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BEd Reference Form
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The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is a two-year program following a first degree. Applicants to the BEd program must have completed a first degree in arts, science or an equivalent program from a post-secondary institution accredited by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. Applicants with credentials from insitutions outside of Alberta will be considered based on provincial accreditation and/or affiliation with the AUCC.

Apply to the BEd program here: ApplyAlberta. You may apply for Fall 2015 starting on October 1, 2014. Apply early, seats are limited!

Currently, admission to the BEd is limited to 40 students. During the review process, applicants are initially evaluated in the following areas:

  • Academic Records - Applicants must have completed a three- or four-year Bachelor's degree with a strong liberal arts component from a recognized university or university college with a grade point average of at least 2.7 (on St. Mary’s 4-point scale) on the most recently attempted 60 credits. Consideration will also be given to the applicant's overall undergraduate record. 

    • Official transcripts from participating ApplyAlberta institutions will be requested on behalf of the applicant.

    • Official transcripts for all other post-secondary institutions (that are not participating ApplyAlberta institutions) must be requested by the applicant and submitted directly to St. Mary’s. Transcripts must remain sealed to be considered official.

    • Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University College do not need to submit transcripts.

    • Applicants educated outside of Canada may need to have their transcripts assessed by IQAS.

    • High school transcripts are not required.

  • Resume - Include all work and volunteer experience.

  • Letters of Reference - A rating of the applicant's personal and professional qualities by three referees who know the individual in different capacities as a learner, worker and leader.  Use the Confidential Reference on Applicant form. Referees may also write a standard reference letter if preferred. Original, signed and sealed references are preferred.

  • Two Type-Written Essays - In the first essay, What have you learned from your experiences?, describe how your life experiences and community involvement will influence you as a teacher. The breadth and depth of the involvement will be evaluated including experiences with diversity and inclusive practices.

    In the second essay, Why do you wish to become a teacher?, explain why you want to be an elementary teacher and your motivation for choosing teaching as a vocation.  Include your philosophy of education and views on teaching as a profession.  Essays will be evaluated on your articulation of your view of students and vision for schooling. There is no minimum/maximum word count requirement for the essays.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language – For all international applicants and/or individuals whose first language is not English, the evidence accepted by the University College is the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT). The minimum standard scores required in the four categories are 27 in speaking, 25 in writing, 23 in listening and 23 in reading.

    Documents may be submitted by fax, mail, email or in person to:

    Mail:    St. Mary's University College 
                Attention: Education Program
                14500 Bannister Road SE 
                Calgary, Alberta T2X 1Z4
    Fax:     403-531-9136

Based on the above criteria, applicants will be short-listed for the next stage of the process, which is the interview. Interview questions focus on a general understanding of teaching, teaching content and processes, personal and professional qualities, an understanding of diversity and inclusive practices and communications skills. The applicant's file and interview are each essential components of the application process and constitute the basis for offers of admission in the program.

All students entering practicum will be required to obtain security clearances on their own and forward it to St. Mary's for their student file. A scanned copy of the security clearance will be sent electronically to all participating practicum schools prior to the start of practicum.

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