Four-Year On-Campus Bachelor of Education

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!


Current Student interested in transferring into Education? Missed our Change of Program webinar? Check out our presentation PDF!

Important dates and upcoming events

Admission

  1. Know your admission requirements

    First, select your teachable by reviewing our subject area guide, and the available options for this pathway, below. You can also check out our FAQs.

  2. Dates and deadlines

    Review application dates and deadlines. Note that this pathway only offers a fall term intake.

  3. Documents and transcripts

    Learn about transcripts and other supporting documents required for application with Admissions' detailed guide on what to submit, how, and when.

  4. Explore application resources

    Admissions' has a number of resources to help you navigate the application process. If applicable, you may also consider reviewing the information for applying under the Diverse Qualifications or Indigenous Admissions processes.

  5. Apply

    When you're ready, submit your application online. Start with Admissions' guide to applying.

Grades Required

This program admits competitively, meaning that we have more applicants than seats available. Check out Admissions' Explore pages for more information on average ranges.

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!

  1. Elementary route teachable subject areas

    • Early Childhood Education (Note: Emphasis on grades kindergarten through three)
    • English Language Arts
    • Fine Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Social Studies - Revitalization of Indigenous Languages
  2. Secondary route teachable subject areas

    • English Language Arts
    • Fine Arts - Drama
    • Fine Arts - Visual Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Science - Biology
    • Science - Physics
    • Social Studies
  3. 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.

4. Applying into the Four-Year from a different Education pathway or teachable? You still need to meet course and competitive admitting requirements!

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!

Questions about the application process? Get in touch with Admissions


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.

Carson Reveen

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.

Year 1

Fall Term

EDUC 201 | Fine Arts | Math or Science | Teachable | Elective

Winter Term

Literature | Canadian Studies | Teachable | 2 Electives

Year 2

Fall Term

EDUC 420 | EDUC 427 | EDUC 430 | EDUC 435 | EDUC 440 (Field I)

Winter Term

Psychology | 3 Teachables | Elective

Year 3

Fall Term

Health | 3 Teachables | Elective

Winter Term

EDUC 445 | EDUC 450 | EDUC 456 | EDUC 460 | EDUC 465 (Field II)

Year 4

Fall Term*

EDUC 521 | EDUC 525 | EDUC 530 | EDUC 535 | EDUC 540 (Field III)

*Opportunity to participate in Teaching Across Borders

Winter Term

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


Specific program requirements

All Four-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.

EDUC 201*

Education Semester 1: EDUC 420 | EDUC 427 | EDUC 430 | EDUC 435 | EDUC 440

Education Semester 2: EDUC 445 | EDUC 450 | EDUC 456 | EDUC 460 | EDUC 465

Education Semester 3: EDUC 521 | EDUC 525 | EDUC 530 | EDUC 535 | EDUC 540

Education Semester 4: EDUC 551 | EDUC 556 | EDUC 56X Series | EDUC 560

* Non-majors interested in taking this course should read and fill out the web-form.

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.

*See our foundational and elective suggestions, below!

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

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 upe@ucalgary.ca, and we'll get it reviewed. You can also refer to your Academic Requirements report for a full list of options.

  1. Electives

    *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.

  2. Fine Arts

    *If mandated in the teachable requirements, Fine Arts students cannot also utilize the above courses towards the foundational requirement.

  3. Canadian Studies

    *Social Studies and Revitalization students must take an additional course in Canadian Studies.

  4. Health and Wellness


Service-Learning

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

Learn more about Experiential Learning


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!

Future Student or just admitted? Utilize Transfer Credit at UCalgary and Transfer Alberta in the meantime.

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 through the change of program process, open between October 1st and February 1st. Minors will not be added outside of these application dates.

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 placements that run outside of regular semester dates.

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 2.00pm!

Missed the session? Check out our presentation PDF!

Newly Admitted Student Registration Session | April 2022

Join us for our Incoming Student Registration Webinar on April 21st at 6.00pm!

Missed the session? Check out our presentation PDF!


Student Life

Understanding your fees

The Cost Estimator is a great tool to understand your tuition, general fees, and living expenses.

Student Studying

Funding and scholarships

The University of Calgary and the Werklund School of Education offer a number of awards and resources to help fund your education.

Fall on Campus

Residence

Interested in living on campus?