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Education (BEd)


Education (BEd)

 waterloo

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Laurier's Bachelor of Education (BEd) program is highly progressive and future-oriented. Our courses blend 21st-century skills and global perspectives with a focus on the diverse needs of children and youth in today's schools.

Our full-time, two-year BEd program is designed to prepare you for teaching primary and junior levels (Grades K-6), or junior and intermediate levels (Grades 4-10).

A key strength of our program that differentiates us among faculties of education within Ontario are the strong links with five local school boards where you’ll apply the theory you learn in your university classes to the teaching experiences of your field placements.

 


Program Highlights

  • Our teacher education program is built on the Professional Development School (PDS) model. You’ll spend two days a week throughout the year in PDS placement schools, in addition to your scheduled block practicums. In total, you’ll spend 40 weeks teaching in a classroom or alternative learning setting.
  • We’re partnered with the Waterloo Region, Waterloo Catholic, Upper Grand, Wellington Catholic, and Halton District school boards – providing you with extensive, in-depth and sustained field experiences.
  • Our Professional Learning Seminars are mandatory courses you’ll attend weekly, during which you’ll confront problems of practice and reflect on your learning, connect practice back to theory, share the uniqueness of your school sites with your peers, and discuss some of the day-to-day aspects of being a teacher.

Funding

  • We offer 15 entrance scholarships for each division (Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate) that are valued at $500 each, to our top-ranking applicants who qualify for an offer of admission. No application is required. (Successful applicants who are granted scholarships will be notified in their offer of admission letter from the university).
  • Indigenous scholarships will be 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

  • This 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 who present a three-year degree will be considered for admission.
  • Admission is based 50% on your academic achievement and 50% on the information you’ll submit in the form of an experience profile.
  • You must present a minimum academic average of B- in your most recently completed 10 full credits (20 half credits) of undergraduate university courses.
  • If you present a college/applied degree, you will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants who have completed, or are completing, a master’s degree will receive additional admission consideration.
  • You must meet additional program-specific admission requirements.

Careers

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

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