Four-Year Community-Based Bachelor of Education

Why choose this pathway

A Unique Pathway

Drawing on the Werklund School of Education’s strong foundation of innovation, and on the strengths of an excellent undergraduate program, the Four-Year Community-Based Bachelor of Education addresses issues of access and equity by providing a unique pathway to obtain a Bachelor of Education. This program was developed to attract students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Education, but unable to commit to a residency-based program. The program thus hopes to mitigate the high turnover rate of teachers in rural and remote areas.

To do so, this degree will allow you to to remain in your home community for the majority of your studies, while receiving excellent instruction and advisory support from the University of Calgary. You will also gain teaching experience in your local community through your Field Experience practicum placements. 

While you are able to remain in, or near, your home community for the majority of your program, you will take courses on-campus each Summer, providing you with the opportunity to work with your cohort in a face-to-face environment. You will also attend an Orientation in your first year, and are afterward invited to various program sessions, allowing you to connect with the faculty and staff of the Werklund School of Education.

Delivery Method

You will take the majority of your courses online, and complete your Field Experiences in - or as near as is possible to - your home community. As the Bachelor of Education is a professional degree, you are encouraged to devote yourself to your studies on a full-time basis. However, if necessary, you are able to expand your program over more than four years.

Geographic Eligibility

Preference for admission into this program is given to students in rural and remote areas of Alberta. As field experience (practicum) placements can be arranged across Alberta, in the Northwest Territories, and in rural and remote British Columbia, students in these areas may also be considered.

Please Note: Graduates of this program will meet the teacher certification requirements for the Province of Alberta. Certification in other jurisdictions is not guaranteed.

Important dates and upcoming events

Admission

Walk through the application process in just five steps!

  1. Dates and deadlines

    • This pathway offers a summer term intake only
    • Applications are currently open
    • Check out the Summer 2020 dates and deadlines
  2. 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.

  3. Understand your applicant category

    If applicable, you may also consider applying under the Diverse Qualifications or Indigenous Admissions processes.

  4. Know your admission requirements

    First, pick your teachable subject area. If you're not sure, check out our guide to teachable subject areas. Then, peruse our detailed admission requirements, below, and check out our FAQs.

  5. Apply

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

Geographic Eligibility

Preference for admission is given to students in rural and remote areas of Alberta. Students across Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and in rural and remote British Columbia may also be considered.

Please Note: Graduates of this program will meet the teacher certification requirements for the Province of Alberta. Certification in other jurisdictions is not guaranteed.

Grades Required

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.

  1. English Language Arts

    • English Language Arts 30-1
    • Two of: Social Studies 30-1, Aboriginal Studies 30 (5 credits), Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2, Mathematics 31, Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, or Language or Language and Culture courses at the 30 level
    • Two approved courses at the 30 level, of which one can be an approved option
  2. Mathematics

    • English Language Arts 30-1
    • Mathematics 30-1
    • Two of: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Mathematics 31, or CTS Computer Science Advanced (5 credits)
    • One approved course or option at the 30 level
  3. Science

    • English Language Arts 30-1
    • Mathematics 30-1
    • Two of: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Mathematics 31, or CTS Computer Science Advanced (5 credits)
    • One approved course or option at the 30 level
  4. Social Studies

    • English Language Arts 30-1 
    • Social Studies 30-1
    • One of: Aboriginal Studies 30 (5 credits), Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2, Mathematics 31, Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, or Language or Language and Culture courses at the 30 level
    • Two approved courses at the 30 level, of which one can be an approved option

Questions about the application process? Get in touch with Admissions


Bridging Pathway

The Bridging to the Community-Based Bachelor of Education pathway provides students who do not present the course English Language Arts 30-1, or meet the competitive admitting average for their desired teachable subject area, the opportunity to upgrade for admission into the Four-Year degree. The same geographic eligibility requirements mandated for the Community-Based program apply.


