The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is a 12-month post-degree program consisting of 20 three-hour credit courses in education. 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 is the opportunity for students to focus their studies in Primary/Elementary (K – 6) or Intermediate/Senior (7-12) and in International, Indigenous, or Adult and Workplace Education.

We asked our BEd students why they decided on UPEI for their BEd degree. The responses fell into three main categories:

  • The ability to complete the degree in 12 months
  • International, Indigenous, Early Learning, and Adult and Workplace Education study foci
  • Program reputation and quality

These responses illustrate the strengths of our BEd program and the multiple options available to our students. One student stated, "UPEI is one of the most forward-thinking universities in Canada offering a BEd...choosing UPEI is a no-brainer," and we tend to agree.

Students in the Faculty of Education are encouraged to think critically and creatively about the purpose and practice of education in local communities and global society. Our professors recognize that a supportive and inclusive learning environment cultivates a healthy spirit of enquiry in our students. The close rapport between students and professors is often cited as the most valued aspect of a student’s experience in the UPEI education program.

Course Structure
Required Courses

Primary/Elementary Concentration (K-6)
Intermediate/Senior Concentration (7-12)

  • ED 4030 The Arts and Social Transformation
  • ED 4110 Learners and Learning
  • ED 4150 The Diverse and Inclusive Classroom
  • ED 4200 Teaching for Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM)
  • ED 4490 Introduction to Indigenous Education
  • ED 4630 Perspectives on Culture and Society in Education
  • ED 4640 Educating for Global Citizenship
  • ED 4660 Principles and Practices of Teaching English as Another Language
  • ED 4740 Technology in Education
  • ED 4820 Assessment and Evaluation
  • ED 4961 Preparation for the Teaching Profession I
  • ED 4962 Practicum I
  • ED 4971 Preparation for the Teaching Profession II
  • ED 4972 Practicum II

Primary/Elementary Concentration (K-6)

  • ED 4220 Mathematics for Teachers
  • ED 4230 Primary/Elementary Mathematics I
  • ED 4245 Inquiry-Based Methods in Science and Social Studies
  • ED 4280 Primary/Elementary Mathematics II
  • ED 4320 Primary/Elementary language and Literacies and Multiliteracies I
  • ED 4330 Literacy and Multiliteracies in the Early Years II
  • ED 4480 Social Emotional Learning and Children’s Mental Health

Intermediate/Senior Concentration (7-12)

  • ED 4130 Multiliteracies Across the Curriculum
  • ED 4420 Adolescent Social & Emotional Health
  • ED 4530 Curriculum and Pedagogy

Students take 4 of:

  • ED 4260 Intermediate/Senior Mathematics I
  • ED 4270 Intermediate/Senior Mathematics II
  • ED 4360 Intermediate/Senior English I
  • ED 4370 Intermediate/Senior English II
  • ED 4460 Intermediate/Senior Science I
  • ED 4470 Intermediate/Senior Science II
  • ED 4560 Intermediate/Senior Social Studies I
  • ED 4570 Intermediate/Senior Social Studies II
A student works at a desk
A student works at a desk
We admit approximately 30 students per cohort to our post-degree program each year.

Our graduating teachers are highly sought after by schools on Prince Edward Island and across Canada—especially in rural schools, and across the Northern territories—as well as internationally.

Focus Areas
Study Foci

Students may complete a study focus in International, Indigenous, Early Learning, or Adult and Workplace Education by completing a six-week practicum in the specified area and one course beyond the 20 required for the BEd as outlined below:

International Education

  • ED 4620 International Education

Indigenous Education

  • ED 4510 Integrating indigenous Themes in the Curriculum K-12 

Early Learning

  • ED 4336 Developing Learning and Play in the Early Years (Ages 0-8)

Adult and Workplace Education

  • ED 3630 The Adult Learner
  • ED 3640 Assessment of Adult Learning
  • ED 3680 Curriculum Development
  • ED 3730 Inclusion and Differentiation in Adult Learning
Pre-service teachers work with high school students
Pre-service teachers work with high school students
Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Admission to the BEd Program?

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is a 12-month post-degree program consisting of 60 credit hours 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.

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 hours of credit). Applicants who have an average of less than 70% may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Graduate study may be taken into consideration for admission requirements. 
  3. Applicants must have at least 6 semester hours of credit in English or equivalent (at least 3 of which are recommended to be in Composition);
  4. Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy the UPEI English Language Proficiency requirements.
  5. Applicants must have 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:

Primary/Elementary (K-6)

  1. 3 credit hours in Math 
  2. 6 credit hours in Social Studies (as listed below);
  3. 6 credit hours in Science (as listed below); (3 of which must be a lab-based science); and
  4. a course in Developmental Psychology or equivalent.

Note 1: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take Education 2110 or 2130 (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.

Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12)

  • At least 3 credit hours in Math.

Applicants must have appropriate coursework in two defined teachable areas as outlined:

  • at least 42 credit hours of university coursework in a first teachable area as listed; and
  • at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in a second teachable area as listed, preferably in a teachable area different from the first.

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);

*Courses not listed may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Fees and Funding


Bachelor of Education Tuition - $12,780
International students pay $11,130 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Education, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.  

Faculty Members
Your mentors. Our professors.

UPEI has about 250 faculty—exceptional scholars, teachers, and mentors, with more being hired each year as we open new, progressive, and unique programs. But the story isn’t just in the numbers. It’s in the quality of our people. Award-winning faculty from around the globe have made UPEI home. Here, you’ll learn directly from these world-class professors and researchers in small classes where you’ll have easy access to them.

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