Faculty of Education

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Preservice Education

Diploma and Bachelor of Education

Our Diploma in Education (Technological Education) is a one-year, full-time program that runs from September to mid-May. It prepares candidates with a technical background to teach broad-based technology in secondary schools. Our Bachelor of Education is a one-year, full-time program that runs from September to mid-May. It provides the knowledge, experience, resources, and support to prepare professional educators.

Our programs feature core courses in:

  • Social foundation for education
  • Educational psychology
  • Special education

Teacher candidates choose one of three program options:

  • Primary Junior (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6)
  • Primary Junior/French as a Second Language (FSL) Junior Intermediate (Grades 4-10)
  • Intermediate Senior (Grades 7-12)

Other features of the program include:

  • Many elective courses and professional development workshops
  • 13 weeks of student teaching (practicum divided into two blocks)
  • A 2-week "Transition to Professional Practice" in the first two weeks of May

Benefits & Skills

A Bachelor of Education provides you with skills in:

  • Education & training
  • Organization & time management
  • Innovating thinking & problem solving
  • Communication & presentation
  • Cooperation & relationship building
  • Flexibility & adaptability
  • Supervision & evaluation

Careers

Many career options are available to teacher candidates graduating with their Bachelor of Education (additional education or training may be required).

  • Adult Education teacher
  • Special Education teacher
  • ESL teacher
  • Corporate teacher
  • Recreation program coordinator
  • Curriculum developer
  • Education materials writer or sales representative
  • School or college counselor
  • International school recruitment officer
  • Educational administrator
  • School social worker
  • School psychologist

A Bachelor of Education can also help to prepare you for a career in these areas of employment:

  • Educational leadership
  • Education and law
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Occupational/Speech therapy
  • Educational publishers
  • Administration offices
  • Provincial & Federal government agencies
  • Post-secondary education (colleges & universities)
  • Youth & social services
  • Community development agencies
  • Arts, culture, & educational centres

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Our Additional Qualifications (AQ) courses meet the certification requirements of the Ontario College of Teachers. We offer over 100 AQ courses that will enhance your professional development in many subjects, including:

  • Special education
  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • French as a second language (FSL)
  • Drama
  • Environmental science
  • Computer studies / Business
  • Health/physical education

Our AQ course formats are fully online, and some are on-campus during the summer. Our AQ courses feature:

  • Easy-to-follow instructions and downloadable learning materials
  • Practice-based and research-informed course content
  • Video conferencing and live chat
  • Outstanding and experienced course instructors
  • Access to Western Libraries’ extensive range of online journals

Benefits

With additional qualifications courses, you will

  • Upgrade your salary (visit OSSTF and QECO for more information)
  • Develop in current or new areas of specialization
  • Access current research studies and publications in the field of education
  • Gain a greater understanding of the core values and issues of professional practice
  • Learn in an environment that is accessible and supportive
  • Incorporate current research and technology into daily teaching practices
  • Demonstrate your dedication, professionalization, and expertise to employers

Graduate Education

Graduate Education

Western Education’s Graduate Programs Office proudly offers a variety of graduate studies programs to suit your academic interests, career objectives, and personal lifestyle.

We offer fully on-site research-based programs and fully online practice-based programs. Enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Generally, our application deadline is in late winter/early spring for a fall start. Visit our Graduate Programs site to find out more.

Currently, we offer graduate degree programs in the following areas of specialization:

RESEARCH INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

  • Master of Arts
    • Educational Studies (areas of research include Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics, Applied Psychology, and Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies.)
    • Counselling Psychology
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Studies (areas of research include Curriculum and Pedagogy, Equity and Inclusive Education and Leadership and Policy Studies in Education)

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Master of Professional Education
    • Inclusive/Special Education (fields of focus in Applied Behavior Analysis and Teaching Students with Exceptionalities)
    • Curriculum Studies (fields of focus include Early Childhood Education, Mathematics, Multiliteracies and Leadership in Curriculum)
    • Educational Leadership (fields of focus include Educational Leadership, Catholic Educational Leadership, Equity, Diversity and Social Justice and Aboriginal Education Leadership)
    • International Education
  • Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

For more information the different areas of focus of our Research Intensive and Professional Programs, visit this web page.

Our graduate programs offer numerous benefits students:

  • Earn a higher starting salary
  • Fit continued education into your busy schedule
  • Increase your capacity and skill level
  • Network with other working professionals

An advanced degree provides graduates with advanced skills in:

  • Independent thinking
  • Conducting research and pursuing new ideas
  • Creation of new knowledge
  • Motivation to innovate
  • Working as part of a team
  • Solving problems of practice
  • Developing research and community of practice networks
  • Translating scholarly research into work-related applications

Our faculty also offers to students:

  • leading researchers and exceptional practitioners for instruction and supervision
  • high quality, flexible on-site and online courses
  • cost-competitive programming
  • reliable research, administrative, and tech supports

Please note: First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are encouraged to apply and are warmly welcomed and supported in their studies through Western’s Indigenous Services office. For more information, please visit this web page.

Join us at Western Education for engaging, rewarding, and life-long learning through graduate studies!