Bachelor of Education

University of Prince Edward Island
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The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is a 60 credit-hour 12-month post-degree program. 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, Early Learning, and Adult Education study .

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 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

  • 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 4820 Assessment and Evaluation
  • ED 4960 Teaching Practices I
  • ED 4970 Teaching Practices II
  • ED 5820 Assessment of Individual Learners

Primary/Elementary Concentration (K-6)

  • 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 4450 Primary/Elementary Science
  • ED 4480 Social Emotional Learning and Children's Mental Health

Intermediate/Senior Concentration (7-12)

  • ED 4420 Adolescent Social & Emotional Health
  • ED 4530 Curriculum and Pedagogy

Students take 4 of:

  • 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

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.

SpecializationsFocus Areas

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

International EducationAdult Education

  • ED 3640 Assessment of Adult Learning
  • ED 3680 Curriculum Development

Early LearningAdmissions CriteriaWhat'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 must have at least 6 hours of credit in Mathematics or Statistics, with either 6 credit hours as part of the undergraduate program OR 3 credit hours as part of the undergraduate program AND Ed 4220 Math for Teachers taken above and beyond the 20 courses required for the BEd.
  5. Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy the UPEI English Language Proficiency requirements.
  6. 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. 6 credit hours in Social Studies (as listed below);
  2. 6 credit hours in Science (as listed below); (3 of which must be a lab-based science); and
  3. 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. 

Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12)

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

  1. at least 42 credit hours of university coursework in a first teachable area as listed below; and
  2. at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in a second teachable area as listed below, 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);

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.

Fees and Funding

International students pay $10,908 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 Science, 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.

Faculty MembersYour 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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