosphere
  • EOS 120 The Dynamic Earth1
  • GEOG 103 Introduction to Physical Geography2
  • EPHE 141 Human Anatomy 
  • PHYS 102A General Physics I
  • PHYS 102B General Physics II
  • PHYS 120 Physics I


  1. Each year, the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences reserves an EOS 120 lab section for prospective elementary teachers. Registration is by permission. Questions regarding SEOS courses and labs can be directed to seos@uvic.ca or (250) 472-5133.
  2. GEOG 103 cannot be taken for credit if you took EOS 110 or EOS 120 prior to May 2011.
  3. Please consult an Education adviser if you took a human anatomy or physiolgy course elsewhere.
  4. Social Science department courses, such as psychology, are not accepted in lieu of science courses.
  5. Physical geography courses are the only social science courses that will be accepted as science. UVic's GEOG 103, for example.
  6. We won't accept any laboratory science course completed more than ten years ago.

Academic electives

These electives must be related to topics taught in BC schools. Most students take the electives in year one, but you may complete them in the summer session following years one, two or three. The academic electives must be completed before entering year four.


  • Additional Canadian studies, English, and/or laboratory science may be taken as academic electives.
  • We suggest you take one or more French courses because you’ll teach French in your classroom. The BEd program includes EDCI 469 Teaching Oral French. University French is not a prerequisite to EDCI 469.
  • We can’t accept courses from professional programs such as child and youth care, social work, and teacher education. For example, do not take AE 103A, AE 103B, ED-D 101, EPHE 143, or MUS 131. The following education courses are the exception to the rule:  EPHE 141 Human Anatomy, EPHE 142 Personal Health, Wellness and Potential,  and EPHE 155 Introduction to Nutrition: Concept and Controversies.
  • Check with an adviser in the Faculty of Education if unsure about your choices.

Select electives from the following subjects. Choose courses having topics related to those taught in BC schools.

  • AHVS - Art History and Visual Studies
  • ANTH - Anthropology
  • ART - Visual Arts
  • ASL - American Sign Language
  • BIOL - Biology
  • CHEM - Chemistry
  • CS  - Canadian Studies
  • CSC - Computer Science
  • EOS - Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • ES - Environmental Studies
  • FRAN - French
  • GEOG - Geography
  • GNDR - Gender Studies
  • HSTR - History
  • IS - Indigenous Studies
  • MUS - Music, except MUS 131
  • POLI - Political Science
  • PSYC - Psychology
  • SOCI - Sociology
  • THEA - Theatre, THEA 150 is an excellent choice.

Year one course options at other universities and colleges

If you're taking courses at a college or university in British Columbia, check the list of post-secondary institutions below. You may find an information handout for the college or university you'll be attending that lists approved year one courses.

If we haven't prepared an advising sheet for the college or university you're attending, then:

  1. Select courses that you think can be used to satisfy year one requirements. 
  2. If you are 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 the Education Advising Office at MacLaurin.  An adviser will review your course selection and let you know if your courses are approved.

Experience requirement

*In light of restrictions due to COVID, for September 2022 entry we have reduced the number of required hours of experience.  

As part of the program admission requirements, you’ll need a minimum of 50 hours* of practical experience working with children or youth in Kindergarten - Grade 12.

  • These hours can be in either one or two settings, and can be online, face to face, or a combination of both.
  • Experiences listed must be within the past four years, and some must be within the past two.
  • Experience in international settings is valuable, but we also require at least 25 hours of experience in domestic settings.

You must have completed these hours prior to your program application deadline. Hours that may occur in the future will not be considered. In the event of a GPA tie with other applicants, we will use experience to determine the successful candidate.

Types of experiences

What qualifies as experience with respect to your application? These can be either paid or volunteer experiences, or a combination of both.

Typical experiences for applicants include:

  • coaching team sports
  • working as a camp counsellor, summer program leader, or after school program leader for youth
  • tutoring
  • working with faith-based groups or other youth groups
  • working in school classrooms as a volunteer or assistant

What does not qualify as experience with respect to your application?

  • peer tutoring as a high school student
  • teaching or being a TA at the college or university level
  • parenting, babysitting or caregiving

You will need to submit the following forms when applying:  

  • Summary of Experience
  • Reflection on Experience
  • Confidential Reference form (x2)

For information and downloadable forms regarding these requirements, see Step 2: Experience requirement under the How to apply section


For September 2021 Entry, admission is based primarily on GPA as long as exerience requirements are met.

