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Education (BEd)

Education (BEd)

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Laurier's Bachelor of Education (BEd) program is highly progressive and future-oriented. Our courses blend knowledge, skills, and global competencies that focus on the diverse needs of children and youth.

We designed our full-time, two-year BEd program to prepare you to teach students in primary and junior grades (K to 6) or junior and intermediate grades (4 to 10).

A key strength of our program is our strong reciprocal relationship with eight partner school boards in Ontario. You will spend one day each week in your school placement, in addition to block practicum placements. In your placement, you will apply the theory you learn in your Bachelor of Education courses to your practicum placements. You will also integrate your observations and questions from your school into your coursework, where your professors will guide you synthesize your learnings. This continuous integration of theory and practice is a hallmark of our program.  As more virtual classrooms and online teaching become prevalent in Ontario, our program provides the opportunity for experiences in both physical and virtual learning environments.

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Program Highlights

  • Our teacher education program is based on the Professional Development School (PDS) model. You will have six block practicum placements in schools, in addition to your weekly field day. In total, you’ll benefit from approximately 150 days of experiential learning.
  • Our partner school boards include the following: Waterloo Region, Waterloo Catholic, Upper Grand, Wellington Catholic, Halton District, and Halton Catholic District, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic, and Grande Erie. Our partnerships provide you with extensive, in-depth and sustained experiential learning experiences.
  • During the weekly Professional Learning Seminars, you will reflect on your learning, connect practice to theory, share the uniqueness of your school sites with your peers, and discuss roles and responsibilities of being a teacher.


  • We offer entrance scholarships, valued at $500 each, to our top-ranking applicants who qualify for an offer of admission in each division (Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate). No application is required. (Successful applicants will be notified in their offer of admission letter from the university).
  • Indigenous scholarships are available to qualified applicants who self-identify as having an Indigenous background, heritage or ancestry during the admission process to the BEd program at Laurier.

Admission Requirements

  • The BEd is a postgraduate bachelor’s degree program that requires an undergraduate degree.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have completed, or are completing, a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum of 20 full credits. Applicants holding a three-year degree will be considered for admission.
  • Admission is based on your academic achievement and on the information you’ll submit in the experience profile part of the application.
  • You must have a minimum academic average of B- in your most recently completed 10 full credits (20 half credits) of undergraduate university courses.
  • If you have a college/applied degree, you will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants who have completed or are completing a graduate degree will receive additional admission consideration.
  • You must meet additional program-specific admission requirements.


  • teacher, grades JK to 10
  • French teacher
  • private school teacher
  • instructional designer
  • curriculum developer
  • youth librarian
  • assistive technology consultant
  • curriculum coordinator
  • educational software support coordinator
  • museum educator
  • events coordinator
  • youth program coordinator
  • leadership program coordinator
  • recruitment coordinator
  • camp executive director

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