Teacher Professional Development
Professional development for teachers and educators in the K-12 system.
Upgrading your skills and credentials while working as an educator can be challenging. That’s why Continuing Studies at UVic offers a range of professional development opportunities to meet your needs.
Teacher Pro-D workshops
Our workshops and institutes will help you strengthen your knowledge and skills in a particular area: music, environmental issues, health and more.
- October and February Pro-D Day workshops
- French Immersion Teacher Pro-D workshop series
- Pro-D by request for educators
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Teacher Professional Development
Teacher Pro-D courses
We offer several credit and non-credit courses—many available online—in partnership with UVic’s Faculty of Education. Summer face-to-face courses are also offered on campus.
Indigenous cultural teachings
Shxun’utun Sul’hween/Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation is an Elders and youth gathering open to all people, especially educators, health care professionals, public service and students. The Snaw-Naw-As First Nation will host this event on their territory, now known as Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.
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For those looking for further credentials, we offer certificate programs in Teaching English Language Learning and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). We also have a new French Immersion Teacher Mentorship program.
The Faculty of Education also offers a Certificate in Special Education and a Diploma in Special Education.
- Action-Oriented Education in FSL
- Adventures in Experiential Learning
- Anti-oppressive practices in French teaching in BC
- Assessment in a French Immersion Classroom Part 1
- Assessment in a French Immersion Classroom Part 2
- Being and Learning Outdoors Viewed Through the Core Competencies
- Braiding Indigenous and Western Science
- Comprehensive French - Level 1
- Comprehensive French - Level 2
- Comprehensive French - Level 3
- Comprehensive French - Level 4
- Educational Resources for French Immersion Teachers
- First Peoples Principles of Learning in French Immersion Context
- FPPL: Bring the Poster With You!
- French Language Advanced Course
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 1
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 2
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 3
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 4
- Grammar and Social Justice in BC: for the Teaching of a Queer Approach to Grammatical Rules
- Indigenization of French Courses and Greater Well-being in BC
- Inquiry and the Power of Professional Learning Networks
- Museums as Learning Environments
- Once Upon A Time: Indigenous Histories and Stories
- Organization and Procedures for Instruction of English to Second Language Learners
- Part 1 - What is Reading and How to Teach it in a Fun and Effective Way?
- Part 2 - What is Reading and How to Teach it in a Fun and Effective Way?
- Principles of Teaching English Language Learning
- Resources and Activities within a BC French Immersion Setting
- Strategies for Classroom Management
- Strategies for Teaching the New Curriculum: Promoting Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom
- Supporting Learners Experiencing Difficulties with Literacy I
- Testify: Indigenous Law and the Arts
- The Role of Interactive Technology in Teaching
- Thematic Literacy Circles – Interdisciplinary Literacy
- Trauma Informed Schools: The What and How of Trauma Informed Practice
- We Learn by Playing, Engaging and Sharing!
- Words for the Soul: Indigenous Literature in the Classroom
French Immersion Teacher Pro-D
French Immersion teachers in BC face unique challenges. The French Immersion Teacher Professional Development series transforms practice through workshops dedicated to the unique needs of in-service immersion teachers.
October Teacher Pro-D Day
The University of Victoria is a great place for teachers to spend their professional development time. Join us on the province-wide October Pro-D Day for full and half-day workshop options that focus on relevant topics for teachers.
Adult and Continuing Education
Become a certified training and development professional. Gain confidence as an instructor, group facilitator and curriculum developer in adult education. Entirely online and accredited by The Canadian Institute for Performance and Learning.
French Immersion Teacher Mentorship
French Immersion teachers in BC face unique challenges. The French Immersion Teacher Mentorship program transforms practice through mentorship, to create a more engaged and confident workforce.
Intercultural Studies and Practice
The Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP) prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. The program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.
La Maison Française
La Maison Française is an intensive, non-credit, French immersion program that's offered virtually in the summer. It is open to Canadian and international students and is intended for learners 18 years and up, at all levels of proficiency, from total beginner to advanced.
Shxun’utun Sul’hween - Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation
Shxun’utun Sul’hween/Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation is an elders and youth gathering for everyone involved in education, health care and public service. Participants will engage in cultural activities offered by Elders from the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation in cooperation with respected Elders and Knowledge Keepers from neighbouring Coast Salish nations.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
This program is intended for aspiring teachers of the English language who are fluent in English and who have an interest in teaching abroad. Previous teaching experience is not required.
Teaching English Language Learning
As a K-12 teacher, you can now earn a Professional Development Certificate in Teaching English Language Learning by completing two online courses offered through Continuing Studies at UVic.
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