Bachelor of Education
Guidelines for Letters of Intent
Referees for BEd Candidates
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:
- 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.
- A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.7 or a minimum of 2.7 on your most recent 60 credit hours attempted.
- 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.
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:
- a completed application form for admission to the University available at How to Apply
- a completed Bachelor of Education Supplementary Application Form
- a non-refundable application fee of $55. $40 for New Brunswick students.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- A personal current resume which includes recent education, work and volunteer history.
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 Bachelor of Education 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
- energy level
- self knowledge
- goal achievement
- appropriate vocational skills
- willingness to accept responsibility
- interpersonal skills
- ability to handle conflict
- common sense
Following are eight intangibles which are important when evaluating teaching applicants:
- 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.
The application deadline for the Bachelor of Education programme is January 15th. Applicants are encouraged to send their complete application packages to the Admissions Office.
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick
For further information, please contact the STU Admissions Office at (506) 452-0532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.