The Community-Based cohort felt like exactly that – a community. My cohort was a unique blend of students for whom the traditional model of post-secondary education did not fit. It was because of this unique community that we felt more like a family rather than students within a classroom.

Ngatai Crowchild

BEd graduate


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.

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 520 | EDUC 530 | EDUC 540 (Field III)

*Opportunity to participate in Teaching Across Borders

Winter Term

EDUC 546 | EDUC 551 | EDUC 556 | EDUC 560 (Field IV)


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.

  1. English Language arts

  2. Mathematics

  3. Science

  4. Social Studies

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.

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 upe@ucalgary.ca, to confirm that the courses selected will work towards your degree’s requirements.

4. A. Submit your Letter of Permission online via your MyUofC. Log on, then click on 'Program and Advising Info'. Next, click on 'Letter of Permission', just left of the Schedule Builder and Course Search buttons.

B. Select the semester in which you would like to use the Letter of Permission. Then, please review the disclaimer, and click on ‘I have read the above information.’ Fill out all of the required sections, including the post-secondary at which you want to take your courses, and the course name and numbers. Please utilize the ‘auto-load’ options (click on ‘select course name’ and ‘select course number’. The software can't 'read' free-form!).

C. Note that you are responsible for ensuring that the transcripts for completed Letter of Permission courses are received by the University.

D. To submit your request, click ‘Next’, review the information you have submitted, and then click ‘Submit.’

E. Check for your Letter once the approval deadline has passed (see the 'Guide', above) to save and/or print your Letter of Permission. You can do this by simply following step A above, and then clicking on the semester for which you have requested a Letter of Permission.

F. 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.

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 at:

University of Calgary
Admissions Office
Office of the Registrar, McKimmie Tower, Room 116
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Canada


Students Studying

Starting the Journey

"I have been very excited to finally start my journey to become a teacher. I have always thought about going to school, but the financial restraints and time and distance away from my family from moving away seemed like too much for me to take on. This program has really given me the opportunity to start."

 - Gina Grabowski, current student


Please note that the University of Calgary does not provide students with an assessment of transfer credit prior to formal admission. 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.

Future Students can utilize Transfer Alberta in the meantime. This site provides a basic guideline as to what transfer credit you might receive.

If you are a newly admitted student, 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!

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.

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:


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.


Your time on-campus

Summer Dates

July 2019 Dates

4-Year: July 8th - 19th

Bridging: July 8th - 26th*

*On-Campus Portion: July 8th - 19th; Online Portion: July 22nd - 26th

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 typically runs for 10 days in June, and requires about 20 minutes of time daily.

Orientation

During your first Summer term on campus, you will participate in two weeks of Orientation activities, built to familiarize you with the campus community, University resources that you can access (even during your distance-learning courses), and with faculty, staff, and fellow Education students. Participation in Orientation is mandatory.


Your time in Calgary


Accommmodation

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!

Campus

You can get an idea of where your classes will be held by utilizing the Interactive Map.

Weekend

Need a study break over the weekend off during your Summer courses? Check out:

Avenue Calgary Things to Do

Tourism Calgary Things to Do

Transportation

If you will not be staying on campus during your Summer courses, you may want to explore the following links, too:

Calgary Transit

Tourism Calgary Calgary Vehicle Rentals

Tourism Calgary Taxis and Limousines

University of Calgary Parking and Transportation


Understanding your fees

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 helpful to Community-Based students.

Visit Community-Based resources

Cost Estimator

To help estimate your expenses, you can take advantage of the Cost Estimator. This will help you approximate your Education semester costs. For your non-Education semesters, please refer to the institution at which you plan to take those courses directly.

Use the estimator

Undergraduate fees

The Calendar has a breakdown of each academic year's fees.

Review 2019/2020 fees

Werklund awards

The Werklund School of Education offers a number of awards and scholarships.

Learn about Werklund awards