Bachelor of Education

Program Snapshot

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

  • Elementary Education Stream (Grades P-6)
    • 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, and Environmental Studies
    • Mathematics: Math 1216 (or equivalent course) plus another three credits in university Mathematics coursework with a preference for a course in fundamental concepts
    • English: Six credits in university English coursework
    • Three credits of Critical Study Coursework
    • Three credits of Developmental Psychology: PSYC 2601 or equivalent three credits in university Developmental Psychology coursework.
  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12):

    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: Mi’kmaw Language, 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).  Anthropology can be used as a second teachable area only.

  • 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

  • Elementary Education Stream (Grades P-6)
    • 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, and Environmental Studies
    • Mathematics: Math 1216 (or equivalent course) plus another three credits in university Mathematics coursework with a preference for a course in fundamental concepts
    • English: Six credits in university English coursework
    • Three credits of Critical Study Coursework
    • Three credits of Developmental Psychology: PSYC 2601 or equivalent three credits in university Developmental Psychology coursework.
  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12):

    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: Mi’kmaw Language, 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).  Anthropology can be used as a second teachable area only.

  • 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.
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