Conditional admission based on academic requirements

Applicants who apply, submit all transcripts, submit all other required items, and satisfy all academic requirements by the published deadlines, will be ranked by their 12-unit grade point average and selected to the program (offered conditional admission), starting with the highest ranking GPA until all program seats are filled.

  • The 12-unit GPA is calculated on the most recent sessional GPA at April 30, 2021. If the most recent session is fewer than 12 units, previous session(s) averages will be included until a total of 12 units is reached. 
  • 12 UVic units is equivalent to 8 typical, half-year courses
  • While the minimum required GPA is 3.00 (9-point scale, UVic C+), admission is competitive and the actual GPA cut-off may be higher
  • The number of seats available for new-to-faculty, year two applicants will depend on the number of year-one elementary education students eligible to progress to year two. That number won’t be known until May 2021.

Admission confirmed based on experience requirement

Applicants offered conditional admission as above must satisfy the Teacher Education Office’s experience requirement in order for their offer of admission to be confirmed. (See “Experience Requirement” above.)

Only applicants who have been conditionally admitted will have their experience reviewed.

How to Apply

Apply to year one

If you are a current or graduated high school student. The GPA cut-off for year one is high and fluctuates annually depending on applicants. It has recently been between 85 - 90%.

If you aren't selected for year one entry you may, instead, complete year one courses at UVic in another faculty or at another post-secondary institution and then apply to year two.

NOTE: To complete these year one course requirements at UVic, please apply for the Humanities or Social Sciences Faculty (area of study: pre-education)

Apply to year two

If, by April 30 for entry in September of the same year, you will complete the required courses described above under Admissions Requirements.

The steps below have been developed to support your application for a September 2021 entry. Please note, there are both academic and experience requirements in the application process.

Before you apply

Before applying:  See the admission requirements above for this full-time program

  • Ensure you will have all course and grade requirements. Examples of approved courses are listed above under 'Admission requirements'
  • All course and grade requirements must be completed by April 30 for entry in September of the same year

Not ready for this year? To attend UVic to complete the above admission requirements, please apply for the Faculty of Humanities or Social Sciences (or your previous faculty if you are returning to UVic).

Note: If you already have a Bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible for admission to the B.Ed Elementary program. Instead, see the Elementary Post-Degree Professional Program (PDPP).

Step 1: Online application

Start your application

My UVic application

Please confirm your January-April 2021 course registration before applying, and include this information in the in-progress courses section of the application. 

When filling out your application:

  • under 'Institution information' and specifically 'Acknowlegement of post-secondary institutions', be sure to list every college and university where you’ve registered.  This includes exchange studies, studies transferred to another institution, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) studies, if applicable. The IB declaration appears under “high schools attended.” The AP declaration appears as “College of Advanced Placement.”

  • for each college/university attended select “no credential received” even if you received a certificate, diploma or non-Bachelor’s degree credential. Returning UVic students: please update the "credential received" field to "no credential received" for past institutions as well.
  • under the 'In-progress courses' section of the application, accurately include the January-April 2022 course information, as well as the Fall 2021 courses.

  • Under 'Supporting documents' be sure to upload your Summary of Experience and Reflection on Experience in the required format at the time you submit your application. If you instead decide to apply early and then subsequently upload these items separately (by January 31), you must allow for a delay of 2-3 weeks before your uploaded documents will be attached to your application and viewable on your application checklist.

  • for those interested in applying for the off-campus B.Ed Elementary in Cranbrook, BC., please select East Kootenay Teacher Education program under 'Program of study'

Late applications (i.e. those received after January 31) will be considered only if space remains in the quota after all on-time, eligible applicants have been admitted. In 2021, we did not have space to consider late applicants.

Application questions? Contact us

  • Undergraduate Admissions at adms6@uvic.ca, if you are a new UVic applicant.
  • Undergraduate Records at reco2@uvic.ca, if you are a continuing or returning UVic student.

Step 2: Experience requirement

Experience forms

Please ensure you have referred to the experience requirements listed above under Admission Requirements. There are specific criteria you will be asked to provide evidence for in the forms below. Failure to do so will result in applicants being ineligible for admission.

Summary of Experience  

You will need to list the organization(s) where you acquired your 50 hours of experience, describe your duties and significant learning from these experiences. Please ensure your two references are directly linked to the experiences you list in your summary of experience. One must be a supervisor. 

