Bachelor of Education – After-Degree

Elementary

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) After-Degree stream is for degree holders. Students in this stream have completed, or are in their final stages of completing, a 3- or 4- year BA or BSc.

Applicants to the BEd After-Degree must have completed a St. Mary’s Bachelor’s degree or a 3- or 4- year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education program are evaluated in three areas:

Academic Records
Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA calculated from the most recently attempted 30 credits.

  • GPA for early conditional admission is calculated from grades available at the time of application
  • GPA for full admission is calculated from final grades
  • All degree requirements must be completed in the winter semester preceding the fall intake
  • First degrees must demonstrate a strong liberal arts component and ideally contain at least one course in core teachable subject areas (English, math, science and social studies)

Life Experiences & Community Involvement (Resume)
The breadth and depth of involvement will be evaluated, including the applicant’s experience with diversity and inclusive practices.

Letters of Reference
A rating of the applicant’s personal and professional qualities by three references who know the individual in di¬erent capacities as a learner, worker and leader.

Bachelor of Education – Single Entry

Elementary (Ba/BSc + BEd)

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) Single-Entry stream is for high school graduates who have not completed any coursework at the post-secondary level. Students in this stream will complete a 4- year BA or BSc and then a 2- year BEd after-degree.

Applicants to the BEd Single-Entry must complete all 4-year degree requirements within 5 years by April of the year preceding commencement of the BEd degree, maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 30 credits of their BA/BSc and submit an Intent to Proceed form by the same date as the Application to Graduate form.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education Program are evaluated in three areas:

Academic Records
Applicants must achieve a minimum high school admission average of 75%.

  • Early conditional admission average is calculated on the best five grade 11 or 12 admission subjects
  • Final admission average is calculated on the best grade 12 admission subjects

Evidence of Community Involvement (Resumé) & Vocation of Teaching
The breadth and depth of involvement in educational settings will be evaluated, including the applicant’s experience with diversity and inclusive practices.

Letters of Reference
A rating of the applicant’s personal and professional qualities by three references who know the individual in different capacities as a learner, worker and leader.

Apply in 2 Steps

Step 1

Apply Online
$100 application fee (non-refundable)
$50 re-application fee if you have previously applied to Education (non-refundable)

Step 2

Submit the following supporting documents;

Academic Records – Transcripts

Applicants with Post-Secondary Degrees

  • Official transcripts from participating ApplyAlberta institutions will be requested on behalf of the applicant
  • Official transcripts for all other post-secondary institutions (non-participating ApplyAlberta institutions) must be requested by the applicant and submitted directly to St. Mary’s University. Transcripts must remain sealed to be considered official
  • Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University do not need to submit transcripts
  • High school transcripts are not required

 

Applicants with High-School Diplomas

  • The University will automatically obtain transcripts on behalf of applicants who attended high school or a post-secondary institution in Alberta
  • Applicants who did not complete Grade 12 in Alberta or who did not attend a post-secondary institution in Alberta must provide official high school and/or post-secondary transcripts from each institution. Transcripts must be mailed directly to the Enrolment Services Office from the issuing institution, bearing the official seal of the institution

 

Applicants with International Credentials

  • Provide all original transcripts and/or documentation from previous educational institutions, including exact translations from qualified translator if the documentation is not already in English
  • Provide an assessment completed by the International Qualification Assessment Service (IQAS), which compares international educational standards to Canada

 

Resume

Include all work and volunteer experience

Letters of Reference

Three references using the Confidential Reference on Applicant form. References are a rating of the applicant’s personal and professional qualities by three referees who know the individual in different capacities as a learner, worker and leader. Please use the forms below:

If you wish to fill out the form and submit online: Confidential Reference on Applicant form
If you wish to mail and/or give to applicant: Confidential Reference on Applicant form
Referees may also write a standard reference letter if preferred.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

For all international applicants and/or individuals whose first language is not English, the evidence accepted by the University is the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT). The minimum standard scores required in the four categories are 27 in speaking, 25 in writing, 23 in listening and 23 in reading.

Submitting Documentation

Supporting documents are submitted separately from the online application. The application is considered complete when all the supporting documentation has been received and will be reviewed after that date.

Documents may be submitted by fax, mail, email or in person to:

St. Mary’s University
Attention: Education Program
14500 Bannister Road SE
Calgary, Alberta T2X 1Z4
Fax: 403-531-9136
Email: admissions@stmu.ca

Security Clearance

All students entering practicum will be required to obtain a vulnerable sector security clearance on their own and forward it to St. Mary’s University for their student file. Students are responsible for providing their assigned practicum school(s) copies of their police check in accordance with the school’s policies.

Police checks are not a requirement of admission and do not need to be obtained until admission has been offered.

Deadlines

Applications open October 1, 2018.
Apply early as spaces are limited. We will be offering early admission on a rolling basis.

For applicants who have not yet completed their first degree at the time of application to the Bachelor of Education (After-Degree) program, offers of admission will be ‘conditional’ until final transcripts are received, indicating that the degree has been conferred. Please be advised that all degree requirements must be completed in the winter semester preceding the fall intake of the education program.

Although a Bachelor’s of Education degree prepares a graduate for a variety of professional contexts, graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program will be prepared to teach in a K-6 program in any school, public or private, faith-based or secular. Upon completion of St. Mary’s Bachelor of Education degree, graduates will be eligible to apply for an Interim Professional Teaching Certificate from Alberta Education.

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Do I have to be Catholic to be admitted to the BEd program?Applicants are not required to be Catholic for consideration for admission. However, while the graduates of the BEd degree program will be prepared to teach in a K-6 program in any school, public or private, faith-based or secular, the program is particularly focused on preparing teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Alberta and beyond.

What is the length of the program?

The BEd program is a two-year program after the completion of your first degree.

How many classes do you admit per year?

We have one intake of students per year in September. We do not admit a class in January.

Can I do the program part time?

Applicants are expected to participate on a full-time basis; applicants are not accepted on a part-time basis.

How do I apply and what is the deadline?

Apply to the BEd program through ApplyAlberta, a provincial online application system. During the application process, you will be instructed on how to provide the supporting documents required to apply to this program.

I am not finished my first degree yet. Can I still apply to the BEd program?

You may apply to the program. It is your responsibility to ensure that your final transcript is received by Enrolment Services by the deadline for submission of transcripts. (Note: St. Mary’s students need not submit St. Mary’s transcripts).

Where will I be placed for practicum?

St. Mary’s University  will plan, deliver and carefully supervise all of the practicum courses in close cooperation with various school districts in southern Alberta and beyond. These school districts are eager to provide meaningful practicum placements for students enrolled in the BEd degree program.

I am a mature student who has been working for several years and I no longer know any of my professors. Will my application be considered?

Yes, it will. You must meet the basic requirements and the academic requirements for the program. Your experience in the work field will be considered when the committee reviews your application and reference form. However, one of your references must be from someone who can attest to your academic ability.

How are applicants reviewed for the BEd program?

During the review process, applicants are evaluated in 3 areas: (a) all preceding academic accomplishments; (b) a demonstrated commitment to the vocation/profession of education; and (c) a rating of abilities based on the criteria of learner, worker and leader.

I am not finished my first degree yet. Can I still apply to the BEd program?

You may apply to the program. For applicants who have not yet completed their first degree, offers of admission will be ‘conditional’. All degree and minimum GPA requirements must be completed in the winter semester preceding the fall intake of the education program.

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