The B.A.(Education); Major in Education in Global Contexts is a 90 credit interdisciplinary program that focuses on understanding the role of education in addressing contemporary and emergent global challenges. Students will take the concepts of teaching and learning outside of the classroom environment, exploring subject areas in sociology, psychology, leadership studies, history, philosophy, and public policy. Students will benefit from examining the world through an international scope and learning to problem-solve using the foundation of educational principles and hands-on experiences through a semester-long internship. Designed for anyone who wishes to take on the role of educator in non-traditional contexts; in non-profit, government, business, and other career sectors.
One of the cornerstones of this program is a semester-long internship that gives students hands-on experience and builds professional networks for career opportunities. McGill has a broad network of partners that encourages students to work in collaborative and interdisciplinary environments. Students in this program will be supported by course instructors, advisors, and administrators in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) as well as the Office of Internships and Student Affairs (ISA). In addition to being a part of a department that fosters a sense of community and mentorship, students can also benefit from the resources and events organized by the Education Undergraduate Student Society (EdUS).
Students choose one of 3 available minors:
- Minor in Educational Psychology (Faculty of Education, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology)
- Minor in International Development Studies (Faculty of Arts, Institute for the Study of International Development)
- Minor in Management for non-Management Students **(Desautels Faculty of Management)
* Subject to approval of the Academic Adviser, students may be granted permission to complete a second minor from the above list to fulfill the 18 credits of elective courses.
**This minor has an application process with deadlines, you must have at least 8 courses completed to apply.
The B.A.(Education); Major in Education in Global Contexts can lead you to a wide range of career options and graduate school option. Graduates can choose to work in occupations that focus on education, community programming, social justice, among others. You can work in public and private sectors, community organizations, educational technology start-ups, government, and more. Professional opportunities include:
- International Aid Worker
- Corporate Education Leader/Business Development Manager
- Non-Profit or Business Entrepreneur
- Community Program Officer/Advisor/Learning Consultant
- Advocacy or Activism Work/Community Organizing
For more information on prospective careers, check out our What Can I do with My B.A.(Education) pamphlet!
As this program allows students to take a number of dynamic elective courses, students may complete the necessary prerequisites to apply to a variety of graduate programs. The hands-on experience obtained from student's internship may also serve to strengthen graduate school applications.
U0 (Freshman) Program Information
As you are coming to McGill directly from high school or entering with 0-23 credits of Advanced Standing, you are a freshman student (U0), and you must complete the 30 credit Freshman Program.
As a freshman student, you do not have a defined set of courses that you must take. However, you should always select from courses at the 100 or 200 level (e.g. ATOC 181 or HIST 206) in subject areas that are of interest to you. We have outlined some courses below that may be of interest to you. In addition, this freshman approved courses webpage outlines a wide variety of approved freshman courses you may register for.
You must have your fall and winter course selections verified prior to the start of classes. To verify your course selection by email, send a message to edgc.advise [at] mcgill.ca with the subject “Freshman Course Selection”. Be sure to include your student ID number, full name and your filled in checklist. To verify them virtually or in-person, you can make an appointment here.
Courses from the Faculty of Education
EDEC 247 Policy Issues in Quebec and Indigenous Education (3 cr)
EDPE 208 Personality and Social Development (3 cr)
EDPT 204 Creating and Using Media for Learning (3 cr)
Courses from the French Language Centre:
(Placement tests may be required)
FRSL 101 - Beginners French 1
FRSL 102 - Beginners French 2
FRSL 207D1 - Elementary French 01
FRSL 207D2 - Elementary French 01
FRSL 211D1 - Oral and Written French 1
FRSL 211D2 - Oral and Written French 1
Courses Across McGill Faculties:
INDG 200 Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3 cr)
INTD 200 Introduction to International Development (3 cr)
RELG 207 Introduction to the Study of Religions (3 cr)
SOCI 210 Sociological Perspectives (3 cr)
WCOM 250 Research Essay and Rhetoric (3 cr)
U1 Program Information
We’ve planned out (almost) your entire degree at McGill, so find out which courses you need to take this Fall and this Winter, as well as what you’ll be taking later on by reviewing the program checklist and three-year overview.
The Program Overview is a plan of study for most students in the B.A.(Education); Major in Education in Global Contexts program. It allocates space for completing all of the requirements in your degree and schedules your field experiences in the correct semesters. Please note, students needing to complete a Freshman year will be starting in Year 0, thus, will be following a four-year study plan (see freshman tab).
Information for Advanced Standing Students
Students who attended University prior to coming to McGill may be eligible for transfer credit. Please verify the credits already awarded to you by Admissions on your Minerva Unofficial Transcript. If you believe that you are entitled to additional credits, please review the Advanced standing guidelines and speak with your advisor. Once you have completed your course equivalencies, using the course equivalency database, please complete and send the Course Equivalency Template to your Advisor for review and approval (edgc.advise [at] mcgill.ca). The course equivalency transfer credits that have been approved by your Advisor will be added to your unofficial transcript on Minerva.
Advising for Current Students
Your Advisor can help you explore academic pathways, navigate challenges, plan your classes, and provide referrals to other campus and community resources if you need additional help.
Contacting your Advisor:
edgc.advise [at] mcgill.ca (ensure to include your McGill ID number and full name)
In-Person advising. Appointments to come September 2022
For all appointments, please ensure your program checklist is ready to go!
Fall 2022 Orientation Slides
June 2022 Orientation
- See the June 2022 Pre-Registration Orientation slides
August 2022 Orientation
- See the August 2022 orientation slides
The B.A.(Education); Major in Education in Global Contexts is now available on the online application for Fall 2022. For more information, please email edgc.advise [at] mcgill.ca
Note: This program does not lead to Teacher Certification for formal elementary/secondary classroom teaching in the province of Quebec. This program is closed to university transfer and second degree applicants for the Fall 2022 semester.