Bachelor of Education – Elementary

2 Year Degree

The Bachelor of Education Elementary Program is a two-year, 60-credit after-degree program and includes 26 weeks of practicum. The Elementary route is a generalist program that prepares graduates with the essential skills, knowledge, and attributes to teach kindergarten to grade 6. Graduates of our program are described by our school district partners as mature, confident and hardworking individuals who are committed to helping their students succeed. In addition to the strong knowledge skills and attributes expected of teachers, the program provides opportunities to understand the philosophy, spirituality and profession of teaching in Catholic and non-Catholic settings. Upon completing the program, students will earn a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) and will be recommended for teacher certification in Alberta.

Students hone their leadership skills by participating in field placements, community engagement activities, experiential learning, training opportunities and case studies.

  • Communication: work cooperatively with others; understand group dynamics; presenting information in an effective manner; write clearly; negotiate with others; and mediate conflict
  • Instructing: present lessons in a comprehensive manner; provide one-to-one help; explain concepts clearly; assess proficiencies and recommend alternative strategies for learning
  • Analytical thinking: link specific issues to broad concepts; identify key issues in decision-making or problem solving; weight alternatives and identify solutions; formulate questions relevant to clarifying a particular problem, topic, or issue; and research topics and present findings to groups
  • Mentoring & organization: supervise students in class to prevent poor behaviour and encourage learning; organize materials during class planning; and manage time effectively
Aside from a teacher, there are many career pathways you can follow with a Bachelor of Education such as:

  • Education Administration (ex: Principal, Superintendent, School District Administrator)
  • Curriculum Design
  • Student Counseling (ex: School Psychologist, Guidance Counselor, Career Counselor)
  • Recreation and Student Life (ex: After School Program Director, Youth Organization Director)
  • Education Policy and Research
  • Writing/Publishing
  • Adult Education and Mentoring
  • Teaching in Alternative Settings (ex: Corporate Trainer, Museum Educator)
The Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program is a 60-credit, two-year after-degree of academic study and practicum.

Year 1- Fall

  • EDCM 301 (3.0): Introduction to Curricular Design
  • EDFM 313(3.0): Teaching for Diversity
  • EDPH 321(3.0): Philosophy of Catholic Education
  • EDFN 311 (3.0): Student Engagement
  • EDPR 331(3.0): Practicum I: Observation (3 weeks)

Year Two – Fall

  • EDCM 407 (3.0): Religious Education in the Elementary School
  • EDCM 409 (3.0): Assessment/Evaluation of Student Learning
  • EDCM 405 (3.0): Elementary Science Education
  • EDPR 431 (6.0): Practicum III: Intermediate (8 weeks)

Year 1 – Winter

  • EDCM 302(3.0): Literacy Education
  • EDCM 303 (3.0): Mathematics Education
  • EDPH 329 (3.0): Spirituality of the Catholic Educator
  • EDPH 327 (3.0): History and Philosophical Basis For Faith-Based Education
  • EDPR 337 (3.0): Practicum II: Orientation (4 weeks)

Year Two – Winter

  • EDCM 411(3.0): The Education Profession
  • EDCM 404 (3.0): Elementary Social Studies Education
  • EDFN 417(3.0): Inclusive Education
  • EDPR 437 (6.0): Practicum IV: Advanced (10 weeks)

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St. Mary’s University is a dynamic, welcoming teaching and research institution. We offer fully accredited, affordable and rigorous degrees that are recognized the world over. We hope that your adventure will be an amazing one, and that you will remain connected to St. Mary’s for a lifetime.

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