Four-Year Community-Based Bachelor of Education


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

Suggested program sequence

Summer term courses will take place on-campus, during a two-week intensive in July. Fall and Winter term courses are offered via distance, or involve your in-classroom field experiences in your home community. Bridging students should review their suggested program sequence via their program's site.

Note: Many students also choose to complete non-Education course requirements in the Spring term! If this is of interest to you, we suggest reaching out to our Advisors to talk about options and impacts.

Year 1

Summer Term

EDUC 201

Fall Term

EDUC 420 | EDUC 430 | EDUC 435 | EDUC 440 (Field I)

Winter Term

2 Teachables | Canadian Studies | Math or Science | Psychology

Year 2

Summer Term

EDUC 460

Fall Term

2 Teachables | Literature | Health | Elective

Winter Term

EDUC 445 | EDUC 450 | EDUC 456 | EDUC 465 (Field II)

Year 3

Summer Term

EDUC 427

Fall Term

2 Teachables | Fine Arts | 2 Electives

Winter Term

2 Teachables | 2 Electives

Year 4

Summer Term

EDUC 525 | EDUC 535

Fall Term*

EDUC 521 | EDUC 530 | EDUC 540 (Field III)

*Opportunity to participate in Teaching Across Borders

Winter Term

EDUC 551 | EDUC 556 | EDUC 56X Series | EDUC 560 (Field IV)


Bridging Pathway

Current Bridging students can review program details via the below site.

For course information, visit our Bridging Pathway 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.

Check out the Calendar for a detailed list of your eight required teachable courses, by subject area.

Foundationals

English or French Literature | Psychology | Fine Arts | Science (can also be fulfilled by Mathematics) | Canadian Studies | Health and Wellness

Electives

All students must take 5 elective courses.

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 enrolment is opened 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.

3. Contact an advisor in the Undergraduate Programs in Education office at upe@ucalgary.ca, 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 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.


Non-Education Course Suggestions

In order to remain in your home community, you will take your non-Education classes through distance learning institutions, or other post-secondary campuses close to you. To start, you can check out our PDFs of 'pre-vetted' course suggestions from the below institutions.

If you're hoping to take courses not found on those PDFs, 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.

Lakeland College

Check out our suggested courses from Lakeland College.

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Northern Lakes College

Check out our suggested courses from Northern Lakes College.

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Portage College

Check out our suggested courses from Portage College.

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Athabasca University

Check out our suggested courses from Athabasca University.

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Thompson Rivers University

Check out our suggested courses from Thompson Rivers University.

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Degree structure

Whether you are just starting your post-secondary studies, or have already completed a handful of courses, the Four-Year Community-Based pathway can work for you! Check out our 'plans' below, to see which fits you best!

The four-year plan is for students just starting their studies, or wanting to take lighter non-Education semesters. Ensure to refer to our Registration Guide for specific EDUC enrolment information.

  1. Year 1

    Summer: EDUC 201 (On-Campus at the University of Calgary)

    Fall: EDUC 420; 430; 435; 440 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)

    Winter: Letter of Permission Term

  2. Year 2

    Summer: EDUC 460 (On-Campus at the University of Calgary)

    Fall: Letter of Permission Term

    Winter: EDUC 445; 450; 456; 465 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)

  3. Year 3

    Summer: EDUC 427 (On-Campus at the University of Calgary)

    Fall: Letter of Permission Term

    Winter: Letter of Permission Term

  4. Year 4

    Summer: EDUC 525; 535 (On-Campus at the University of Calgary)

    Fall: EDUC 521; 530; 540 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)

    Winter: EDUC 551; 556; 56X Series; 560 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)

The three-year plan is for students who have already completed a number of post-secondary courses, and are hoping to compress their studies. Typically, this would work for students who have completed 7 - 10 applicable non-Education courses. Ensure to refer to  our Registration Guide for specific EDUC enrolment information.

  1. Year 1

    Summer: EDUC 201 (On-Campus at the University of Calgary)

    Fall: EDUC 420; 430; 435; 440 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)

    Winter: Letter of Permission Term

  2. Year 2

    Summer: EDUC 427; 460 (On-Campus at the University of Calgary)

    Fall: Finish Non-Education Courses

    Winter: EDUC 445; 450; 456; 465 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)

  3. Year 3

    Summer: EDUC 525; 535 (On-Campus at the University of Calgary)

    Fall: EDUC 521; 530; 535 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)

    Winter: EDUC 551; 556; 56X Series; 560 (University of Calgary Online + In-School Field Experience)


Registration

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.