You must use the format provided in these application instructions or your application will be considered incomplete and ineligible.

Reflection on Experience 

You will be asked to respond to the two provided prompts using examples from the experiences you included in your Summary of Experience. Your responses will be assessed on your ability to respond to the prompts using specific examples drawn from your experiences described in the Summary of Experience. This is not a list of accomplishments but rather an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned and how it will inform you as an educator.

You must use the format provided in these application instructions or your application will be considered incomplete and ineligible.

Confidential Reference forms (two)

The confidential reference forms must be from the two people who you have identified in the Summary of Experience. Ensure that those you ask to be referees can speak to your experience working with children and youth. One of your references must be a supervisor.

Referees must use the form provided; reference letters are not acceptable. References must meet the described criteria or your application will be considered incomplete and ineligible.

Both references must recommend or highly recommend your application and results of references are not released to applicants.

Reference reports are due at the same time as your application, so it is beneficial for you to ask potential referees well in advance of the deadline. Late references will not be considered. Instructions to your referee are included with the reference form. You may wish to review them. It is your responsibility to follow up with referees to ensure they have submitted the Confidential reference form. 

References cannot be:

  • relatives or other family members (including in-laws, step family, etc.)
  • a classroom teacher whose only relationship to you is as your teacher,
  • friends or family friends,
  • co-workers,
  • someone you taught or tutored,
  • someone you have supervised,
  • somebody who is also applying to a UVic teacher education program.

Each referee to email directly to educapp@uvic.ca by January 31 

If you are a direct entry B.Ed elementary student applying to progress to year 2 studies, you must ask your reference to email their filled out form directly to edcico@uvic.ca. Please refer to the Progress to year 2 section of the website below for the correct form.

Note: Applicants may also be invited to meet with the Teacher Education Office during their experience review. Only applicants who are conditionally admitted will have their experience reviewed. Please do not assume that you have satisfied this experience requirement based on applying or being wait-listed for program admission in a previous year.


Step 3: Official transcripts

Please remember that official transcripts are those sent directly from the issuing institution to UVic. Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be submitted together with notarized English translations.

Undergraduate Admissions & Records will now also accept official transcripts that have been emailed directly from the issuing institution to UVic. Please ask your post-secondary institution to email your official transcripts directly to admsscanning@uvic.ca.

Check with the issuing institution about how and when to place your transcript order to meet our transcript deadlines. Processing and mail delivery times will vary. Order as early as possible. Your application will be considered ‘late’ if any transcripts are received after the published deadlines.

Have your transcript mailed to:  Have your transcript couriered to: 

Undergraduate Admissions & Records
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3P2 Canada

Undergraduate Admissions & Records
University Centre, UVic
3800 Finnerty Rd (Ring Rd)
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2


It's important to remember to submit an official transcript from every* college and university that you’ve attended, including withdrawals, incomplete, failed, repeated studies and attendance as an exchange student. We cannot review your application if any transcripts are missing.

* This includes College of Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB).

Please note:

  • UVic students do not need to order UVic transcripts, as we have access to those records.
  • UVic students who have studied elsewhere must submit, or re-submit, transcripts to UVic Undergraduate Records if:
    • the studies occurred since your last attendance at UVic,
    • or if you’ve been absent from UVic for more than three years (previously-submitted transcripts will have been destroyed). Please contact Undergraduate Records at to determine if they still have your transcripts on file.

Transcript Deadlines

Deadline for official transcripts showing grades for courses attempted to December 2021: January 31 

Deadline for official transcripts showing in-progress course registration in the January to April 2022 term: January 31

Deadline for official transcripts showing grades for courses attempted January to April 2022: May 31


Step 4: First Nation, M├ętis, and Inuit applicants (Optional)

The Faculty of Education is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers and has reserved 5% of the positions in teacher education programs for applicants who meet the Faculty of Education’s admission requirements.

If you have Aboriginal ancestry, and would like to be considered for this quota, please email the supplementary form to .

Note: If you need help with the form or have questions, please call (250) 721-7824. 


Application checklist


Step 1: Submit your online application along with the Summary of experience and Reflection of experience (step 2).

Deadline: January 31 

Step 2: Submit the following four supporting documents for the experience requirement as follows:

  • Upload your Summary of Experience (see required format) when you submit your application. 
  • Upload your Reflection on Experience (see required format) when you submit your application 
  • Ask two referees to email Reference Forms (using the required form) directly to  

Deadline: January 31 

Indigenous applicants may submit a supplementary form for Indigenous applicants by January 31

Step 3: Order official transcripts in time for them to arrive by the following deadlines: 

By January 31, we require transcript(s) that show: 

  • grades for all courses attempted to December 31, 2021
  • in-progress course registrations January 1 to April 30, 2022, if applicable

By May 31, we require transcript(s) that show: 

  • grades for all courses attempted January 1 to April 30, 2022. Order the transcript(s) as soon as second-term grades are available.


Check your status

To check your status and application checklist log into My UVic Application. Use the checklist to see that all transcripts and other required items, including the two references, have been received.


  • If you are attending the same institution (other than UVic) in the January to April 2022 term as you are in the Fall 2021 term, you’ll see at least two entries for that institution on the checklist: one with a January 31 deadline and another with a May 31 deadline.
  • It can take two to three weeks from the time an item is received at UVic for it to be recorded on the checklist.
  • The date a transcript is received at UVic determines whether it is considered on time or late, not the date that UVic staff upload it to your checklist.

Application status updates

Education Advising will email you at least once by mid-June: 

Mid-June  to make a conditional offer of admission, to explain why you are not eligible for admission, or to cancel your application if it is incomplete.
June-July to confirm your offer of admission, to withdraw a conditional offer of admission, or to tell you that you have been placed on a waitlist.
July-August to offer you admissions if you are on the waitlist and a seat becomes available.

Note: Admission offers are time sensitive. If you will not have email access for more than one week, contact Education Advising.



What should I do if I decide not to proceed with my application? 

Please notify Faculty of Education Advising at adve@uvic.ca and: 

Be sure to tell Admissions or Records if you wish to apply to a different faculty for September 2022. 

What do I do if I'm selected to this program? 

Respond to the admission offer email from Education Advising to confirm you are accepting the offer. Then submit the $150 Faculty of Education acceptance deposit to Education Advising. New UVic students must also pay a $200 UVic acceptance depost to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Both deposits are applied toward your tuition fees.

May an offer of admission be deferred?

No. If you can't take the program in 2022, you must re-apply for a future entry point. 

Which courses will I take in this program? 

Each program outline is available in the UVic calendar 

Is there a French Immersion option?

If you hope to complete one of both of your practicums in a French Immersion setting, contact the Teacher Education Office at  for available options. We recommend accumulating some experience in a French language setting. 

Is it my responsibility to apply for a teaching certificate after I complete this program?

Yes. Apply to the BC Ministry of Education's Teacher Certification Branch for a teaching certificate. 

If you've been charged with, or convicted of, a criminal offense, you should write to the Teacher Certification Branch for clairification of your status before undertaking a teacher education program. 

Will I qualify for a teaching certificate in another province? 

If you qualify for a teaching certificate in British Columbia, you can expect to qualify for a teaching certificate in another province. Please consult the provincial teacher qualification service for additional details about this process.


Information about tuition and budgeting

Student Awards and Financial Aid Office 

Note: You’ll register in 18 units in year two. See the UVic calendar  for the unit totals in years three and four 

Student loans, bursaries, scholarships

Student Awards and Financial Aid Office

 or 250-721-8423


Residence Services 

or (250) 721-8395



Request to Declare to Year 2

If you are a candidate who applied and was accepted into the Bachelor of Education Elementary year one, you must declare your intention to progress to year two and submit all the required experience documents. This must be done by January 31 for entry in September of the same year.

Please follow the steps below: 

Step 1: Double check admissions requirements

Read the admissions requirements (above)

  • Ensure you will have all the course and grade requirements (at least eight half-year, university-level courses in specific topics). Examples of approved courses are listed above under 'Admission requirements'
  • All course and grade requirements must be completed by April 30 for entry in September of the same year

Step 2: Request to declare

Email  your request to declare

  • In the body of your email, indicate that you are “requesting to declare your program for progression to Year Two.”
  • Please also include the year in which you intend to progress (e.g. September 2021)
  • Email  your request to declare by January 31 for entry in September of the same year

Step 3: Experience requirement

Email the supporting documents for the Experience requirement:

For information about the types of experiences that qualify, please consult the Experience requirement tab under the Admissions requirements section.

All forms must be received by January 31 for entry in September of the same year