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Q: What programs are offered by the Faculty of Education?

The Faculty of Education offers three different kinds of programs.

  • Undergraduate Programs: For those wishing to become teachers, the Faculty offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. A graduate degree leading to teacher certification is also offered. For those already holding a university degree, advanced standing may be given in the BEd programs. A BSc (Kinesiology) is also offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
  • Programs of Professional Development: For qualified teachers wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills, the Faculty offers a wide range of programs of professional development leading to specialized Certificates and Diplomas. Most courses that are required to complete these programs are offered in the evenings and in the summer.
  • Graduate Programs: The Faculty offers graduate programs for those already holding a university degree who wish to pursue advanced study and research leading to masters and doctoral degrees in various fields of education, psychology, and library and information studies.  A graduate degree leading to teacher certification is also offered.

Q: How long does it take to complete an Undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Education?

  • All BEd programs are a minimum of 150 credits (5 years of full time study); or 120 credits (4 years) for students who have completed a DEC.
  • The BSc (Kinesiology) program is a minimum of 120 (4 years of full time study); or 90 credits (3 years) for students who have completed a DEC.
  • Advanced standing may be granted to students who have completed previous university studies.
  • Note: A student must complete a minimum residency requirement of 60 credits at McGill in order to qualify for a McGill degree.

Q: How can I get advanced standing?

Decisions regarding advanced standing are made by Enrolment Services after having reviewed all the applicant's relevant official documents.

Q: Is it possible to complete my degree part-time?

The undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Education can only be followed on a full-time basis. There is a 5-year time limit to complete an undergraduate BEd
degree and a 4-year time limit to complete a B.Sc. Kinesiology degree.

Q: I am thinking of enrolling in the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) program. How do I know if my language skills are good enough?

In order to be accepted into the BEd (TESL) program, you must successfully pass an English language test.
The test is given on various dates during the spring and summer. Once you apply to McGill, Enrolment Services will give you the dates of the test and your acceptance will not be finalized until you write and pass the English test.  If you apply to transfer to the Faculty of Education (TESL program), the Faculty office will provide you with the dates of the test.

Q: Can I take courses in the Faculty of Education even though I am not a student at McGill University?

The Faculty of Education offers some courses through Continuing Education. Please refer to the School of Continuing Studies website for details.

Q: Can I take courses that are part of the BEd if I am not in an education program (BEd, Minor in Education for Arts Students, Minor in Education for Science Students, Minor in Educational Psychology)?

Professional courses are restricted to students in the BEd programs, however, the faculty offers a number of courses which are open to other undergraduate students. You may be able to take an Education course if there is space in the course after students in the BEd or in the education minors have registered. You should contact the department that offers the course shortly before the course begins to see if the department will permit you to register.  Please refer to Minerva for course offerings and to see if there is space left in the course.

Q: Can I take courses that are a part of the B Sc Kinesiology (subject code EDKP) if I am not in a Kinesiology program (B Sc Kinesiology, Minor in Kinesiology for Science students)?

Normally it is not possible to take Kinesiology courses unless you are in a Kinesiology program. You may be able to take a Kinesiology course if there is space in the course after students in the B Sc Kinesiology or in the minor have registered. You should contact the department that offers the course shortly before the course begins to see if the department will permit you to register. Please refer to Minerva for course offerings and to see if there is space left in the course.

Q: Who can I talk to about my Field Experience (Student Teaching)?

A: Field Experience placements are coordinated by the Internships & Student Affairs office. See www.mcgill.ca/ost, or contact the Student Teaching Placement Coordinator for your program.

Q: Can I make an appointment with an academic advisor?

A: B.Ed K/Elementary, Secondary, TESL, Music, B.Mus/B.Ed, and First Nations & Inuit Education program students can contact advisedise [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca - B.Sc Kinesiology and B.Ed Physical & Health Education students can contact nada [dot] abu-merhy [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Q: Who can I speak to about my Graduate application?

A: You should contact the department that offers the graduate program you've applied to.

Q: Can I do a minor with another Faculty or a double major?

A: Education students cannot do a double major.  Students in the B.Ed programs cannot take a minor. Students in the secondary program can take a number of courses in a second subject area but this is not an official minor. BSc Kinesiology students can do an official minor.

Q: Can I do an Honors program in Kinesiology?

A: You can apply to change from the B Sc Kinesiology to the B Sc Kinesiology (Honours) program. Contact the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education for information.