Two-Year On-Campus Bachelor of Education After-Degree

Why choose this pathway

If you have already completed a Bachelor's degree, have realized a passion for education, and are now interested in pursuing your dream of becoming a teacher, this is the program for you! The After-Degree program is a two-year, full-time degree that leads to a Bachelor of Education, and eligibility for certification through Alberta Education to teach in Kindergarten through Grade 12 classrooms.

Important dates and upcoming events

Admission

Walk through the application process in just five steps!

  1. Dates and deadlines

    • This pathway offers a fall term intake only
    • Applications are currently open
    • Check out the Fall 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.

To gain admission to the After-Degree, all applicants must present:

  • A degree with a least 90 transferable units (30 semester-long courses) from an accredited post-secondary recognized by the University of Calgary
  • The competitive entrance GPA for their desired teachable
  • A course in English or French Literature

Competitive Entrance Grades

Admission to the program is competitive, and with admitting grades varying between Teachable Subject Areas. Competitive GPA is taken from your 10 most recent university-transferable courses. Because admitting GPAs vary from year to year with different applicant pools, students are encouraged to consult with Admissions.

Applicants with graduate degrees should be aware that your entrance GPA will be calculated based on your 10 most recent, graded courses. These can be taken across degrees, chronologically back.

English or French Literature Requirement

Applicants must present an English or French Literature course for the purposes of admission. Unfortunately, language, technical writing, creative writing, composition, or communications courses do not meet this requirement. If you are unsure whether a class you took meets this criteria, please connect with us via upe@ucalgary.ca. At minimum, we would want to see the full course title and a description; a detailed course outline is even better (and, for the purposes of admission, may even be necessary). Please note that course outlines must be for the year in which you completed the course, as changes may mean that a 2019 outline is irrelevant. For course ideas, visit our page on acceptable literature courses offered at the University of Calgary.

Mount Royal University applicants should be aware that, unfortunately, the GNED courses do not meet the Literature requirement.

In Progress Admission Requirements

Courses being taken for the purposes of admission should be apparent when you submit your application, as it will be evaluated 'as is' when received. As such, if you have not registered in a course when you initially submit your transcripts, you may be denied admission on the basis of lacking a requirement.

Outlines and Back-Up Options

Course outlines may be necessary for the application process, particularly if a class’ content is not made clear by the title – for example, a course labeled ‘English’ alone may refer to a course in which you learned the language, gained basic writing skills, or analyzed literature. In order to ensure that the course included sufficient literary content, a course outline must be provided. Said outline must be received by the March 15th document deadline.

We highly advise that you select a first and second choice teachable subject area upon application. If not deemed admissible to your first choice, you will then be evaluated for your second choice. You are able to pick both an elementary and a secondary route area upon application; a first and second choice do not have to be in the same route.

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.

Check out our Police Information Checks page for more details.

Applicants interested in focusing on elementary education (kindergarten to grade 6) need only present the above stated admission requirements.

  1. Early Childhood Education

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  2. English Language Learners

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  3. English Language Arts

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  4. Fine Arts Education

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  5. French

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above.

    Applicants must be fully competent in oral and written French, and demonstrate this in an interview which will be administered by program instructors in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Calgary - substitutions are not accepted.

  6. Inclusive Education

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  7. Mathematics

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  8. Physical Education

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  9. Science

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  10. Second Languages

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

  11. Social Studies

    Applicants must meet the common admission requirements stated above. No additional coursework is required.

Applicants interested in focusing on secondary education (grades 7 to 12) must present the above-stated literature, GPA, and degree requirements, as well as any mandated course requirements for their desired teachable, as listed below.

Where ten courses in a specified area are accepted for the purposes of admission, applicants must present:

  • At least courses - of the 10 - at the senior level, with only 4 courses at the first-year level.*

*For example, at the University of Calgary, first-year courses are at the 200-level, and senior courses start at the 300-level.

  1. Fine Arts - Drama

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in drama.

  2. Fine Arts - Music

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in music. Applicants need to be proficient on an instrument, have an understanding of music theory and history, conducting and aural skills in a choral/instrumental environment, and knowledge of appropriate repertoire and musical concepts. Applicants should be prepared to instruct in a band/choral environment.

  3. Fine Arts - Visual Studies

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in art.

  4. English Language Arts

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in English. Applicants who do not have a degree with a major in English must present a minimum of 10 courses (30 units) in a range of areas that  includes: historical surveys of English literature, critical reading and writing, Shakespeare, Canadian literature, popular genres of literature, children's literature, or world literature.

  5. French

    Applicants must present a degree taught in French in 1 or more of the following areas: literature, science, mathematics, history, or the equivalent. If the degree was not taught in French, applicants must have a major in French.

