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Bachelor of Education

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Credential
Bachelor's Degree
Duration

4 Years

Location
Main Campus
The Program

Students who complete the Bachelor of Education degree will be well-prepared to teach in today's inclusive learning environments. Through a common set of courses, students will earn minors in both inclusive education and integrated instructional design. With practicum experiences in different contexts each year, including a full-term practicum, students gain a deep understanding of educational theory, Indigenous perspectives, and professional practice. After their First Year Studies, students choose an Early Years (K - 4), Middle Years (5 - 9), or Secondary Years (10 - 12) specialization for their curriculum focus. Four foundational principles (Relationships and Community; Foundational Knowledge; Bridging Theory to Professional Practice; and Social Responsibility and Inclusion) are emphasized throughout the program to ensure that graduates will meet the Alberta (2018) Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) and enter their teaching career equipped with the knowledge and skills to design high-quality, socially responsible, and authentic learning opportunities that meet learner needs.

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduating students will be able to:

1. Identify and analyze contextual variables that affect teaching and learning, to problem solve and advance learning in a creative and constructively critical manner.

2. Integrate knowledge and strategies to build inclusive learning environments that are welcoming, caring, respectful, safe, and that embrace diversity.

3. Demonstrate interpersonal skills to build positive relationships and collaborate effectively with peers, students, educators, and community partners within various learning communities. 

4. Use information literacy, technology, and research skills with academic integrity to communicate effectively and support teaching and learning. 

5. Develop foundational knowledge of the programs of study, legal frameworks, and policies that provide the foundation for the Alberta Education system. 

6. Demonstrate the characteristics of a competent, ethical, reflective, professional teacher and lifelong learner. 

7. Identify and apply effective, research-informed pedagogical practice relating to curriculum, planning, instruction, assessment, human development, and classroom leadership. 

8. Develop and apply foundational knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being for the benefit of all learners. 

9. Assess philosophical, political and social issues at international, national, provincial, and local levels and their influence on education. 

10. Exemplify a social responsibility mindset to advocate for accessible, equitable, and quality education for all learners. 

Program Content

All Bachelor of Education students will take a common set of courses, as listed below. Students will enter their specialization cohort (Early Years, Middle Years, or Secondary Years) in Year Two. Although the course outcomes remain the same, the curriculum focus (Alberta Program of Studies), strategies, and resources will be geared toward grade-level appropriate pedagogy, developing the specialization for each level. The remaining non-Education courses needed to develop a major or minor in teachable subject areas, provide students with option courses, and meet program requirements, will be provided by other Schools.

Early Years and Middle Years Specializations

(Separate cohorts starting in Year Two)

Year   Course Number Title Academic  Credits
1 EDUC 1301 Interpersonal Relationships 3
1 EDUC 1302 Educational Technology 3
1 EDUC 1304 Inclusive Learning Environments 3
1 EDUC 1305 Child Development 3
1 EDUC 1500 The Teaching Profession 3
1 ENGL 219  Essay Composition 3
1 ENGL 220 Literary Analysis 3
1 - Non-Ed Math 3
1 - Non-Ed Science 3
1 - Non-Ed Canadian Studies 3
       
2 EDUC 2312 Designing Learning 3
2 EDUC 2500 Social Equity and Inclusion 3
2 EDUC 2801 English Language Education 3
2 EDUC 2802 Mathematics Education 3
2 EDUC 2803 Language Learning and Literacy 3
2 EDUC 2804 Numeracy 3
2 EDUC 2805 Foundational Knowledge 3
2 - Minor 1 3
2 - Minor 2 3
2 - Minor 3 3
       
3 EDUC 3322 Assessment in Education 3
3 EDUC 3500 Practicum I Legal Frameworks 6
3 EDUC 3808  Arts Education 3
3 EDUC 3809 Health and Physical Education 3
3 - Minor 4 3
3 - Minor 5 3
3 - Minor 6 3
3 - Open Option 1 3
3 - Open Option 2 3
       
4 EDUC 4311 Indigenous Ways 3
4 EDUC 4500 Practicum II Professional Term 12
  EDUC 4305 Reflective Practice 3
4 EDUC 4342 Designing Integrated Learning 3
4 EDUC 3807 Science Education 3
4 EDUC 3806 Social Studies Education 3
4 - Open Option 3 3

 

Secondary Years Specialization*

Note: A total of six courses in the minor and eleven courses in the major are needed. These courses can be taken in a different pattern than what is listed below, however, students should plan for specific course pre-requisites. At least three courses should be taken both in the major and minor prior to taking EDUC 3500.

Year Course Number Title Academic Credits
1 EDUC 1301 Interpersonal Relationships 3
1 EDUC 1302 Educational Technology 3
1 EDUC 1304 Inclusive Learning Environments 3
1 EDUC 1305 Child Development 3
1 EDUC 1500 The Teaching Profession 3
1 ENGL 219 Essay Composition 3
1 ENGL 220 Literary Analysis 3
1 - Minor 1 3
1 - Major 1 3
1 - Major 2 3
       
2 EDUC 2312 Designing Learning 3
2 EDUC 2500 Social Equity and Inclusion 3
2 EDUC 2803 Language Learning and Literacy 3
2 EDUC 2804 Numeracy 3
2 EDUC 2805 Foundational Knowledge 3
2 - Minor 2 3
2 - Minor 3 3
2 - Major 3 3
2 - Major 4 3
2 - Major 5 3
       
3 EDUC 3322 Assessment in Education  3
3 EDUC 3500 Practicum I Legal Frameworks 6
3 One of EDUC 2801, 3806, 3807, 3809. Major Education Course (English, Social Studies, Science, or Health/PE) 3
3 One of EDUC 2801, 3806, 3807, 3809 Major Education Course (English, Math, Social Studies, Science, or Health/PE) 3
3 One of EDUC 2801, 2802, 3806, 3807, 3809 Minor Education Course (English, Math, Social Studies, Science or Health/PE) 3
3 - Minor 4 3
3 - Minor 5 3
3 - Minor 6 3
3 - Major 6 3
3 - Major 7 3
       
4 EDUC 4311 Indigenous Ways 3
4 EDUC 4500 Practicum II Professional Term 12
4 EDUC 4305 Reflective Practice 3
4 - Major 8 3
4 - Major 9 3
4 - Major 10 3
4 - Major 11 3

 

* Students in the Secondary specialization will choose either EDUC 3806 (Social Studies Education) or EDCS 3807 (Science Education) for their curriculum focus.                                                                        

Program Admission Features

In order to facilitate greater participation of Indigenous learners in the Bachelor of Education degree program, 10% of total seats are designated for qualified Indigenous applicants. Unfilled designated seats will be released on June 1st to qualified applicants on the program waitlist, if one exists.

In accordance with the Constitution Act, 1982, Part II, Section 35(2) the applicant must meet the definition of Indigenous as an Indian, Inuit, or Métis person of Canada, or a person who is accepted by one of the Indigenous peoples of Canada as a member of their community.

Indigenous applicants must meet the admission requirements for the program as outlined in the Academic Calendar and qualify for a designated seat by:

  • Self-identifying as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission.
  • Providing proof of Indigenous ancestry (one of the following):
    • Certified copy of a Status or Treaty card, Metis membership card, Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities.
    •  Proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in: the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, band list of an individual band, or the Inuit roll.
    • Written confirmation of Indigenous ancestry from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
    • Statutory Declaration by an applicant attesting to Aboriginal ancestry with supporting documentation.

Other forms of proof may also be considered at the discretion of the Registrar

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