Education

Admission Requirements

 

The St. Thomas BEd is a post-baccalaureate degree program that builds on your previous undergraduate education in arts, science, commerce or other comparable programs.

In other words, we expect students to have well-developed analytical, research and communication skills before they enter the BEd program. In addition, we’ll expect you to have enough background and expertise within a particular subject area to teach content.

The BEd program is designed to provide you with a professional education to allow you to effectively share your knowledge and apply your skills in the classroom and other educational settings.

The St. Thomas BEd is an intensive 60 credit-hour program delivered in one calendar year. It offers you the opportunity to concentrate in one of the three teaching areas - elementary (K-5), middle and secondary (6-12), or second language (French).

The program is designed to encourage cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching. One component explores the use of technology for teaching and planning. Faculty have a very close relationship with BEd class members, carefully monitoring field placements and taking an active interest in students’ professional development. As a member of the BEd class, you should anticipate a high level of interaction with your BEd peers. Because of the intensive nature of this course of study, you will find that the program’s demands on your time, energy, and abilities simulate the kind of work expected of public educators.

Bachelor of Education Degree Requirements

The BEd program normally consists of 60 credit hours in Education. Following are descriptions of the specific requirements.

1. Required Courses for all BEd Students

EDUC-5123. Topics in Education
EDUC-5903. Classroom Management
EDUC-5913. Measurement & Evaluation

EDUC-5933. Culture and Schooling
EDUC-5953. Educational Psychology I
EDUC-5963. School Law, Teacher Ethics, & Professional Conduct
EDUC-5973. Integrating Technology in the Classroom
EDUC-5993. Exceptional and Differentiated Education

2. Methods Courses Offered (All 3 credit hours)
EDUC-5153. French Second Language Methods: Classroom Instruction That Works With Elementary School Learners
EDUC-5163. French Second Language Methods: Implementing Classroom Instruction That Works At the Middle and High School Levels
EDUC-5413. Elementary Reading and Language Arts Methods
EDUC-5423. Middle School Literacy & Language Arts Methods
EDUC-5433. Elementary School Math Methods
EDUC-5443. Music, Art, & Physical Education in the Elementary School
EDUC-5473. Science for Elementary Children
EDUC-5563. French Immersion Methods
EDUC-5613. Methods in Elementary Social Studies Education
EDUC-5633. Methods in Teaching History at a Secondary Level

EDUC-5803. Secondary Physical Education
EDUC-5813. Secondary English Methods
EDUC-5833. Teaching Secondary Math and Science
EDUC-5843. Methods in Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education
EDUC-5863. Methods in Middle/Secondary Science Education
EDUC-5873. Teaching Middle Level and Secondary Math

3. Electives
Students may choose electives to meet their required course load from the list of courses offered by the Department.

4. Field Placement (EDUC 5015)
Decisions regarding field placements are made in accordance with the Field Placement Policy and Procedures found in the Bachelor of Education hand book. This handbook is given to all BEd students at the beginning of the program. Copies may be obtained from the St. Thomas Education Department.

The number of required courses vary from year to year.

Overview

Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited. A majority of applicants often exceed the minimum academic requirement. A strong academic record by itself is not enough to ensure acceptance. Evidence of professional suitability, substantiated by letters of reference, is considered on an equal basis with your academic record. Most people who are admitted to the Program have considerable experience working with young people. Letters of reference should substantiate these experiences. You should select your referees judiciously. To strengthen your application, you may consider taking steps to both improve your grade-point average and expand your recent range and depth of work with young people.

To be considered for admission to the Program, you must satisfy three minimum academic requirements:

  1. A four-year (minimum of 120 credit hours) bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, or be an candidate for the degree in the year you wish to begin your Bachelor of Education program.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.7 or a minimum of 2.7 on your most recent 60 credit hours attempted.
  3. Teachables: 30 credit hours in a List A teachable subject area or 24 credit hours in a List A teachable subject area and 18 credit hours in a List A or B teachable subject area. Teachables subject areas can be found here.

Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum requirements are not considered further in the selection process.

Applicants who satisfy these minimum academic requirements will be assessed on the basis of professional suitability and academic preparation. Academic records, letters of intent and reference letters will be reviewed for evidence of academic strength, teaching-related experience, and those qualities likely to contribute to teaching success. Prior to final acceptance, applicants may be interviewed either in person or by telephone.

Please note that an applicant's grade point average must be maintained until graduation or acceptance will be revoked.

To strengthen your application, you may consider taking steps to improve both your cumulative grade-point average and your experience profile. For example, volunteer experience in schools will strengthen an application. You should select your referees judiciously. For advice on the application process, contact the St. Thomas University Admissions Office or the Education Department.

Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum requirements are not considered further in the selection process.

