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Bachelor of Education

The Program

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.

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).

Admission Requirements - Year 1

General admission requirements apply

Start Date and Application Deadline – Year 1

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between early October and March 31.   For further information regarding application deadlines and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Admission Requirements - Year 3

Students can apply to enter the Bachelor of Education program at the third year undergraduate level. To be considered for entry, students must meet the following requirements:

1) Completion of a minimum of 48 post-secondary credits
2) Completion of an Applicant Profile
3) Submission of Official Transcripts

Post-Secondary Credit Requirement:

Prior to entry, students must have completed a minimum of 48 credits (non-practicum courses) with a GPA of 2.33 (C+). The course work applied towards admission must enable students to complete the following by the end of the year three in the program:

Elementary BC Teacher Regulation  Branch (TRB) Requirements

Credits

Degree English Requirements

6

Approved Science course

3

Approved Canadian studies course

3

Approved Mathematics course

3

Approved Teacher Regulation Branch elective coursework 

15

Vancouver Island University (VIU) B.Ed. Program Elective Requirements

 

Any undergraduate electives or transfer courses (excluding practicum based courses)

36

Total Credits

66

Applicant Profile Requirement:

Upon successful submission of a VIU Application Form and receipt of an Acknowledgement Letter from the Registrar’s Office, applicants will access and complete the Applicant Profile online via their VIU Student Record.

Applicants will be asked to describe their reasons for pursuing a career in teaching and to document life experiences relevant to teaching (e.g. employment and training, volunteer or community services; work with diverse groups of children and adults; languages spoken; special skills or talents; leadership roles), as well as respond to questions pertaining to focus areas of the program, including social justice and the BC Education Plan.

Each Applicant Profile is evaluated twice. For program entry consideration, a minimum passing score of 50% must be achieved, with no scores of zero (0) on any aspect of the Applicant Profile. If you require accommodations to complete the Applicant Profile, please consult the VIU Disability Services website at http://www.viu.ca/disabilityservices. Finally, online Applicant Profiles can be edited and revised any time up to the deadline(s) stated in the Application Timeline below.

Official Transcript Submission Requirement:

Official transcripts showing high/secondary school completion must be submitted as per VIU application procedures.

Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (excluding VIU) must be submitted as per VIU application procedures, including those for interim course work. Photocopies/faxed copies of transcripts are not acceptable.

Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation is based upon Official Transcript Submission for up to the 60 most recent post-secondary credits completed.

Admission Ranking:

Admission rankings are determined by a combination of GPA (60%) and Applicant Profile (40%) score.

Access Initiative

Vancouver Island University is committed to the recruitment, retention and graduation of Aboriginal students. The University also recognizes that Aboriginal applicants have traditionally been under represented in teacher education, as articulated in the Accord on Indigenous Education (2010).

The Faculty of Education’s Access Initiative is designed to give access to individuals who are members of groups in our society who have historically been under-represented in the teaching profession in BC. In order to achieve this objective, we encourage Aboriginal applicants to self-identify and apply under the Access Initiative housed within the Applicant Profile.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications will be accepted starting early October.  There is an early application deadline of January 31.  For further information regarding application deadlines and program contacts check the Program Availability List for Nanaimo and Cowichan.

Application Timeline – Year 3

Students are encouraged to apply by the early application deadline. Programs and campus seat allocation are likely to fill quickly. Early applicants will be given priority consideration. Submission of application after the early deadline is subject to program availability.

Applications Open:

Early October

Early Application Deadline:

January 31

Online Applicant Profile:

Due one week (7 calendar days) after the Early Application Deadline. Applicants who apply after the Early Application Deadline will be required to submit their Applicant Profile using a hard copy template (to be provided)

Official Transcript Submission for Application:

Due one week (7 calendar days) after the Early Application Deadline. Applicants who apply after the Early Application Deadline will be required to submit official transcripts by March 31, or as specified by the Faculty of Education

Official Transcript Submission for Final Grades:

Due June 15

Notes on Admissions for both Year 1 and Year 3 entry

  • For advice on pending course work, support in application or review of credentials, please consult with a Bachelor of Education Advisor. Call (250) 740-6223, toll–free at 1-888-921-2221 ext. 6223 or +1-250-753-3245, ext. 6223 to schedule an appointment. We strongly encourage ALL applicants to do so.
  • Applicants are advised that competence is required in the areas of oral and written communications, inter-personal skills, computation, and computer applications. Candidates for completion of the program must have established competency in these areas.
  • In order to successful meet the Teacher Regulation Branch math requirement, applicants are advised that a minimum of "C" in one of Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, or Applications of Mathematics 11; or a pass in one of Pre-calculus 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Principles of Mathematics 12, or Applications of Mathematics 12; or equivalent is needed.
  • VIU graduates from the following Diploma and Certificate programs are encouraged to apply:
  • Field experience and/or practicums will require a satisfactory Criminal Record Check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.
  • To meet the needs of the teaching profession, from time to time, it may be necessary to give preference to applicants with discipline specialties in high need areas such as mathematics, French & French immersion, physical sciences, First Nations, and special education.

