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Bachelor of Education Program

Perhaps you have always thought you would be a teacher. Perhaps it is a new idea for you. If you want more than a job—if you think you might have a calling or vocation to teach, and if you want to do something deeply meaningful with your life—then teaching just might be for you.

Western's four-term teacher education program offers a unique combination of course work, specializations, practica, and alternative field placements that address current needs in education. Our program prepares you for local, national, and international opportunities in education.

Why Our Program?

  • Specialization elective choices
  • Equal field and classroom time
  • Path to Masters Degree
  • International opportunities

Why Western University?

Western University is a top tier institution known around the world and rated one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada.

Why London Ontario?

Since 1878, the fortunes of Western University and the City of London have been undeniably linked.

Career Possibilities

Your BEd degree from Western’s Faculty of Education qualifies you for an Ontario Teaching Certificate, which is recognized instantly across Canada. International employers also recognize the knowledge, competence, and skills that Western Education graduates have to offer and eagerly attend our job fairs. With the BEd, many of our alumni have gone on to work in diverse fields such as these—and more:

  • teaching in public, private, and independent schools
  • teaching in adult education centres, colleges, and other post-secondary institutions
  • developing and writing curriculum for museums, art galleries, prisons
  • teaching and administration in international settings
  • corporate training
  • youth and social services
  • Provincial and Federal Government services
  • business or legal training

Program Streams

Western’s Bachelor of Education program consists of three streams leading to certification by the Ontario College of Teachers. You can elect to take the Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate, or Intermediate-Senior stream to develop expertise in teaching students in grades JK-6, 4-10, and 7-12, respectively. As well as selecting a program stream, you are given the choice of a specialty area consistent with your interests and goals: Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion & Mental Health, Early Years Education, Elementary School French, Secondary School French, International Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and Urban Education.

If after completing your BEd you are interested in and qualify for admission to our graduate program, some of your B.Ed. specialization courses will earn you advanced standing in one of our Masters of Professional Education (MPEd) degrees.

 

Primary-Junior

Primary-Junior

Prepare to teach all subjects, Kindergarten to grade 6.
Primary-Junior French: Prepare to teach core and immersion French, K-6.
Junior-Intermediate

Junior-Intermediate

Prepare to teach grades 4 to 10. You must choose French, Music or Religious Education for Catholic Schools as a teaching option.
Intermediate-Senior

Intermediate-Senior

Prepare to teach grades 7 to 12. You must choose two teaching options from a list of teachable subjects.

Time Commitment and Delivery

The Bachelor of Education program is a full-time, four-term program. It may not be completed, in whole or in part, on a part-time basis. Some courses are offered fully on-site in face-to-face formats; other courses include on-line components, and a very few courses are fully on-line.

You must be available to attend classes Monday through Thursday. Except during practicum blocks, no required classes or other activities are scheduled on Fridays. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and are scheduled to end no later than 6:30 p.m.

During practicum blocks, you must be in your assigned schools Monday through Friday. Morning arrival time and afternoon departure time is at the discretion of the school and Associate Teacher; arrival as early as 7:30 a.m. is not unusual. Click the button to learn more about the practicum portion of the program.

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Admission Requirements

The links below provide information about general admission requirements as well as requirements for each program stream. For an opportunity to ask questions and receive information in person, please join us at one of our many Information Events.

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Everyone must meet these requirements
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You must also meet your stream requirements

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are decided by the University and are updated annually each July. For the most up-to-date tuition information, please visit the Office of the Registrar's Fee Schedule page by clicking the ‘learn more’ button. Here, you'll find PDFs that outline program fees as they relate to you (ie. international vs. domestic student). Please note that all fees are annual amounts and must be paid in both year 1 and year 2 of the program.

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Funding Your Degree

Scholarships

There are a number of entrance and academic scholarships and bursaries that reward academic and experience-based excellence. Click through to the Scholarships page to see descriptions and application instructions.

scholarships



OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)

Ontario student funding is available to Ontario residents that meet the criteria for enrolment. You can learn more about this avenue of funding by clicking to the Registrar’s Office here and reading the latest options for students.

OSAP


How to Apply

Applying to our program is easy. Click on the ‘how to apply’ button and follow the steps to submit your application for review. We look forward to seeing your unique qualities and how we might work together to help you achieve teaching excellence and reach your career aspirations. We ask that you please complete each of the 3 main application steps: TEAS application, Experience Profile, and Paperwork.

how to apply

Current Students

If you’re already a student in the Bachelor of Education program you are well on your way to building the skills to reach your goals in education. Here are several important resources to help you maximize your experience throughout our program.