Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Teacher Education (Concurrent)

Queen’s Bachelor of Education (Concurrent) prepares secondary school graduates to become educators and qualify for Ontario College of Teachers certification.

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  • Technology in the classroom 

  • Fun in the auditorium 

  • Students enjoying the sunshine

  • Graduation 


  • Two degrees at the same time: Bachelor’s in Arts, Fine Art, Music or Science and a Bachelor of Education.
  • 5 years plus one term, with education courses and experiences in educational settings completed in years 1-2 with an in-school placement in year 3. Students complete an additional summer term in year 5 (ending in August). Queen's graduates are out into the job market one year early.
  • 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 18 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 will choose a concentration in Year 5, such as Teaching At-Risk Children or Adolescents, International Education, Exceptional Learners, Arts in Education, Drama in Society, Assessment and Evaluation, etc. You may instead choose to apply to a Program Track. Our Program Tracks are Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor Experiential Education.

Note: Queen's-Trent Concurrent program admissions have been suspended as of 2015-16.

Teaching Subjects

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

  • Dramatic Arts
  • English
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music – Instrumental
  • Music – Vocal
  • Science – Biology
  • Science – Chemistry
  • Science – Physics
  • Visual Arts

Candidates in the Primary-Junior program option do not need teaching subjects. At the end of first year, BAH and BSCH candidates are able to choose any major/minor that is offered within their Bachelor of Arts or Science program. BMus and BFAH candidates already have a specialized degree plan when they enter first year.

Degree Requirements

​For an overview of degree requirements, see the Concurrent Education Degree Requirements


For a list of course descriptions, see Course Descriptions page. All students select a concentration in their final year to tailor your program to your needs.

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.

In the first year, students must complete 10 days of educational experience in a non-traditional setting. Settings could include working with children in early learning centres, education departments within museums and galleries, Boys & Girls clubs, Outdoor Education settings, etc. 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 15 weeks: two components in the fall (7 weeks in total); 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 normally make their own arrangements for the Alternative Practicum (subject to the approval of their concentration instructor), unless you are requesting certain school boards in Ontario. 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.

Major Map

The Concurrent Education Major Map will help you navigate the program, and provides information about academics, extracurriculars, international opportunities and career development.

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.

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Admission Requirements

Selection is based on applicants' academic standing. 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:  

For information regarding admission, please contact Student Services.

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