Application Procedure

Applications for admission, together with all supporting documents, must be submitted to the Admissions Office by January 15. Applications received after that date may not be considered. The required documents application package must include:

  1. a completed application form for admission to the University available at How to Apply
  2. a completed Bachelor of Education Supplementary Application Form
  3. a non-refundable application fee of $55. $40 for New Brunswick students.
  4. a letter of intent (800-1000 words) in which you discuss your interest in becoming a teacher, your teaching preference (elementary, middle/secondary or second-language French), your reasons for applying to the program, any formal or informal teaching experience you may have had, your work with young people, and any skills or qualities you have that should be considered in the assessment of your application Guidelines for Letter of Intent
  5. three letters of reference which assess your suitability for the teaching profession in terms of personal qualities and your ability to work with young people. Referees who can speak directly about your ability to work with children are preferred. Your three reference letters should support your letter of intent. Please refer your references to the Referees for Bachelor of Education Applicants. Please note that the three reference letters should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed on the back flap by the referee, and sent in the application package.
  6. official transcripts of marks from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you are currently enrolled in university courses, please ensure that a transcript of your mid-year grades reaches the Admissions Office by January 15 and that you make arrangements to have your final transcript of marks forwarded after graduation.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the application is completely submitted on time.
  7. A personal current resume which includes recent education, work and volunteer history.

French Second Language Guidelines:

In order to be admitted to the French Second Language Program and to French Methodology courses offered in the B.Ed. Program, you must have a minimum proficiency of Intermediate Plus on the New Brunswick French Oral Proficiency scale. If you wish to do your field placement in an Intensive French classroom, you are required to have a minimum proficiency of Advanced and if you wish to do a placement in a French Immersion classroom you are required to have a minimum of Advanced Plus proficiency.

Guidelines for Suitability for the Elementary Program:

Priority will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a broad background through post-secondary course work in content areas that are taught in public schools.

Guidelines for Letter of Intent

Your letter of intent should outline your reasons for applying to the Bachelor of Education Program. We would like to accept all qualified applicants who are seeking the kind of professional program we offer, but we cannot. For this reason, it is important that you provide us with enough information to adequately evaluate your application. Your letter of intent is an important factor in the admissions decision-making process, and provides us with the reasons why you should be one of our successful applicants.

Write about your strengths and experiences which you feel will have a positive impact on your potential to be a teacher. Outline your relevant experiences as a learner and a volunteer or teacher. The most valuable experiences would be connected in some way to teaching. Your written communication skills are also an important consideration in your letter.

Your letter of intent should be 800-1000 words in length, word processed and double spaced in a standard font (12 pitch).

Please attach an up-to-date resume (approximately 1-2 pages) which includes recent education, work, and volunteer history.

Referees for Applicants

Thank you for agreeing to serve as a referee for an applicant to St. Thomas University’s Bachelor of Education Program. Your comments will be considered carefully by our admissions committee. Professional suitability is weighted heavily in our selection process.

Please indicate your affiliation/relationship with the applicant. Were you a Supervisor, Employer, Mentor, or Professor? It is important to indicate this to us. While a Professor may see academic skills, a Supervisor may be able to identify work habits and suitability for working with young people. Your reference to the attributes and qualities of the applicant’s potential as a classroom teacher are of patricular interest to us.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers have compiled a list of attributes to be considered in the selection of applicants. These are excellent points to address:

  • ability to communicate
  • self-confidence
  • initiative
  • energy level
  • flexibility
  • self knowledge
  • goal achievement
  • appropriate vocational skills
  • intelligence
  • willingness to accept responsibility
  • leadership
  • imagination
  • interpersonal skills
  • ability to handle conflict
  • competitiveness
  • direction
  • common sense

Following are eight intangibles which are important when evaluating teaching applicants:

  • empathy
  • practical intelligence
  • divergent, abstract thinking style
  • high level of commitment
  • the ability to be a self starter
  • high energy level
  • recognition that excellence is a journey, not a destination
  • potential ability to lead

Please note, your letter of reference should include your full contact information (i.e., telephone and fax numbers, including appropriate area code, as well as your e-mail address) for reference verification. Please ensure that you identify the applicant by both first and last names, as well as indicating the nature of your association with them.  The letter should be on letterhead and signed. Please be sure to seal the envelope and sign the flap. Reference letters must be returned to the applicants so they can include them in their application packages. The application deadline is January 15.

Application Deadline

To respond to an increased interest in elementary level education, the School of Education has opened more seats in this section. There are also seats available in the middle/secondary section and the School of Education is extending the deadline for applications. Applicants are encouraged to send their complete application packages to the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5G3

For further information, please contact the STU Admissions Office at (506) 452-0532 or email admissions@stu.ca.