Elementary BEd post-degree professional program (PDPP)

UVic teacher candidate helping in a classroom in Cranbrook, BC
UVic teacher candidate helping in a classroom in Cranbrook, BC

Program Snapshot

  • Full-time program over four terms (16 months)
  • September entry
  • Two practicum placements in elementary or middle schools
  • Embedded in local classrooms for full days in the first term 
  • Application deadline: January 2

About our program

Do you already hold a degree and want to pass on your knowledge into the classroom? Designed for current degree holders, this post-degree professional program will provide you with an intensive introduction to the subjects taught in the elementary classrooms (Kindergarten to grade 7). Click here to view the program outline (course list).

As a post-degree student, you will take methodology and pedagogy courses, experience first-hand the integrated teaching on Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, work closely with your colleagues in small groups, and apply your learning in a real-world setting through hands-on experiences in classrooms. 

For more information on the Elementary PDPP in general, contact our .

The Faculty of Education is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Metis, 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 delivery

The Elementary PDPP program is an intensive 30.0 unit program, designed to take place over 16 months. 

Program delivery - Elementary PDPP
September - December (Year 1)
Courses + field-based experience 9.0 units
January - May 
Courses + 6-week practicum 9.0 units
July - August
Courses 7.5 units
September - December  (Year 2)
Course + 9-week practicum  4.5 units

Certification process

Upon completion of this program, you will receive a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) and will be eligible to apply for a BC teaching certificate. 


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.

Courses, competencies, GPA

Eligibility for admission requires:
  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited university that is acceptable to the University of Victoria
  • 3.0 units approved English, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English, and
  • 3.0 units approved Canadian studies, and
  • 3.0 units approved mathematics with a C+ average completed within the last ten years, and
  • 3.0 units approved laboratory science, completed within the last ten years, and
  • a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on:
    • the most recently attempted session (minimum 12 units or 24 credits or eight half-year courses). If you took fewer than 12.0 units in the last session, you need a grade-point average of at least 3.00 (equivalent to UVic's C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.
    • 30-units (equivalent to two years) of course work attempted to December 31.

Note: 3.0 units are equivalent to two half-year courses at most BC post-secondary institutions.

Consult an adviser in the Education Advising Office if you have any questions.

Course options at UVic

English and written English competency

We'll consider composition and literature courses offered by an English department. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

Two of:

  • 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.  Consult an Education adviser if you've completed any English course with less than a C+ grade.


  1. We can't accept technical. creative writing, or communication courses.
  2. We can't accept 3.0 units of English composition.
  3. Consult an Education adviser before taking a 'special topics' course. The adviser will need to see a course description or outline.
  4. Consult an Education adviser if you have any questions regarding the English requirements.

Canadian studies

We'll accept courses that focus on the Canadian experience and cover topics taught in the BC elementary social studies curriculum. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

Two of:

  • 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.
  3. There are several 300-level Canadian history courses that are acceptable. Check with an education adviser.


We'll consider courses offered by a mathematics department. The following UVic courses are examples of acceptable courses.

Two of:

  • MATH 100 Calculus I or 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 UVic's MATH 120 Pre-calculus.
  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.

Two of:

  • 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 and 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. EOS 120 is highly recommended. It has a lab that was specifically designed for prospective teachers.
  2. Consult an adviser if you want to take GEOG 103 but have already taken EOS 110 or 120.
  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.

Course options at other post-secondary institutions

Please refer to the handout provided below if you would like to take English, Canadian studies, mathematics and laboratory science at Camosun College, North Island College or Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning.

If you are taking courses at another institution, be sure to have your course selections reviewed by an Education adviser.

Course options at Camosun College, College of the Rockies,  North Island College, or Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning.

Experience requirement

*In light of restrictions due to COVID, for September 2021 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 from K - 12 (ages 5 - 17).

  • 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 church 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 downloadble 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 experience 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 30-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 30-unit GPA is calculated on the most recent 30 units of courses attempted to December 31, 2020
  • 30 UVic units is equivalent to 20 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

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

The steps below have been developed to support your application for a September 2021 entry.

In addition to the academic requirements, there is also an experience requirement 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 'Admissions 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), for “non-degree” studies.

Step 1: Online application

Start your application

My UVic application

Please confirm your January-April 2021 course registration(s) 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.”
  • under the 'In-progress courses' section of the application, accurately include the January-April 2021 course information, as well as the Fall 2020 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 2), 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 Elementary PDPP in Cranbrook, BC., please select East Kootenay Teacher Education program under 'Program of study'

Late applications (i.e. those received after January 2) will be considered only if space remains in the quota after all on-time, eligible applicants have been admitted. In 2020, 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.

Upload when you submit your program application 

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.

Upload when you submit your program application 

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 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 2

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.

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 2020: January 31 

Deadline for official transcripts showing in-progress course registration in the January to April 2021 term: January 31

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

At least one of your transcripts must indicate “degree granted/awarded.” If your degree won’t be conferred until May/June 2021 (based on grades to April 2021), an additional transcript showing proof of degree must be submitted by June 30 (if applicable).


Step 4: Graduate student status (if applicable)

You must not be registered in a graduate program, or any other program, concurrently with this program.

If you’re currently registered in a graduate program, provide a letter from your university’s graduate records or registrar’s office stating that your graduate program requirements will be completed by August 30, 2021, or that you’ll be taking a leave of absence from that program for the duration of this program (September 2021 to December 2022).

Submit this to the Records Clerk (reco3@uvic.ca) if you are a past/current UVic student, or to the Admissions Clerk (adms6@uvic.ca) if you are new to UVic.

Due: February 28 for entry in September of the same year

Step 5: 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 on Experience (see Step 2)

Deadline: January 2 

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 2 for Elementary and Secondary PDPP applicants


Indigenous applicants may submit a supplementary form for Indigenous applicants by January 2 

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, 2020
  • in-progress course registrations January 1 to April 30, 2021, if applicable

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

  • grades for all courses attempted January 1 to April 30, 2021. Order the transcript(s) as soon as second-term grades are available.

At least one of your transcripts must include a ‘degree granted/awarded’ statement. If your degree won’t be conferred until May/June 2021 (based on grades to April), an additional transcript showing proof of degree must be submitted by June 30.

Step 4: Submit a graduate student status letter, if applicable, by February 28                                    

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 2021 term as you are in the Fall 2020 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 between April and mid-June: 

April - May  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.
May - June 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 2021. 

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 2021, 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

Accounting Services

Note: You’ll register in 18 units for the first academic year. (Year two, from July to December, totals 12 units.)

Student Awards and Financial Aid Office - See budgeting

Student loans, bursaries, scholarships

Student Awards and Financial Aid Office

  or 250-721-8423


Residence Services: https://www.uvic.ca/residence

or (250) 721-8395