Bachelor of Education – After-Degree

Elementary

The Bachelor of Education (Elementary) 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 Bachelor of Education (Elementary) after-degree program 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 of Math, Science, and Social Studies and two courses in English

For individuals whose first language is not English, evidence accepted by the University is:

  • 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.
  • IELTS (Academic Format) The minimum score required is 8.0 with no bands below a 7.0
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) with a minimum score of 200
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) with a minimum score of 200

Language proficiency evidence is not needed in cases where an applicant has studied for a minimum of 3 years in a formal full-time secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada or in any one of the language exempt countries.

Evidence of Community Involvement and Interest in the Vocation of Teaching (Résumé)
Applicants will be evaluated on the breadth and the depth of involvement in educational settings as well as experience with diversity and inclusive practices, highlighting prior work with children.

Letters of Reference
Applicants must submit three letters of reference using the Confidential Reference on Applicant Form. References are a rating of the applicant’s personal and professional qualities in different capabilities as a learner, worker, and leader. Reference letters from family or friends will not be considered.

Contact the Bachelor of Education Admissions at 403-254-3762 or 403-254-3126 or email admissions@stmu.ca if you have questions.

Admission is competitive and only those applicants that score high in all three categories are recommended for admission.

The Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program is a 60-credit, two-year after-degree of academic study and practicum.

Year 1- Fall

  • EDCM 301 (3.0): Introduction to Curricular Design
  • EDFM 313(3.0): Teaching for Diversity
  • EDPH 321(3.0): Philosophy of Catholic Education
  • EDFN 311 (3.0): Student Engagement
  • EDPR 331(3.0): Practicum I: Observation (3 weeks)

Year Two – Fall

  • EDCM 407 (3.0): Religious Education in the Elementary School
  • EDCM 409 (3.0): Assessment/Evaluation of Student Learning
  • EDCM 405 (3.0): Elementary Science Education
  • EDPR 431 (6.0): Practicum III: Intermediate (8 weeks)

Year 1 – Winter

  • EDCM 302(3.0): Literacy Education
  • EDCM 303 (3.0): Mathematics Education
  • EDPH 329 (3.0): Spirituality of the Catholic Educator
  • EDPH 327 (3.0): History and Philosophical Basis For Faith-Based Education
  • EDPR 337 (3.0): Practicum II: Orientation (4 weeks)

Year Two – Winter

  • EDCM 411(3.0): The Education Profession
  • EDCM 404 (3.0): Elementary Social Studies Education
  • EDFN 417(3.0): Inclusive Education
  • EDPR 437 (6.0): Practicum IV: Advanced (10 weeks)

Secondary

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

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) after-degree program must have completed a 4-year St. Mary’s University Bachelor’s degree or a 4-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. Admission to the BEd Secondary program is competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants are evaluated in three areas:

Academic Records

  • Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated from the most recently attempted 30 credits.
  • GPA for early conditional admission is calculated from grades available at time of application.
  • GPA for full admission is calculated from the final grades.
  • All degree requirements must be completed in the Winter semester preceding the Fall intake.
  • First degree must include 2 courses in Literature and Composition (English or French).
  • First degree must have either a major concentration in a teaching subject or an appropriate range of courses in a teaching subject, as outlined below for teachable subject areas.
  • Specific Teachable Subject Area criteria includes:
    1. English Language Arts
      Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English or eight courses (24 credits) in General Humanities in three areas, including four courses (12 credits) in English.
    2. Social Studies
      Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, Economics, History, Geography, Political Sciences or Sociology or eight courses (24 credits) in General Social Sciences courses from three areas including four courses (12 credits) in History.
    3. Mathematics
      Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Computing Sciences, or Mathematics OR eight courses (24 credits) in General Sciences from three areas, including four courses (12 credits) in Mathematics/Statistics.
    4. Sciences
      Bachelor of Science degree OR eight courses (24 credits) in General Sciences from three areas, including four courses (12 credits) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physical Geography (two of the three areas must be school science subjects)
  • For individuals whose first language is not English, evidence accepted by the University is:
    • 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.
    • IELTS (Academic Format) The minimum score required is 8.0 with no bands below a 7.0
    • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) with a minimum score of 200
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) with a minimum score of 200

    Language proficiency evidence is not needed in cases where an applicant has studied for a minimum of 3 years in a formal full-time secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada or in any one of the language exempt countries.

