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Bachelor of Education program (B.Ed.)



What will I learn?

Western’s two year, four-term Bachelor of Education program offers a unique combination of course work, specializations, practical, and alternative field placements to prepare new teachers for enriching careers in the field of education. We seek to cultivate the habits of mind, hand, and heart—the knowledge, skills, and attitudes—that enable teachers to exercise wise judgment in the interests of their students; and we seek to encourage leadership potential. If you want to make a difference—in the lives of children and youth, in the field of education, in local, national, or international settings—we have the program for you.

Career possibilities:

Your BEd degree from Western’s Faculty of Education qualifies you for an Ontario Teaching Certificate, which is recognized instantly across Canada. International employers also recognize the knowledge, competence, and skills that Western Education graduates have to offer and eagerly attend our job fairs. With the BEd, many of our alumni have gone on to work in diverse fields such as these—and more:

teaching in public, private, and independent schools
teaching in adult education centres, colleges, and other post-secondary institutions
developing and writing curriculum for museums, art galleries, prisons
teaching and administration in international settings
corporate training
youth and social services
Provincial and Federal Government services
business or legal training

Program streams:

Western’s Bachelor of Education program consists of three streams leading to certification by the Ontario College of Teachers. You can elect to take the Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate, or Intermediate-Senior stream to develop expertise in teaching students in grades JK-6, 4-10, and 7-12, respectively. As well as selecting a program stream, you are given the choice of a specialty area consistent with your interests and goals.


Prepare to teach all subjects, Kindergarten to grade 6. Primary-Junior French: Prepare to teach core and immersion French, K-6.


Prepare to teach grades 4 to 10. You must choose French, Music or Religious Education for Catholic Schools as a teaching option.


Prepare to teach grades 7 to 12. You must choose two teaching options from a list of teachable subjects.

The Time Commitment and Delivery:

The Bachelor of Education program is a full-time, four-term program. It may not be completed, in whole or in part, on a part-time basis. Some courses are offered fully on-site in face-to-face formats; other courses include on-line components, and a very few courses are fully on-line.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$7,821.00 (4,71,429) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

15 May 2023


Faculty of Education

1137 Western Road,


Ontario (ON),

N6G 1G7, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must complete the full International Baccalaureate Diploma including each of the following to be considered for admission: Completion of the entire Diploma including the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay; Passes in a minimum of 6 subjects of which 3 must be at the Higher Level; A minimum grade total of 28 including points awarded for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge; No mark less than 4 on any individual course; Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western. Other English Language Requirements accepted: Minimum score required on the TOEFL is 550 on the paper based with a 5 on the TWE, and 83 on the internet-based tests with no score below 20; Pearson Test of English Academic: A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78; International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0; CanTEST: A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0; CAEL: A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Canadian secondary school.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

IELTS: A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with no part less than 6.0; TOEFL: A minimum overall score of 83 on the internet-based test with no section score below 20, and 550 on the paper-based test with a 5 on the TWE; Can TEST: A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0; CAEL: A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60; MELAB: A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Confederation College
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)

About Western University (Ontario)

One of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities offering hundreds of different programs to students looking to learn and live in Canada.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Over 400 undergraduate programs to choose from
  • 40,000 students from 128 countries around the world
  • Riverside campus in Ontario with 1,200 acres of green space