Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Kindergarten and Elementary Education (120 credits)

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The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Kindergarten and Elementary Education program requires 120 credits and leads to teacher certification. Students who have not completed Quebec CEGEP, French Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, or at least one year of university studies prior to commencing the B.Ed. must also complete a minimum of 30 credits of freshman courses (in addition to the 120 credit program) for a total of 150 credits.

The Kindergarten and Elementary Education program leads to certification to teach children between the ages of 5 and 11 years (kindergarten and elementary school). The program consists of academic and professional courses, as well as studies in pedagogy and educational foundations. Each year of the program provides a school-based practicum.

Students admitted to the B.Ed. Kindergarten and Elementary program are required to write a diagnostic test in mathematics. Students who do not pass will be required to successfully complete MATH 111 prior to taking EDEE 230. Students who have not taken CEGEP course 201-101 or an equivalent may use MATH 111 to fulfill program requirements. For students who have taken CEGEP course 201-101 or an equivalent, MATH 111 will be above and beyond program requirements.

Please note that graduates of teacher education programs are recommended by the University for Quebec certification to the Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS). For more information about teacher certification in Quebec, please refer to the Faculty of Education section under "Overview of Faculty Programs," "Undergraduate Education Programs," and "Quebec Teacher Certification."

Freshman Program

Students normally complete 30 credits in their freshman (U0) year.

The freshman year is the time to take introductory level courses in the subjects taught in Elementary school, as well as to explore areas that are not normally taken as teachable subject area courses within B.Ed. programs (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, etc.). Students should also investigate the possibility of taking one of the First Year Seminar courses offered by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science.

In addition, in consultation with the program adviser, students may select courses from the recommended course list below or other courses. Included in the list are several French Second Language (FRSL) courses for which placement tests are required to determine the appropriate level. Also recommended are any 100- or 200-level courses with the subject codes of ANTH (Anthropology), ENGL (English), GEOG (Geography), HIST (History), MUAR (Music -Arts Faculty), POLI (Political Science), PSYC (Psychology); RELG (Religious Studies), and SOCI (Sociology). For 200-level courses, information about any required prerequisites is found in the Minerva Class Schedule by "clicking on" the course CRN for registration. Check prerequisites before registering.

EAPR 250 (3) Research Essay & Rhetoric
EDEE 325 (3) Children's Literature
EDEM 220 (3) Contemporary Issues in Education
EDES 366 (3) Literature for Young Adults
FRSL 101D1 (3) Beginners' French
FRSL 101D2 (3) Beginners' French
FRSL 207D1 (3) Elementary French 01
FRSL 207D2 (3) Elementary French 01
FRSL 211D1 (3) Oral and Written French 1
FRSL 211D2 (3) Oral and Written French 1
MATH 111 (3) Mathematics for Education Students
RELG 207 (3) The Study of World Religions 1

Required Courses (75 credits)

EDEC 201 (1) First Year Professional Seminar
EDEC 203 (3) Communication in Education
EDEC 215 (0) English Language Requirement
EDEC 247 (3) Policy Issues in Quebec Education
EDEC 253 (1) Second Professional Seminar (Kindergarten/Elementary)
EDEC 405 (3) Fourth Year Professional Seminar (K/Elem)
EDEE 223 (3) Language Arts
EDEE 230 (3) Elementary School Mathematics
EDEE 250 (2) The Kindergarten Classroom
EDEE 260 (3) Reading Methods - Early Childhood
EDEE 270 (3) Elementary School Science
EDEE 275 (2) Science Teaching
EDEE 280 (3) Geography, History and Citizenship Education
EDEE 282 (2) Teaching Social Sciences
EDEE 325 (3) Children's Literature
EDEE 332 (3) Teaching Mathematics 1
EDEE 353 (3) Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom
EDEE 355 (3) Classroom-based Evaluation
EDER 360 (2) Ethics and Religious Culture (K/Elementary)
EDFE 200 (2) First Field Experience (K/Elem & Secondary)
EDFE 256 (3) Second Field Experience (Kindergarten/Elementary)
EDFE 306 (8) Third Field Experience (Kindergarten/Elementary)
EDFE 406 (7) Fourth Field Experience (K/Elem)
EDPE 300 (3) Educational Psychology
EDPI 309 (3) Exceptional Students
EDPI 341 (3) Instruction in Inclusive Schools

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of courses selected as described below.

Multicultural Education

3 credits from:

EDEC 233 (3) First Nations and Inuit Education
EDEC 248 (3) Multicultural Education
EDEC 249 (3) Global Education and Social Justice

Philosophy of Education

3 credits from:

EDEC 260 (3) Philosophical Foundations
EDEC 261 (3) Philosophy of Catholic Education

Media, Technology, Computers and Education

3 credits from:

*Note: Courses identified with an asterisk ("*") are recommended for students with a background in computers or other media applications in education.

