Bachelor of Education – Intermediate/Senior program
You’ve dreamed about stepping in front of the classroom. Now, take your first step in a rewarding career. Apply to our Bachelor of Education – Intermediate/Senior program.
If you enjoy working with adolescents, our Intermediate/Senior program is for you. You’ll develop the skills and confidence to step into the classroom and teach Grades 7 to 12.
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What I like about my BEd program is the practicum. I like that we can shadow teachers and see how they handle themselves and how they build relationships with the students.
- Tianyi Yan
Intermediate/Senior program details
Minimum Academic Requirements for Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate, and Intermediate-Senior Programs, September 2022 Entry:
- For admission in September 2022, you must be on track to complete your undergraduate degree at an accredited university by Aug. 31, 2022. The degree must be conferred no later than the Fall of 2022.
- You must have successfully completed the equivalent of 10 full (or equivalent) university credits at the time of your application. Transfer credits from community colleges and CEGEP courses can’t be considered. Preference is given to those who have a four-year degree with the equivalent of 20 full credits.
- You must have a minimum average of 70% in your best 10 full or equivalent undergraduate courses.
If you’re applying to the Junior-Intermediate or Intermediate-Senior programs, you must also have a minimum average of 70% in those courses, which support your teaching subjects.
Courses taken after August 2021 cannot be included in the calculation of the overall and teaching subject averages, but will be counted in support of program requirements. List these and other courses, which will be completed to meet final degree requirements in the TEAS application form.
- In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, you must also meet your program stream requirements:
- For the Intermediate/Senior program, you must select two teaching subjects from the following: Economics, English (First Language), Environmental Science, Family Studies, French (Second Language), Geography, Health & Physical Education, History, Law, Mathematics, Music – Instrumental, Music – Vocal, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Education, Science – Biology, Science – Chemistry, Science – General, Science – Physics, Social Science – General.
- For your first teaching subject, five (5.0) full or equivalent undergraduate or graduate credits, with a minimum average of 70%, are required. We'll accept no more than two (2.0) full or equivalent related courses.
- For your second teaching subject, three (3.0) full or equivalent undergraduate or graduate credits, with a minimum average of 70%, are required. We'll accept no more than one (1.0) full or equivalent related courses.
- Core and Related Courses: Core courses are those offered by a department directly related to your teaching subject (e.g., English 1020 in the Department of English). Related courses are those with significant content in your teaching subject area but offered through another department (e.g., Classical Studies for History). Click here for a list of some acceptable courses (PDF). If you're are unsure if a course is considered related, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intermediate-Senior Program Requirements and Exceptions
English: Courses focused on literature or poetry best support this teachable subject. Courses in English culture, linguistics, essay writing, and writing for business or science are not acceptable.
Family Studies: Applicants with course credits in the following areas receive preference for admission to Family Studies as a first or second teaching subject: Child and Family Development, Housing and Interior Design, Clothing and Textiles, Foods and Nutrition, Family Resource Management (Consumer Economics).
French: For admission to French as either a first or second teaching subject, applicants must possess oral and written fluency in French and a thorough knowledge of grammar. Normally, five full French courses with a 70% average (or the equivalent), at least two of which should be language courses, are required. One or more full course equivalents in French literature is desirable for those hoping to teach in French-immersion settings. Fluent French speakers who do not have university-level French courses may apply for special consideration by emailing email@example.com . We reserve the right to test candidates to ensure they meet the required standard. A fee is required for testing.
Geography: Applicants with course credits in Canadian Geography receive preference for admission to Geography as a first or second teaching subject. (It may not be combined with Economics, History, Law, or Politics.
Health and Physical Education: Courses offered through Kinesiology, Human Kinetics and Physical Education/Activity best support this teaching subject. Applicants with three or more activity course credits receive preference for admission to HPE as a first or second teaching subject.
History: Applicants with course credits in Canadian History receive preference for admission to History as a first or second teaching subject. (It may not be combined with Economics, Geography, Law, or Politics.)
Law: It may not be combined with Geography, History, Economics or Politics.
Mathematics: Applicants with at least one full course credit in senior (2nd year or above) Mathematics receive preference for admission to Math as a first or second teaching subject.
Music: Candidates are strongly encouraged to select either Instrumental Music or Vocal Music as teaching options, but not both. Strong preference will be given during the admissions process to candidates who choose one Music option and accompany it with a teaching option from another subject area.
Music – Instrumental: Credits should include at least one instrumental conducting course, several minor instrument courses in woodwinds, brass and percussion and one music theory course.
Music – Vocal: Credits should include at least one choral or vocal techniques course, one choral conducting course, and one music theory course.
Philosophy: It may not be combined with Social Science - General.
Politics: It may not be combined with Geography, History, Economics or Law.
Religious Education: As a first or second teaching subject, five full credits, or the equivalent, are required. Applicants with course credits in the following areas receive preference for admission to Religious Education as a first or second teaching subject: Old and New Testament studies, Catholic Church teachings in morality and social justice, sacraments, sexuality and marriage in the Catholic tradition, and Vatican II theology.
Science: Candidates must select only one teaching option from among the senior science courses of biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics. A senior science choice may be accompanied with either Science-General or a teaching option from another subject area.
Science General: Applicants with course credits in the following areas receive preference for admission to Science General as a first or second teaching subject: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, Physics.
Social Science – General: A full credit in each of the following areas is preferred: Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology. This is an optional subject in the secondary school curriculum, and entry to this teaching subject is limited. Applicants are advised to select this as a second teaching subject only. (It may not be combined with Philosophy.)
- English Language Proficiency: If applicable, English language proficiency tests must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar before an offer of admission can be made.
Equity admission application
We’re strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusivity in all that we do. For a designated number of places in the B.Ed. program, preference will be given to members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and those disadvantaged and discriminated because of their race, religion, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, ability and/or other factors identified by the applicant. Those wishing consideration under the equity admissions process must submit the Equity Admission Application (PDF) by the application deadline to the Teacher Education Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements will not be admitted. If you believe an error has been made in the evaluation of your application, you may submit an appeal using the form available here (PDF). Appeals for 2021 admission are due by March 1, 2021.
Offers of admission will be made online via the Student Center on Feb. 15. Access to the Student Center requires the activation of your Western identity. Account activation instructions are available here (PDF).
Western offers several programs which guarantee admission to the Faculty of Education:
- Kings' University College:
- Catholic Studies for Teachers program guarantees entry to Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior with Religious Education as a teaching subject.
- Social Justice and Peace Studies program guarantees entry to Intermediate/Senior with Social Science-General as a teaching subject.
- French program guarantees entry to Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior with French as a Second Language teaching subject.
- The Faculty of Music's Bachelor of Music with Honours in Music Education program guarantees entry to Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior with a Music-Instrumental or Music-Vocal teaching subject.
- Brescia University College:
- Huron University College’s French program guarantees entry to Primary/Junior French as a Second Language or Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior with a French as a Second Language teaching subject.
The University decides tuition fees and they’re updated annually each July. For the most up-to-date tuition information, please visit the Office of the Registrar's Fee Schedule page. Here, you'll find PDFs that outline program fees as they relate to you (such as 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.
Learn more about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Scholarships and bursaries
At Western, you’ll be able to personalize your BEd program by choosing a Specialty Area. The following Specialty Areas are available for those admitted to the Intermediate/Senior program.
Intermediate/Senior Teaching subjects
Our Intermediate/Senior program prepares you with the skills and confidence to teach Grades 7 to 12. Select two teaching subjects from the following list:
- English (First Language)
- Environmental Science
- Family Studies
- French (Second Language)
- Health & Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Social Studies-General