Vancouver Island University Education Students

Bachelor of Education - Five Year Program

  • Program Length 

    5 Years

  • Credential 

    Bachelor Degree

  • Location Offered 

    Cowichan, Nanaimo

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The Bachelor of Education 5-year program is offered at both the Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses. Applications are accepted for Year 1 entry, and for those who have existing post-secondary credits, a year 3 entry is also a possibility. The program is cohort-based which means that all students move through their Education course work together – building community and collegiality with their peers and instructors from the outset.   

Students in this program have an opportunity to pursue a secondary teaching path by selecting the Secondary Pathway option early in the program, which provides them with secondary practicum experiences to support their teaching goals. Bachelor of Education students enrolled in the five-year program can complete a Minor from other degree programs offered at VIU. 

Years 1 to 3 - Pre-Professional Years

Credits

Degree English Requirements

6

Approved Science course

3

Approved Canadian studies course

3

Approved Mathematics course

6

EDUC 101 – (Teaching: The Human Interaction)

3

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

3

EDUC 203 – (Sustainability & Teacher Identity)

3

Approved Teacher Certification Branch elective coursework 

15

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

24

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 330 - (Issues in Aboriginal Education)

3

Total Credits

78



Admission Requirements:

Year One Entry

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • Minimum "C" in English 12, or equivalent.
  • Minimum "C" in Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 11; or a pass in Pre-Calculus or Foundations of Mathematics 12; or equivalent.
  • Completion of the CASPer test.

Year Three Entry 

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • Minimum "C" in English 12, or equivalent.
  • Minimum "C" in Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 11; or a pass in Pre-Calculus or Foundations of Mathematics 12; or equivalent.
  • Completion of a minimum of 48 post-secondary credits acceptable in content to the VIU Faculty of Education, VIU Admissions and Registration, and the BC Ministry of Education Teacher Certification Branch.
  • Completion of the CASPer test.
  • Completion of an Applicant Profile.

Admission Ranking:

Year One Entry

Admission rankings are determined by a combination of English and Math requirements (40%) and CASPer test results (60%).

Year Three Entry

Admission rankings are determined by a combination of GPA (60%) and CASPer test results (40%).

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 for Year Three entry. Year One applicants can apply under the Access Initiative by submitting the Access Initiative for Aboriginal Students form.

Notes on Admission

  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.
  • Applicants are advised that competence is required in the areas of oral and written communications, inter-personal skills, computation, and computer applications. 
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to use their VIU student number when registering for the CASPer test. 
  • More information about the CASPer test, including test dates
  • Applicant Profile (Required for Year Three Applicants):

    • The Applicant Profile is accepted after successful submission of a VIU Application Form. It is due one week (7 calendar days) after the Application Deadline and is accessed online in the VIU Student Record. The Applicant Profile asks applicants to document how they have met BC Ministry of Education Teacher certification requirements and to identify potential teachable areas. The Applicant Profile can be revised any time up to the deadline.

  • Year One Entry Transcript Submission:
    • Submission of interim secondary school grades for the required English and Math courses is due March 31st. 
  • Year Three Entry Transcript Submission: 
    • Official transcripts showing secondary school completion are due one week (7 calendar days) after the application deadline. 
    • Submission of official transcripts, including those for interim course work, from all post-secondary institutions attended (excluding VIU), is due as per VIU application procedures. Photocopies/faxed copies of transcripts are not acceptable.
    • Submission of official final grades: June 15
  • Pending seat availability, students accepted into Year One with post-secondary credits acceptable in content may be considered for advanced standing up to a maximum of Year 3 in the program.
  • For advice on program admission, pending course work selection, support in application, advance standing status or review of credentials, transfer credit acceptability, and how to utilize previous credit towards program requirements, please consult with Bachelor of Education Advising.
  • Prior to placement in field experience and/or practicum placements applicants will require a satisfactory Criminal Record Check which VIU will process through the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in conjunction with the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.
  • To ensure applicants are suited to work in schools, the Faculty of Education may require additional screening to the satisfaction of individual school districts. This may include individuals re-entering the program. 
  • Applicants 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 BC Ministry of Education Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) prior to making an application to the program. Applicants are strongly advised to keep all records of correspondence with the TCB in case it is necessary to demonstrate compliance.
  • 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, Indigenous education, and special education.
  • Applicants are advised that the Faculty of Education utilizes a variety of technologies, online services, and tools in providing an array of pedagogical experiences. An up-to-date laptop will be an asset to the student experience.

Note: Review the  Application Information & Checklist (domestic applicants, international applicants) for important information.

Notes on Program Progression

Students must be able to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour befitting the teaching profession as outlined in the Professional Standards for BC Educators. Throughout the program, students are assessed in various ways against these Standards and other professional expectations as determined by the Faculty of Education.

