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Bachelor of Education Early Years (K-4)

Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic
Students who complete the Bachelor of Education degree will be well prepared to teach in inclusive K-12 learning environments. With practicum experiences in different contexts each year, including a full-term practicum, students gain a deep understanding of educational theory, Indigenous perspectives, and professional practice. After their Introductory Education (Year 1), students choose an Early Years (K - 4), Middle Years (5 - 9), or Secondary (10 - 12) specialization for their curriculum focus. Four foundational principles (Relationships and Community; Foundational Knowledge; Bridging Theory to Professional Practice; and Social Responsibility and Inclusion) are emphasized throughout the program to ensure that graduates will meet the Alberta Education Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) (2018) and enter their teaching career equipped with the knowledge and skills to design high-quality, socially responsible, and authentic learning opportunities that meet learner needs.

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Red Deer Polytechnic
100 College Boulevard
Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 5H5, Canada

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  • Program Type Bachelor's
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Education program at Red Deer Polytechnic requires applicants to meet minimum academic and non-academic requirements. Qualified applicants who meet all minimum requirements will be offered admission, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Academic Requirements 

Minimum overall average of 65% with no mark below 50% in:

  1. ELA 30-1 with a mark of at least 65%
  2. Math 30-1 with a mark of at least 50% or Math 30-2 with a mark of at least 65%
  3. Social Studies 30-1 with a mark of at least 50% or Social Studies 30-2 with a mark of at least 65%
  4. 1 course from Group C
  5. 1 course from Group A, B or C or Physical Education 30

Non-academic Requirements

Completion of the Casper Test. (Waived for Fall 2022 Admission)

Completion of Casper is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. Applicants are encouraged to complete the Casper promptly after applying to the Bachelor of Education program as the Casper score is a factor that is considered in the admission decision process. More information about the Casper Test is provided below.

Additional Requirements

  1. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency in addition to the program admission requirements.
  2. Applicants with Study Permits that are admitted to a program that has a practicum or clinical placement in childcare, primary/secondary school teaching or health service field occupations must complete their Medical Authorization as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada one month prior to the start of classes.
  3. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to review the program admission features information provided below.
  4. Students must meet high school course prerequisites for all required post-secondary courses in some majors or minors. The prerequisite courses are not required for admission but are necessary to register in the post-secondary course. High school equivalent courses are offered through Academic Upgrading at Red Deer Polytechnic.
  5. While not an admission requirement for the program, applicants are advised that they will be required to provide a current Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Check. The existence of a criminal record may prevent access to courses scheduled in schools, practicum placement, program completion, and professional licensure and therefore affect future employment prospects. Students should be prepared for expenses related to the acquisition of these documents annually.
  6. Applicants should be aware that all Bachelor of Education graduates who apply for certification as a teacher in Alberta will be subject to the following restrictions on eligibility:

evidence of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

evidence of proficiency in English or French.

except where the Minister of Education decides otherwise, the Registrar (Teacher Development and Certification, Alberta Education) shall not issue a teaching certificate to:

a person who has been convicted for an indictable offense under the Criminal Code; or

a person whom the Registrar has reason to believe should not be issued a certificate.

The Registrar shall refuse to issue a teaching certificate to any applicant possessing an indictable criminal conviction. The Registrar may refuse to issue a teaching certificate to an applicant possessing a criminal conviction of a nature deemed unsuitable for teaching children or for any other reason. Applicants may appeal the decision of the Registrar to a Certification Appeal Committee established by the Minister. Appeals must be made in writing within 30 days of being advised of the Registrar's decision not to issue a certificate.

For additional information please contact the Registrar, Teacher Development and Certification, Alberta Education at 310.000 and then 780.427.2045 or see:

Casper Test

The Casper test is a situational judgement test that provides information about applicants who are interested in people-orientated professions such as teaching. This standardized online test takes between 60 and 90 minutes and assesses the personal and professional attributes that are needed to be successful students and future teachers.

Applicants are required to first submit their application to Red Deer Polytechnic, then register for a Casper test on the Casper website.

Casper test results are sent directly to Red Deer Polytechnic on the applicant’s behalf and will inform the admission decision. It can take two to four weeks for Casper results to be released. Applicants with incomplete or missing Casper scores will not be considered for admission.

Applicants are only permitted to do the Casper assessment once per annual admission cycle.  Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will be expected to retake it. 

Taking the Casper test requires a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on the selected test date.

Further information about the Casper test is available at:


Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated September 08, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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