Learn more about how to register

Academic Requirements

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 degree-auditing system, Academic Requirements! This system will show you where past, current, and even planned courses fit into your degree!

Learn how to use Academic Requirements

Registration Guide

You'll want to take a look at our detailed Registration Guide, which details specific EDUC course sections, 'three-year plans', and more!

Visit the Guide

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 upe@ucalgary.ca for further review!

Just admitted? Academic Requirements may not be updated, yet! Utilize Transfer Credit at UCalgary and Transfer Alberta in the meantime.

A few regulations that we think you should know about:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You cannot have more than two D/D+ grades within your eight teachable subject area courses. If you exceed this, you will need to re-take/add a teachable subject area course in order to meet graduating requirements.

Email

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.

Non-Standard Scheduling

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.

Synchronous Sessions

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.

Student Information

As a student in professional program, it is your responsibility to thoroughly review and abide by the information contained in the following pages:

Continuing Student Registration Session | March 2022

Join us for our Continuing Student Registration Webinar on March 10th at 6.00pm! We'll chat about Letter of Permission course selection, University of Calgary enrollment reminders, degree structure, and more!

Missed the session? Check out our presentation PDF!

Newly Admitted Letter of Permission Session | September 2022

Join us for our Letter of Permission Webinar on September 14th at 4.30pm! We'll go over Letter of Permission submission, course selection considerations, and more!

Register now!


Summer on Campus

Summer Orientation

Each July, our Community-Based students join us on campus for Summer term courses, orientation activities, and to connect. Visit our orientation site for details on dates, sessions, and more!

Community-Based Orientation


Are you a Community-Based student?

While Community-Based students are always welcome to join on-campus or Calgary-based opportunities when possible, we recognize that that is not always possible! The Experiential Learning team is working to increase the number of opportunities available to Community-Based students. Opportunities change frequently, so please continue to check back for updates!

  1. CBFY TIPS

    Service-Learning

    For 2022-2023, the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth's TIPS program will be facilitated entirely online.

  2. Journey 2050 at the Calgary Stampede

    Service-Learning 

    For 2022-2023, Journey 2050 will have online volunteer opportunities.

  3. Literacy and Numeracy Support for High School ELLs - St Anne Academic Centre

    Service-Learning 

    For 2022-2023, St. Anne Academic Centre will have online volunteer opportunities.

  4. Telus Spark Science Centre's School Programs Support

    Service-Learning 

    In Winter 2023, Telus Spark will have online volunteer opportunities.

  5. Trellis TEAM

    Service-Learning

    Trellis is happy to always be able to support virtual volunteer opportunities.

  6. Youth Central's Youth Volunteer Corp

    Service-Learning

    For 2022-2023, Youth Central will have online volunteer opportunities.

  7. Werklund Peer to Peer Mentorship Program

    Mentorship

    The Peer to Peer Mentorship Program will always be facilitated entirely online.

  8. Werklund Professional to Pre-Service Mentorship Program

    Mentorship

    The Professional to Pre-Service Mentorship Program will always be facilitated entirely online.

  9. Books to Build On Workshop

    Professional Learning

    The Books to Build On: Indigenous Literatures for Learning workshop will be hosted online.

  10. Canadian Wildlife Federation's Environmental Education 101

    Professional Learning

    This Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) workshop will be held online.

  11. Virtual TAB

    Teaching Across Borders

    Virtual TAB in the Fall semester will be held online.

  12. Werklund K-12 Online Tutoring

    Tutoring

    The K-12 Online Tutoring program will always been entirely online.

  1. Junior Achievement Southern Alberta

    Service-Learning

    If you are located in southern Alberta, Junior Achievement Southern Alberta can find you opportunities to facilitate workshops in areas closer to where you live.

  2. Summer Experiential Learning On Campus

    During your two weeks on campus in July, we are working to provide an Experiential Learning opportunity specifically for Community-Based students! Check back in June to learn more!


Campus

Fee breakdown

Tuition for all Bachelor of Education programs is assessed as it is in other undergraduate programs: on a course by course basis. We've also collated a number of resources specifically for Community-Based students.

Service-Learning

Enhance your degree

Get involved with our amazing experiential learning opportunities, from Service-Learning to Teaching Across Borders, Mentorship and more!

Orientation

Werklund Wire

Education's undergraduate newsletter, designed to promote engagement between students and the administration. Find out more about what goes on in UPE and how to get involved.