    Applicants must be fully competent in oral and written French, and demonstrate this in an interview which will be administered by program instructors in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Calgary - substitutions are not accepted.

  6. Mathematics

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in mathematics, or a degree with a minimum of 10 courses (30 units) in at least 5 of the following subject areas: calculus, number systems, number theory, linear algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, applied mathematics, discrete mathematics, or history of mathematics.

  7. Physical Education

    Applicants must present a degree from a CCUPEKA PE accredited undergraduate program and/or a KNES/PE undergraduate program. Applicants who do not have a degree with a major in kinesiology, or a degree that is not from an accredited program, must present a minimum of 30 units in a range of the following areas that includes: anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning/control, sport or health psychology, growth and development, health education for special populations, and activity-based courses. Students should be prepared to instruct activity-based courses in a Physical Education environment.

  8. Science - Biology

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in biology. Applicants who do not have a degree with a major in biology must present a degree with a minimum of 10 courses (30 units) in at least 5 of the following subject areas: biochemistry, botany, cellular microbiology, molecular microbiology, ecology, evolutionary theory, genetics, human anatomy, physiology, or zoology.

  9. Science - Chemistry

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in chemistry. Applicants who do not have a degree with a major in chemistry must present a degree with a minimum of 10 courses (30 units) in at least 5 of the following subject areas: inorganic, organic, physical, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, quantum mechanics, or thermodynamics.

  10. Science - Physics

    Applicants must present a degree with a major in physics. Applicants who do not have a degree with a major in physics must present a degree with a minimum of 10 courses (30 units) in at least 5 of the following subject areas: classical mechanics, electromagnetism, modern physics, optics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, relativity theory, or thermodynamics.

  11. Second Languages

    Applicants must present a degree taught in a second language. If the degree was not taught in a second language, applicants must have a major in a second language. The major must include a minimum of 10 courses (30 units), within that language, in one or more of the following areas: literature, history, or the equivalent.

  12. Social Studies

    Applicants must have completed a minimum of 10 courses (30 units) across all three of the following areas, with at least 1 course per area:

    History - Canadian history, European history, or world history. 

    Geography - Physical geography, human geography, or other courses with a focus on human interaction with physical and cultural environments.

    Social Sciences - Anthropology, archaeology, Canadian studies, cultural studies, economics, globalization, indigenous studies, international relations, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, or women's studies.

The following information is for students applying with education completed outside of North America, regardless of whether the student is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or an offshore applicant.

When students with international credentials apply, their transcripts are first assessed by our central Admissions office to ensure that they present a recognized, accredited degree that is equivalent to the number of units/hours studied in a University of Calgary degree. Please note that this evaluation is not done until a formal application has been submitted, due to the volume of applications and inquiries that Admissions receives.

Assuming the applicant's prior coursework meets the minimum required standard (in this case, the degree must present 90 transferable units, or, 30 semester-long courses), their file would then be assessed for coursework requirements, and competitive admitting grade point average (GPA).

Applicants should thoroughly review the admission requirements detailed in the associated tab, above. Please note that the literature requirement is not the same as meeting English Language Proficiency. All applicants must present the course in literature (English or French); students presenting degrees completed in countries where English is not the primary language must present both the literature requirement, as well as prove English Language Proficiency.

For more information on converting your grades to the University of Calgary’s 4.0 GPA scale, please visit this information hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (although the Bachelor of Education After-Degree is an undergraduate degree, not a graduate degree, the grade conversion information below is useful for applicants to self-gauge their approximate GPA). Applicants to the University's graduate programs must present at least a 3.0 GPA, but students should be aware of the fluctuating competitive GPAs that vary across teachable subject areas. Applicants may also want to chat to Admissions regarding the grade-conversion process.

Question about the application process? Get in touch with Admissions


I can truly say that I have found a home at the Werklund School of Education. My professors have become such an integral part of my life. I can call on them for advice and support when I need it. They celebrate with me, and are always available when I need someone to talk to.

Samantha Sirianni

Former Education Students' Association president


Program sequence

Year 1 - Winter

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

Year 2 - Fall*

EDUC 520 | EDUC 525 | EDUC 530 | EDUC 535 | EDUC 540 (Field III)

*Opportunity to participate in Teaching Across Borders

Year 2 - Winter

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


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Inspiration and Collaboration

"I am very fortunate to have met many inspiring lecturers and staff members who have not only been generous with their time and resources, but also their encouragement. I have found a nurturing and collaborative home to explore the world of education."

 - Sue Mylde, Teacher Education Centennial Scholarship recipient


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