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The Faculty of Education provides professional preparation for teachers and opportunities for graduate study for those interested in more advanced work in education. Undergraduate degree programs are available in elementary and secondary program routes.
Each Bachelor of Education degree program allows for certification as a teacher in Alberta. Teaching Certificates are granted by the Minister of Education, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education.
All inquiries should be addressed to the Office of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Student Services), Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5.
The Education Students' Association (ESA) is the largest undergraduate student organization within the Faculty of Education. As well as being the official representation for undergraduates in the Faculty, the ESA is also designated as Student Local #1 of the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), and is also designated as the official faculty association of the University of Alberta Students' Union. All members of the ESA are entitled to run for council or executive positions on the Education Students' Association. ESA has representation on a number of Faculty and Department councils and committees. For more information on representation on councils and committees, contact the ESA Vice President, External Affairs.
The ESA is responsible for renting lockers located in the Education building, and provides a tutor registry for Education students looking for tutor opportunities. The ESA also conducts a number of social, academic and professional development events throughout the year.
For more general information, contact the ESA at email@example.com, visit www.educationstudents.ca, or visit us in person at the ESA office [4-110A Education North, (780) 492-3650] during office hours for details.
Advanced Study in Education for Holders of Approved Degrees
The Faculty of Education offers professional learning through free-standing for-credit University Certificate in the following area:
Admission to University Certificate requires a three- or four-year degree (see Admission for admission and document requirements).
University Certificates consist of a minimum of ★15 credits. Certificates will be awarded for the successful completion of the designated courses within the Certificate and with a final GPA of 2.0 or above. Certificates must be completed within four years.
Diploma of the Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education offers a series of diploma programs to provide additional special qualifications in designated areas. Normally, admission to a diploma program requires an undergraduate degree and a professional teaching certificate. Where exceptional circumstances warrant, one or both of the above requirements may be waived. Additional requirements may be set, and quotas may be imposed on particular diploma programs.
Students who now hold the MEd degree may not obtain the Diploma based on courses credited to the MEd degree program.
Normally, courses credited toward the diploma may not also be credited toward the Bachelor of Education degree. The minimum required grade for courses to be credited toward the Diploma is C-. Students who fail to complete the diploma program requirements in four years from date of starting the program may have their diploma program reviewed and, if necessary, rearranged according to prevailing requirements.
Applicants who do not hold a Teaching Certificate will not receive one on completion of a Diploma program. A student wanting certification must take the basic Certification program described in Teaching Certification .
Applicants who have never attended the University of Alberta must complete an Application for Admission and submit it along with all relevant documentation to the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline.
Applicants who have attended the University of Alberta should complete an Application for Readmission or Internal Transfer form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline.
Diploma programs currently available are listed by Department, as follows. Contact the Departments directly for more detailed information.
Department of Educational Psychology
Teaching English as a Second Language
(Program Plan A)
Teaching English as a Second Language
(Program Plan B)
Department of Educational Policy Studies
Department of Elementary Education
Early Childhood Education
Department of Secondary Education
Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
CTS: Business, Administration, Finance
CTS: Communication Arts
CTS: Computing Science
CTS: Human Sciences
CTS: Natural Resources
CTS: Trades, Manufacturing, and Transportation
English Language Arts
English as a Second Language
Music: Wind Band
Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
Religious and Moral Education
*From time to time the Department of Secondary Education may offer diploma programs in special topics or students may be interested in completing a diploma in an area not included in the listing above. Students interested in working in an area not included in the listing above should consult the Department of Secondary Education.
Graduate Degree Programs in Education
The Faculty of Education offers graduate work for the preparation of teachers, supervisors, guidance counsellors, administrators and other educational specialists, and may lead to the degrees of Master of Education, Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy. Candidates for these advanced degrees choose an area of concentration corresponding to the specialization of a particular department as follows:
Department of Educational Policy Studies: adult education; educational administration and leadership; indigenous peoples education; and theoretical, cultural and international studies in education.
Department of Educational Psychology: counselling and school psychology, educational psychology, special education, instructional technology education.
Department of Elementary Education: curriculum and instruction in kindergarten, primary, and elementary education (Grades 1-6).
