Vancouver Island University's Faculty of Education

Program Details

General Admission Requirements

Accepting online applications beginning mid-May

  • Baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree in Education or a related field (such as Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Arts), from a recognized university that is acceptable in content to the Faculty of Education with either:
    • a cumulative grade point average of “B” in the final two years and/or 
    • demonstration of academic excellence
  • Submission of official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework/studies
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs

Notes on Admission Requirements

  • Experience working in educational environments recommended for success in the program
  • Preference will be given to candidates with stated interest and experiences in literacy and language learning topics
  • Criminal record check may be required for some courses
  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program
  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program

Flexible Admission

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant professional experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship. The objective of flexible admission is to recognize prior learning accomplishments and to ensure a high probability of successful program completion. Applicants must show evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills, and attitudes to complete a demanding academic course of study. Applicants seeking Flexible Admission will be required to:

  • Provide a personal statement of intent
  • Provide a detailed résumé
  • Provide two or more letters of reference
  • Provide official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework

In limited cases, applicants may also be required to:

  • Provide a portfolio containing evidence of applicable prior learning
  • Appear for an interview
  • Take a qualifying course, and/or
  • Provide additional documentation as may be required to adjudicate the application

Transfer from other institutions

Applicants may apply to the Dean for possible transfer credits from other accredited graduate programs.