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Generalist Degree

Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education

Faculty of Education

Why study Generalist Degree?

Why take the Elementary Education program (Generalist major)?

All students in the Elementary degree program are enrolled in a Generalist program that prepares you to instruct all of the required elementary-school subjects. Unlike Secondary Education, you will not select a major in a specific area of study.

Why get a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education degree?

Why study Elementary Education at the University of Alberta?

Teaching is a calling, and elementary education is a truly special career. Our Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree in the Faculty of Education prepares you to facilitate the learning of all children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 within our diverse and multicultural society.

The Elementary Education program includes a five-week Introductory Professional Term (IPT) and a nine-week Advanced Professional Term (APT). This degree can be taken as a four-year program or as an after-degree. Upon completion of this program, you will earn a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) and be recommended for teacher certification in Alberta.

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP)

ATEP is an elementary education cohort program, designed to improve the educational outcomes of Aboriginal children by increasing the number of Aboriginal teachers with an understanding of Aboriginal perspectives in communities across Alberta. While this program is intended for Aboriginal students, all students with the heart and commitment are encouraged to apply. ATEP offers on-campus, distance, and off-campus community-based cohorts. All of our incoming cohorts will be working toward a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree specializing in elementary education. ATEP graduates are eligible to apply for Professional Certification as a teacher in the Province of Alberta.

ATEP features the following for all cohorts:

  • Bachelor of Education degree with an Elementary specialization
  • A focus on honouring and privileging Aboriginal ways of knowing and being
  • A cohort model that fosters a sense of family and belonging
  • A support network that includes mentors and educators who wholistically nurture students’ minds, bodies, hearts, and spirits
  • Courses and programming that honour Aboriginal perspectives which include Elders, traditional knowledge keepers, ceremonialists, and community leaders
  • The opportunity to be taught by professors who are leading scholars in Indigenous teacher-education

Possible Careers

  • ATEP
  • Adult Educator
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Post-Secondary Advisor
  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Jessie is a Métis student in the Elementary Education program. She is also a trained opera singer.

Admissions Requirements for 2023 - 2024

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Required Courses

  • One of the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Options
    • Physical Education
    • Math/Sciences
  • Three of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Indigenous Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Indigenous Students in their work towards a degree. Indigenous students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Indigenous Students refer to the U of A Calendar.


Fall application: March 1, 2022

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.


  • Only one Fine Arts Subject may be presented for admission.
  • Submission of the Casper test is required to be evaluated for Admission to the program. More information on the Casper test requirement, dates and deadlines can be found at Faculty of Education Casper Test website:
  • In order to maximize their future program and course choices, all students are encouraged to present a broad range of subjects across the Humanities and Sciences.
  • Although not required for admission, it is strongly suggested that students entering Elementary Education possess Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2.
  • The Faculty of Education accepts proficiency in an Aboriginal language recognized in Canada (i.e. Cree, Slavey etc.) to meet a language other than English admission requirement. Proficiency is measure by either a test, administered by the university if such can be arranged, or by boards of examiners appointed by the university. Candidates having passed the required test of an Aboriginal language have their averages calculated on the remaining four matriculation subjects.
  • Two courses from the same second language cannot be used for meeting more than one admission subject requirement
  • Spoken English Language Proficiency is required for this program.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

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