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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 Werklund School of Education 3. Werklund School of Education Regulations 3.1 Admission 3.1.3 Two-Year BEd (After-Degree) Program
3.1.3 Two-Year BEd (After-Degree) Program

To be considered for admission, applicants must present a degree with at least 90 units from an accredited post-secondary institution recognized by the University of Calgary.

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis by Route and Teachable Subject Area; therefore, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

For students currently completing a degree, admission offers are conditional subject to successful completion of the current degree or coursework, prior to commencement of the BEd (After-Degree) program.

For students in the Two-Year After-Degree Community-Based BEd pathway, the program begins in the Summer Term and has only one intake per year; it is a blended delivery mode of instruction and is intended for students who live in rural and remote locations. Students should refer to 1. Summary of Degree Regulations for available teachables in this pathway.

Course Requirements for Admission to the Two-Year BEd (After-Degree) Program
Elementary Route

To be eligible for admission, all applicants must complete 3 units in English literature or French literature prior to entering the program.

Applicants in the Elementary-French Teachable Subject Area must be proficient in French and will be required to demonstrate their proficiency prior to admission to the program.

Applicants in the Elementary - Second Languages Teachable Subject Area will be expected to teach in the target language. Where a Field Experience placement in the target language is unavailable, a placement will be provided in English.

Secondary Route

Applicants must present an undergraduate degree with an academic major or a minimum of 30 units, of which only 12 units can be at the first year level, in the Teachable Subject Area the applicant chooses, except for Fine Arts, where a degree in the Teachable Subject Area is required.

To be eligible for admission, all applicants must complete 3 units in English literature or French literature, prior to entering the program.

To be eligible for the following Teachable Subject Areas, applicants are required to meet the degree requirements listed below (equivalents will be considered):

Visual Studies (Fine Arts)
Applicants must present a degree/major in art.

Drama Education (Fine Arts)
Applicants must present a degree/major in drama.

English Language Arts
Applicants must present a degree/major in English. Applicants who do not have a degree/major in English must present a minimum of 30 units in a range of areas that may include: historical surveys of English literature; critical reading and writing; Canadian literature; popular genres of literature; children's literature; and, world literature.

French
Applicants must present one of the following: a degree taught in French (in one or more of the following areas: French literature, science, mathematics, history, or the equivalent), a major in French, or a minimum of 30 units in French. Applicants must be fully competent in oral and written French and demonstrate this competency through a proficiency interview prior to admission to the program.

Mathematics
Applicants must present a degree/major in mathematics, or a degree with a minimum of 30 units that demonstrate proficiency in at least five of the following areas: calculus, number systems, number theory, linear algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, applied mathematics, discrete mathematics, or history of mathematics.

Music (Fine Arts)
Applicants must present a degree/major in music. Secondary music teachers are recommended to be proficient on an instrument, have a coherent understanding of music theory and history, sophisticated conducting and aural skills in a choral/instrumental environment, plus a working knowledge of appropriate repertoire and musical concepts, in order to be successful in field experience. Applicants should be prepared to instruct in a beginner band/choral environment.

Physical Education
Applicants must present a degree/major in kinesiology or physical education. Applicants who do not have a degree with a major in kinesiology, or physical education, must present a minimum of 30 units that demonstrate proficiency in at least five of the following areas: anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning/control, sport or health psychology, growth and development, health education, physical education for special populations, and activity-based courses. Students should have prior experience and be prepared to instruct activity-based courses in a Physical Education environment.

Second Languages
Applicants must present one of the following: a degree taught in a second language (in one or more of the following areas: literature, history, mathematics, science, or the equivalent), a major in a second language, or a minimum of 30 units in a second language. Please note that Education courses in the Second Languages teachable subject area will be taught in English. Applicants will be expected to teach in the target language. Where a Field Experience placement in the target language is unavailable, a placement will be provided in English.

Biology (Science)
Applicants must present a degree/major in biology. Applicants who do not have a degree/major in biology must present a minimum of 30 units that demonstrate proficiency in five of the following areas: biochemistry, botany, cellular, molecular and microbiology, ecology, evolutionary theory, genetics, human anatomy, physiology, and zoology. Other areas of knowledge which are important for secondary biology teachers include biological conservation, genetic engineering, and immunology.

Chemistry (Science)
Applicants must present a degree/major in chemistry. Applicants who do not have a degree/major in chemistry must present a minimum of 30 units in five of the following areas: inorganic, organic, physical, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics. Other areas of knowledge which are important for secondary chemistry teachers include electrochemistry, industrial chemistry, and spectroscopy.

Physics (Science)
Applicants must present a degree/major in physics. Applicants who do not have a degree/major in physics must present a minimum 30 units that demonstrate proficiency in five of the following areas: classical mechanics, electromagnetism, modern physics, optics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, relativity theory, and thermodynamics. Other areas of knowledge which are important for secondary physics teachers include acoustics, atmospheric physics, biophysics, and environmental physics.

Social Studies
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 units across the following three areas with at least 3 units per area:

  1. History
    Applicants must present course work in Canadian history, European history, or world history. Courses with a major focus on history, although not designated as history courses, may be considered as suitable background. In these cases, a course outline must be submitted for review.
  2. Geography
    Applicants must present course work in physical geography, human geography, or other courses with a focus on human interaction with physical and cultural environments.
  3. Social Sciences
    Applicants must present course work in the social sciences. Suitable courses may include: political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, and archaeology, cultural studies, women's studies, native studies, religious studies, Canadian studies, globalization, Indigenous studies, international relations, philosophy and psychology.