Elementary/Middle Years Education
Teach elementary or middle school. Learn how to lead. Experience the classroom and beyond. Create an educated community of the future. Be the inspiration for tomorrow’s children.
There are two options for this Bachelor of Education program. You can enter directly from high school in the four year, direct-entry program. Or, if you have the 60 credit units (two years) of required prerequisite coursework, you can enter the two-year sequential program.
This information is for students who have already completed 60 credit units (two years) of prerequisite coursework. See the direct entry program requirements below if you are in high school or have only finished one year of university.
The application for admission opens in November 2016. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2017.
Admission will be based on the following:
- Admission average on the 60 credit units of pre-requisite courses (50%)
- Online interview (25%)
- Work experience (paid or unpaid) with children, youth or young adults (25%)
Admission Average (50%):
An admission average will be calculated on 60 credit units of pre-requisite courses:
- English (6 credit units)
- Mathematics or Statistics (3 credit units)
- Indigenous Studies (3 credit units)
- Social Studies/Social Sciences (3 credit units)
- Fine Arts (3 credit units)
- Kinesiology (3 credit units)
- Science (3 credit units)
- Electives (6 credit units)
- Teaching Area 1 (18 credit units)
- Teaching Area 2 (12 credit units)
For complete details on the external coursework, visit the Course and Program Catalogue. Select “Elementary/Middle Years Program Requirements” then “External Courses – Years 1 & 2 (60 credit units)”.
For a list of Teaching Areas, go to the Course and Program Catalogue, select “Elementary/Middle Years Program Requirements,” “External Courses – Years 1 & 2 (60 credit units)”, and then “Elementary – Teaching Area 1 List” or “Elementary – Teaching Area 2 List.”
Online Interview (25%):
The online interview is embedded in the online application form.
Work Experience (25%):
Applicants are required to have 35-40 hours of work experience (paid or unpaid) working with children, youth or young adults.
The definition of working with children, youth or young adults means that you have been engaged in work (volunteer or paid) for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of children, youth or young adults. This work ought to be complementary to your potential work as a teacher, including coaching, mentoring, motivating, leading, organizing, engaging, etc., children, youth, or young adults. The timeline for your volunteer work may include experience gained in high school to the present.
The Referee Work Experience Evaluation, including the 35 - 40 hour requirement working with children, youth (children under 18 years of age), or young adults must be completed by March 1 (prior to beginning your studies in the College of Education).
The College of Education application form includes a section for applicants to provide contact information for 2 referees. The referees you choose will have supervised or observed you with your interaction with children and youth during your work experience and can verify your work hours and character. Be sure to ask your referee’s permission PRIOR to listing them as a reference and ensure that they will have positive feedback for your survey.
Process: The application form will ask for the following, enabling the College to email a survey to your referee: Name, email address, organization or program, mailing address and telephone number.
*Alternative evaluation methods are available for those referees that DO NOT have access to email. The College will be verifying your referees to ensure authenticity.
For more information, please contact:
Undergraduate Programs Office
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Telephone: (306) 966-7654
Facsimile: (306) 966-7644
Admission requirements depend on your situation. Tell us about yourself:
- The 60 credit units of prerequisite arts and science courses are necessary to ensure that students will have the adequate background knowledge their profession will require.
- Beginning in their third year of study, students are paired with a partner school where assignments can be completed in an active learning environment.
- At the start of fourth year, students are completely submerged in an extensive internship for a supervised 16-week period, teaching full-time for at least five of those weeks.
After completing 60 credit units in the College of Arts and Science, students are ready to apply to the College of Education with one of two specializations: elementary/middle years or secondary.
The focus of the Elementary/Middle Years Education Program is of a generalist nature. A student in the Secondary Education Program will have two teaching areas of specialization.
It's about more than becoming a teacher. The skills you learn in the College of Education can take you to the classroom, out into the community or around the world:
- Elementary or High School Teacher
- Adult Educator
- Community Program Coordinator
- Curriculum Developer
- Educational Administrator
- High School Counselor or Academic Advisor
- International Teacher
- Instructional Designer
- Library Technician or Teacher Librarian
- Literacy Instructor/Coordinator
- Resource Teacher
- Special Education Teacher
- Vocational Teacher
- Youth Worker
- Or almost anything you want...
A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) is the beginning of a long career in academia, education, community, business, politics or government.
The graduate studies program in the College of Education offers opportunities to advance your education in the areas of educational administration (leadership), educational foundations (social justice, Aboriginal, anti-racist, and lifelong and ecological education), educational psychology and special education (school counselling, special education, and applied measurement and evaluation), and educational curriculum (teacher librarian, educational communications, and technology and curriculum).
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