Bachelor of Education Program

Earn a BEd degree that combines theory and hands-on experience.

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.

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Why Our Program?

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

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Why Western University?

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

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Why London Ontario?

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

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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.


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



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



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


Transfer into a Master's program

Bachelor of Education graduates have the opportunity to use their Specialty courses to “ladder” into, or gain advanced standing in, our Master of Professional Education (MPEd). This allows BEd graduates to complete an MPEd in 14-16 months, instead of the typical 24 months.

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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. The program is structured as follows (illustrated below):

Year 1 - 9 weeks in-class, 4 weeks practicum, 4 weeks holiday, 9 weeks in-class, 4 weeks practicum

Year 2 - 6 weeks practicum, 6 weeks in-class, 3 weeks AFE, 3 weeks holiday, 5 or 6 weeks practicum, 4 weeks AFE

(Note that specific dates are released each year following Faculty and University approval.)

Program Breakdown

You must be available to attend classes Monday through Thursday in each of the two program years. 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.


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. The application deadline for September 2019 admission is December 1, 2018.


Everyone must meet these requirements


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


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.


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.


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.

See English Language Proficiency requirements at step 4.

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Current Students

The information in this section has moved. Current students are encouraged to visit the new CSW (current student website) for important program details and success resources. Look under the "my program info" section for BEd-specific material.

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