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Concurrent BEd Programs

The Faculty of Education offers a concurrent, coregistered BEd degree and a concurrent, coregistered BEd (French) degree. This means that teacher candidates pursuing BEd studies are also working towards the completion of a BA, BES, BHS, BSc or BFA degree. The academic bachelor program, normally requiring three years for completion, will require four years when taken concurrently with the education degree. Similarly, a program normally requiring four years for completion could require five years.

Students must have a minimum C+ overall average or a 5.00 grade point average in their academic Faculty to be eligible for admission to and to maintain coregistration in any one of the three basic programs. Students wishing to graduate with a three-year bachelor program degree from their academic Faculty are eligible to enrol in the primary/junior or junior/intermediate programs only.

In order to coregister, students must be admitted to each Faculty separately. Only those students who are admitted to an undergraduate degree program at York are eligible to be admitted to the Faculty of Education. While coregistered, the combined study program of each candidate is subject to the approval of the two Faculties. The BEd degree is awarded only in conjunction with an academic degree as described above.

Successful graduates receive both a BA degree (or BES or BHS or BSc or BFA degree) and a BEd degree, as well as a recommendation for the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.

Note: The Concurrent program is a three-year program with a practicum to be completed in each year.

Standards and Procedures for Admission to the Concurrent BEd Program

To apply to the Faculty of Education, a student must:

  • have completed by April 30th a minimum of 24 credits (four full university courses) of a first year of undergraduate studies or the equivalent,


  • have a minimum of 36 credits (six full university courses) left to complete their academic degree.

Applicants must have a minimum 5.00 (C+) overall average and be admitted to and continuing in an undergraduate program in one of the Faculties of Arts, Atkinson, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Science and Engineering or Glendon.

Applicants normally complete both degrees (e.g. BA and BEd) within four years of coregistering, and both degrees must be conferred at the same convocation.

Applicants must attend both education classes and fulfill practicum requirements during the daytime throughout the academic year. A limited number of sections of some courses are offered in the evening.

Applicants must complete at least 12 credits (two full university courses) towards their academic degree in each calendar year (i.e. September to August) to comply with the concurrency requirements of the Faculty of Education.

Successful candidates are normally selected on the basis of education-related experience, references, university grade point averages and individual interviews.

Note: An application will not be regarded as complete until all documents and materials have been received by the Faculty of Education. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their file is complete.

Application forms for Concurrent programs are available in mid-December for admission to the Faculty of Education for the following academic year. Application forms can be downloaded from the Faculty of Education Web site at For information contact Undergraduate Student Services, Faculty of Education, 128 Winters College, York University, 416-736-5001.

Please note that, with the exception of the BEd (French) program, Glendon students take their Concurrent BEd education courses at the Keele campus. Students in the BEd (French) program take their electives at the Keele campus.

Concurrent BEd Program Practicum

The first year field placement explores schools and their communities. Candidates spend 50 hours in this field placement during their first year in the program. The second and third year practica occur in schools and classrooms. This long-term association with a school's program allows the candidate to observe the development of the curriculum and pupils over the course of the school year and to acquire an understanding of the school and its community. Over the three-year period of the program, every attempt is made to familiarize candidates with different boards in the area, pupils of different age levels, a range of school offerings, and a variety of social groups of pupils. (For further details on the Concurrent program practicum, please see the Faculty of Education Web site at