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Bachelor of Education

VIU International, Canada

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Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,746

Course Accredited By

NA

  • 5 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

If you are passionate about learning and want to inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders, join our community of teachers.

The Bachelor of Education program at VIU provides students with the fundamentals needed to become teachers at the elementary or secondary school level. Throughout the five-year program students will learn diverse teaching strategies and professional development skills to give them the tools and knowledge required to earn their BC teachers certificate and begin their teaching journey.

Students in VIU's Bachelor of Education program receive personalized attention from dedicated faculty who have experience in the K-12 classroom, and who care about their students' success

This program prepares students for teaching at various school levels and has a thoroughly articulated grounding in the Principles of Teaching and Learning, embedded and extended practica, as well as First Peoples Principles of Learning. In line with BC's redesigned curriculum, the program, and its delivery, is informed by personalized learning allowing for greater flexible learning environments well versed in ecological and environmental learning and Aboriginal perspectives and knowledge. Curriculum instruction focuses on core competencies, big ideas, as well as current research and the development of reflective practices. Upon successful completion, graduates will be well-qualified beginning teachers and recommended to the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) at the BC Ministry of Education for ‘professional certification’. This certification is required for employment in any BC public, independent, or BC Offshore school.

The program is comprised of undergraduate Education coursework and from various disciplines including the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Human Services. Undergraduate elective coursework is predominately completed within the first two years of the program, with Education and Field Experience coursework taking place in the final three years of the program. Coursework is delivered at either the Nanaimo or Cowichan campuses. Students enrolled at the Cowichan campus have the opportunity to engage in a fully integrated program infused in local First Nations perspectives and knowledge. Education coursework and Field Experience do not run during the summer months.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

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.

Years 1 to 3 - Pre-Professional Years

Degree English Requirements

  • Approved Science course
  • Approved Canadian studies course
  • Approved Mathematics course
  • Teaching: The Human Interaction
  • Becoming a Teacher: Understanding Professional and Educational Issues
  • Sustainability & Teacher Identity
  • Approved Teacher Certification Branch elective coursework
  • Any undergraduate electives or transfer courses excluding practicum based courses
  • Principles of Teaching and Learning I
  • Principles of Teaching and Learning II
  • Human Development: Child Development and Education
  • Issues in Aboriginal Education

Year 4 - Professional Year

  • Principles of Teaching and Learning III
  • Principles of Teaching and Learning IV
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Visual Arts
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Physical Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Performing Arts
  • Instructional Design: Application of Educational Technology
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Language Arts
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics
  • Field Experience I
  • Field Experience II

Year 5 - Professional Year

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Science
  • Principles of Teaching and Learning V
  • Principles of Teaching and Learning VI
  • Foundations of Education in British Columbia
  • Social Justice Issues in Education
  • Special Educational Needs in the Classroom
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language Acquisition
  • Secondary Teaching Specialties
  • Field Experience III
  • Field Experience IV: Final Practicum

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

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