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Elementary Curriculum: Bachelor of Education Degree


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Victoria

    Resources

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    City of Victoria
  • Length
    120 Credits (4 years full-time)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $6700 per year (for domestic students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1700 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UVic's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by the following dates:

  • Online application to UVic: January 31
  • Supplemental application to the program (if applicable): January 31
  • Proof of English language proficiency: typically one month after the application deadline. Your language-proficiency deadline will be indicated in your online application checklist after you submit your online application to UVic. 

High school students and graduates applying for first-year entry do not need to submit a supplemental application.

Verify directly with the Department for updated information. 


Application Fee: $81 (if all all transcripts come from institutions within Canada); or $142 (If any transcripts come from institutions outside of Canada)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

Option A: Year One Entry

Completion of the following courses:

Grade 11 Courses*:

  • Approved English 11
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-calculus 11
  • One approved science 11
  • One approved social studies 11/12

Grade 12 Courses*:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (67%)
  • Three approved academic 12 courses

 

 
Notes (*): click to see all approved courses

Option B: Year Two Entry

The following admission prerequisites must be completed by April 30 for entry to Year-Two:

  • three units (two courses) of approved English with at least C+ in each course
  • demonstrated competence in written English
  • three units (two courses) of Canadian Studies
  • three units (two courses) of Math with at least a C+ average and must be completed within 10 years of entry to year-two of the program
  • three units (two courses) of laboratory science which must be completed within 10 years of entry to year-two of the program)
  • three units (two courses) of approved academic electives*
  • at least a C+ term GPA (grade point average) calculated on the either:
    • the most recent session/term of 12 UVIC units (24 credits = approximately 8 courses) attempted if you have attempted eight or more university-level courses; or
    • all university-level courses attempted; and also meet the minimum high school academic requirements for year-one entry

Note:

  • These year-one courses can be completed at in another Faculty at UVic or at another post-secondary institution.
  • For complete details on admission requirements (including information on course options of taking admission prerequisites at other post-secondary institutions), visit the Faculty of Education web site.
  • At UVIC, the value of courses is given in units. Most courses at UVic that run for one term count for 1.5 units per course. For example, 3 UVIC units are equivalent to two (half-year) courses or 6 credits at most BC colleges and universities.
  • *Electives: 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.

Non-Academic (information for students applying for Year-Two entry ONLY)

  • A minimum of 50 hours* of practical experience working with groups of children or youth at the age level you wish to teach (ages 5-12 for elementary)
  • Summary of experience
  • Reflection on experience
  • Two reference letters

Note:

  • Click to see application instructions and downloadable forms pertaining to experience requirement (in the How to Apply section) 
  • In light of restrictions due to COVID, the number of required hours of experience has been reduced to 50 hours for this year's entry.

Admission Advice:

1. All applicants to UVic (regardless of country of origin or citizenship status) are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission. You can choose one of several ways to demonstrate language proficiency.

You are not required to provide proof of language proficiency if you have studied full time for at least four years within Canada at the high school and/or post-secondary level, and all of your instruction has been in English.

2. Admission averages for Year-One Entry are calculated using all required Grade 12 courses for entry to a program. For more details, including admission requirements for all applicant categories (including students from outside of BC), see the UVic admissions site for this Program.

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

4. If you aren't selected for year-one entry, you have the option of completing year-one courses at UVic in another faculty or at another post-secondary institution and then apply to year-two.

5. For students who study at another post-secondary institution in BC, you can use BC Transfer Guide to find out course equivalency and transferability.

6. It's strongly recommended that you contact a Faculty of Education academic advisor at UVic for assistance with navigating the admission requirements.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UVic's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Summary

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Four years of full-time academic studies or completion of a degree program at a recognized institution in which the primary language of instruction is English (click here for a list of countries) 
  • 86% the BC Provincial English 12 Examination within the last three years prior to admission 
  • 86% on Grade 12 English or its equivalent in Canada within the last three years prior to admission
  • A score of 4 on the Advanced Placement Exam in English Language and Composition
  • A score of 4 on IB Higher Level English
  • 1.5 units of transferable university-level English courses
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) = score of 70 overall, with no section less than 60
  • IELTS = score of 6.5 overall, with no component less than 6.0
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) = Level 6
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = score of 90
  • TOEFL iBT = score of 90 with no section less than 20
  • TOEFL paper-based = 575 
  • completion of UVic's University Admission Preparation (UAP) program, with a score of 80% or higher
  • completion of UVic;s University Admission Preparation: Advanced English and Canadian Studies program, with at least 80% in English and at least 60% in Canadian Studies
  • completion of UVic's University Pathways Program for International Students (a specialized first-year university program that combines academic Enlish and UVic credit courses)

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

For students directly entering an undergraduate program after high school, admission is based on four academic courses.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UVic.

You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UVic.

Information on admission requirements for high school students are available at the Canadian High School Applicants page.

Out-of-Province

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UVic.

Information on admission requirements for high school students are available at the Canadian High School Applicants page.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UVic. Please refer to UVic's Transfer Credit web page. The BC Transfer Guide allows you to check on the transferability of your courses taken at another BC post-secondary institution.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UVic. Please refer to UVic's Transfer Credit web page.


Mature Student

Discovery Studies
Discovery studies allows students to develop skills by taking a university course or two without needing to complete a whole degree. As a discovery student, you can register in up to three units of courses per term (that is two classes). You must:

  • be 21 years old before the first day of class
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • provide a letter of introduction describing why you want to take courses and your ability to succeed
  • meet UVic's English language proficiency requirements
  • not have been a UVic student before or been refused admission in the past
  • not have been required to withdraw from any post-secondary institution in the previous three years

Special Access Program
If you haven’t studied at UVic before and are over 23 years old, you can apply to UVic's special access program. It’s for BC residents whose academic achievements have been significantly and adversely affected by health, disability, family circumstances or similar responsibilities. 

Special access applicants must:

  • be at least 23 years of age on the first day of classes
  • be a first-time student at UVic
  • be a BC resident
  • meet all prerequisites for your intended faculty or program
For detailed info, verify directly with UVic

International Student

Information for international student applicants can be found here

 

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Students who may not qualify under the regular categories of admission can learn more about UVIC's Other Applicant Categories.

Alternate application categories include the following at UVic:

  • Accelerated entry program for high school students (to enroll in post-secondary level courses at UVic while attending high school)
  • Indigenous students
  • Visiting students
  • Adult Learners  

 

How to Apply

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

Follow the links to learn more about these careers on WorkBC's career profiles.