Mount Royal University’s new Bachelor of Education — Elementary will give you an extensive understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching, preparing you for a successful career in kindergarten through Grade 6. This program also prepares you for certification with the Teacher Development and Certification Branch of Alberta Education.
Mount Royal’s B.Ed. — Elementary is unique in Alberta for providing students with direct entry into the four-year degree program. This means you don’t need a degree or prior post-secondary coursework to be considered for the program. And, starting in your first year of study, you will gain extensive hands-on experience in elementary school classrooms — experience that continues during each year of the program.
As part of your degree, you can choose from a range of different minors, each designed to enhance your skills in teaching specific subjects. For further information on teachable minors available in this program, please refer to the program planning guides.
Dedicated to teaching
Mount Royal’s B.Ed. — Elementary is delivered by the Department of Education and Schooling within Canada’s only Faculty of Teaching and Learning, a Faculty mandated to inspire and support excellence in teaching and learning across the university. The B.Ed. — Elementary is taught by a committed group of full-time and part-time faculty. All full-time faculty members hold PhDs, and all full- and part-time faculty have extensive K–12 teaching experience.Direct entry
Direct entry into Mount Royal’s B.Ed. — Elementary is designed for you to experience teaching first-hand right away. This will ensure you receive more than 100 hours of field experience time in your first two years of the program, and will allow you to interact with young learners while practicing and observing teaching from a teacher’s perspective. In year three and four of your program, you will gain more hands-on experience in practicum placements.
Why Mount Royal?
Focus on instruction — Mount Royal faculty members are dedicated to teaching above all. Interact in small classes and labs with professors who are leaders in their field.
Well-rounded education — The General Education (Gen Ed) requirement is built into all Mount Royal bachelor’s degrees. It ensures you graduate with valuable insight into a wide range of ideas and academic disciplines extending beyond your area of study.
Hands-on experience — Field experiences and practica encourage hands-on learning and application of theoretical concepts by using guided inquiry teaching methods.
Educational research opportunities — All full-time faculty teaching in the B.Ed. — Elementary program are engaged in innovative education research projects which may involve students.
Professional Standards Branch of Alberta Education certifies teachers in Alberta. Graduates of Mount Royal University are issued their initial Interim Professional Certificate at the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Teaching and Learning. Graduating students should apply to Alberta Education for certification one to two months prior to the completion of their degree program. Please visit the Teacher Education website for further details.
Teaching Qualification Services (TQS)
The TQS of the Alberta Teachers Association evaluates all post-secondary education for salary purposes. It is recommended that you apply to TQS for assessment two to three months before the anticipated completion of your program. TQS will require your teacher certification number assigned to you by Alberta Education, as well as official copies of transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended to complete your program. Please visit the Teacher Qualification Services website for further details.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Education — Elementary are qualified to seek admission to a Master of Education or a Master of Arts program at institutions across Canada.