Leaders in Education
In only 16-months, CBU’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree equips students with the skills and experience to become influential educators. In either the Elementary or Secondary stream, students learn, and have the opportunity to apply relevant theory and teaching methods for today’s classrooms. This fast-track BEd program is designed for students to gain the independence and confidence to develop individual teaching philosophies, which they can then bring to their future classroom.
Students get hands-on teaching experience through a 4-month Teaching Practicum, in an Elementary or Secondary School. They also have additional opportunities during their degree to accumulate a diverse teaching portfolio, setting them apart from graduates of other programs.
Why Education at CBU?
- CBU’s BEd is the only Nova Scotian program offering an Education for Sustainability (EfS) focus. Each course integrates sustainability but 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 and knowledge highly valued in many different fields, not just teaching, including time management, problem solving, cooperative learning strategies, curriculum development, leadership initiative, group management, and 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
Within the 16 month Bachelor of Education Program at CBU, students can choose between two main Education streams:
For students who have the requirements for Elementary Education combined with a concentration (30 credits) in French, Drama or Visual Arts, there is an option to combine the streams.
Upon graduation students will be eligible to apply for Teaching Certification in Nova Scotia and any other jurisdiction of choice.
Once you choose your education stream in elementary or intermediate/secondary, BEd students then can also decide to take an Aboriginal/Indigenous Education Concentration through four specialty courses. Students of all backgrounds get the opportunity to explore the theory and practice of Aboriginal/Indigenous education, language and culture. This concentration provides CBU grads with a unique perspective on education and another competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive workforce.
High School Students
Our new Pathway Programs are in partnership with the School of Science and Technology and the School of Arts and Social Sciences. These pathways show you the optimal route through your undergraduate degree to obtain courses within your desired subject area, needed for the Bachelor of Education. See the Resources tab on the right for more information.