May 30, 2023  
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024

Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education

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Please note [Apr 4, 2023]: EDITORIAL. This page has been updated for clarity. See Amendments to the Calendar  for more information.

General Information

Underlying Principles

The following principles underlie all teacher preparation programs:

  1. The education of a teacher is a continuous, life-long process. In addition to emphasizing basic or fundamental preparation, the initial pre-service experience should aid the development of attitudes that encourage self-evaluation and improvement, and the acquisition of knowledge and skills that facilitate life-long learning.
  2. All teacher preparation degree programs provide intending teachers with essential practical skills, a knowledge of theory and its relationship to practice, liberal studies, and subject-matter competence.
  3. The Faculty of Education is committed to providing quality teacher preparation programs and recognizes the importance of continuously monitoring, evaluating and refining its offerings to adequately reflect changes in society and advances in knowledge.
  4. The Bachelor of Education degree consists of a minimum of 120 units.

Program Planning

The Faculty of Education provides students with an official program outline when they are admitted. Using this, students are expected to be able to identify remaining course requirements for their particular degree program.

Students are responsible for being acquainted with all applicable regulations and meeting the requirements for the degree as outlined. Any exceptions to the requirements must be approved in writing by the Associate Dean (Education Student Services) with one copy to be placed in the student’s file and one to be given to the student.

Note: Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (After Degree) should consult Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education - After Degree  for program details.

Elementary Education

Elementary Education prepares teachers to teach all subjects and to facilitate the learning of all children at the elementary school level within our multicultural society. Teaching proficiency depends on knowledge of subject matter, pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, professional ethics, sensitivity to and respect for children and the sociocultural contexts in which they live, and an understanding of schooling in their social/political/economic environment. Developing attributes, fostering a sense of community, and developing a strong professional commitment reflected in a personal philosophy of education are the intent of Elementary Education.

Components of the Program

All students in the Elementary Route are enrolled in a generalist program that prepares prospective teachers in the required elementary school subjects. This degree consists of 120 units. Students should consult the program sheet provided at admission and seek advice from the Faculty of Education Student Services Office.

Note: No more than 6 units in junior English, or equivalent, may be taken for credit in a Bachelor of Education degree program.

Program Requirements (120 units)

Introductory Education Courses (9 units)

Note: Introductory Education Courses should be taken in Years 1 and 2, prior to the Introductory Professional Term.

Generalist Elements Courses (42 units)


  1. Generalist Elements Courses should be taken in Years 1 and 2, and chosen from the seven areas below.
  2. A maximum of 6 units in EDEL courses may be used to fulfill the Elements.

a. Aboriginal and Indigenous Histories and Culture (3 units)

b. Fine Arts (6 units)

6 units chosen from

c. Language/Literature (9 units)

3 units chosen from

  • English Literature
3 units chosen from

  • English
  • WRS
3 units chosen from

  • Senior English
  • Linguistics

d. Mathematics (6 units)

6 units chosen from

e. Natural Science (6 units)

f. Physical and Health Education (6 units)

g. Social Science (6 units)

As specified below:

3 units chosen from:

Options (24 units)

  • 18 units in Open Options
  • 3 units in Education Elective
  • 3 units in EDEL (400-Level) Option


  1. Options may be taken in Years 1 to 4 and can be used to further develop generalist teaching interests and/or create areas of specialization.
  2. The Education Elective and EDEL 400- Level options may have prerequisites and are normally available in Years 3 and 4 only.

Years 3 and 4


  1. EDEL 305  and EDEL 316  must be taken in Year 3 as pre/co-requisites to EDFX 325 .
  2. The Introductory Professional Term is normally offered in Year 3 Winter Term only and consists of EDFX 325 , 6 units EDEL courses, and EDPY 303 .
  3. The Advanced Professional Term is normally offered in Year 4 Fall Term only and consists of EDFX 425 , 3 units EDEL, and EDPY 301 .
  4. Not all courses are offered each term or in a 13-week or condensed format.
  5. Students should be aware of course prerequisites and refer to their individual program sheets for the proper sequencing of courses.

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