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16.6 Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education

16.6.1 General Information

The diploma program, designed for degree holders, provides the education courses needed to obtain a teaching certificate in British Columbia.

Courses taken for the diploma may be applied towards the Bachelor of Education degree. See section 15.0.

Students with a music teaching area take 15 units of specified courses over two academic terms. An extended practicum takes place in the second term.

Students with other teaching areas take 24 units of specified courses offered in three terms over a 16-month period. A six-week practicum takes place at the end of the second term and an eight-week practicum takes place in the final term.

All students must be prepared to travel anywhere in British Columbia for the practicum.

Upon satisfactory completion of the diploma program, a student will be eligible to apply to the BC Ministry of Education for a teaching certificate. Satisfactory completion means achieving a grade-point average of at least 3.00 (UVic C+) on the required course work and successful completion of all practica requirements.

16.6.2 Program Details

Because of the professional demands of this program, students are not normally permitted to take courses in addition to those specified. Usually all specified course work must be taken in the order assigned. The practicum will be denied or delayed if the requisite course work is not completed to satisfactory standard.

16.6.3 Program Admission

Initial admission to the Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education may be granted only after completion of an undergraduate degree and academic preparation in two teaching concentrations or in one teaching major.

Additional information about the admission requirements can be found online at <www.uvic.ca/education>.

There is a quota on each of the teaching subject areas of this program.

16.6.4 Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission are:

  1. a degree from an accredited university
  2. a sessional grade-point average of at least 3.0 on the most recent session, and, if that session is less than 12 units, a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on the most recent 12 units, and on the most recent two years (30 units)(to December 31)
  3. three units of approved English1
  4. demonstration of written English competency; for full information see 8.1
  5. academic preparation in two teaching concentrations2 or in one teaching major3 listed below
  6. successful participation in an interview4 normally held in April.

1. Approved courses include UVic's ENGL 135, 146, 147. At least 1.5 units of English literature must be included. Teacher Certification regulations do not allow us to accept creative writing, journalism or technical writing courses.

2. Normally, 9 units (18 semester hours) of approved upper-level credit with a minimum B- average (UVic 4.0). See specific teaching concentrations for details.

3. Normally, 15 units (30 semester hours) of approved upper-level credit with a minimum B- average (UVic 4.0). See specific teaching majors for details.

Information and communication technology integration, theatre and second languages other than French are not available as teaching majors nor may they be combined with one another.

4. The interview is waived for students applying with a music teaching area as these students are interviewed for admission to the Bachelor of Music program.

Teaching subject areas

Students with any one of the following teaching subjects: Information and Communication Technology Integration, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish or Theatre must meet the requirements for a second approved teaching major from outside this list.

Additional information about the course work required for the teaching areas described below can be found on the Faculty of Education website: <www.uvic.ca/education>.

