Education (Math, Science)

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Why choose Education (Math, Science)?

Educators ask questions such as: How do classroom dynamics impact learning? Are there new ways to engage students? Do learning styles affect test scores?

Bachelor of Education graduates are certified to teach in Alberta’s kindergarten through grade twelve classrooms, across all subject areas. Whether you’re interested in elementary or secondary education, our programs will provide you with theoretical and practical experiences that’ll help you establish an enriching career.

While education is your major, you will declare a teachable subject area focus. Mathematics educators develop mathematical literacy with their students. Science educators navigate through the world of science. Visit the undergraduate education site to learn more about this and all other teachable subject areas offered.


The University of Calgary offers five pathways to obtain your Bachelor of Education, presenting plenty of options for you to find your best fit. We offer teachable subject areas in elementary, secondary, and kindergarten through grade twelve routes.

Mathematics and Science are both available through the Elementary or Secondary route.

  • Four-Year On-Campus Pathway: Our four-year BEd is the fastest way to become a certified teacher, intended for high school or transfer applicants. This degree ensures that you receive both teachable subject area expertise, as well as a breadth of coursework to help you work in all ‘k-12’ classrooms. Note: Four-Year Secondary – Science students will also declare a focus in Biology or Physics.
  • Four-Year Community-Based Pathway: If you live in a rural and remote community, the Community-Based pathway offers you the ability to complete your BEd in a blended-delivery format, with online courses, field experience practicum placements conducted in or near your home community, and two-week summer intensives. You’ll receive continual support and guidance from our Calgary-based Undergraduate Programs in Education office over the course of your studies.
  • Five-Year Concurrent Pathway: The Concurrent BEd allows you to earn two degrees in just five years of full-time study. You’ll graduate with both a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts, Science, or Kinesiology. All available degree and major combinations can be found on the undergraduate education site. This pathway is available to both high school or transfer applicants with fewer than 20 post-secondary courses completed. Note: Concurrent Secondary – Science students will also declare a focus in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
  • Two-Year After-Degree On-Campus Pathway: If you’ve already completed a degree, and would like to pursue your dream of becoming a teacher, our two-year after-degree will ensure you get all of the coursework required to obtain your BEd parchment, and your teacher certification. Note: After-Degree Secondary – Science students will also declare a focus in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
  • Two-Year After-Degree Community-Based Pathway: Also for degree-holders, the Community-Based pathway is for students residing in rural and remote areas, with the same blended-delivery format as the four-year pathway described above. Note: After-Degree Secondary – Science students will also declare a focus in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

Career opportunities

​Teaching within primary and secondary schools, working as vocational college instructors, and taking on administrative roles in the educational system are just a sampling of the careers available to educators. A degree in education can also be used as a stepping-stone to another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry.

Admission requirements
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Required courses for admission
Additional admission details
Intake and application dates
Curriculum (education system)
Estimated competitive admission average
Approved courses and options
Approved courses and options notes
Required courses for admission

English Language Arts 30-1

Mathematics 30-1

Two of: Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30, Mathematics 31, CTS Computing Science 30 level (5 credits)

An approved course or option

Additional admission details
For concurrent education programs, required courses are the same as the partner faculty.

Only one of Art, Dance, Drama or Music can be used in calculating the admission average

Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) courses or SAT2 subject tests are accepted.

Preference for admission to the community-based program will be for students in rural and remote Alberta (geographic eligibility details).

A current, clear Police Information Check ( is required of all BEd students. Students who are unable to present a current and clear check cannot be placed in Field Experience courses and will be asked to leave the program.