Evidence of Community Involvement and Interest in the Vocation of Teaching (Résumé)
Applicants will be evaluated on the breadth and the depth of involvement in educational settings as well as experience with diversity and inclusive practices, highlighting prior work with children.

Letters of Reference
Applicants must submit three letters of reference using the Confidential Reference on Applicant Form. References are a rating of the applicant’s personal and professional qualities in different capabilities as a learner, worker, and leader. Reference letters from family or friends will not be considered.

Contact the Bachelor of Education Admissions at 403-254-3762 or 403-254-3126 or email admissions@stmu.ca if you have questions.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree program is a 60-credit, two-year after-degree of academic study and practicum.

First Year Courses

  • EDCM 301: Introduction to Curricular Design
  • EDFN 313: Teaching for Diversity and the Common Good
  • EDFN 311: Student Engagement
  • EDPH 321: Philosophy of Catholic Education
  • EDPR 331: Practicum I: Observation
  • EDCM 357: Disciplinary Methods of Teaching I
  • EDFN 329: Indigenous Education
  • EDCM 365: The Adolescent Learner
  • EDPH 327: History and Philosophical Bases of Faith-Based Education
  • EDPR 337: Practicum II: Orientation

Second Year Courses

  • EDCM 457: Disciplinary Methods of Teaching Part II
  • EDCM 409: Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
  • EDCM 461: New Literacies
  • EDPR 431: Practicum III: Intermediate
  • EDCM 411: The Education Profession in the Province of Alberta
  • EDFN 417: Inclusive Education: Meeting the Needs of All Learners
  • EDPH 429: Spirituality of the Catholic Educator
  • EDPR 437: Practicum IV: Advanced

Bachelor of Education – Single Entry

Elementary/Secondary (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 program 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 credit of their BA/BSc and submit an Intent to Proceed form by the same date as the Application to Graduate form.

Application Link
Apply to the BEd Single-Entry program here: apply.stmu.ca

Admission Criteria
A cohort cap for the BEd Single-Entry program will be determined annually in consultation with the Dean of Education, the Education Faculty, the Vice-President Academic and the Vice-President Student Services.

During the review process, applicants are evaluated in the following areas:

Academic Records
Admission to the Single-Entry program is competitive.

  • 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.
  1. English Language Arts 30-1 or ENGL 030 (St. Mary’s University equivalent)
  2. One of:
    • Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or MATH 030 (St. Mary’s University equivalent of Mathematics 30-1). Mathematics 31 does not satisfy this requirement.
    • 30-level language other than English
  3. Two of:
    • Aboriginal Studies 30 (5 credits)
    • Biology 30
    • Chemistry 30
    • 30-level language other than English
    • Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or MATH 030 (if not used to satisfy requirement #2)
    • Mathematics 31
    • Physics 30
    • Science 30
    • Social Studies 30-1
  4. One additional approved 5-credit or two 3-credit subjects at the 30-level (excluding Special Projects 30)

Contact the Bachelor of Education Admissions at 403-254-3762 or 403-254-3126 or email admissions@stmu.ca if you have questions.

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

Résumé
Include all experience working with children, volunteer experience, and work history.

Letters of Reference
Three references using the Confidential Reference on Applicant form are required. Alternatively, referees can write a standard reference letter. Original, signed, and sealed references are preferred. References area 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.

All supporting documents may be submitted by mail, email, or in person to:
St. Mary’s University
Attention: Enrolment Services Office
14500 Bannister Rd SE
Calgary, AB T2X 1Z4
Email: admissions@stmu.ca

Admission is competitive and only those applicants that score high in all three categories are recommended for admission.

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 a 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 are required. 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. References from friends or family members is not recommended. 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. Language proficiency evidence is not needed In cases where an applicant has studied for a minimum of 3 years in a formal full time secondary or post secondary institution in Canada or in any one of the language exempt countries.

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

Apply early as spaces are limited.

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?
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. 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. 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. St. Mary’s offers opportunities to travel abroad as part of their teacher preparation 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 working and life experience 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.

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