Bachelor of Education

Delivery Method:
In-person
Applications open:
August 1, 2022
Applications close:
September 15, 2022
Next start date:
January 2023

A highly flexible program, the Bachelor of Education (BEd), will give you the skills to become a curious and versatile life-long learner and open doors to become a certified K-12 teacher in British Columbia (upon completion of a Teacher Education program).

Program Overview

Designed For

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is a first degree program specifically for aspiring teachers.

In addition to degree requirements, BEd students must also be admitted to and successfully complete one of the Faculty of Education Teacher Education programs – Professional Development Program (PDP) or Professional Linking Program (PLP). Admission to the BEd does not guarantee admission to PDP or PLP.

Program Structure

Students can apply for transfer to the BEd after completing a minimum of 60 units. BEd students are required to complete 150 units, with 90 upper division units, including those completed towards PDP or PLP. Students must complete two of: EDUC 220, EDUC 230, EDUC 240, EDUC 250, plus the Major or two Minors option. Once in the PDP or PLP, students must complete one Education Minor and two Designs for Learning courses completed within the PDP or PLP.  

Education Major Option

The Education major option requires you to complete a minimum of 150 units. This includes one major from any of the following Faculties:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Science.

You must also complete the following: 

1. One minor from the Faculty of Education (may be fully or partially completed during EDUC 404):

2. Plus, two of the following courses:

3. If you are accepted into the Professional Development Program (PDP), you must also complete:

4. If you are accepted into the Professional Linking Program (PLP), you must also complete:

5. A minimum of 90 units in upper division courses (numbered 300 and 400)

6. At least two educational designs for learning courses

7. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 calculated on all upper division courses completed at SFU

Note: To complete the BEd Program, you must apply and be accepted into SFU's PDP or PLP.

DOUBLE MINOR OR EXTENDED MINOR OPTION

The double minor or extended minors option requires you to complete a minimum of 150 units. This includes two minors/extended minors from any of the following Faculties:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Science.

You must also complete the following: 

1. One minor from the Faculty of Education (may be fully or partially completed during EDUC 404):

2. At least two of the following: 

3. If you are accepted into the Professional Development Program (PDP), you must also complete: 

4. If you are accepted into the Professional Linking Program (PLP), you must also complete: 

5. A minimum of 90 units in upper division courses (numbered 300 and 400)

6. At least two educational designs for learning courses

7. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 calculated on all upper division courses completed at SFU

Note: To complete the BEd Program, you must apply and be accepted into SFU's PDP or PLP.

EDUCATION HONOURS OPTION

The Education honours option requires you to complete a minimum of 150 units. This includes one honours from any of the following Faculties:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty ofCommunication, Art and Technology
  • Faculty ofEnvironment
  • Faculty of Science.

You must also complete the following: 

1. One minor from the Faculty of Education (may be fully or partially completed during EDUC 404):

2. At least two of the following:

3. If you are accepted into the Professional Development Program (PDP), you must also complete: 

4. If you are accepted into the Professional Linking Program (PLP), you must also complete: 

5. A minimum of 90 units in upper division courses (numbered 300 and 400)

6. At least two educational designs for learning courses

7. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on all upper division courses completed at SFU

Note: To complete the BEd program, you must apply and be accepted to SFU's Professional Development Program (PDP).

Additional Programs or Certificates Available

To complete the BEd and get certified as a K-12 teacher in B.C., you must also complete one of SFU's teacher education programs, either the Professional Development Program (PDP) or the Professional Linking Program (PLP).

We recommend speaking to an advisor for more information on the BEd and how to become a teacher.

Intake Schedule

Students may apply for admission to SFU directly into the Bachelor of Education as transfer students three times a year in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

Current SFU students may request an internal transfer into the BEd after completing a minimum of 60 units.

Locations

At SFU, campus life is rich with opportunities to engage with people, ideas and activities that contribute to personal development and a better world.

Burnaby

Perched atop Burnaby Mountain, Simon Fraser University's original Arthur Erickson-designed campus includes more than three dozen academic buildings and a flourishing sustainable residential community.

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which SFU Burnaby is located.

Surrey

Our Surrey campus is a vibrant community hub in the heart of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. With easy access to transit, the modern campus is conveniently situated between Metro Vancouver and communities south of the Fraser River.

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories, including the Semiahmoo, Katzie, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen Nations, on which SFU Surrey is located.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Students in the Bachelor of Education have the opportunity to participate in Field Schools (as and when available). Past Field Schools have taken Education students to: Haida Gwaii, Indonesia and Hawaii.

Future Pathways

Where can this program take you? The world is changing rapidly and so is the full range of career and academic opportunities that await.

Occupations

  • Adult Educator
  • Consultant
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • ESL Teacher
  • International Teacher
  • Program Planner
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Teacher

Further Studies

After completing the BEd, obtaining teaching certification and working either as an educator or in other occupations, many individuals return to the Faculty to purse professional development (TQS upgrades) and research opportunities through graduate studies.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

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Questions?

FUTURE STUDENT ADVISING

If you are not currently an SFU student, contact one of the Education advisors below:

GENERAL INQUIRIES

For general program admission questions, contact the Undergraduate Programs office at educuga@sfu.ca

CURRENT EDUCATION STUDENT ADVISING

Schedule a time to speak with on of our advisors through Advisor Link.

Note: Only students declared in an Education program will be able to book with an Education advisor through Advisor Link. For non-Education students, continue to email one of our three advisors directly.

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