Teacher Education (Concurrent)
Queen’s Bachelor of Education (Concurrent) prepares secondary school graduates to become educators and qualify for Ontario College of Teachers certification.
- Two degrees at the same time: Bachelor’s in Arts, Fine Art, Music or Science and a Bachelor of Education.
- 5 years, with education courses and in-school placements completed in years 1-3, and an additional summer term in year 5 (ending in August). Most other Faculties will offer their program in six years, with typical fall and winter semesters.
- For both Primary-Junior (JK-Grade 6) and Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7-12) (decided by students at the end of year 1).
- In addition to placements in Years 1, 2 and 3, candidates complete 13-17 weeks of placements in Year 5. This includes a three week alternative practicum that can be done outside a school setting and anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the program.
- Travel fellowships support education-related travel outside Canada for alternative practicum placements.
- You choose a concentration in year 5, such as Teaching in Business and Industry, Teaching At-Risk Youth, Educators Abroad, Exceptional Learners, Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor & Experiential Education, etc. Students can apply to the Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor Experiential Education programs for year 5.
Note: Queen's-Trent Concurrent program admissions have been suspended as of 2015-16.
Candidates in the Intermediate-Senior program option choose two of the following subjects:
- Dramatic Arts
- French as a Second Language
- Music – Instrumental
- Music – Vocal
- Native Studies
- Science – Biology
- Science – Chemistry
- Science – Physics
- Visual Arts**
**not all requirements can be met by courses offered by Queen's, some must be taken at other institutions
Experiences in Schools and Final Year Practica
One advantage of Concurrent Education is the Experiences in Schools placements that students complete in years 1, 2 and 3. These placements give students valuable practical experience working alongside other education professionals in classrooms.
Students explore options in year 1 with experiences in schools in both a Primary-Junior and in an Intermediate-Senior setting and then placements reflect a student’s preferred option for the remaining years of the program. Most students complete placements in summer, but they can be completed during any time when there are no scheduled classes (breaks, following exams).
In final year, regular practicum placements mean that you will work alongside other education professionals in classrooms for 17 weeks: two components in the fall (3 weeks each); one component in the winter term (4 weeks) followed by an alternative practicum (3 weeks); and one component in the second summer (4 weeks).
The 3-week Alternative Practicum is typically completed outside the school system, and takes place in the winter term of final year, after March Break. It must be consistent with one of the goals of your concentration. Teacher Candidates make their own arrangements for the Alternative Practicum (subject to the approval of their concentration instructor). You can complete it anywhere in the world, as long as it is related to your concentration, and you can apply for a Travel Fellowships to help you get there. Your program focus instructor will facilitate and approve your topic and location, and can also supply you with a letter of introduction that may help you in obtaining a placement. As well, an on-line database of past location and activities is available on the Faculty intranet.
The Concurrent Education Major Map will help you navigate the program, and provides information about academics, extracurriculars, international opportunities and career development.
Many teacher candidates interested in teaching internationally take advantage of the opportunity to do the alternative practicum abroad. Previous candidates have acquired placements at, for instance, Kew Gardens in the UK, the DAH Theatre Research Centre in Belgrade, Marymount School in Paris, Canadian International School in Hong Kong, Graded School in Sao Paulo, and Hisar School in Turkey. Education Career Services has a large network of international schools and have been able to facilitate successful job searches for thousands of graduates.
Selection is based mainly on applicants' academic standing. Some consideration may be given, however, to the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE). Prerequisite courses are the same as those for entrance into the undergraduate degree program you are applying to at Queen’s. See:
Applications for the Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education and Outdoor and Experiential Education programs that may be taken in final year accepted in December of year 4. For additional information about admission requirements to these programs, see:
See How to Apply.
For information regarding admission, please contact Student Services.