  • For progression into Year 2, a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.33 (C+) must be maintained.
  • EDUC 101, 202 and 203 must be completed prior to progressing into Year 3. Students must attain a 'CR' or minimum "C+" in EDUC 101, EDUC 202, and EDUC 203.
  • A minimum of 48 approved credits with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.33 (C+) must be completed by May 15 to progress into Year 3 of the program.
  • Prior to commencing Year 4 of the program, students will be asked to declare a focus in either Elementary or Secondary teaching. Those declaring a Secondary focus must have a minimum of one, preferably two, acceptable teachable areas(s). 
  • A minimum of 78 approved credits must be completed by May 15 to progress into Year 4. Students must attain a minimum grade of C+ or 'CR' in EDTE 300, EDTE 311, EDTE 301, and EDTE 330.
  • For progression into Year 5, all program course work (e.g., EDTE, EDUC, and EDFE courses) must be completed with a minimum grade of C+ or 'CR' in each course.
  • All practica must be completed satisfactorily.

Notes on Professional Certification

  • Upon successful graduation from the program, graduates must apply to the BC Ministry of Education Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) for professional certification. All associated fees, documents, transcripts, etc. are the responsibility of the graduate.
  • As articulated by the TCB, professional certification is "valid for teaching in B.C.'s Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system". Graduates hoping to gain employment in BC public school are advised to check with the local school districts(s) for any additional required qualifications and/or teaching restrictions. 
  • Upon successful graduation from the program, graduates are strongly encouraged to also apply to the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) to assist in establishing qualifications for salary purposes in BC public schools. All associated fees, documents, transcripts, etc. are the responsibility of the graduate.
  • Graduates are advised to keep original hard copies of important documents (i.e. Field Experience/Practicum reports) as the Faculty of Education cannot provide additional copies.

 



Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Year 1

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit)

4,704.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

188.16

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit)

207.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Total

5,542.26

Year 2

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit)

4,704.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

188.16

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit)

207.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Total

5,542.26

Year 3

Amount

Tuition (18 credits x $156.80 per credit)

2,822.40

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

112.90

Student Services fee (18 credits x $6.93 per credit)

124.74

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies: Year 3

1,400.00

Total

4,902.24

Year 4

Amount

Tuition (36 credits x $156.80 per credit)

5,644.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

225.79

Student Services fee (36 credits x $6.93 per credit)

249.48

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)

188.10

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies: Year 4

1,400.00

Total

7,983.17

Year 5

Amount

Tuition (38 credits x $156.80 per credit)

5,958.40

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

238.34

Student Services fee (38 credits x $6.93 per credit)

263.34

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)

188.10

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies: Year 5

1,500.00

Total

8,423.18

Notes

* The above table is based on ten 3-credit courses taken over two semesters. For programs that require 4-credit courses, additional fees will apply.

Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

Textbooks and/or course packages are required for each course. Contact the Education Department at 250-740-6223 for further information regarding books and supplies. 

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Year 1

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340.00 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)

188.10

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Total

17,906.30

Year 2

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340.00 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)

188.10

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Total

17,906.30

Year 3

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340.00 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)

188.10

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies: Year 3

1,400.00

Total

19,306.30

Year 4

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340.00 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)

188.10

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies: Year 4

1,400.00

Total

19,306.30

Year 5

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340.00 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)

188.10

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies: Year 5

1,500.00

Total

19,406.30

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $695.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

Textbooks and/or course packages are required for each course. Contact the Education Department at 250-740-6223 for further information regarding books and supplies. 

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated

Thursday, July 1, 2021


The program starts in September. Applications are accepted from the first business day of October to January 31. Admission is limited and applicants who meet or exceed minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be offered admission to the program.  


Program Start Date

Accepting Applications

Campus

Options

Next Intake(s)

  • September 6, 2022

Application Fee

$42.55
Accepting Late Applications

No
Waitlist

Yes
Testing Required

No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Miranda MacCallum
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2584
Email: Miranda.MacCallum@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Alyson Fleming
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2598
Email: Allyson.Fleming@viu.ca

Coordinator Contact

Name: Pamela Hoy-Administrative Assistant, Advising & School Experience
Phone: 250-740-6223
Email: Pamela.Hoy@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

Official transcripts indicating completion of, or enrollment in required high school English and Math: February 7, 2021

All requested official post-secondary transcripts showing final marks for the Fall 2020 semester, and enrollment in the Spring 2021 semester: February 7, 2021

Official post-secondary transcripts showing final grades for all courses: June 15, 2021

Official transcripts showing final grades for required high school English and Math: July 31, 2021

The CASPer Test must be taken on one of the following dates: Thursday February 11, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Sunday February 28, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Comments

For advice on applications, please contact the Faculty of Education Advising Office at 250-740-6223 or toll-free at 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6223.

