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Programs

Our Faculty offers innovative programs at all levels with opportunities to specialize and make your own program unique.

Bachelor of Education Programs

The Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s is widely accepted for teacher certification across Canada and around the world. Both our Concurrent and Consecutive Education programs are designed to prepare candidates for this teacher certification. 

The advantage of these Queen's programs is that graduates are out into the job market one year earlier than at other faculties of education. The second factor that will make Queen's grads more marketable is that they will all graduate with a concentration.

Programs

  • Concurrent Education: one program, two bachelor’s degrees at the same time.  A five-year + 1 summer term program for secondary school graduates. In years 1-4, students complete Education courses and in-school placements concurrently with courses in their four-year undergraduate degree. The entire fifth year of study is spent completing the Bachelor of Education in three successive terms, from September to August. Most other faculties of education offer their program in six years, with typical fall and winter semesters.
  • Consecutive Education: a second bachelor's degree.  A four successive term program for university graduates, starting in May and ending in August of the following year. Most other faculties of education will offer their program over two years, with typical fall and winter semesters.

Concentrations

Concentrations are offered to both Primary-Junior and Intermediate-Senior teacher candidates (Concurrent Education students complete concentration courses in their final year). By combining a Focus course, an Educational Studies course, and the Alternative Practicum, teacher candidates can tailor their program to their interests and form a concentration in areas such as:

  • Arts in Education
  • Assessment & Evaluation 
  • At-Risk Children 
  • At-Risk Adolescents & Young Adults 
  • Early Primary Education
  • Educational Leadership 
  • Educational Technology 
  • Environmental Education 
  • Exceptional Learners 
  • International Education 
  • Literacy in the Elementary School 
  • Literacy in the Secondary School 
  • Mathematics in the Elementary School 
  • Social Justice 
  • Teaching & Learning Outside of Schools 
  • Teaching English as a Second Language 
  • The Grade 7 & 8 Experience 

Program Tracks

Program tracks are offered to both Primary-Junior and Intermediate-Senior teacher candidates. A Consecutive Education applicant may select a program track as one of their choices when applying through OUAC/TEAS. (A similar process is available for Concurrent Education students, but they do not apply through OUAC/TEAS.) For more information, see each of the program track pages and How to Apply:

The Director of Student and Support Services (Faculty 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.

Diploma in Education Program

The Diploma in Education is for those with a secondary school diploma. Similar to the Bachelor’s program with the exception of the admission requirements, the Diploma in Education prepares candidates for teacher certification only in the following concentrations:

  • Aboriginal Teacher Education Community-Based Program: a part-time program (Primary-Junior only) based in communities in Ontario; for teacher candidates who have a secondary school diploma and are of Aboriginal ancestry to specialize in Junior-Kindergarten to Grade 6.
  • Technological Education: for teacher candidates with five years of experience in the broad-based technology (or a suitable combination of education and experience) and a secondary school diploma.

The Director of Student and Support Services (Faculty 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.

Holders of the Diploma in Education who later submit to Student Services proof of having been granted an acceptable degree (i.e., by submission of a university transcript indicating that the degree has been conferred) will be awarded a Bachelor of Education degree. In order for the undergraduate degree to be considered in this process, the undergraduate degree must have no transfer credit that was counted toward the program requirements for the Diploma in Education.

Master of Education

Our Master of Education is for those with a Bachelor's degree and an interest in research in the field of education. It is a part-time or full-time program designed to develop the leadership abilities that emerge from graduate study, including critical reflection, research and writing.

Master's in Aboriginal & World Indigenous Educational Studies

Our Master of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Educational Studies is for those with a Bachelor's degree and an interest in research in the field of Aboriginal education. It is a part-time blended (on-campus and online) program intended for students with experience in Aboriginal communities and/or in Aboriginal and world indigenous issues. Courses are on-campus during the first summer of the program, and the balance is completed online.

Online Graduate Diploma & Professional Master of Education

Our Online Graduate Diploma and Professional Master of Education are part-time programs designed for current teachers and education professionals who wish to improve their professional practice and/or take their career to the next level. These programs will help improve inquiry, decision-making, team and leadership skills.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Education is for students who have successfully completed a Master’s degree with first class standing. It is a full-time, 4-year, on-campus program with three terms per year.

Program information, offerings, and degree/diploma requirements described on this website are subject to change without notice. Confirm the status of program directly with the Faculty of Education.