Initial Teacher Education Programs

Five key aspects of VIU's Faculty of Education make VIU an outstanding choice for your initial teacher education program:

  • program options
  • personalized student attention
  • commitment to student success
  • high quality practical programs tailored to British Columbia standards
  • exceptional faculty with real experience in K-12 classrooms

Our Program Options

There are many initial teacher education programs a student could choose. If you are searching for quality programs with personalized attention and a commitment to your success, then look no further than our Initial Teacher Education Programs. All programs consist of on-campus course work and in-school practical/field experiences. There are 3 options for study:

Bachelor of Education (Elementary or Secondary)

Designed for direct entry (i.e.: upon graduation from high school) or upon completion of 48-60 acceptable post secondary course credits. A 5 year teacher preparation program for students planning to teach at the elementary or secondary level. Now available at both the Cowichan & Nanaimo Campuses.

Bachelor of Education (Post Baccalaureate, Elementary Option)

Designed for students who have already completed an acceptable undergraduate degree and who wish to teach at the elementary level. A 2 year program condensed into three full-time semesters.

Bachelor of Education (Post Baccalaureate, Secondary Option)

Designed for students who have already completed an acceptable undergraduate degree or Red Seal certification and who wish to teach at the secondary level. A 2 year program condensed into three full-time semesters.

The VIU Difference: Why Students Choose VIU's Initial Teacher Education Programs

Though slightly different, all program options reflect VIU's commitment to providing initial teacher education programs that are current, relevant, and meet practical needs expressed by the field. Central to these programs is the personal attention and commitment to student success for which VIU's Faculty of Education is well known.

Another distinguishing characteristic of our programs is the nature of our faculty. Our programs offer top-notch academically passionate faculty with expertise and experience in their educational fields. Unlike other universities, the knowledge and experience of VIU's professors is "not strictly academic". VIU's Faculty of Education has a commitment to hiring professors who have "real-world" K-12 experience. Our faculty have been in the field-as school counselors, teachers, and administrators-and can speak as both academics and K-12 practitioners. This gives our programs a distinct edge over others.

Our Faculty of Education also strives to provide out students with opportunities for international practica in a variety of countries beyond Canada. More information on Learn more about International Opportunities.

Access Initiative for Initial Teacher Education Programs

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 self-identify as Indigenous.  If you self-identify as Indigenous, we strongly encourage you to apply under the Access Initiative housed within the Applicant Profile portion of the application process. 

If you have further questions about this initiative, please contact Education Advising at 250-740-6223 or toll-free at 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6223.

See Admissions for entry to any of our programs.