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Bachelor of Education

(i) Introduction

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is a 12-month post-degree program consisting of 20 three-hour credit courses in education with the program commencing in May of each year. This program is designed to provide the variety of courses and extended field experiences through which students can develop the knowledge and skills needed to teach in the modern classroom. It provides the opportunity for students to focus their studies in Primary/Elementary Years (K–6) or Intermediate/Senior Years (grades 7–12), and in International, Indigenous, or Adult and Workplace Education.

(ii) Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must have completed the requirements for their undergraduate degree from an approved registered university and have the degree conferred before June 30. 
  2. Applicants must have an overall average of not less than 70% (at least between C+ and B-) computed on the 20 highest grades of the last 22 courses (3 semester hour of credit) for Primary/ Elementary (K-6) applicants and no less than 70% (at least between a C+ and B-) across major and minor subject areas for Intermediate/Senior (7-12) applicants.
  3. at least 6 semester hours of credit in English (at least 3 of which must be in Composition);
  4. at least 6 hours of credit in Mathematics, with either 6 credit hours as part of the undergraduate program OR 3 credit hours as part of the undergraduate program AND Ed 422 Math for Teachers taken above and beyond the 20 courses required for the BEd.
  5. completed academic courses in subjects taught in the school system which satisfy the requirements for the program level (Primary/Elementary or Intermediate/Senior) into which they seek admission, as follows:

(a) Primary/Elementary (K-6)

  1. 6 credit hours in Social Studies (Acadian Studies, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, or Diversity and Social Justice Studies);
  2. 6 credit hours in Science (3 of which must be a lab-based science)
  3. course in Developmental Psychology or equivalent.

Note 1: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take Education 211 or 213 (Introduction to Education) at UPEI (or equivalent at other universities) prior to beginning the BEd program. Courses in Fine Arts or Music will also be considered assets.

(b) Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12)

A defined major and minor area in teachable areas*.

  1. major: at least 42 credit hours of university coursework in one discipline of a subject field taught in Prince Edward Island secondary schools (e.g. 42 credits of History which is one discipline of the recognized subject field of Social Studies).
  2. minor: at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in one discipline in a second subject field taught in Prince Edward Island secondary schools (e.g. 18 credits of Biology which is one discipline of the recognized subject field of Science).

NOTE 2: It is preferable but not necessary for applicants to have a major and minor in two different subject fields (e.g. 42 credits in History - major and 18 credits in English - minor) to be considered for the Intermediate/Senior program.
NOTE 3: Potential applicants with strong backgrounds in other fields of study such as Business are encouraged to contact the Admissions Officer.

*The Faculty presently offers methodology courses that relate to the following majors and minors.

  • English; 
  • Social Studies (includes Acadian Studies, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Law, Political Science, Sociology, or Diversity and Social Justice Studies). Please note that Sociology and Anthropology can only be accepted as a minor related discipline.;
  • Science (includes Chemistry, Biology, Geology/Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Agriculture, and Physics);
  • Mathematics (includes Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Computer Science);
  • French; and
  • Music (offered through the Bachelor of Music Education Program in the Faculty of Arts).

(iii) Application Process

Prior to completing the application package, candidates should read the Requirements for the Bachelor of Education Application at http://www.upei.ca/education

Apply before February 15 to be considered for entrance scholarships. The program begins in May and applications will be accepted until the program has reached the full complement of students. Applications received after the full complement of students will only be considered if a seat becomes available or for the following academic year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for the program. 

The completed application package must include the following: 

1. Undergraduate Application Form (two pages). Complete online or by hand and submit with the remainder of the package.
2. $50 Application Fee ($75 for International Applicants)
3. Faculty of Education Supplementary Information Form and Personal Statement (MS Word or PDF format). When complete, print, sign, then submit with the remainder of your package.
4. Two copies of official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution where you have taken a course. Original transcripts are required even if transfer credits were given by another institution.

(iv) Assessment of Applications

Every completed file is examined and applicants are ranked according to:

  • Academic background, strongly recommended courses, and contact information for three references.
  • Supplementary Information Form (Experience Profile) and Personal Statement (50%)

Candidates will be admitted on the basis of this ranking. Acceptance letters, conditional offers, letters indicating that the applicant is on the waiting list, or letters indicating that the application will not be considered at this time, will be issued by the Registrar’s Office.

The successful applicant who receives either an unconditional or conditional offer must confirm his/her acceptance in writing and include a non-refundable deposit of $500. This confirmation must be received by the Registrar’s Office (for transmittal to the Accounting Office) by the date specified in the letter.

Final official transcripts for students who have either received conditional offers or have been placed on the waiting list must be received by the Registrar’s Office by June 15. The Faculty may request an interview with any potential candidate.