Admissions Process: Education Programs Initial Teacher

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Thank you for your interest in Initial Teacher Education programs in the Faculty of Education at VIU. VIU offers two program streams leading to a Bachelor of Education degree; the B.Ed. Program for applicants wishing to entry directly upon completion of secondary/high school OR for those applicants who have completed approximately two years of post secondary studies, as well as the the Post Baccalaureate Program for applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree. All programs begin in the Fall semester with no program running over the summer break.

Successful completion of any of our initial teacher education program will lead to recommendation for 'professional certification' at the BC Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch; a requirement for those seeking employment at any BC public, independent or offshore school 

Applications made to any of our initial teacher education programs generally require the following documents (for full details please refer to the VIU Program and Course Calendar):

  1. Submission of a VIU Application for Admission
  2. Completion of an online Applicant Profile via the VIU Student Record System
  3. Submission of Official Transcripts (except for VIU programs & course work). International applicants please see the Faculty of International Education website for details.

Applications for Fall 2020 will open in early October 2019 and close January 31, 2020.

To be considered for entry to either the Bachelor of Education or Post Baccalaureate program, please note the following:

Program Prerequisites:

Application Timeline

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 Application Deadline:

  • January 31

Online Applicant Profile:

  • Due one week (7 calendar days) after the Early Application Deadline
  • Completed through the VIU Student Record System
  • 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:

  • Due one week (7 calendar days) after the Early Application Deadline
  • Include all interim/in progress course work
  • 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
  • For B.Ed. applicants: Official transcripts showing high/secondary school completion must be submitted as per VIU application procedures
  • For B.Ed. and Post Bacc. applicants: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (excluding VIU) must be submitted as per VIU application procedures, including those for interim course work
  • Photocopies/faxed copies of transcript are deemed ‘unofficial’ and not accepted

Final Grade Official Transcript Submission Deadline:

  • June 15

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 object, we encourage Aboriginal applicants to self-identify and apply under the Access Initiative housed within the Applicant Profile.    

Application Support & Credential Review:

For advice on pending course work, support in planning and/or making an application and to review current credentials, please consult a program Education Advisor. We strongly encourage ALL applicants, including international applicants, to do so. 

Advising Contact Information:

Office Location: Building 356, Room 208 Nanaimo VIU Campus
Local Phone: 250-740-6223
Toll Free: 1-888-921-2221, ext. 6223
From Overseas: +1-250-753-3245, ext. 6223

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reviewing your application!

Updated: 19 September 2018