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Secondary Education

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

Teach secondary 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- Secondary

  • 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, two teaching area course requirements with a minimum average of 60% in each teaching area, 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

Two Teaching Areas:

  • Teaching Area 1:  Minimum of 24 credit units (18 senior credit units) with a minimum average of 60%
  • Teaching Area 2:  Minimum of 15 credit units (9 senior credit units) with a minimum average of 60%


  • 12 credit units of elective courses.  Elective courses may be used to strengthen one of the two teaching areas, or to build a third teaching area.

Acceptable secondary teaching areas are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (French or Cree)
  • Physical Education (Combined Kinesiology/B. Ed. – teaching area 1 only)
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences/Social Studies (Native Studies, History, Human Geography, Religious Studies, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Studies, Anthropology, Classics (history stream), Women's and Gender Studies)
  • Visual Arts

Selection Criteria

Academic Record — 50% weighting
  • Average is calculated on the 60 credit units of pre-requisite courses

Interview — 25% weighting

  • Applicants must answer interview questions as part of 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

Secondary 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. The Secondary Education Program, in particular, lends itself to the completion of a second degree with an additional year of study.
  • 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, studets are completely submerged in an extensive field experience 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 to learn to teach.

    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).