The Bachelor of Education is a two-year program following a first degree. Applicants for the BEd program must have completed a first degree in arts, science, human kinetics (formerly physical education) or any equivalent. The BEd program has two streams: elementary and secondary. Specialist programs in teaching physical education and French as a second language are available, within either the elementary or the secondary stream.
At the present time, admission to the Bachelor of Education program is limited to approximately 100 students. During the review process, applicants are initially evaluated in 4 equally-weighted areas.
1) Academic records - Normally applicants for the BEd program must have a senior year average of at least 70 or a GPA of 2.5. Consideration is also given to the applicants performance throughout the entire undergraduate program.
2) Life experiences and community involvement - Both breadth and depth of involvement are evaluated, as is the applicants experience with diversity and with inclusive practices.
3) Letters of reference - The rating of the applicants personal and professional qualities by 3 referees who know the individual in different capacities as a learner, worker, and leader are evaluated.
4) Essay on why the applicant wants to teach. The essay is evaluated on the applicants articulation of his/her view of students, view of subject-matter, and vision for schooling.
Based on the above criteria, applicants will be short listed for the next stage of the process where interviews are normally required. Interviews include core questions asked to all applicants applying to the BEd program as well as specific questions relating to the elementary or secondary stream, as applicable, and, for secondary stream applicants, to the major and minor subject fields for which the applicant is applying. Interview questions focus on a general understanding of teaching, teaching content and processes, personal and professional qualities, an understanding of diversity and inclusive practices, and communication skills. The applicantís file review and interview are equally weighted. Composite scores from the two parts of the application process form the basis for offers in each stream of the program, and within subject fields in the secondary stream.