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
(a) Primary/Elementary (K-6)
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)
Applicants must have appropriate coursework in two defined teachable areas as outlined below:
The following courses* relate to teachable areas:
English (includes Communications, Creative Writing, Drama, Journalism, linguistic, Media Studies, and Theatre);
Social Studies (includes Acadian Studies, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Family Science, Geography, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Diversity and Social Justice Studies);
Science (includes Chemistry, Biology, Foods and Nutrition, Forestry, Geology/Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, 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).
*Courses not listed may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
(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:
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.