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.
You’ll choose one teaching subject and one of the following specialty areas:
- International Education
- Urban Education
- French (Secondary)
- Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion and Mental Health
- STEM Education
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Choose from 5 specialties
Intermediate/Senior Teaching subjects
Our Intermediate/Senior program prepares you with the skills and confidence to teach Grades 7 to 12. Select the following two teaching subjects that matches your passion:
- English (First Language)
- Environmental Science
- Family Studies
- French (Second Language)
- Health & Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Social Studies-General
Intermediate/Senior Specialty areas
Our International Education specialty area prepares you to teach in international and culturally-diverse schools. This specialty area is for you if you’re:
- Interested in teaching or leading in international educational contexts at home or abroad (for example, international schools)
- Committed to fostering international mindedness through international experience and curricula
- Ready to experience and participate in new cultural contexts beyond what you already know
Urban schools often serve students of cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity, many of whom live in poverty. Such schools may face issues of drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and crime. These issues also sometimes challenge suburban and rural schools but which are compounded in urban contexts by specific circumstances. For example, urban planning, development, zoning policies, and the gentrification of neighbourhoods, affect social housing conditions and access to resources for poor communities. Those policies can further disenfranchise young people in those communities in terms of their achievement and participation in schooling. While all teachers must be cognizant of equity and social justice issues, and be prepared to teach students of diverse backgrounds, the Urban Education specialty area helps build specialized knowledge and understanding about schools characterized by poverty and high rates of mobility, and which serve large numbers of ethnic, racial minority, immigrant, sexual minority, and gender-diverse students.
You’ll be prepared for schools serving students from particularly diverse and complex communities.
This specialty area is for you if:
- You want to make a commitment to improving opportunities for children and youth who come from disadvantaged positions in life
Using contemporary conceptualizations of language teaching and learning as well as a variety of approaches to language learning, this program prepares French language teachers for secondary school classrooms. You’ll get a critical understanding of – and sensitivity to linguistic variation – and you’ll also be prepared to teach students of diverse linguistic and social backgrounds in Canada.
This specialty area is for you if you’re interested in:
- Teaching French to students with diverse backgrounds and varied levels of proficiency
- Working in a private French language school, or in teaching French as a second, additional, or international language to students abroad
- Expanding your understanding of French language education and cultures in Canada
STEM programs bring together the disciplines of Science and Mathematics, and the fields of Technology and Engineering, to promote a multidisciplinary approach that solves real-world problems. Students in STEM programs deepen their understanding of concepts within each of the core disciplines and fields while engaging in activities that stimulate creative and critical thinking, collaborative and self-directed learning, and scientific, environmental, and technological literacy.
This specialty area is for you if:
- You have a passion for STEM
- You want to engage students in project-based, hands-on learning and problem-solving
- You appreciate holistic, integrative, cross-disciplinary, and creative thinking
Today’s classrooms include students with a variety of strengths, challenges, and exceptionalities. While all teachers must be prepared to teach for success in inclusive classrooms, the Advanced Studies in Psychology program builds specialized knowledge about evidence-based practices that significantly increase students’ academic achievement, social development, and mental health. Preference is given to candidates who have a strong psychology background in their undergraduate course work.
This specialty is for you if you’re:
- Interested in teaching students with exceptionalities, many of whom also face social or economic disadvantage, or both
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 2021 Entry:
- For admission in September 2021, you must be on track to complete your undergraduate degree at an accredited university by Aug. 31, 2021. The degree must be conferred no later than the Fall of 2021.
- You must have successfully completed the equivalent of 10 full 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 2020 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 Studies – General. Click here for a list of some acceptable courses (PDF).
- For the first teaching subject you select, five full or equivalent undergraduate or graduate credits, with a minimum average of 70%, are required.
- For the second teaching subject you select, three full or equivalent undergraduate or graduate credits, with a minimum average of 70%, are required.
Intermediate-Senior Program Requirements and Exceptions
English: 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.
Physical and Health Education: 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 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 Studies-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 Studies – 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, or by mail to 1137 Western Road, London N6G 2T5, attention "Equity Admission").
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.