Faculty of Education

Why Our Program?

Western’s two year, four-term Bachelor of Education program offers a unique combination of course work, specializations, practica, and alternative field placements to prepare new teachers for enriching careers in the field of education. We seek to cultivate the habits of mind, hand, and heart—the knowledge, skills, and attitudes—that enable teachers to exercise wise judgment in the interests of their students; and we seek to encourage leadership potential. If you want to make a difference—in the lives of children and youth, in the field of education, in local, national, or international settings—we have the program for you.

1. Customize Your Degree by Choosing a Specialty

Your Western BEd includes your choice of a specialty area—a focus on one of several areas of current need in education: International Education, Early Childhood Education, Urban Education, French (Elementary or Secondary), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion, and Mental Health. Your choice of one of these areas is added value for your degree.

2. International Opportunities

The Faculty of Education is home to an International Education Office which is developing a variety of international opportunities for Teacher Candidates. Service learning, classroom teaching, and other activities in international settings can form an integral part of your BEd degree and add a unique, enriching, even life-changing experience to your program.

3. Equal Field and Classroom Time

Western Teacher Candidates spend as much time on practicum and alternative field experiences—100 days and 35 days respectively—as on course work. 27 weeks on campus and 27 weeks in the field provide many and varied opportunities for acquiring knowledge, developing skills, and advancing towards your career goals.

4. Fast-track to a Master of Professional Education Degree

A Western BEd gives you advanced standing in the Faculty’s Master of Professional Education (MPEd) program. You can move immediately and seamlessly from the BEd into the Master’s program in your specialty area and complete the degree online by the end of the summer following the year of your BEd. Learn more

5. Options After Graduation

Your BEd qualifies you for an Ontario Teaching Certificate, recognized across Canada and internationally. Many of our alumni have gone on to work in a range of fields in addition to public education—social services, corporate training, curriculum development, and more. See a longer list of possibilities on the main page of the BEd website under Career Possibilities.