Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Experience CBU’s Bachelor of Education(pdf)

Cape Breton University offers a 16 month Bachelor of Education Program with the option of taking one of three streams:

  • Elementary stream
  • Intermediate/secondary stream
  • Aboriginal concentration

Upon graduation students will be eligible to apply for Teaching Certification in Nova Scotia.  Classes begin each spring.

For detailed information, see the Academic Calendar (pdf)

BEd Application Kit


Elementary Education (P-6) Requirements:

Candidates for the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized University, with a minimum of 90 credit hours and the following:

  • Social Studies: six credits in university social studies from among History (with a preference for local and Canadian History), Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Law, Classics, African Canadian Studies, Mi’kmaq Studies, Acadian Studies and/or Philosophy
  • Science: Six credits in university science coursework from any one or combination of the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology/Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Environmental Studies and MSIT
  • Mathematics: Six credits in university Mathematics coursework with a preference for a course in fundamental concepts
  • English: Six credits in university English coursework
  • Developmental Psychology: Six credits in university Developmental Psychology coursework.

Intermediate/Secondary Education (7-12) Requirements:

Candidates for the Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) must have successfully completed a university degree and the following:
First Teachable Area: A concentration of at least thirty credit hours of university coursework in a single discipline selected from below.
Second Teachable Area: A concentration of at least eighteen credit hours of university coursework in a second single discipline university coursework in a single discipline selected from below.

Intermediate/Secondary Teachables: English, Math, French, Fine Arts, Technology, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology/Earth Sciences, Oceanography or Environmental Studies) and Social Studies (History, Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, African Canadian Studies, or Mi’kmaq Studies).  (Please note that Anthropology can be used as a second teachable area only.)


Aboriginal Education Concentration Requirements:

Students completing a BEd may choose the Aboriginal Education Concentration.
The Concentration was designed in collaboration with Unama’ki College. It provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of aboriginal education models with a key focus area on aboriginal language acquisition and second language teaching.

Students will complete all requirements as outlined above for the common core and secondary/elementary core. Additionally, students will complete 12 of their credits of elective courses within the Mi’kmaq Focus Electives. For further details see the Academic Calendar.


For detailed information, see the Academic Calendar (pdf)