Department of Secondary Education: curriculum and instruction in secondary education (Grades 7-12).
To meet candidates' needs and interests, departments permit considerable flexibility in the programs leading to advanced degrees. In general, students pattern their courses from the offerings of the department of their choice, supplemented by approved courses from other departments. Specific requirements for graduate degrees offered by the various departments in the Faculty of Education are found in Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research .
Graduate-level courses in education are offered in Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.
Students should address their preliminary inquiries to the appropriate Department Chair and, if possible, arrange for an interview.
All candidates for graduate degrees must also be formally admitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, which administers graduate degree programs offered by the University of Alberta.
School of Library and Information Studies
The School of Library and Information Studies offers the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree. The MLIS program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. This accreditation is also recognized by the Canadian Library Association.
The MLIS develops the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills that prepare graduates for positions of responsibility in school, academic, public and special libraries, and in the information industry.
In preparing for the MLIS program, students should include courses distributed among the social sciences, biological and physical sciences, literature, and other areas of the humanities. Prior library experience can be beneficial.
The minimum requirement for the MLIS degree is either 13 single-term graduate courses and a thesis (thesis route), or 16 single-term graduate courses and a capping exercise (course-based route). Students may enrol in the School on a full-time or part-time basis. Students registered full time will normally be able to complete the degree requirements in two years. There are no residence requirements in the course-based route.
For further information, contact the School of Library and Information Studies.
School of Library and Information Studies courses are listed in Course Listings , under the heading Library and Information Studies (LIS).
Employment with Catholic School Boards
Students planning to seek employment in Catholic Schools in Alberta should consult St Joseph's College early in their program about including courses in Christian Religious Education, Theology, and Philosophy in their program of study.
Collaborative BEd Degree Completion Program with Keyano College
A Bachelor of Education (Elementary Route) Degree Completion program with Keyano College was approved, beginning in September 2015. The focus of this program is on Teaching in the Rural North. For more information regarding this ongoing program, contact Undergraduate Student Services in the Faculty of Education (University of Alberta) or the Student Advising Office at Keyano College.
Collaborative BEd Degree Completion Program with Red Deer College
A Bachelor of Education (Elementary Route) Degree Completion program with Red Deer College was approved, beginning in September 1996. The focus of this program is on Middle School Education. For more information regarding this ongoing program, contact Undergraduate Student Services or the Education Programs Office, Red Deer College.
Collaborative BEd Degree Completion Program with Grande Prairie Regional College
A Bachelor of Education (Elementary) Degree Completion program with Grande Prairie Regional College was approved, beginning in September 1999. The focus of the Teacher Education North program is teaching in northern communities. For more information regarding this ongoing program, contact Undergraduate Student Services or the Registrar's Office, Grande Prairie Regional College.
Collaborative BEd Degree Completion Program with the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP)
A Bachelor of Education Degree Completion program in collaboration with various postsecondary institutions such as Blue Quills First Nations College, Keyano College, Northern Lakes College, Maskwachees Cultural College, Portage College on an alternating basis. For more information contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education.
BEd Program for Certificated Teachers
Certificated teachers are granted credit for the first year of the Bachelor of Education degree for their Normal School or Junior E training if this training was of not less than seven months' duration.
Teachers who have never attended the University of Alberta should submit an Application for Admission form to the Registrar's Office.
Teachers who completed the one-year program offered by the University of Alberta (before 1962) should submit an Application for Readmission or Internal Transfer form to the Registrar's Office.
Embedded Certificates (Undergraduate)
The Faculty of Education is the administrative unit for certificates offered to graduating students which acknowledge formally that students have studied particular themes, within one discipline, or across disciplines. Normally the requirements for the certificates can be completed as part of the requirements for the degree; however, in some cases, a student may need to take more than the minimum required for their degree program in order to qualify for both the degree and the certificate. The following certificates are available:
Certificate in Global Citizenship : available to undergraduate students across the University, regardless of Faculty or program.
Deadline for Application: Application for all certificates is made to the student's home Faculty student services office by February 1 for Spring Convocation and September 1 for Fall Convocation. At present, this certificate is not available to students who have already completed their degrees, or who are not receiving a degree at the appropriate convocation.