Online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)

As the first degree program to be offered fully online at SFU, in collaboration with the Center for Online and Distance Education (CODE), this version of the Bachelor of General Studies in Education will appeal to students who need more flexibility due to their work schedule, distance from campus, childcare, travel, and many other reasons.

As with the on-campus course requirements for the BGS in Education, the fully online version can be created from a variety of courses resulting in multiple paths to future programs and employment opportunities. While many graduates apply to the Faculty of Education’s Professional Development Program (PDP) to become teachers, others build on the flexibility of combining minors to pursue other careers.

The Online BGS offers students two program options: General Education or Double Minor.

Students in the Online BGS are also provided with the opportunity to complete a Sustainable Community Development Certificate.

Additionally, it is possible for students to add a co-op semester to gain important job experience while in the online BGS program. Learn more about SFU's Cooperative Education program: http://www.sfu.ca/coop.html

A blended model is still available to allow students to remain fully flexible in their choices. If at any time a student desires to take a course on campus, registration options for both partially online and fully online remain open.

Students are encouraged to apply for a Criminal Records Check (CRC) as many of our courses require one prior to enrolling:

https://www.sfu.ca/students/criminalrecords/check.html

Process for the SFU CRC:

https://www.sfu.ca/students/criminalrecords/consent.html

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum Simon Fraser University admission requirements. See Undergraduate Admission.


Program Options and Requirements

General Education Option

Requirements

Students in the General Education Option of the Online Bachelor of General Studies, Education must complete 120 units, including at least 45 upper division units.

A 2.00 graduation grade point average (GPA) and upper division GPA is required.

With the exception of EDUC 401, 402, 403, 405 and 406, courses completed in any faculty may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but course admission is subject to the prerequisites of various departments.

Students complete all of:

Note: EDUC 100W, EDUC 252 and EDUC 352W must be completed before starting the Professional Development Program (PDP).

In addition to the courses specified above, students who choose this option will complete:

  • 9 lower division units in EDUC courses and
  • 15 upper division units in EDUC courses.
  • See CODE course offering list for available online courses.

Double Minor Option

Students choosing the Double Minor option of the Online Bachelor of General Studies have multiple pathways to the careers they seek. There are many programs that can be combined in the Double Minor Option that allow students to group courses according to what has the most value for their future plans.

Requirements

For the Double Minor Option of the Online Bachelor of General Studies, Education students must complete 120 units, including at least 45 upper division units.

A 2.00 graduation grade point average (GPA) and upper division GPS is required.

With the exception of EDUC 401, 402, 403, 405 and 406, courses completed in any faculty may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but course admission is subject to the prerequisites of various departments.

Students complete all of:

In addition to the courses specified above, students also complete two minors or extended minors, one of which must be a Faculty of Education minor. See below for list of online minors available.

Students may also opt to complete one of the following minors that are offered partially online:

  • Early Learning
  • Gerontology
  • Kinesiology
  • Sociology

Writing, Quantitative and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

Note: a grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit.

W-Writing

  • 6 units
  • must include at least one upper division course taken at Simon Fraser University within the student's major subject

Q-Qualitative

  • 6 units
  • courses may be lower or upper division

B-Breadth

  • 18 units (Designated Breadth)
  • must be outside the student's major subject and may be lower or upper division, but must include:
    • 6 units Social Sciences (B-Soc)
    • 6 units Humanities (B-Hum)
    • 6 units Sciences (B-Sci)
  • 6 units (Additional Breadth)
  • must be outside the student's major subject and may or may not be B-designated courses and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credits

The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 as upper division work.

Students may transfer a maximum of 60 units into the BGS (Education) from accredited institutions. Students from SFU approved programs such as AHCOTE, the Professional Linking Program or other approved Faculty of Education programs may transfer an additional 30 units from an accredited degree-granting institution, providing 30 of the required 45 upper division units are Simon Fraser University courses, and any W course within the required 45 must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Also note that any minor program must include at least seven upper division units earned at Simon Fraser University.

See “Undergraduate Degree Requirements” for regulations.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.

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