Bachelor of Education

Program Snapshot

Please note: The extended deadline for application to the Bachelor of Education is February 14, 2020.

Take On A Class Of Your Own

If your dream is having the opportunity to positively impact young lives and influence growing minds through education, the Bachelor of Education program at CBU will help you fulfil your true calling. In only 16 months, beginning each May, the 60-credit Bachelor of Education (BEd) program equips aspiring teachers with the critical skills, knowledge and experiences they need to become professional educators.

Applicants may apply to either the Elementary Education or Secondary Education stream, with each stream providing opportunities to apply relevant curriculum, instructional theory and methods for a career in education. In addition to its focus on education for sustainability, the program includes other unique opportunities, such as a service-learning project and a professionalism workshop series.

During the program, students receive hands-on teaching experiences through 18 weeks of practicum experiences. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for a Nova Scotia teaching license, along with licensing and employment for any other province, territory or international opportunity they choose to pursue.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Skills and knowledge needed to be a professional educator in either elementary or secondary education.
  • Research
  • Reflective practice
  • Education for Sustainability (EFS)

Why study at CBU?

There’s no feeling like helping shape young minds and giving students a great foundation for life. Come to Cape Breton and get the experience that makes a difference in the classroom. With this unique opportunity to sharpen your skills, you’ll fulfil your passion for inspiring a new generation through education. CBU’s 16-month Bachelor of Education delivery model allows students to fast track to career opportunities so you can start teaching – and never stop learning.

This 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.

Designed in collaboration with Unama’ki College, the program’s Indigenous concentration makes CBU’s BEd program one of a kind in Nova Scotia.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC 4136 Aboriginal/Indigenous Education Models
  • EDUC 4114 Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
  • EDUC 4104 Sustainable Happiness, Deep Learning and Well-being

Possible Career Paths

  • Classroom teacher
  • Adult educator
  • Consultant
  • Corporate trainer
  • Education managers or recruiters

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • The service-learning action project
  • 18-week teaching practicum
  • Student research opportunities

Program Requirements

General Requirements

  • Intermediate/Secondary
    • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required (minimum 90 credits)
    • A concentration of at least 30 credit hours of university coursework in a discipline, taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined in the Public School Program; a maximum of six credit hours of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement;
    • A concentration of at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in a second discipline, taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined in the Public School Program; a maximum of six credit hours of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement.
  • Elementary
    • 6 credits in social studies (from among History, Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, African Canadian Studies, Mi’kmaq Studies and/or Philosophy)
      NOTE: This requirement will change to six (6) credits of university social studies coursework for May 2013.
    • 6 credits in science (from among Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology/Earth Sciences, Oceanography or Environmental Studies)
    • 6 credits in Mathematics
    • 6 credits in English
    • 6 credits in Psychology
  • Additional Information

    To learn more about CBU’s Bachelor of Education Program, please email bed@cbu.ca

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

General Requirements

  • Intermediate/Secondary
    • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required (minimum 90 credits)
    • A concentration of at least 30 credit hours of university coursework in a discipline, taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined in the Public School Program; a maximum of six credit hours of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement;
    • A concentration of at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in a second discipline, taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined in the Public School Program; a maximum of six credit hours of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement.
  • Elementary
    • 6 credits in social studies (from among History, Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, African Canadian Studies, Mi’kmaq Studies and/or Philosophy)
      NOTE: This requirement will change to six (6) credits of university social studies coursework for May 2013.
    • 6 credits in science (from among Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology/Earth Sciences, Oceanography or Environmental Studies)
    • 6 credits in Mathematics
    • 6 credits in English
    • 6 credits in Psychology
  • Additional Information

    To learn more about CBU’s Bachelor of Education Program, please email bed@cbu.ca

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

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Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:

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