Program Information

School: Vancouver Island University
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Description: This program prepares students for teaching at the elementary or middle school levels and has a thoroughly articulated grounding in the Principles of Teaching and Learning and extended practica. Upon successful completion, graduates will be well-qualified beginning teachers and recommended to the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) at the BC Ministry of Education for ‘professional certification’. This certification is required for employment in any BC public, independent, or BC offshore school.

The program is comprised of undergraduate Education coursework and from various disciplines including the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Human Services. Undergraduate elective coursework is predominately completed within the first two years of the program, with Education and Field Experience coursework taking place in the final three years of the program. Coursework is delivered on either the Cowichan or Nanaimo campuses. Education coursework and Field Experience does not run during the summer months.

URL: Education at Vancouver Island University
Length: 5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $16,439
Careers: Secondary School Teachers,Elementary School Teachers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants can choose to apply for direct entry into Year One of the program (Year One Entry) or upon the completion of a minimum of 48 approved Post-Secondary credits (Year Three Entry). For Year One Entry, general admission requirements apply. For Year Three Entry, students must have completed a minimum of 48 post-secondary credits.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience