Your four-year community-based pathway
This pathway will see you obtain your degree while remaining in your home community for the majority of your studies, and gaining teaching experience in your local community through your Field Experience practicum placements. You'll also take courses on-campus each Summer and meet your cohort in a face-to-face environment, while completing other degree requirements via Letters of Permission.
Important dates and upcoming events
Aug. 2, 2021
The University of Calgary is closed Monday, August 2nd for Heritage Day. Inquiries will be responded to upon re-opening.
Aug. 25, 2021
Check add/swap dates for Fall EDUC courses in your Student Centre, as dates vary. You cannot drop a Bridging, 400 or 500-level EDUC course without permission of the Director, Student or Field Experience.
Aug. 27, 2021
Today is the Police Information Check (PIC) deadline for students participating in a 2021/2022 Field Experience.
Aug. 30, 2021
Advising will be unavailable the morning of Monday, August 30th, due to a faculty-wide event.
Aug. 30, 2021
Fall Block Week begins today, for non-Education courses.
Sept. 2, 2021
Fall Orientation begins today!
Sept. 6, 2021
The University will be closed Monday, September 6th for Labour Day. Inquiries will be responded to upon re-opening.
Sept. 7, 2021
Fall term classes begin today!
Sept. 24, 2021
Fall term tuition is due today.
Oct. 1, 2021
2022 applications open today!
Oct. 11, 2021
The University will be closed Monday, October 11th for Thanksgiving. Inquiries will be responded to upon re-opening.
Oct. 12, 2021
EDUC 440: Field Experience I begins today, and runs until October 22nd.
Oct. 19, 2021
EDUC 540: Field Experience III seminars run today from 4.00 - 5.00pm.
Nov. 1, 2021
EDUC 540: Field Experience III begins today, and runs until December 10th.
Suggested program sequence
Summer term courses will take place on-campus, during a two-week intensive in July. Fall and winter term courses will be offered via distance, or involve your in-classroom field experiences, in your home community.
EDUC 420 | EDUC 430 | EDUC 435 | EDUC 440 (Field I)
2 Teachables | Canadian Studies | Math or Science | Psychology
2 Teachables | Literature | Health | Elective
EDUC 445 | EDUC 450 | EDUC 456 | EDUC 465 (Field II)
2 Teachables | Fine Arts | 2 Electives
2 Teachables | 2 Electives
Current Bridging students can review program details via the below site.
Specific program requirements
All Four-Year Community-Based students will complete 120 units, comprised of 21 EDUC major courses, 6 foundational courses, 5 electives, and 8 teachable subject area courses. The breakdowns for each requirement group are below.
In order to remain in your home community, you will take your non-Education classes through distance-learning institutions, such as Athabasca University or Thompson Rivers University (though, if close enough to you, on-campus courses through Grande Prairie Regional College, Red Deer College, etc, are fine, too!). To start, you can check out our PDF of 'pre-vetted' foundational course suggestions offered by Athabasca University.
If you're hoping to take courses not found on the above PDF, or through other post-secondary institutions - such as those within acceptable commuting distance of your home - you should first consult with the Transfer Alberta guide, as well as your advisors.
You will need to submit what is known as a 'Letter of Permission' to ensure that the courses you have selected from other institutions will be accepted for transfer credit, and will fulfill your degree requirements. Make sure to thoroughly review the information contained in the 'Letter of Permission' tab, below.
Distance-Learning University of Calgary EDUC Courses
You may want to consider taking at least one of our 200- level series of EDUC courses, which are offered online, and can be used to fulfill your Electives. Please note that these courses have pathway restrictions, and enrollment is opened up, space-pending. If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please add your email to our web-form.
Once admitted into the program, you may complete your non-Education courses at other institutions, closer to your home community, or online, via a Letter of Permission process. This process ensures that the non-Education classes you choose to take will be accepted for transfer credit and fit into your degree requirements. Letters of Permission are only available to current University of Calgary students.
You must submit a Letter of Permission for each semester in which you are planning to take non-Education classes. You should adhere to the deadlines found in the Letter of Permission Guide. If you are hoping to attend more than one institution in a given term, you should consult with your advisors about how to submit such request for review, and should also consult with the University's Financial Aid office, due to complications surrounding the funding of taking courses through multiple institutions.
Steps for Submitting Your Letter of Permission
1. First, refer to the 'Suggested program sequence' (above), or, if you have received transfer credit upon admission, to your Academic Requirements report, in order to determine what non-Education courses you need to complete in a given semester.
2. Then, utilize Transfer Alberta to ensure that the courses you are interested in taking will be accepted for transfer credit. Click on “Transferring between Post-Secondary Institutions,” and then “Online Search” to get started.
3. Contact an advisor in the Undergraduate Programs in Education office at email@example.com, to confirm that the courses selected will work towards your degree’s requirements.
4. Submit your Letter of Permission online via your MyUofC, following the details in the Guide.
5. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL YOUR LETTER if you are only intending to make changes to you course selections. You cannot submit one more than one letter per term.
Unfortunately, cancelling a Letter simply removes that semester from your term options. Per Step 3 above, please consult with an advisor prior to submitting your letter. If necessary, your advisors can make changes to your submitted letter. In this case, it is up to you to consult any resources necessary to ensure that your ‘new’ courses will be accepted for credit, and will fulfill remaining degree requirements. Transfer credit will be processed regardless of whether or not the course was listed on the original Letter of Permission request, however, it is not guaranteed to fit into your degree requirements.
Getting Transfer Credit for Letter of Permission Courses
Transcripts for Letter of Permission courses are due annually on June 1st, covering all courses completed during the proceeding academic year. Students who do not submit transcripts may have future EDUC courses registration blocked, or future Letters of Permission remain unapproved.
If not able to be obtained electronically through the Letter of Permission process (Ie, Out-of-province or non-participating institutions), transcripts should be sent to Admissions.
To start, we suggest that you refer to the ‘program sequence’ and 'specific program requirements' sections, above, to get an overall idea of your degree, and its requirements.
Registration at UofC
The Registrar's Office has great 'how-to' registration tutorials and resources.
It's 8.32pm at night, and an Advisor isn't available! How do you know if the course you picked out fits into your degree? You can utilize our new degree-auditing system, Academic Requirements! This system will show you where past, current, and even planned courses fit into your degree!
You'll want to take a look at our detailed Registration Guide, which details specific EDUC course sections, 'three-year plans', and more!
No transfer credit ever applies to Education major courses: you must complete all mandated EDUC classes in order to obtain your degree. Any transfer credit awarded can only work towards fulfilling non-Education classes. Previously completed coursework that is more than ten years old, either from other post-secondary institutions or the University of Calgary, will not ordinarily be used towards any degree requirements.
Check out the Registrar's guide to enrolling as a transfer student. You should additionally utilize your Academic Requirements report to see how your prior courses fit into your degree. If Academic Requirements is not assigning a course to a particular requirement - and you think that it should be - send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further review!
A few regulations that we think you should know about:
- Students cannot take non-Education courses during Education semesters. This is because Education semesters are jam-packed, and full of the academic rigours entirely appropriate for a professional degree program. While you can certainly take advantage of Spring and Summer semesters to fit in additional classes for lighter semester loads (or to catch-up), you should be mindful of your July Education courses, and plan for the pre-readings or post-class assignments.
- You must have finished all non-Education courses before entering your final year of 500-level Education classes. Ideally, you will not have more than one year between your last 400-level EDUC term, and you 500-level Education classes.
- Per Calendar Regulation 3.3, you must maintain a 2.50 GPA each semester, including over courses taken at other institutions. Withdrawal maximums also apply to non-Education courses taken elsewhere.
All University of Calgary students must use their Ucalgary.ca accounts for any and all University of Calgary or degree-related correspondence. Email will not be sent to personal accounts.
You must additionally ensure to include your eight-digit UCID number in all correspondence.
Please note that Education courses are scheduled with 'non-standard' dates and times, and may differ from those semester timelines that you are used to in your non-Education courses. You should anticipate courses or field experiences that run outside of regular semester dates.
Your Fall and Winter Education courses are paced - and do have deadlines - as well as ‘digital classroom’ components. Classroom sessions are known as ‘synchronous sessions’, in which your class will connect simultaneously via the Zoom conferencing platform.
Classes usually have around four synchronous sessions per semester, often scheduled for around 4.30pm or later. You should refer to the Zoom schedule via your Registration Guide for more information.
As a student in professional program, it is your responsibility to thoroughly review and abide by the information contained in the following pages:
Northern Lakes College Students
An exciting new transfer agreement with Northern Lakes College allows students to complete their Bachelor of Education by taking courses through both Northern Lakes, and the University of Calgary.
Due to the ongoing and evolving situation with COVID-19, the University of Calgary has moved to online course delivery for Summer 2021. Online classes will begin on July 5th, 2021, and will conclude on August 11th.
Online Success Program
Newly admitted students are required to complete the Online Success Program, designed to orient you to the platforms and skills necessary to be successful in an online learning environment. The program runs in June, and requires about 45 minutes to an hour of time daily.
During your Summer terms, you will participate in orientation activities, built to familiarize you with the University community, resources that you can access (even during your distance-learning courses), and with faculty, staff, and fellow Education students. Check out our Community-Based Orientation site for details.
Community-Based students are able to take advantage of a group rate through Residence and Hotel Alma during their Summer courses. You will be given more specific information about booking upon an offer of admission. International Student Services has a handy guide to short and long-term accommodation options!
You can get an idea of where your classes will be held by utilizing the Interactive Map.