Leaders in Education
In only 16 months CBU’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree equips students with the skills and the experience to become influential educators. In either the Elementary or Secondary stream students learn to apply relevant theory and teaching methods for today’s classrooms.
This fast-track BEd program begins each May and is designed to give students professional independence and confidence.
Students get valuable teaching experience through a four-month Teaching Practicum in an Elementary or Secondary School. In addition, there are opportunities during the degree to develop a diverse teaching portfolio making CBU BEd graduates highly sought after by employers.
Why Education at CBU?
- CBU’s BEd is the only Nova Scotian program offering an Education for Sustainability (EfS) focus. Each course integrates sustainability education, and specific courses are offered on the subject, including Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future and Sustainable Happiness.
- As a smaller university, BEd students get individual attention through small classes taught by dedicated faculty. Many BEd grads get the chance to work one-on-one with faculty on research projects, giving them a unique perspective and a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.
- Designed in collaboration with Unama’ki College with a focus on sustainability, the Aboriginal/Indigenous Concentration makes CBU’s BEd program one of a kind in Nova Scotia.
- A BEd degree provides students with skills highly valued in many different fields, not just teaching. These skills include time management, problem solving, cooperative learning, curriculum development, leadership, group management, planning, and evaluation, plus many more.
- Becoming a classroom teacher is not the only career path available to BEd graduates. The degree opens the door to many professional opportunities.
Areas of Study
The 16-month Bachelor of Education Program at CBU, offers two main Education streams:
- Elementary, or
Students accepted to the Elementary Education stream who have a concentration (30 credits) in French, Drama or Visual Arts can complete coursework and acquire eligibility for licensing in either area.
On degree completion graduates can apply for Teaching Certification in Nova Scotia. They are eligible to apply to other Canadian provinces if they choose.
Bachelor of Education students can choose the Indigenous Education Concentration by completing four specialty courses. With this option, students of all backgrounds explore the theory and practice of Indigenous education, language, and culture. This concentration provides CBU grads with a unique perspective on education and an advantage in an increasingly competitive workforce.
Just beginning an undergraduate degree?
New Pathway Programs developed in partnership with the School of Science and Technology and the School of Arts and Social Sciences will guide students through the optimal route for obtaining a first degree. Students choose best courses in preparation for applying to the Bachelor of Education. See the Resources tab to the right for more information on these pathways.
The 2019 BEd Application Kit is found here.