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.
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:
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.
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 while most end by 6:30 p.m., there are some sections of some classes running until 8:30 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See English Language Proficiency requirements at step 4, or click here.
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.