The Bachelor of Education - Elementary is a four (4) year baccalaureate degree program that prepares its graduates for certification under the Professional Standards Branch of Alberta Education. The program is both course and experience based, with courses deliberately arranged to generate synergy among them. The curriculum is designed to create a holistic experience for education students in their understanding of teaching, learning and assessment. Students graduate with an evolving teaching philosophy based on opportunities to research, discuss and critically analyze aspects of education and schooling throughout the program. Several courses, both core and elective, require students to participate in relevant classroom experiences in the community. In addition, two practicum experiences are featured in the final years of study. Students must complete a minor from the approved list. The Bachelor of Education program responds to recurrent calls for an increase in aboriginal teachers, in part by direct entry into the program and by dedicating seats in the education courses.
All students must be available full-time for the entire four month semester during practicum term(s) to accommodate varied placement schedules within school districts/divisions/boards. Students registered in EDUC 4020 or EDUC 4030 should be aware the winter reading week will not likely be the same as the scheduled Mount Royal Reading Week. These students will be informed of when the winter reading week will occur before the beginning of the winter semester. All other students in the program will have reading weeks congruent with the Mount Royal scheduled reading weeks.
Bachelor of Education - Elementary students will require access to a portable computer with sufficient power, capacity and internet access during regular classroom activities. Students will be using widely available and free-for-use open source software that generally needs to be downloaded and stored. It is advised that students check with computer suppliers to ensure that their computer will function effectively under these circumstances.
Continuance in the Program
A student who remains in Good Standing is eligible to continue in their program of studies.
Note: See ‘Additional Curriculum Requirements’ section for possible restrictions.
The Code of Student Conduct is intended to establish the general obligation to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty and personal conduct according to community standards of respectful and responsible behaviour. For complete information visit: mtroyal.ca/StudentConduct
Police Information Check
All students in the Education program are required to have a current police information check. Schools require the presentation of these checks for participation in field experience and practicum. Students may be required to complete more than one police information check during their program. Since completion of course requirements and eventual employment is dependent upon the results of such checks, students who have concerns should discuss the matter with the department chair.
General Admission Requirements
All students must meet the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:
Academic Course Requirements
The following specific courses (or equivalencies) with the specified minimum grades are required for admission into the Bachelor of Education program:
- English Language Arts 30-1 - 65%
- Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 or a second Language 30
Minimum Overall Average Required for Final Admission
To be eligible for admission on the basis of High School, applicants must present a minimum admission average of 70% on their five appropriate Grade 12 subjects. To be eligible for admission on the basis of Postsecondary standing, applicant must present a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 on the eight most recently completed post-secondary courses (minimum 24 credits).
Although conditional admission may be granted before final/official transcripts are available, confirmation of the achievement of specified minimum grades will take place after all final/official transcripts have been received.
Application Deadline: February 1
The application for admission and all supporting documents (required for admission assessment) must be received by this date.
Aboriginal Student Admission
Each year up to 7% of the seats in the Bachelor of Education - Elementary program will be reserved for aboriginal applications through an aboriginal admission target. To be considered for admission under the aboriginal admission target, the applicant must:
- self-identify as an Aboriginal applicant on the Application for Admission
- meet the definition of an Aboriginal Applicant
- meet the minimum admission requirements as indicated in the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University as well as any program level admission requirements
Designated seats for this special consideration target will be filled by aboriginal applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply during Early Admission. Any unfilled designated seats will be released on June 1 to students applying under the general admission requirements.
See general admission requirements in the Admission section of this calendar for further information.