Why choose this pathway?
A Combined Degree
The Concurrent Bachelor of Education offers you the opportunity to obtain both an initial undergraduate degree – from the Faculties of Arts, Science, or Kinesiology – and a Bachelor of Education, within five years. At the end of the program, you will receive two undergraduate degrees, as well as becoming certified under Alberta Education to teach in Kindergarten through Grade 12 classrooms. This pathway is a great option if you love the idea of holding two parchments as you cross the stage at convocation, and have a great passion for such co-degree areas as History, Drama, or Biology.
Who This Program is For
The Concurrent program is available to direct-entry applicants – applicants applying out of high school – as well as to transfer students who have completed 20 or fewer semester-long post-secondary courses (60 units).
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.
Dates and deadlines
- This pathway offers a fall term intake only
- Check out the Fall 2021 dates and deadlines
Documents and transcripts
Supporting documents, such as transcripts, must be received by the Admissions office by the deadlines indicated on their website. While our office does not accept application documents, Admissions has a detailed guide on what to submit, how, and when.
Understand your applicant category
Know your admission requirements
When you're ready, submit your application online. Start with Admissions' guide to applying.
Applicants must select:
- A route - elementary or secondary - and teachable subject area
- A corresponding co-degree major from a cooperating faculty*
*If you are interested in combining an elementary route teachable with Arts' Multidisciplinary Major, ensure to review the chart of allowable Multidisciplinary concentrations.
Specific admitting course requirements for the Concurrent Education program are determined by the student’s cooperating faculty - Arts, Science, or Kinesiology. Applicants must therefore present:
- The courses required for their co-degree
- The admitting grades required for that co-degree
- The admitting grades required for their desired Education teachable subject area
Because you are applying into two different degrees, under two different faculties, you may be looking at two different admitting averages. Admission into the Concurrent program requires that you be admissible to both degrees.
To view Admission requirements for your desired co-degree and to get an idea of what you'll be studying, visit: Explore Undergraduate Programs.
This program admits competitively, meaning that we have more applicants than seats available. You can get in touch with Admissions for more details on competitive entrance averages.
Please note that students in the French teachable subject area will be required to complete a language proficiency interview prior to entering their 400-level Education courses.
Police Information Check
A current, clear Police Information Check, with a Vulnerable Sector Check, is required of all Bachelor of Education students for the field experience component of the program. Students who are unable to present a current and clear check will not be placed in their field experience courses – a graduating requirement of the degree – and be asked to leave the program.
A Check is not required until your field course terms. As checks are time-sensitive, do not apply for one before instructed to do so by our Field Team! In the meantime, check out our Police Information Checks page.
If you are a current University of Calgary student interested in transferring into this pathway, you will need to submit an 'internal' application known as a 'change of program'. You can do so through your MyUofC.
Do ensure to consider the following:
1. Admission into this degree is only available for the Fall semester. You must submit your change of program application between October 1st and February 1st before a desired Fall start.
2. A change of program is still an application: you must meet the admitting requirements for your desired program. Please thoroughly review the information, above.
3. Your current major may not be included in the approved degree combinations available in the Concurrent pathway, or it may not combine with your desired teachable subject area. Check out the chart of allowable degree combinations.
4. Unfortunately, you are no longer eligible for this degree if you have completed more than 20 semester-long courses by the end of the Winter semester preceding your desired Fall start, Ie, By the end of Winter 2022 before a Fall 2022 Concurrent start.
5. If you already know that you would like to pursue a Concurrent degree, you will want to sit down with the advisors from your desired co-degree faculty to discuss what courses you should be registering in to ensure you are on track for a Concurrent program.
Students interested in pursuing a Concurrent program with Kinesiology should consult directly with that faculty, due to the difficulty of taking Kinesiology courses as a non-Kinesiology student. You can find contact information at: Faculty of Kinesiology Advisors. Please note that this degree combination is not being offered for a Fall 2021 intake.
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Suggested program sequence
Overall program structure
EDUC 201 | 4 Courses in Co-Degree Major
5 Courses in Co-Degree Major
5 Courses in Co-Degree Major
5 Courses in Co-Degree Major
5 Courses in Co-Degree Major
5 Courses in Co-Degree Major*
*Must complete all co-degree courses by end of academic year.
Years 4 and 5
Education Year 1 (See Below)
Education Year 2 (See Below)*
*Must finish degree on Education years.
Year 4 - Fall
EDUC 420 | EDUC 427 | EDUC 430 | EDUC 435 | EDUC 440 (Field I)
Year 4 - Winter
EDUC 445 | EDUC 450 | EDUC 456 | EDUC 460 | EDUC 465 (Field II)
Year 5 - Winter
EDUC 546 | EDUC 551 | EDUC 556 | EDUC 560 (Field IV)
Specific program requirements
All Concurrent students will complete 150 units, comprised of 21 EDUC major courses, as well as 29 co-degree courses. Concurrent students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the degree requirements and regulations of their partner faculties. It is your responsibility to see your co-degree Advisors, to make sure that you are on track to finish co-degree requirements.
* Non-majors interested in taking this course should read and fill out the web-form.
Although your co-degree may not require you to take a course in literature, you will want to ensure to take one in one of your Arts or option course spaces. The reason is that Alberta Education requires ‘6 semester hour credits’ in English or French Literature for the purposes of teacher certification. 3 of those units are covered already with the mandatory Education Major course, 'EDUC 435: Literacy, Language, and Culture'. Thus, you are responsible for meeting the other 3 units with a semester-long course. Visit our list of acceptable courses to get some ideas!
Please Note: Kinesiology students should plan to take this course as one of their options in their first year.
If you're looking for more EDUC content prior to starting your 400 and 500-level years, you may want to consider taking one of our 200 or 300-level series courses.
First years and above can consider taking at least one of our 200- level series of EDUC courses, which are offered in an online delivery-format. Please note that enrollment in a 200-level course is seat-dependent due to pathway restrictions, and requires that you submit a request via our web-form.
If you are heading into your second year or above, you may want to consider some of the below Education-specific options, engineered for Education students:
EDUC 305: Inside Mathematics
EDUC 307: Integrating Arts Education
EDUC 309: Early Childhood Development
EDUC 311: Language and Literacy, Learning in the Classroom
SCIE 331: Scientific Explorations
"As a concurrent student, it can be hard balancing both degrees, but, there are ways to stay involved! I joined the Early Childhood Education Council and the Education Students' Association. Maintaining that connection has helped me feel more prepared and confident about jumping into my field experiences."
- Sabrina Rizzuti, BEd graduate