Intake and application dates

Application dates for Fall 2021 intake


Application dates for Fall 2022 intake

Curriculum (education system)
Alberta curriculum
Estimated competitive admission average

Community Based - Mid 70s On-campus - Low 80s to High 80s

Approved options and courses

Approved courses

  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computing Science 30 (5-credits)
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved options

  • Please see the list below

Approved courses and options notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  3. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE option requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

List of Approved Options

Social Studies 30‐2

Social Sciences

  • International Politics
  • World Religions
  • World Geography
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Cultural and Physical Anthropology
  • Applied Sociology
  • Philosophies of Man
  • Microeconomics
  • Western World History
  • Macroeconomics

Career and Technology course groupings
(all courses within a course grouping can be used)


  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Design Studies
  • Electro‐technologies
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Financial Management
  • Human and Social Services
  • Legal Studies
  • Logistics
  • Management and Marketing
  • Networking
  • Primary Resources
  • Recreation Leadership

Dual Credit courses

Locally Developed Courses

  • Design thinking for Innovation
  • Forensic Studies
  • Fine Arts group
  • Second language group
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry (Advanced)
  • Creative Writing and Publishing
  • Environmental Science Advanced
  • Global Perspectives
  • Journalism
  • Literary Creation
  • Marine Life and Ecosystem Studies
  • Physics (Advanced)
  • Psychology – Abnormal
  • Scientific Research
  • Religious Studies

Locally developed courses may be added or removed as curriculum revisions are made. Course outlines can be sent to the Associate Registrar, Admissions and Recruitment for assessment.

Options from the approved list will be combined (if required) to fulfill one approved option requirement (5 or 6 credits) using the courses with the higher grades first. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

For standard admission, intermediate credits will be used where 5 advanced credits are not available. For final admission, advanced credits will be used.

As a current high school student, the University of Calgary will review your application through our standard and early admission processes each time new grades are presented. We review based on the highest level of courses received at the time of review (this means that if you have completed a grade 12 (30 level) required course, this course will be used instead of the grade 11 (20 level) course.

Early Admission Process

The early admission process considers four approved program specific courses from grade 11 (20 level or equivalent). The admission office issues a smaller number of offers at a higher academic average during the early review with the majority of offers being issued through standard admission.

Standard Admission Process

The standard admission process considers five program specific courses from grade 11 or 12 (20 or 30 level or equivalent). At least one course must be at grade 12 (30 level or equivalent). Competitive admission averages are listed above.

Finalizing Admission

Students admitted through the early or standard process must complete all grade 12 (30-level or equivalent) course requirements, maintain the admission average required for admission in the year of application and obtain their Alberta Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent).

The University of Calgary seeks first and foremost to attract excellent academic students. However, the University also recognizes that those who have achieved excellence outside academics or who have overcome significant hardships can make positive contributions to the University community. Recognizing that excellence means more than academic excellence, the University of Calgary may admit up to one per cent of new undergraduate students annually under this category.

To be eligible to apply under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process, students must demonstrate:

  • Excellence in non-academic areas
  • High potential in academic/research activities
  • Perseverance under great difficulty or hardship

In addition, students must:

  • Meet the minimum admission requirements as specified in section A.5 of the Calendar
  • Meet the University’s English Language Proficiency requirement
  • Be either a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Indicate their desire to be considered under this category on the Application for Admission
  • Provide contact information for two references
  • Complete a personal profile outlining circumstances, personal achievements and educational goals
  • Provide official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended

For further information about the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process and application deadlines, visit:

If you have self-identified as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) on your application form, you will automatically receive consideration under the Indigenous admissions process, if needed. For more information, please visit

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. There are three ways to meet our English language entrance requirements: Academic studies, English language test scores, and the Academic Communications Certificate (ACC).

Academic studies

To meet the English language requirements with your Academic studies, you must have completed three years of high school studies with English as the primary language of instruction at an accredited Canadian, American or British curricula high school (including CIS) or two years full-time study in English at an accredited or recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or in a University of Calgary approved English-speaking country

English language test scores

If your academic studies do not fulfil UCalgary's English language requirements, you can present one of the minimum scores listed in the Academic Calendar

Note: Our school code for the TOEFL exam is 0813, and the department code is 00.


Approved courses for from the IB curriculum can be found at

Approved courses from AP examinations can be found at

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