  • a) Art: Major or Concentration Content is approved by the faculty art education adviser.
  • b) Biology: Major or Concentration
    • 1.5 units approved mathematics or logic; 1.5 units history or philosophy of science, medicine or technology; and 1.5 units organic chemistry.
    • at least one course in at least 4 of the following 5 areas: cell biology, genetics, botany, zoology, environmental studies.
    • at least 12 units of biological sciences course work of which at least 9 units are upper-level.
  • c) Chemistry: Major or Concentration
    • 1.5 units approved mathematics or logic; 1.5 units history or philosophy of science, medicine or technology; and 1.5 units of astronomy, biology, earth science or physics.
    • at least one course in at least 3 of the following 4 areas: organic chemistry, chemical analysis, reaction chemistry, applications of chemistry.
    • at least 12 units of chemistry of which at least 9 units are upper-level.
  • d) Computer Science:
    • Major: A computer science or related degree with at least 12 units of upper-level computer science, software engineering or computer engineering course work.
    • Concentration: 12 units of course work that include: one of CSC 105 or HUMA 150; CSC 130 or SENG 130; CSC 106; CSC 167; CSC 110 or 111; CSC 115; CSC 230 or CENG 255; CENG 460 or SENG 265. Other course work may be approved by the faculty educational technology adviser.
  • e) English:
    • Major: A four-year English major or honours degree or UVic’s Combined English and French (Canadian Literature) degree. Three-year degrees will be reviewed by the faculty adviser.
    • Concentration: 15 units of course work that include: 3 units of 200, 300 or 400-level business, creative, expository, or technical writing; 1.5 units of upper-level Shakespeare; 3.0 units of upper-level English literature before 1900 (not Canadian); 3.0 units of upper-level English literature after 1900 (not Canadian); 3.0 units any level Canadian literature; 1.5 units any level adolescent literature.
  • f) French: Major or Concentration
    • Major: Completion of UVic’s French honours, major, combined major in English and French (Canadian Literature) program or an equivalent program completed elsewhere.
    • Concentration: Completion of UVic’s French general or minor program or an equivalent program completed elsewhere.
      Applicants must pass an oral competency examination unless FRAN 350 has been completed with a grade of A- or better.
  • g) General Science: Major or Concentration
    • 1.5 units approved mathematics or logic; 1.5 units history or philosophy of science, medicine or technology.
    • at least 13.5 units of approved science course work of which at least 10.5 units are upper-level. Approved science include astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, microbiology, microchemistry, physics.
  • h) Japanese1: Concentration only
    • 9 units of upper-level Japanese language and/or literature courses. Courses taught in English are not normally accepted. Applicants must pass an oral competency examination. An approved teaching major must be combined with Japanese.
  • i) Mandarin1: Concentration only
    • 9 units of upper-level Mandarin language and/or literature courses. Courses taught in English are not normally accepted. Applicants must pass an oral competency examination. An approved teaching major must be combined with Mandarin.
  • j) Mathematics:
    • Major: A degree with a math major or honours or 15 units of upper-level mathematics.
    • Concentration: A degree with a math minor, major or honours, 9 units of upper-level mathematics or the Mathematics Teaching Concentration as outlined on this page.
  • k) Music: Major UVic Bachelor of Music with a major in music education (secondary) or an equivalent degree from elsewhere determined by the faculty music education adviser.
  • l) Physics: Major or Concentration
    • 1.5 units approved mathematics or logic; 1.5 units history or philosophy of science, medicine or technology; and 1.5 units of astronomy, biology, chemistry or earth science.
    • at least one course in at least 4 of the following 5 areas: optics, quantum mechanics, mechanics, electromagnetic theory, applications of physics.
    • at least 12 units of physics of which at least 9 units are upper-level.
  • m) Russian1: Concentration only
    • 9 units of upper-level Russian language and/or literature courses. Courses taught in English are not normally accepted. Applicants must pass an oral competency examination. An approved teaching major must be combined with Russian.
  • n) Social Studies:
    • Major: 1.5 units approved geography; 1.5 units approved history; 1.5 units approved Canadian studies1; 15 units approved upper-level social studies-related courses2
    • Concentration: 1.5 units approved geography; 1.5 units approved history; 1.5 units approved Canadian studies1; 12 units of approved social studies-related courses2. At least 9 units must be upper-level. Courses must be related to the BC social studies curriculum to be approved. Consult an academic adviser.
      1. A 1.5 unit Canadian history course will satisfy both the Canadian studies and history requirements; a 1.5 unit Canadian geography will satisfy both the Canadian studies and geography requirements.
      2. Social studies-related courses from economics, geography, history, political science and sociology will be accepted. Courses from Asian studies, Canadian studies, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, urban studies and women’s studies may be accepted if related to economics, geography, history, political science and sociology.
      Anthropology, criminology, Greek and Roman studies, international relations, law and religious studies courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Normally, no more than 1.5 units from any one of these disciplines will be accepted.
      Students wishing to teach grade 12 geography or history should complete a degree with a major or minor in geography or history.
  • o) Spanish1: Concentration only
    • 9 units of upper-level Spanish language and/or literature courses. Courses taught in English are not normally accepted. Applicants must pass an oral competency examination. An approved teaching major must be combined with Spanish.
  • p) Technology Innovation in Education: Concentration only
  • q) Theatre: Concentration only
    • A degree in applied theatre or 18.0 units of course work that include: THEA 101 or 111 and 112, 120 or 102 and 122, 132, 331, 332, 335 and 3.0 units of EDCI 487* Special Topics in Education: Drama Education in different topics. * The faculty drama adviser may consider accepting 1.5 units of EDCI 487 and 1.5 units of approved theatre in lieu of the 3.0 units of EDCI 487.

1. Because these languages are not taught in every BC secondary school, it may not be possible to find a suitable practicum placement. In that event, the practicum placement will be made based on the teaching major.

16.6.5 Application and Document Submission Deadlines

An application package is available online at <www.uvic.ca/education> after October 15. Applications and all applicable fees are to be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions and Records no later than January 2. Transcripts showing course work completed to December 31 must be submitted by January 31. Transcripts showing course work completed to April 30 must be submitted by May 31.

16.6.6 Conditional Offers of Admission

Students offered admission prior to April 30 who drop required courses or whose session grade-point average at April 30 falls below the minimum of 3.00 will lose their eligibility and the offer will be withdrawn.

16.6.7 Program Formats

Students with a music teaching area will take the program shown at (b). All others will take the program shown at (a).

a) Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education

On completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education and a BC teaching certificate.

Terms One and Two (September - April)
ED-D 337A, 337B or 337E 1.5
ED-D 401, 406, 420 4.5
ED-P 780, 7811 3.0
EDCI 336, 352 3.0
One of EDCI 431, 432, 434 1.5
EDCI 706 to EDCI 7972 3.0
Education Elective 1.5
IED 373 1.5
Term Three (September)
ED-D 410 1.5
ED-P 7821 3.0
Total 24.0

1. Students will have several field experience opportunities: a six-week practicum will take place upon completion of second term courses; and an eight-week practicum will take place in the third term. Students must be prepared to travel anywhere in BC.

2. Students admitted with one teaching area will take one of EDCI 706-797 as well as EDCI 787.

b) Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education - Music

On completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education and a BC teaching certificate.

Terms One and Two (September - April)
ED-D 337A 1.5
ED-D 410 1.5
ED-P 780, 7981 4.5
EDCI 3522 1.5
One of EDCI 431, 432, 433, 434 1.5
EDCI 761 1.5
ED-D 420 1.5
IED 373 1.5
Total 15.0

1. Students must be prepared to travel anywhere in BC for the practicum.

2. Students who have completed course work to qualify for a second teaching area will take one of EDCI 706-797 in lieu of EDCI 352.

The Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education may be applied towards a Bachelor of Education degree. Students wishing to obtain the BEd should refer to section 15.0.

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