Notes on Progression for both Year 1 and Year 3 entry

  • In order to continue into the third year of the program students must have successfully completed a minimum of 48 approved credits with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+)
  • Students must be able to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour befitting the teaching profession as outlined in the Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in British Columbia BC Ministry of Education document.  For students who enter the program prior to third year this will be assessed as part of the curriculum of EDUC 101 and 202.  Students must attain a minimum mark of C+ in each of these two classes in order to continue into the third year of the program.  For students who enter directly into year 3 of the program this assessment is made as part of the application process.
  • For progression into Year 4 and Year 5, all EDTE course work must be completed with a minimum grade of C+ in each course.  All practica must be completed satisfactorily.

Notes on Professional Certification for both Year 1 and Year 3 entry

  • Applicants are advised that all applicants for teacher certification in B.C. must authorize the Teacher Regulation Branch to conduct a criminal record review check.
  • To ensure that student teachers in the VIU Bachelor of Education program are suited to work in schools, VIU can require all student teachers be screened to the satisfaction of the school districts.
  • Applicants to the Bachelor of Education program who have been convicted of a criminal offense or given an absolute or conditional discharge must consult with, and be deemed eligible for certification by, the Teacher Regulation Branch prior to making application to the program. Applicants are strongly advised to keep all records of correspondence with the Teacher Regulation Branch in case it is necessary to demonstrate compliance.
  • Applicants who are otherwise eligible for British Columbia Teacher Regulation Branch Certification but who are not Canadian citizens are required to provide evidence of landed immigrant status or hold a valid work authorization to teach in Canada, before they may be issued a British Columbia teaching credential.

Program Outline

Years 1 & 2

Credits

Degree English Requirements

6

Approved Science course

3

Approved Canadian studies course

3

Approved Mathematics course

3

EDUC 101 – (Teaching: The Human Interaction)

3

EDUC 202 – (Becoming a Teacher: Understanding Professional and Educational Issues)

3

Approved Teacher Regulation Branch elective coursework 

15

Any undergraduate electives or transfer courses (excluding practicum based courses)

24

Total Credits

60

Year 3

Credits

EDTE 300 - (Principles of Teaching and Learning I)

3

EDTE 301 - (Principles of Teaching and Learning II)

3

EDTE 311 - (Human Development: Child Development and Education)

3

EDTE 430 - (Issues in Aboriginal Education)

3

Any outstanding/remaining TRB and/or VIU elective coursework

6

Total Credits

18

Note: The above is based on students taking 5 courses per semester. Students should consult with Education Advising regarding their elective coursework selection.

Note: There is flexibility as to when the above elective courses can be completed, however, all students must have completed 78 required credits by the end of Year 3.

Year 4

Credits

EDTE 400 - (Principles of Teaching and Learning III)

6

EDTE 401 - (Principles of Teaching and Learning IV)

6

EDTE 417 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Visual Arts)

3

EDTE 425 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Physical Education in the Elementary School)

3

EDTE 429 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Performing Arts)

3

EDTE 431 - (Instructional Design: Application of Educational Technology)

3

EDTE 520 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Language Arts)

3

EDTE 530 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics)

3

EDFE 411 - (Field Experience I)

3

EDFE 421 - (Field Experience II)

3

Total Credits

36

Year 5

Credits

EDTE 419 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies)

3

EDTE 427 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Science)

3

EDTE 500 - (Principles of Teaching and Learning V)

6

EDTE 501 - (Principles of Teaching and Learning VI)

6

EDTE 519 - (Foundations of Education in British Columbia)

3

EDTE 531 - (Social Justice Issues in Education)

3

EDTE 532 - (Special Educational Needs in the Classroom)

3

EDTE 533 - (Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language Acquisition)

3

EDFE 511 - (Field Experience III)

3

EDFE 521 - (Field Experience IV)

5

Total Credits

38

Program Total

152

Updated: January 26, 2016