Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary)

The bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a first degree is a 150 credit hour program designed to prepare teachers of kindergarten through grade six. This full-time, professional program, which extends over six semesters (three years), includes school visit days and a one-semester internship placement.


Admission requirements

Direct entry to the Faculty of Education from high school is not available. To be considered for admission to the bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a first degree program, students must have successfully completed 60 credit hours with either a cumulative average of at least 65 per cent or an average of at least 65 per cent on the last attempted 30 credit hours.

The 60 credit hours must include:

  • 12 credit hours in English, including at least six credit hours at the 2000 level or above. (English as a Second Language courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.)
  • Six credit hours in mathematics or three credit hours in calculus.
  • Six credit hours in psychology.
  • Nine credit hours from three separate science areas, six credit hours of which must have a laboratory component. Chemistry 1900 may be used to satisfy three credit hours of the laboratory requirement. The science areas are: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental science, ocean sciences, physics; or a focus area in science.
  • Six credit hours chosen in any combination from anthropology, archaeology, economics, folklore, geography, history, linguistics, political science, religious studies, or sociology.
  • Six credit hours in French (recommended) or six credit hours in a single language other than English or demonstration of equivalent competency in a second language.
  • 15 credit hours as part of a focus area as outlined in the University Calendar.
  • Additional credit hours from subject areas other than education.

An applicant with French as a focus area must have written the DELF Tout Public (Level B2) and achieved an overall grade of at least 70%, with no less than 60% in any one skill area of the exam.

Consideration will be given to the courses for which students are registered at the time of application. Applicants who will have completed all requirements for admission by the end of the Spring semester of the year that admission is being sought will only be considered as time and resources permit.

In assessing applications for the program, consideration will be given to the student’s overall academic performance, personal statement and references as outlined on the application to the faculty.


Sample courses

ED 3273 - Science in the Primary/Elementary Grades
ED 3951 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Primary/Elementary School I
ED 4425 - Introduction to Educational Administration


Career Opportunities

Our graduates teach in schools worldwide where they enjoy considerable success in their chosen profession. The skills developed during this program will open up many other career paths. Our graduates also occupy leadership positions in other educational (non-school), business and industry settings.


Program Information

Faculty of Education


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



5 years (2 years of prerequisite courses + 3 years in B.Ed. program)


Fall semester

Application Deadline:

January 15

Supplementary Application:



Tuition InformationWebsite


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