Elementary BEd post-degree professional program (PDPP)

This second degree program has been carefully designed to provide engaging, relevant, and high-quality preparation for the responsibilities and challenges of today's classrooms. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Education degree and are eligible to apply for a BC teaching certificate. In British Columbia, teaching certificates are issued by the Ministry of Education's Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB).

The Elementary PDPP provides an introduction to the full range of subjects taught in an elementary classroom (kindergarten to grade seven). Click here to view the program outline (course list).

For more information on the 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 positions in teacher education programs for applicants who meet the Faculty of Education's admission requirements. 

How to apply (September entry)

Application deadline: January 2

Application instructions for September 2020

Indigenous applicants, please take note of the additional information provided in the application instructions document.

Admission requirements: courses, competencies, GPA, and deadlines

  • Application deadline: January 2. View application instructions here
  • First transcript deadline: January 31, showing grades for courses attempted to December 31 and, if applicable, course registration for the January to April 30.
  • Final transcript deadline: May 31, showing grades for courses attempted to April 30.
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.

Admission requirements: 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:

  • 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.  Science courses that average at least 1.5 hours of lab time a week are acceptable but we prefer those that have at least 3 hours of lab time each week. Try to choose courses from two different subjects. 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.

Admission requirements: 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 addition to the required courses, you'll be asked to provide evidence of your experience, ability, and interest in working with children in educative ways in the form of a statement of intent, résumé of related experience and reference forms.

You'll need a minimum of 75 hours of practical experience working with groups of children or youth at the age level you wish to teach (ages 5 - 12 for elementary). It can be a total of various experiences put together. A substantial number of relevant experience hours is generally favourable for your application, as admission is competitive, and, in the event of a GPA tie, we will use experience to determine the successful candidate. Although we consider all relevant experiences, we strongly recommend current experiences within the last five years, preferably some within the last two years.

Typical experiences for applicants include:

  • coaching team sports
  • working as a summer camp counsellor
  • leading summer programming for youth
  • group tutoring
  • working with church groups or other youth groups
  • working in after school programs
  • working in school classrooms as a volunteer or assistant

Experience in international settings is valuable, but we also recommend experience in domestic settings. A variety of experiences is encouraged to better prepare for the program. If you wish to pursue volunteer opportunities, go to the Volunteer Victoria website or a volunteer association in your area.

Please note that babysitting, caregiving, and parenting, while worthwhile, will not be considered as evidence of meeting the experience requirement.

A. Statement of intent (400-500 words, typed)

This statement needs to address the following: 

  • why you wish to become a teacher, 
  • how your life experiences (employment, volunteer activities, work with diverse groups of children or youth, special skills or talents, leadership roles) are relevant to teaching, and 
  • why you think these experiences are appropriate preparation for a career in teaching.  

B. Resume of related experience

Include your full name, UVic student number (if you have one), the name of this program and a summary of related paid or unpaid experience (list most recent experience first). The summary of each experience should include: start and end date, name of workplace/organization, brief description of what you did, and the total number of hours spent working directly with children or youth. List any relevant skills, certificates, etc.

C. Reference forms (two)

The reference forms must be from people who have observed you working with groups of children/youth in educative ways. They cannot be completed by a relative, friend, co-worker or a person you have supervised.  Referees must use the form provided; reference letters are not acceptable. References must meet the above criteria or your application will be considered incomplete and ineligible.

Selection criteria

We are reviewing our selection criteria for the September 2021 intake

For September 2020 entry, admission is based primarily on GPA as long as the experience requirements are met.

Conditional admission based on academic requirements: Applicants who apply, submit all transcipts, 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 GPA until all the program seats are filled.

  • The 30-unit GPA is calculated on the most recent 30 units of courses attempted to December 31, 2019. 
  • 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.). Note: Only applicants who have been conditionally admitted will have their experience requirement reviewed.