Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Teacher Education (Consecutive)


Queen's Diploma & Bachelor of Education (Consecutive) programs prepare high school and university graduates to become educators and qualify for Ontario College of Teachers certification.

  • Our program starts in May and runs 4 successive terms.

  • Teacher candidates complete their coursework at Duncan McArthur Hall. 

  • Teacher candidates get to test some unique teaching tools 

  • Teacher Candidates learn in a variety of ways and spaces. 

  • Teacher candidates teach each other inside & outside of the classroom. 

  • Teacher Candidates work together. 

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  • University graduates earn a second degree: Bachelor of Education.
  • Secondary school graduates may earn a Diploma of Education in Indigenous Teacher Education Program or Technological Education only. 
  • 4 successive terms, starting in May and ending in August the following year. Queen's graduates are out into the job market early.
  • All students take a concentration (see Course Descriptions) by combining a Focus course, an Educational Studies course, and the Alternative Practicum. Students can apply to the Indigenous Teacher Education Program, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor & Experiential Education and Technological Education programs.
  • For both Primary-Junior (K - Grade 6) and Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7 - 12).
  • 21 weeks of placements, including an alternative practicum that can be done outside a school setting and anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the student's concentration.
  • Travel Fellowships support education-related travel outside Canada for alternative practicum placements.

Intermediate-Senior 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

Courses & Concentrations

For a list of course descriptions, see the Course Descriptions page. Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year. 

Degree Requirements

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


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:

  • Indigenous Teacher Education
  • Arts in Education
  • Assessment & Evaluation 
  • At-Risk Adolescents & Young Adults 
  • At-Risk Children
  • Drama in Society
  • Educational Leadership 
  • Educational Technology 
  • Environmental Education 
  • Exceptional Learners 
  • International Education
  • Literacy in the Elementary School 
  • Social Justice 
  • Teaching and Learning Outside of Schools 
  • Teaching English as a Second Language 

Not all concentrations may be offered every year.

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:


Teacher candidates complete 18 weeks of practicum placements in the same Associate School, including 3 weeks in the first summer, 7 weeks in the fall, 4 weeks in the winter, and 4 weeks in the second summer term.

Primary-Junior candidates will get experience in both primary and junior classrooms, and Intermediate-Senior candidates will get experience in at least one of their teaching subjects and in both the intermediate (grades 9 and/or 10)and senior (grades 11 and/or 12) levels.

Associate Schools are designated to our faculty by the boards in the Queen’s catchment area:

These placements are arranged by our Practicum Office. Teacher candidates cannot make their own arrangements or be placed in the secondary school from which they graduated, as this may present a conflict of interest.

The 3-week Alternative Practicum is typically completed outside the school system, and takes place in the winter term after March Break.  It must be consistent with one of the goals of your concentration (see Course Descriptions). 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 Consecutive 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 Student Services has a large network of international schools and have been able to facilitate successful job searches for thousands of graduates.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are in the Queen's section of the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) website.

Selection of applicants is based on:

  1. meeting the admission requirements and/or recommendations (Note: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission);
  2. the number of spaces available in the option/teaching subject/program track requested;
  3. Practicum placement availability;
  4. the score from the Personal Statement of Experience; and
  5. the score based on the academic average and number of prerequisites and/or recommended courses.

The scores from “4” and “5” above have equal weight.

See also How to Apply.

For information regarding admission, please contact Student Services.

See Technological Education for admission requirements.

Primary-Junior & Intermediate-Senior

Applicants (except for Technological Education), are required to have an acceptable undergraduate degree (minimum 3-year General degree).  Preference is given to applicants with a 4-year Honours undergraduate degree.

Recommendations (except for Technological Education):

  • A minimum “B” average based on the grading scheme of the issuing postsecondary institution.
  • 1 half‑year course in Developmental Psychology (or equivalent) or 1 full‑year course in Introductory Psychology (or equivalent).
  • Completion of a 4‑year Honours undergraduate degree (20 full‑year courses). If you have less than 20 full-year courses, it is recommended that you take additional courses to add up to 20, as this can be an advantage for salary and advancement.

Notes on Policies:

  • Recommended courses provide a broader subject knowledge that will be helpful with a teaching career.
  • The recommendations listed in the Admissions Policies are suggested for admission. Having the recommended items may help applicants to be more competitive in the admission process, but applicants may gain admission without the recommended items.
  • Unless otherwise specified, throughout the Admissions Policies, a “course” means a university‑level or second‑year CEGEP course.
  • “1 full-year course” means a full‑year course or its equivalent (e.g., 2 half‑year courses).


Primary-Junior Recommendations

In addition to the above, preferred status will be given to candidates who have completed at least one half-year undergraduate or graduate course in at least four of the following areas: 

  • English
  • Geography or Canadian History
  • Health and/or Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Arts (visual arts, music, drama, dance)
  • Developmental Psychology or full-year Introduction to Psychology

Intermediate-Senior Requirements/Recommendations

  1. Please refer to the Teaching Subject Course Requirements (below) for the required and/or recommended courses for teaching subjects offered in the Queen’s Teacher Education program.
  2. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum “B” average in the courses that meet the teaching subject requirements.
  3. Five full‑year courses are required for the first teaching subject; three full‑year courses are required for the second teaching subject (four are required if Music is the second teaching subject). Completing some of the teaching subject courses from upper‑year course offerings at the university level is recommended. Consideration for offers of admission may be given at the discretion of Student Services.
  4. Each course taken in preparation for a teaching subject may be used only once towards either teaching subject (i.e., “double counting” is not acceptable).
  5. A maximum of one full‑year course will be accepted from outside the department of the teaching subject

Teaching Subject Requirements

Dramatic Arts


  • One full‑year practical studio course (acting or directing); and
  • One half‑year course in theatre history (which may include any of the following components: performance in western and eastern theatre traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century, a survey of production methods, and architecture).


  • One half‑year course in theatre production (which may include any of the following components: stage management, scenery design, costumes, lighting and sound systems).



  • One full‑year course with Canadian content in English literature or poetry; and
  • One full‑year or a combination of two half‑year courses in any of the following:
    • English literature
    • Poetry
    • Creative writing

An acceptable equivalent for the full‑year writing course would be one full‑year English course or equivalent that includes an exploration of writing in a variety of literary genres (e.g., poetry, drama, fiction and non‑fictional prose).

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies

No additional course requirements beyond the 5 full-year courses required for the first teaching subject and 3 full-year courses required for the second teaching subject.

French as a Second Language


  • 1 full‑year course with strong overall grammar review at a minimum second‑year level;
  • 1 full-year course in writing for accuracy;
  • 1 full‑year comprehensive literature course; and
  • 1 full‑year oral communication course.
    For a second teaching subject, only 3 of the 4 are required.



  • 1 half‑year course in Canadian geography (physical and/or human)


  • 1 half-year course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Geomatics/Geo-Informatics, which may include: Cartography and Remote Sensing
  • Courses in Physical Geography, which include: Geomorphology, Climatology, Bio-geography, Geography of Soils, Glaciation, Lithosphere and Plate Tectonics, Natural Disasters
  • Courses in Human/Economic/Cultural Geography, which include: geography courses that cover global issues, such as tourism, development, environment, poverty, demographics/population, resources, resource management, land use (rural and urban), urban & rural planning, international trade and aid, Environmental Impact Assessment, regional geography (especially Canadian)
  • Related courses: Geology, Earth Science



  • 1 full‑year survey course in Canadian History


  • 2 or more of the following courses central to the History program taught in Ontario high schools:
    • Indigenous History
    • American History
    • Ancient & Medieval History
    • Modern European History
    • World Politics



  • Courses beyond those in the core calculus/analysis stream.

A related course may be considered (up to a maximum of one full‑year course or equivalent) if the course has a math or statistics course listed as an exclusion; in these cases, calendar descriptions listing the exclusion must be sent to Student Services.

Music (Instrumental or Vocal)

Applicants may not select both Music – Instrumental and Music – Vocal as teaching subjects.


  • A minimum of 1 half‑year university course in each of the following areas of music study:
    • Music theory
    • Additional Music Theory or Music Creation (may include: Composition, arranging, orchestration, electroacoustic)
    • Musicology/Ethnomusicology
  • A minimum of 1 full‑year university course in each of the following areas of music study
    • Applied Music (For instrumental music, applicants must have a minimum of 6.0 units in instrumental lessons or ensembles. For vocal music, applicants must have a minimum of 6.0 units in vocal lessons or ensembles. The applied music course is equivalent to a Grade 8 Conservatory certificate.)
    • Music Education or Education-related (1 half-year course required for second teaching subject). May include: conducting, secondary instrument, instrumental techniques (e.g., keyboard skills, vocal tech, guitar tech, brass tech, etc.)

Science – Biology


  • One full‑year course that has a major laboratory component, from a university biology department.

Note: Only one full‑year course in each of biochemistry and human biology will be accepted.


  • Any or all of the following courses will be useful: cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, plant and animal (invertebrate and vertebrate – including human) biology.

Science – Chemistry


  • One full‑year course in introductory chemistry; and
  • One half‑year course in organic chemistry.

Only one full‑year course in biochemistry will be accepted. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in engineering must specify the chemistry content of each course and supply calendar descriptions.

Science – Physics


  • One full‑year, first‑year introductory physics; and
  • One half‑year course in electricity & magnetism beyond first‑year introductory physics.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in engineering must identify the physics content of each course, using mechanics, sound, optics, and electricity and magnetism as headings, supplemented by calendar descriptions, to indicate the physics content in any course not labelled as Physics.

Visual Arts


  • One-and-a-half full‑year courses in comprehensive studio practice (including at least 2 of: Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, or fiber arts) and
  • One full‑year survey course in art history (for e.g., Ancient Greece through to the Modern Era) And
  • One half-year course in one of: Period-specific Art History OR Thematic Art History; Contemporary Art; Canadian Art History; Indigenous North American Art; Non-Western Art (Eg. Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic); Aesthetics and Art Criticism; History of Architecture; or History of Canadian Architecture

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