Secondary BEd post-degree professional program (PDPP)

Pdp Secondary
Teacher Candidate Emily Winkel coaching a student at Belmont Secondary

Program Snapshot

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

About our program

Interested in teaching to secondary students? Designed for current degree holders, the Secondary Post-Degree program prepares you to teach one or two of the following subjects in a secondary school:

  • art
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • English
  • French
  • general science
  • mathematics
  • music
  • physics
  • physical and health education
  • social studies
  • Spanish
  • theatre

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 in secondary school classrooms. 

For more information on the Secondary 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 Secondary PDP program is an intensive 30 unit program designed to take place over 16 months. 

Program delivery - Secondary PDPP
September - December (Year 1)
Courses + field-based experience 9.0 units
January - May 
Courses + 6-week practicum 10.5 units
June 
Courses 6.0 units
September - December  (Year 2)
Course + 9-week practicum  4.5 units

Certifying process

Upon completion of this program, you will receive a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree 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 Secondary PDPP 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 one or two teachable subject areas with a grade-point average of at least 4.00 on a 9-point scale (equivalent to UVic’s B- grade) on the specified 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.

  • 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.

Notes:

  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 adve@uvic.ca.

Notes:

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

Selection

For September 2021 Entry, admission is based primarily on GPA and the quota for the teaching area(s) 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). This will start 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

*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.)

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. 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 '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  (apply for undergraduate level studies)

Please confirm your January-April 2021 course registration(s) before applying, and include this information in the in-progress courses 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.

  • When applying to the Secondary PDPP, you must specify the 1 or 2 teachable subject area(s) for which you are applying; review the options and their requirements here

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: French language proficiency (if applicable)

Prospective Secondary PDP program (Core) French candidates, including native French speakers, must demonstrate French language proficiency within the last two years by obtaining both an oral and reading score of 305 on the Test de français international (TFI) or achieving a DELF B1 score of 75% on all sections.

Students who want to complete a practicum in a French immersion classroom must:

  1. achieve a DELF B2 score of 75% on all sections; and
  2. during their program, complete a French immersion methodology course approved by the Manager of Teacher Education.

UVic’s French Department offers DELF testing. Please visit their DELF information page for more information about test times and to book an exam.

Please arrange for your official DELF or TFI certificate indicating your test score to be mailed to the following address:

Education Advising at MacLaurin
Faculty of Education
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2

Due: May 31 for entry in September of the same year

Step 6: 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

Checklist 


Step 1: Submit your online application along with the Summary of Experience and Reflection on Experience (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 

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.

For those applying to a Post-Degree Professional Program (PDPP), 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


Step 5: if applicable, submit official proof of French language proficiency: only applicable to those applying for the Secondary PDP program with a Core French teaching area. Submit by May 31

                                         

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.

 Notes:

  • 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.

 

FAQ's

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 19.5 units for the first academic year. 

Student Awards and Financial Aid Office - See budgeting

Student loans, bursaries, scholarships

Student Awards and Financial Aid Office

  or 250-721-8423

Housing

Residence Services

or (250) 721-8395

 

 

Education Advising

If you have questions about the application process or the admission requirements

  • in-person in room A225 MacLaurin Building
  • by telephone at (250) 721-7877
  • by email at 

Teacher Education Office

If you have questions about the experience requirements: