School Years Option

The Faculty of Education offers an exciting eleven-month Bachelor of Education degree following the completion of another 4-year Bachelor's degree in any field. The school years option has two streams: elementary and secondary. Because classroom experience is crucial to becoming an effective teacher, we provide students with a fully integrated practicum within the province of New Brunswick that will span the first nine months of the program.

Admission requirements

The School Years Option is an excellent one for experienced educators.

Applicants to the BEd at UNB should ensure that they meet the admission requirements for the program stream of their choice. All applicants must have at least one (1) term course of university level English. Applicants wishing to enter the elementary stream must have a minimum of thirty credit hours of teachable content that spans at least four (4) different categories (English, mathematics, science, humanities, health and physical education, the Arts and modern languages). NOTE: Starting with the 2017-18 academic year, elementary applicants will also need at least one (1) term course of university level mathematics. Applicants wishing to enter the secondary stream must have a combined minimum of 48 credit hours of teachable content in two different areas, either 30 credit hours in a first concentration and 18 credit hours in a second or 24 credit hours in each area.

Program start date

As of Fall 2008, our Bachelor of Education program is an 11 month program with a single, late August, entry point.

Transfer credits from another university

The Faculty of Education does not accept transfer credits for Education courses completed at any institution prior to acceptance into the BEd program at UNB. Students may obtain substitution credit for education courses which have been taken at this or another institution, where the grade received is "C" or higher, and which meet program requirements.  In these cases, alternate education courses must be successfully completed to meet program requirements.

Elementary or primary level teaching prerequisites

All applicants must have at least three (3) credit hours of university level English and (starting with the 2017-18 academic year) three (3) credit hours of university level mathematics. To be admitted to the BEd Early Years stream, applicants must have a minimum of 30 credit hours of teachable content that spans at least four different categories (English, mathematics, science, humanities, health and physical education, the Arts and modern languages).

NOTE: Students entering this stream will be placed in an elementary school. Applicants should note that not all teachable subjects fall into the prerequisite categories.

Secondary level teaching prerequisites

All applicants must have at least three (3) credit hours of university level English. To be admitted to the BEd Middle/Young Adult stream, applicants must complete a major of at least 30 credit hours in one teachable subject and 18 credit hours in another teachable subject. Or, students must complete at least 24 credit hours in each of two teachable subjects before entering the BEd.

The Province of New Brunswick regards the following as teachable subjects:

English, French, Languages (German & Spanish), History, Geography, Political Science, Classics, Economics, Canadian Studies, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Physical Education, Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Graphic Arts and Design, Technology Education, Computer Science, Information Technology, Family Studies, Home Economics, Business Administration, Commerce.

Note: Students entering this stream will be placed in a secondary school which could either be a middle school or a high school. Applicants should contact the faculty for advice.

We are unable to offer programs in all teachable areas.

Degree transportability

There is an agreement across Canada between Departments of Education and universities that grant the BEd. If you receive a teacher's license in New Brunswick, you can apply for a teacher's license in other Canadian provinces. You will need to pay a fee for each province for which you will be licensed.

However, some provinces require specific prerequisites from your undergraduate degree in order to be licensed in their province. It is important to check with the Department of Education in the province in which you wish to be licensed prior to applying to the Bachelor of Education degree to ensure you meet their requirements

Qualifying grade point average for program admission

In order to be competitive, your cumulative grade point average should not be below 2.7 (in the B range or 70%). While this is the minimum, admission is highly competitive and therefore minimum levels may not be sufficient to secure a spot.

If your cumulative grade point average is below 2.7 (i.e. 67%), our admissions committee generally will advise you to consider taking further non-education courses to upgrade. The number of courses and the requirements could be determined by contacting the Associate Dean of Education.

Average time to complete a BEd as a second degree

It will take students 11 months of full-time study to complete the BEd, and the BEd at UNB requires students to attend on a full-time basis.

The program course load is designed by the Faculty of Education. The three terms are Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer.

In order to be granted a teacher's license in the Province of New Brunswick, you need to be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status or a valid work visa.

Practicum availability and preferences

The Faculty of Education will provide students with the opportunity to identify New Brunswick School District preferences, but the final assignment is determined by the Faculty.