Secondary post-degree professional program (PDPP) - Diploma or BEd

This program provides engaging, relevant and high-quality preparation for those who wish to teach one or two of the following subjects in a secondary school: art, biology, chemistry, computer science, English, French, general science, mathematics, music, physical and health education, physics, social studies, Spanish, teaching innovation in education, theatre. 

Initial admission is to the Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education program. An additional 6.0 units of thematically-related courses may be taken to ladder the diploma into a Bachelor of Education degree. Click here to see the list of courses with links to the course descriptions (scroll down to section 19.6.7). 

Graduates 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 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 (September 2020)

Indigenous applicants, please take note of the additional information provided in the 2020 applications 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 recognized by the university, and
  • 3.0 units approved English, and
  • demonstrated competency in written English competency, and
  • approved studies in two teachable subject areas or in one teachable subject area with a grade-point average of at least 4.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s B- grade) on the 300 and/or 400-level courses needed for each teachable area (click on Teaching areas tab for more information), and
  • a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic's C+ grade) on the most recent 30 units attempted to December 31 (equivalent to 20 half-year courses).
  • a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent session. If your most recent session is less than 12.0 units, you must have a grade-point average of at least 3.00 (equivalent to UVic’s C+ grade) on your most recent consecutive 12.0 units.

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

Approved English and written English competency

Approved English and written English competency

The following UVic courses are examples of approved courses. Equivalent courses taken elsewhere (accredited post-secondary institution) will also be considered.

  • 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, communications, or creative writing courses.
  2. We can't accept 3.0 units of English composition.
  3. Consult an Education adviser if you've taken an English course that is not on this list. 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.

Teachable subject areas

We've prepared a self-assessment form for each of the teachable subject areas available at UVic. Click on the applicable link below for more information on your chosen subject (s).

Be sure to speak with an Education Adviser if you have any questions about the teachable subject area requirements. Telephone 250-721-7877 or send an email to


  • You may be able to apply with one teachable subject area but your job prospects may be improved if you have more than one area of specialization.
  • You must combine computer science, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, technology innovation in education and theatre with a second approved teachable subject. Tip! These teaching areas may not be combined with one another.

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 13-17 for secondary). 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. 

*Teaching area quotas and the expected number of available practicum placements in teaching areas will also be taken into consideration. If there are more qualified applicants than available spaces in a teaching area, not all applicants who have met the admission requirements will be offered admission. Conversely, if there are not enough qualified applicants in a teaching area to fill the spaces, we may not admit any applicants to that teaching area.

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.