Bachelor of Education – Primary/Junior program

You’ve dreamed about stepping in front of the classroom. Take your first step in a rewarding career. Apply to our Bachelor of Education – Primary/Junior program.

If you enjoy working with young children, our primary/junior program is for you. You’ll develop the skills and confidence to step into the classroom and teach all subjects from kindergarten to Grade 6.

Choose a specialty area where you’ll make a difference in the lives of your students:

  • International Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Urban Education
  • French (Elementary)
  • Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion and Mental Health
  • Mathematics through the Arts
Choose from 6 specialties

Choose from 6 specialties

Spend half your time teaching

Spend half your time teaching

Develop your 'soft' skills

Develop your 'soft' skills

Learn from mentors

Learn from mentors

Primary/Junior Program Options

Primary/Junior

Our Primary/Junior program prepares you with the skills and confidence to teach Kindergarten to Grade 6.

You don’t select a teaching subject because, as a primary/junior teacher, you will be teaching every subject in your classroom.

Primary/Junior French

Our Primary/Junior French program prepares you with the skills and confidence to teach core and immersion French from Kindergarten to Grade 6. You must select the following program that matches your passion:

  • Primary/Junior French

Primary/Junior Specialty areas

International Education

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

Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood Education specialty area helps you develop particular expertise in the education of the youngest learners in schools — those in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 3 between the ages of four to eight.

This specialty area is for you if you’re:

  • Interested in early years and primary education
  • Background is in – and if you have a passion for – working with and learning from young children
  • Committed to exciting and innovative curriculum and pedagogical practices for this age group

ECE Certification Program: In partnership with Capilano University, the Faculty of Education is pleased to offer B.Ed. candidates in the ECE specialty area (entering the program 2018 and 2019) the opportunity to add a set of courses and a practicum placement in Early Childhood Education. These additional courses may be used toward fulfilment of the licence obligations stipulated by the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). (Note that certification with CECE requires an individual assessment and is not guaranteed through taking these additional courses. Students requesting these additional courses must also meet Capilano University admission requirements and will be subject to additional course fees.)

Urban Education

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
  • from disadvantaged positions in life 

French (Elementary)

*Note: Candidates in PJ French or JI French MUST take this specialty area.

In this specialty area, you’ll be prepared to teach in French Immersion and Core French programs in Ontario schools. 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

Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion and Mental Health

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 

Mathematics through the Arts

If you have Math phobia, or if the thought of teaching math makes you nervous, this specialty is for you. And if you love Math or were a Math major, this specialty is also for you.

Literacy and numeracy are high priority subjects in Ontario elementary schools. The province is promoting Math teaching and would like to see a teacher in every school who can lead the Math program in that school. Principals and school districts are looking for elementary teachers with Math expertise. The Mathematics Through the Arts specialty could help you be that teacher.

Mathematics Through the Arts will help you see that everyone can enjoy Math, that artistic ideas, such as beauty, surprise, and delight can inform Math teaching, and that Math ideas can be shared with family and friends just as a good story is shared. The Mathematics Through the Arts specialty will also help you develop leadership skills for engaging parents and other teachers in support of math education for primary-junior or junior-intermediate Teacher Candidates. No particular background in either Mathematics or the Arts is required for you to be successful in this specialty.

Belinda Berberi

What I like about my BEd program is it is structured for success. This program gave me the tools to prepare for the demand in classrooms today. Learning from educators, principals, guest speakers and students made my program worthwhile.

- Belinda Berberi

Primary/Junior program details

Admissions

Minimum Academic Requirements for Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate, and Intermediate-Senior Programs, September 2021 Entry:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, you must also meet your program stream requirements:
    • Primary Junior
      Applicants who have completed at least one-half undergraduate or graduate credit in four or more of the following areas receive preference in the admissions process: English, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science, Social Science/Humanities (Canadian History/Geography preferred). Click here for a list of some acceptable courses (PDF).
    • Primary-Junior Stream (French) – special requirement
      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 don’t have university-level French courses may apply for special consideration by emailing eduwo@uwo.ca. We reserve the right to test candidates to ensure they meet the required standard. A fee is required for testing.

      Applicants who have completed at least one-half undergraduate or graduate credit in four or more of the following areas receive preference in the admissions process: English, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science, Social Science/Humanities (Canadian History/Geography preferred). Click here for a list of some acceptable courses (PDF).
  5. 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 eduwo@uwo.ca, or by mail to 1137 Western Road, London N6G 2T5, attention "Equity Admission").

Appeals

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

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).

Guaranteed admission

Western offers several programs which guarantee admission to the Faculty of Education:

  • Kings' University College:
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Family Studies program guarantees entry to Intermediate/Senior with Family Studies as a teaching subject.
  • 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.

 

Tuition

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.

Funding

Funding

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OSAP

Learn more about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Scholarships and bursaries

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