Questions and answers

Who can apply to the BA/BEd at UNB Saint John?

If you are in the UNB Saint John BA program can you apply to enter the BA/BEd (early years) program. You normally apply at the end of year one of your BA degree. Four criteria are considered by the application committee:

  • the extent and quality of your previous experience with children or youth
  • your university cumulative grade point average (CGPA), which must be equal-to or greater-than 2.7 (B- average)
  • the personal statement of intent and purpose in teaching you submitted with your application
  • the strength of your two references

What's the BEd program like?

  • 15 credit hours of core courses (5 courses common to all teachers)
  • 30 credit hours of methods courses (10 courses on how to teach in your area of specialization)
  • 15 credit hours of student teaching (15 weeks practice teaching in the public school system)
  • two one-week observation periods in a regular classroom

Who helps me with academic advising in the BEd?

As a concurrent BA/BEd student, for BA advising you see the academic advisor for Arts, Tanya Pitt. When you are accepted to the BEd, you'll see Beth Keyes. It is important you start and keep up-to-date your program's BA/BEd self-tracking degree audit. This is a major part of your advising process.

Does it matter what I take in my non-education degree?

If you're going to become an early years teacher, you must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in teachable courses, spread over four different disciplines (English, math, science and social studies). If you plan to teach at the middle or senior high school level, at least 48 credit hours of subjects must be taken in two subjects taught at these levels (eg. math, biology, etc.). The 48 credit hours can be split up. As an example, you might do 24 credit hours in each of two subjects or do 30 credit hours in one subject and 18 credit hours in another.

How do I become a teacher?

All new New Brunswick teachers have to get two degrees, one of which is a Bachelor of Education. Following the concurrent path, you being your non-education degree and, after one or two years, you apply to enter the concurrent BEd program. In the consecutive route, your non-education degree (eg. BA, BSc, BBA) can be finished first, then you go into the BEd.

What are my job prospects?

With expected teacher retirements over the next few years, prospects for full-time employment are good. There is high demand for teachers in specialized areas, like French immersion or math, in this and other parts of North America.