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Your Bachelor of Education Degree


The BEd program at the University of Calgary recognizes that teaching is one of the most important professions in society. To become a teacher requires strong preparation in subject matter knowledge, development of pedagogical skills, and acquiring the ability to make good judgments in practice.

In our BEd Program, an understanding of the complex qualities of teaching are developed through five "dimensions of engaged inquiry," that is, learning to become a teacher requires engaged inquiry:

  • in learning about learning,
  • with/in specializations,
  • with contemporary contexts,
  • with/in teaching and learning communities, and
  • in ethical action.

The BEd is fully recognized as meeting the requirements for certification in Alberta and other jurisdictions in Canada.

Your Program

This degree is offered to Prospective Students through three pathways:

  1. Consecutive (After-Degree) Program
  2. Concurrent (Direct-Entry) Program
  3. Community-Based Pathway

This full-time program; a part-time route is not available.

Consecutive and Concurrent pathways offers preparation in Elementary Education (Grades 1 - 6) and Secondary Education (Grades 7 to 12) with a focus on the following specializations:

Elementary Education

  • Early Childhood Education 
  • English as an Additional (Second) Language 
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts (Art, Drama, Music)
  • French
  • Inclusive Education
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Second Languages 
  • Social Studies

Secondary Education

  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts (Art, Drama, Music)
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Second Languages
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Social Studies

Community-based pathways offer preparation in Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) with a focus on the following specializations:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Completing a degree before admission

If you wish to teach Elementary Education (Kindergarten – Grade 6), the Werklund School of Education recommends a broad based 3 or 4-year undergraduate degree (15.0 or 20.0 full-course equivalents).

If you wish to teach Secondary Education (Grades 7 - 12), the Werklund School of Education recommends a 4-year undergraduate degree focusing on your intended area of teaching.

Your first year course registration

If you are interested in a concurrent degree, please refer to the Science, Arts or Kinesiology sections of the Calendar for information on course selection.

Remember to register for BOTH terms

At the University of Calgary, you can register for both your Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 semesters at the same time. Take advantage of this great opportunity—don't wait until the end of the fall term to register for your winter term, as your first-choice classes may be full.

If you are completing an undergraduate degree prior to applying to the Werklund School of Education, please refer to the appropriate degree guide for program information and course patterns.

Upon admission to the Werklund School of Education, you will receive an email with an admission letter in the mail from the Undergraduate Programs in Education (UPE) Office containing information on the various procedures you must follow to confirm your acceptance and complete your enrolment in the BEd program.

Course registration FAQ’s

Answers to frequently asked questions for students in the program can be found here:

Get advising and additional assistance

Undergraduate Programs in Education (UPE)
Werklund School of Education
Education Tower 230
Office Hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday to Friday (closed holidays)
Advising hours: Drop-in advising Monday to Friday 9am-4pm (closed 12-1pm)
Telephone: (403) 220-5639

Concurrent Students

In the first two years of the Concurrent Pathway your program advisor will be from your non-education faculty. As a Concurrent Education student, the only Education course which you are required to complete prior to entering your 3rd year is EDUC 201. Please visit our website for more information on the program structure and required courses.