EDEC 262 (3) Media, Technology and Education
EDPT 341* (3) Instructional Programming 1
EDPT 420* (3) Media Literacy for Education

Ethics, Values, or Religion

3 credits from:

EDER 309 (3) The Religious Quest
EDER 395 (3) Moral Values and Human Action
EDER 473 (3) Living with Insight
EDER 494 (3) Ethics in Practice
RELG 207 (3) The Study of World Religions 1

Kindergarten and Elementary Teaching Methods - Art, Drama, or Music

3 - 6 credits from:

EDEA 332 (3) Art Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary
EDEA 342 (3) Curriculum and Instruction in Drama Education
EDEA 345 (3) Music Curriculum and Instruction for Generalists

Kindergarten & Elementary Teaching Methods - Physical Education or English Second Language

0 - 3 credits from:

Students may select both their methods courses from the list above for Art, Drama, or Music.

*Note: Courses marked with an asterisk ("*") have EDSL 350 "Essentials of English Grammar" as a prerequisite.

EDKP 332 (3) Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction
EDSL 330* (3) L2 Literacy Development
EDSL 447* (3) Methods in TESL 1

Kindergarten & Elementary Education - Subject Areas (21 credits)

21 credits selected in consultation with the program adviser as follows:

12 credits in "teachable" subject area courses of the elementary school curriculum from the lists below for Art, English, Ethics and Religious Culture, French, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, Physical Education, and Social Studies.


9 credits, 3 credits from each of any three subject areas not chosen above.

No more than 12 credits may be selected from any single course list.


Students may select up to 12 credits from this list and from Art History (ARTH) courses.

EDEA 204 (3) Drawing
EDEA 205 (3) Painting 2
EDEA 241 (3) Basic Art Media for Classroom
EDEA 296 (3) Basic Design
EDEA 304 (3) Painting 3
EDEA 305 (3) Painting 4
EDEA 307 (3) Drawing 2
EDEA 410 (3) Aesthetics and Art for the Classroom
EDEA 496 (3) Sculpture 1
EDEA 497 (3) Sculpture 2


Students may select up to 12 credits from this list.

*Note: Starting with the 2009-10 academic year, EDEE 325 Children's Literature is a required course for the Kindergarten and Elementary Education program and is included in the "Required Courses" list. Students admitted to the program in prior years may select this course as a teachable subject course for English.

CLAS 203 (3) Greek Mythology
COMS 200 (3) History of Communication
COMS 210 (3) Introduction to Communication Studies
COMS 300 (3) Media and Modernity in the 20th Century
COMS 310 (3) Media and Feminist Studies
COMS 320 (3) Media and Empire
COMS 330 (3) Media in Cultural Life
EDEC 308 (3) Learning to Write Fiction
EDEC 309 (3) Learning to Write Poetry
EDEE 325* (3) Children's Literature
EDES 366 (3) Literature for Young Adults
EDSL 350 (3) Essentials of English Grammar
ENGL 200 (3) Survey of English Literature 1
ENGL 201 (3) Survey of English Literature 2
ENGL 204 (3) English Literature and the Bible
ENGL 215 (3) Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 225 (3) American Literature 1
ENGL 226 (3) American Literature 2
ENGL 227 (3) American Literature 3
ENGL 228 (3) Canadian Literature 1
ENGL 229 (3) Canadian Literature 2
ENGL 230 (3) Introduction to Theatre Studies
ENGL 237 (3) Introduction to Study of a Literary Form
ENGL 275 (3) Introduction to Cultural Studies
ENGL 276 (3) Methods of Cultural Analysis
ENGL 279 (3) Introduction to Film as Art
ENGL 280 (3) Introduction to Film as Mass Medium
ENGL 314 (3) 20th Century Drama
ENGL 345 (3) Literature and Society
ENGL 347 (3) Great Writings of Europe 1
ENGL 349 (3) English Literature and Folklore 1
ENGL 378 (3) Media and Culture
ENGL 386 (3) Fans, Celebrities, Audiences
ENGL 388 (3) Studies in Popular Culture
LING 200 (3) Introduction to the Study of Language
LING 201 (3) Introduction to Linguistics

Ethics and Religious Culture

Students may select up to 12 credits from this list. Students may also choose other Religious Studies (RELG) courses with the permission of the program adviser.

*Note: Courses marked with an asterisk ("*") may be used as Ethics and Religious Culture courses or as Social Studies.

