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Bachelor of Education Secondary

St. Mary's University

St. Mary's University
The two year Bachelor of Education (Secondary) After-Degree program is designed to prepare teachers at the secondary levels (7-12) in Alberta schools. While graduates of the program will be prepared to teach in a grade 7-12 program in any school, public or private, faith-based or secular, the program is particularly focused on preparing teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Alberta and beyond.

Enrolment Services Office
14500 Bannister Road S.E.
Calgary, Alberta, T2X1Z4, Canada

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  • Program Type Bachelor's
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) after- degree program must have completed a St. Mary’s University undergraduate degree or a 3- or 4-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. Admission to the B.Ed. program is competitive. Applications are considered based on three areas: Academic Records, Evidence of Community Involvement and Interest in the Vocation of Teaching (Résumé), and Letters of Reference. Admission requirements differ for the Elementary and Secondary streams.

1.  Academic Records - Secondary

  • Applicants must achieve a minimum 5 GPA calculated from the most recently attempted 30 credits
  • GPA for early conditional admission is calculated from grades available at time of application
  • GPA for full admission is calculated from final grades
  • All degree requirements must be completed in the Winter semester preceding the Fall intake
  • First degrees must include 2 courses in Literature and Composition (English or French)
  • First degrees must have either a major concentration in a teaching subject or an appropriate range of courses in a teaching subject, as outlined below for teachable subject areas
  • Specific Teachable Subject Area criteria includes:
A.   English Language Arts

Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English or eight courses (24 credits) in General Humanities in three areas, including four courses (12 credits) in English.

B.   Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with at least five courses (15 credits) in related fields such as Engineering, General Sciences, Computing Sciences, or Mathematics or eight courses (24 credits) in General Sciences from three areas, including 4 courses (12 credits) in Mathematics/ Statistics.

C.   Sciences

Bachelor of Science degree with at least 15 credits in the Sciences including at least 5 courses (15 credits) in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physical Geography; or eight courses (24 credits) in three General Sciences areas, including 4 courses (12 credits) in either Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physical Geography (two of the three areas must be school science subjects).

D.  Social Studies

Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, Economics, History, Geography, Political Sciences or Sociology or eight courses (24 credits) in General Social Sciences courses from three areas including four courses (12 credits) in History.

2.  Evidence of Community Involvement and Interest in the Vocation of Teaching (Résumé)

Applicants will be evaluated on the breadth and depth of involvement in educational settings as well as experience with diversity and inclusive practices, highlighting prior work with children.

3.  Letters of Reference

Applicants submit three letters of reference using the Confidential Reference on Applicant Form. References are a rating of the applicant’s personal and professional qualities in different capacities as a learner, worker, and leader. Reference letters from family or friends will not be considered.

English Proficiency

For individuals whose first language is not English, evidence accepted by the University is:

  • IELTS (Academic Format): 0 with no bands below a 7.0
  • TOEFL Paper Based: N/A
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based): min. overall 98 with min. 27 in speaking, 25 in writing, 23 in listening, 23 in reading

Language proficiency evidence is not needed in cases where an applicant has studied for a minimum of 3 years in a formal

full-time secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada or in any one of the language-exempt countries.

Application Deadline

Fall applications open October 1.

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 January 20, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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