As admission into the program is limited to 70 students, meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.
Applications are encouraged from those individuals who have had direct experience with children in formal and informal settings and who possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in liberal arts or science.
To be considered for admission, applicants must present the following requirements:
- A three- or four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or college.
- An admission grade point average of at least 2.3 (4-point scale) or equivalent on the most recently attempted 30 credits.
- Successful completion of 12 credits as follows:
- 3 credits in English language/ literature
- 9 credits from at least two of the following areas of study: archeology, anthropology, classics, computing science, economics, fine arts, history, languages other than English, mathematics, philosophy, physical education and sport studies, political sciences, psychology, religious studies, sciences, sociology.
- A Philosophy of Teaching Statement outlining the principles that the applicant believes are essential to effective teaching and learning and will guide his or her work as a teacher.
- A Volunteer/Work Experience Record.
- Two Confidential Assessment Forms. At least one referee should be a former employer or supervisor who can comment on the applicant’s suitability to work with children between the ages of 5 and 14 years.
- Evidence of proficiency in computer knowledge and use.
- Demonstrated fulfilment of Concordia University of Edmonton’s English Language Requirement. Applicants to the Bachelor of Education (After Degree) program require levels of English Language Proficiency consistent with Alberta Education’s requirements for certification. Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English and which is located in a country with primary language of English must present:
- an overall iBT score of 98 and the following minimum scores on each component of the TOEFL-iBT: 27 in Speaking, 25 in Writing, 23 in Listening, and 23 in Reading, or
- an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic module with minimum component scores of 7.0 in Speaking and Writing and 6.5 in Listening and Reading.
Courses completed in the Spring and Summer sessions immediately preceding the Fall term in which the student enters the program are not normally calculated into the applicant’s admission grade point average.
All completed applications are ranked based on the academic record and work experience presented, the quality of the written statement, and the assessment from the referees. Based on this ranking, qualified applicants are then invited for an interview.
The interview is designed to assess applicants’ non-academic qualifications, such as their degree of maturity and motivation, initiative, ability to communicate, personal qualities and interests, and overall suitability for the teaching profession.
Following the interviews and the receipt of final academic transcripts, Concordia University of Edmonton ranks all applicant profiles again and makes final admission decisions.