Next Intake(s)

  • September 6, 2022

Application Fee

$42.55
Accepting Late Applications

No
Waitlist

No
Testing Required

No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Miranda MacCallum
Phone: 250-753-3245xt 2584
Email: Miranda.MacCallum@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Allyson Fleming
Phone: 250-753-3245xt 2598
Email: Allyson.Fleming@viu.ca

Coordinator Contact

Name: Pamela Hoy-Administrative Assistant, Advising & School Experience
Phone: 250-740-6223
Email: Pamela.Hoy@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

Official transcripts indicating completion of, or enrollment in required English and Math: February 7, 2021
Please note CASPer test taken after the document deadline of February 7, 2021

Submission of interim grades for required English and Math: March 31, 2021.

Final grades for required English and Math: July 31, 2021

The CASPer test must be taken on one of the following dates:

  • Thursday February 11, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Comments

To schedule an appointment to meet or speak with the Program Advisor, please contact Pamela Hoy at Pamela.Hoy@viu.ca, 250-740-6223 or toll-free 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6223.

Next Intake(s)

  • September 6, 2022

Application Fee

$42.55
Accepting Late Applications

No
Waitlist

No
Testing Required

No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Miranda MacCallum
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2584
Email: Miranda.MacCallum@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Allyson Fleming
Phone: 250-746-3539 ext. 3539
Email: Allyson.Fleming@viu.ca

Coordinator Contact

Name: Pamela Hoy, Administrative Assistant, Advising & School Experience
Phone: 888-920-2221 ext. 6223
Email: Pamela.Hoy@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

Official transcripts indicating completion of, or enrollment in required English and Math: February 7, 2021.

Submission of interim grades for required English and Math: March 31, 2021.

Final grades for required English and Math: July 31, 2021.

The CASPer Test must be taken on one of the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 8pm (Eastern)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 @ 4pm (Eastern)
Comments

To schedule an appointment to meet or speak with the Program Advisor, please contact Pamela Hoy at Pamela.Hoy@viu.ca, 250-740-6223 or toll-free 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6223

Next Intake(s)

  • September 6, 2022

Application Fee

$42.55
Accepting Late Applications

No
Waitlist

No
Testing Required

No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Miranda MacCallum
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2584
Email: Miranda.MacCallum@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Allyson Fleming
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2598
Email: Allyson.Fleming@viu.ca

Coordinator Contact

Name: Pamela Hoy, Administrative Assistant, Advising & School Experience
Phone: 250-740-6223
Email: Pamela.Hoy@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

Official transcripts indicating completion of, or enrollment in required high school English and Math - February 7, 2021

All requested official post-secondary transcripts showing final marks for the Fall 2020 semester, and enrollment in the Spring (Winter) 2021 semester - February 7, 2021

Official post-secondary transcripts showing final grades for all courses - June 15, 2021

Official transcripts showing final grades for required high school English and Math - July 31, 2021

The CASPer Test must be taken on one of the following dates:

  • Thursday February 11, 2021 @ 8pm (Eastern)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 @ 4pm (Eastern)
Comments

For advice on applications, please contact the Faculty of Education Advising Office at 250-740-6223 or toll-free at 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6223.

Can I teach at a Secondary School by taking this program?

The short answer is yes. Our students are offered the opportunity to learn about secondary teaching practices and requirements throughout the program and are able to teach in a secondary school for their practicum. Working in a secondary school once you graduate will depend on each individual school and district's requirements. 

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Study in Cowichan

Pursue your teaching degree at VIU's Cowichan campus located in the heart of Duncan on the traditional territory of Quw'utsun First Nation. Studying at the Cowichan campus offers students the opportunity to engage in a fully integrated program infused with the local First Nations perspectives and knowledge.

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Embedded Field Experience

Our embedded field experience model allows students to learn about classroom procedures before beginning their practicum and teaching. Students will have the opportunity to observe and interact with a practicing teacher in their classroom. Witness reading time, math lessons, transitions between subjects, and then return to your instructor and cohort members to discuss what you noticed and learned. This form of hands-on practical learning means a tangible understanding of how textbook material and theory are used in the classroom. 

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Practicum Placements

We work closely with our students to make sure they have quality practicum placements. We always try to secure classrooms within schools and communities that work for our students. For some students, a rural or remote practicum opportunity is the right fit. We also offer international field placements.

Practicum is where all of the knowledge you've learned in the classroom gets put to the test. You're going to need resources, timetables, documents, and more. Please find all of the resources and information you need on our Field Experience page. 

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