EDER 207 (3) 'Who is Christ?'
EDER 209 (3) Search for Authenticity
EDER 252 (3) Understanding and Teaching Jewish Life
EDER 290 (3) Guide to Reading the Bible
EDER 309 (3) The Religious Quest
EDER 394 (3) Philosophy of God
EDER 395 (3) Moral Values and Human Action
EDER 461 (3) Society and Change
EDER 473 (3) Living with Insight
EDER 494 (3) Ethics in Practice
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 240* (3) The Holocaust
PHIL 200 (3) Introduction to Philosophy 1
PHIL 230 (3) Introduction to Moral Philosophy 1
PHIL 237 (3) Contemporary Moral Issues
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 207 (3) The Study of World Religions 1
RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Sexual Ethics
WMST 200* (3) Introduction to Women's Studies


Students may choose up to 12 credits of French as a Second Language (FRSL) courses and/or French (FREN) courses.


Students may choose up to 12 credits of Mathematics (MATH) courses at the 200-level or higher.

Note: Students admitted with CEGEP mathematics (or equivalent) may not take MATH 111 for credit. MATH 111 is a recommended course for freshman students.

MATH 111 (3) Mathematics for Education Students


Students may choose up to 12 credits from this list. Students may also select any Music course with the MUGT, MUHL, MUIT, or MUCT subject codes.

With the permission of the program adviser, students without a formal music background may choose courses with the MUAR subject code.

*Note: Courses marked with a single asterisk ("*") require permission from the Schulich School of Music to register.

**Note: Courses marked with two asterisks ("**") require a placement test.

EDEA 314 (3) Instruments in the Classroom
EDEA 341 (3) Listening for Learning
EDEA 352 (3) Music Listening in Education
EDEA 362 (3) Movement, Music and Communication
MUJZ 160* (3) Jazz Materials 1
MUJZ 161* (3) Jazz Materials 2
MUTH 110** (3) Melody and Counterpoint
MUTH 111** (3) Elementary Harmony and Analysis

Natural Sciences

Students may choose up to 12 credits from this list.

ATOC 181 (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Science
ATOC 182 (3) Introduction to Oceanic Sciences
ATOC 184 (3) Science of Storms
ATOC 185 (3) Natural Disasters
BIOL 115 (3) Essential Biology
CHEM 180 (3) World of Chemistry: Environment
CHEM 181 (3) World of Chemistry: Food
CHEM 182 (3) World of Chemistry: Technology
CHEM 183 (3) World of Chemistry: Drugs
EDEE 473 (3) Ecological Studies
EDEE 474 (3) Problems of the Environment
EPSC 180 (3) The Terrestrial Planets
EPSC 181 (3) Environmental Geology
EPSC 185 (3) Natural Disasters
EPSC 201 (3) Understanding Planet Earth
PHYS 180 (3) Space, Time and Matter
PHYS 181 (3) Everyday Physics
PHYS 182 (3) Our Evolving Universe
PHYS 183 (3) The Milky Way Inside and Out

Physical Education

Students may take up to 12 credits of Physical Education (EDKP) courses from the list with the permission of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

*Note: EDKP 292 is available as an academic Physical Education course. All other EDKP courses are restricted.

EDKP 204 (3) Health Education
EDKP 205 (3) Structural Anatomy
EDKP 206 (3) Biomechanics of Human Movement
EDKP 224 (3) Foundations of Movement Education
EDKP 261 (3) Motor Development
EDKP 292* (3) Nutrition and Wellness
EDKP 391 (3) Physiology in Sport and Exercise
EDKP 495 (3) Scientific Principles of Training
EDKP 498 (3) Sport Psychology

Social Studies

Students may take up to 12 credits from this list below which represents a balance of History (HIST), Geography (GEOG) and Citizenship courses offered by several departments. Anthropology (ANTH) and Sociology (SOCI) courses not on the list below may not be counted as Social Studies courses in the program requirements. Students may take them as electives only.

Students may select additional History courses as follows:

Any 3 credits in European History

Any 3 credits in Asian, African or Latin American History

Any 3 credits in any topic or field of history

*Note: Courses marked with an asterisk ("*") may be used as Ethics and Religious Culture or Social Studies courses.

ANTH 202 (3) Comparative Cultures
ANTH 205 (3) Cultures of the World
CANS 200 (3) Introduction to the Study of Canada
CANS 202 (3) Canadian Cultures: Context and Issues
GEOG 200 (3) Geographical Perspectives: World Environmental Problems
GEOG 205 (3) Global Change: Past, Present and Future
GEOG 210 (3) Global Places and Peoples
GEOG 217 (3) Cities in the Modern World
HIST 202 (3) Survey: Canada to 1867
HIST 203 (3) Survey: Canada since 1867
JWST 240* (3) The Holocaust
POLI 221 (3) Government of Canada
POLI 222 (3) Political Process and Behaviour in Canada
WMST 200* (3) Introduction to Women's Studies

Electives (6 credits)

6 credits

Faculty of Education—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)