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Concurrent Education

Queen’s and Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education are 5-year programs that prepare secondary school graduates to become educators. Queen’s-Trent students study at Trent University in years 1-4, and they spend their final year as teacher candidates at Queen’s.

Queen’s-Waterloo Concurrent Education is a five-year program that prepares secondary school graduates to become Mathematics or Computer Science educators. For more information, see Queen’s-Waterloo Concurrent Education.

  • A student wearing a Queen’s Con Ed jacket.

    Con Ed fashion on campus.

  • Con Ed students painting the Con Ed crest on a sidewalk.

    The crest painting tradition.

  • A class at Trent.

    A Con Ed class at Trent University.

  • A class outside Duncan McArthur Hall.

    A Con Ed class outside Duncan McArthur Hall.

  • A teacher candidate practices teaching.

    Experiences in Schools.

  • Student holding a camera between the stacks.

    A Con Ed student making a film for incoming Con Ed students in the Education Library.

  • Students meet under a tree during orientation week.

    Con Ed Orientation to West Campus.

  • A student wearing a Con Ed short with her hand painted the tri-colour.

    More Con Ed style during orientation week.

  • Teacher candidates cheering for their team at BEWIC sports team.

    BEWIC Sports Days, a University tradition.

  • Teacher candidates with team t-shirts that say “Breakfast in B.Ed.

    More Con Ed team spirit at BEWIC.

  • Students at the Queen’s Conference on Education registration desk.

    The Queen’s Conference on Education, organized annually by Con Eds.

  • Several students holding Queen’s Conference on Education folders.

    The Queen’s Conference on Education participants.


  • two degrees at the same time: Bachelor’s in Arts, Science, or Music (Queens’) or Bachelor’s in Arts or Science (Trent) a Bachelor of Education (Queen’s)
  • approximately 400 students selected to the program annually (Queen’s and Queen’s-Trent Concurrent combined)
  • for both Primary-Junior (K - Grade 6) and Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7 - 12)
  • students complete introductory teaching courses and placements in schools in both a Primary-Junior and in an Intermediate-Senior setting in year 1, and then decide on their preferred option
  • In addition to placements in years 1, 2 and 3, candidates complete 13 weeks of placements in year 5. This includes an alternative practicum that can be done outside a school setting and anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the program.
  • the Elliott/Upitis/Bamji Travel Fellowships support education-related travel outside Canada such as for alternative practicum placements.
  • Students can apply to the Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor Experiential Education programs for year 5.
  • Graduates are viewed favourably by prospective employers due to their additional experience in schools and exposure to issues and policies in education.

Teaching Subjects

Candidates in the Intermediate-Senior program option choose two of the following subjects:

  • Dramatic Arts
  • English
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • 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


Both Primary-Junior and Intermediate-Senior teacher candidates take courses such as:

  • Schools, teaching and curriculum
  • Planning for learning
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Professional teaching practice
  • Equity, inclusivity and special education
  • Psychology, philosophy and social justice

These courses will expand your perception of education as you know it, introduce you to new ideas and practices, and ask you to critically reflect on how you will practice as an educator.

Moreover, all students can select elective courses in their final year to tailor their program to their needs.

Brief descriptions of the courses offered in the Concurrent program can be found in the Faculty of Education calendar.

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 year 5, students complete 13 weeks of placements. There are 3 practicum components: two components in the fall (3 weeks each) and one component in the winter term (4 weeks). These practicum components are followed by an alternative practicum (3 weeks), which offers an opportunity to explore an area of educational interest within a context that is different from that experienced during the three regular practicum blocks. Candidates are encouraged to complete placements outside of a school setting, and they can do an alternative practicum anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the program.

The practicum portion of the final year program is longer at Queen’s than at many other faculties of education, and students therefore gain additional practical experience. Moreover, the Queen’s Elliott/Upitis/Bamji Travel Fellowships support education-related travel outside Canada such as for alternative practicum placements in an international setting.

International Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

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 or Trent:

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 the Education Registrar's Office.

Events and Extracurricular Activitites

Events and extracurricular activities provide teacher candidates with further opportunities to initiate and experience projects and develop their professional network. For further information about annual Faculty events and activities, see News & Events.

Career Opportunities

The Education Registrar will inform the Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers when a teacher candidate has successfully completed the program. Graduating teacher candidates who plan to teach in Ontario must formally register to become members of the College and be awarded the Certificate of Qualification and Registration as a teacher.

Given the different curriculum taught in each province, teacher candidates interested in teaching in other provinces need to ensure they have the requisite background to teach in that province.

Graduates are engaged in a variety of careers ranging from full-time classroom teaching to work in other areas. For further information, see Education Career Services and our Alumni Spotlights.