Why choose this pathway?
If you are a high school or transfer student (who has not yet completed a degree), are certain of your career path, and want to become a certified teacher in the shortest allowable time period, this is the pathway for you! The Four-Year On-Campus Bachelor of Education allows you to start your Education major courses sooner, and ensures that you get a great breadth of coursework, helpful for teaching in Alberta's Kindergarten through Grade 12 classrooms!
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.
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.
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.
Routes and Teachables
When applying, you will need to select a route and a teachable subject area. Each route and teachable has differing admission requirements: find out what options you have, below, and then check out the associated admission requirements. Elementary route areas focus on grades kindergarten through six, secondary on grades seven through twelve, and 'K-12' teachables cover all grades. Visit our Teachable Subject Areas page for more details!
Elementary route teachable subject areas
- Early Childhood Education (Note: Emphasis on grades kindergarten through three)
- English Language Arts
- Fine Arts
- Social Studies
- Social Studies - Revitalization of Indigenous Languages
Secondary route teachable subject areas
- English Language Arts
- Fine Arts - Drama
- Fine Arts - Visual Studies
- Science - Biology
- Science - Physics
- Social Studies
K-12 route teachable subject areas
- English Language Learners
- Second Languages
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 term 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. If you already know that you would like to pursue this degree, you may want to sit down with the advisors from our office to discuss what courses you should be registering in, to ensure that you are on track. You can also refer to the course information detailed below.
Please Note: Shadowing a program does not guarantee you admission into it! Make sure you're aware of the competitive admitting GPA and admission requirements needed!
Werklund’s program has helped me understand how to welcome and empower all students in school. Empowering students to see themselves as unique individuals in our interconnected world provides them with the awareness and skills they need to become active members in society, and Werklund has set me up to foster this learning.
Clarence Sansom Gold Medal in Education recipient
Suggested program sequence
Please Note: You must successfully complete EDUC 201 before taking your 400-level EDUC courses. Additionally, the 400-level and 500-level courses are taken as distinct semesters - you cannot take any non-Education courses during your Education terms, nor can you 'mix and match' with other EDUC classes. If you have incorrectly registered in your 400-level or 500-level EDUC courses, you will be removed, and asked to correct your registration.
EDUC 201 | Fine Arts | Math or Science | Teachable | Elective
Literature | Canadian Studies | Teachable | 2 Electives
EDUC 420 | EDUC 427 | EDUC 430 | EDUC 435 | EDUC 440 (Field I)
Psychology | 3 Teachables | Elective
Health | 3 Teachables | Elective
EDUC 445 | EDUC 450 | EDUC 456 | EDUC 460 | EDUC 465 (Field II)
Specific program requirements
All 4-Year On-Campus 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.
* Non-majors interested in taking this course should read and fill out the web-form.
We know that finding a course to fulfill some of your foundational requirements can be daunting! Check out our list of suggestions, below, for ideas. If you find another course that you think might fulfill a foundational requirement not listed, please send an email to email@example.com, and we'll get it reviewed. You can also refer to your Academic Requirements report for a full list of options.
*Excluding EDUC 201. To take another 200-level for an elective, please add your email to our web-form.
**If mandated for your teachable, specified 300-levels cannot also be used towards your Electives.
- ART 231, ART 233, ART 235, ART 241, ART 271
- ARHI 201, ARHI 203, ARHI 211
- DNCE 201, DNCE 221
- DRAM 209, DRAM 223
- MUSI 203*
*If mandated in the teachable requirements, Fine Arts students cannot also utilize the above courses towards the foundational requirement.
*Social Studies and Revitalization students must take an additional course in Canadian Studies.
Health and Wellness
- ANTH 331
- COMS 393 (requires COMS 201 as a prerequisite – you can take this course to fulfill an elective)
- DNCE 201, DNCE 221
- HSOC 201
- PSYC 204*
- SOCI 321 or SOCI 399 (both require SOCI 201 as a prerequisite – you can take this course to fulfill an elective)
- SOWK 201
*PSYC 204 cannot be 'double-counted' towards the Psychology and Health and Wellness requirements.
Preparing for the Classroom
"For the past three years, I have participated in the Service-Learning program. What I valued the most about Service-Learning is the ability to foster connections with my schooling, and to be able to see the firsthand impact of working so closely with students every week. Being able to reflect on each individual experience with the different students I have worked alongside has made me feel more prepared to enter a classroom."
- Lisa Pham, BEd graduate
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!
Four-Year students are eligible to add a minor to their program, but should be aware of the following:
1. Due to the composition of this degree's requirements, completing a minor may require that you take more than the minimum-mandated 120.00 units ordinarily required. Please ensure you understand the progression, enrollment, motivational, and financial factors surrounding this!
2. Students may not declare a minor within the same field in which they are already pursuing a teachable subject area.
3. Minors can only be declared after discussion with an advisor, through the change of program process, open between October 1st and February 1st. Minors will not be added outside of these application dates. Students cannot declare their own minor; this will be added by an advisor using the change of program process after discussion.
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 placements that run outside of regular semester dates.
As a student in professional program, it is your responsibility to thoroughly review and abide by the information contained in the following pages: