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Elementary/Middle Years Education

Non Direct Program
This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.

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.

Program Options

Bachelor of Education- Elementary

  • B.Ed.

Admission Requirements

Visit the College of Education's website for detailed admissions information.

Admission qualifications

  • Minimum of 60 credit units of post-secondary courses transferable to the B.Ed. program, including compulsory courses, teaching area course requirements, and elective courses, with a minimum overall average of 60%.
  • Online interview – answer online interview questions which are submitted with the online application
  • Minimum 35-40 hours of experience working with children or youth under 18 (paid or unpaid work)

Course requirements for Admission (minimum 60 credit units)

Compulsory courses:

  • English 110.6 or equivalent
  • Native Studies 107.3 or equivalent
  • A minimum of three credit units in each of the other Required Areas of Study in the Saskatchewan school curriculum (The courses that fulfill the subject areas below are defined using our Teaching Areas.):
• Mathematics (any Mathematics or Statistics class)

• Natural Science (Anatomy Cell Biology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physical Geography, Geology, Microbiology and Immunology, Physics, or Plant Sciences)

• Social Sciences (Economics, History, Native Studies, Political Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Human Geography, Women's and  Gender Studies, or an approved course in Classics)

• Fine Arts (any Art, Art History, Drama, Drama History, Music, or Music History class)

• Kinesiology (Physical Education)  - Kin 121.3 or 122.3 (pre-2003 Kin 145.3)

Two Teaching Areas (course requirements are part of the 60 credit units required)

  • Teaching Area 1:  Minimum of 18 credit units (12 senior credit units)
  • Teaching Area 2:  Minimum of 12 credit units (6 senior credit units)

Electives:  Three to 18 credit units of course work, in addition to compulsory and teaching area course requirements, to make up the 60 credit units pre-education component appropriate for the B.Ed. degree.  These will usually be Arts & Science or Kinesiology electives.

Acceptable teaching areas are:

  • Arts Education – Art, Drama, Music
  • English Language Arts
  • Physical Education (Kinesiology)
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Science – General
  • Social Sciences/Social Studies

Selection Criteria

Academic Record — 50% weighting

  • Average is calculated on the 60 credit units of pre-requisite courses

Interview — 25% weighting

  • Applicants must answer questions which are part of the online application

35-40 hours of Experience Working with Children or Youth under 18 — 25% weighting

  • Candidate must have 35-40 hours of experience working with children or youth under 18, paid or unpaid work.
  • Candidate must provide contact information for two referees who have supervised or observed interaction with children/youth.
  • The College of Education contacts the referees through email

Entry Statistics

2012-2013 Education Entry Admission Statistics

Quota: 215

  • 120: Elementary/middle
  • 70: Secondary
  • 25: B.Sc. (Kin)/B.Ed

Total Applicants: 383

  • 202: Elementary/Middle
  • 157: Secondary
    • 22: Math
    • 38: Chemistry
    • 3: Physics
    • 104: Other
  • 25: B.Sc. (Kin)/B.Ed

Admission Averages

  • Elementary/Middle: 68.20 to 88.90%
  • Secondary: 71.87 to 90.45%

* Combined score of GPA, online interview and reference.

Gender Admitted

  • Females: 279
  • Males: 104

Elementary/Middle Years Education: Is it for you?

  • 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.

What is the Sequential Bachelor of Education?

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.

Career Opportunities

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
  • Advocate
  • Community Program Coordinator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Educational Administrator
  • Entrepreneur
  • High School Counselor or Academic Advisor
  • International Teacher
  • Instructional Designer
  • Library Technician or Teacher Librarian
  • Literacy Instructor/Coordinator
  • Politician
  • Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Vocational Teacher
  • Writer/Artist/Musician
  • 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).