Teacher Education (Bachelor of Education)

About Program Admission Requirements

The Concurrent BEd program is open to students entering York University from secondary school or are currently pursuing a York undergraduate program. Applicants who hold a degree may apply to the Consecutive Education BEd program.

Foster the skills of teaching and learning
York University's Faculty of Education is one of the largest in Ontario with approximately 6000 students enrolled in all of its programs.

As a teacher of tomorrow, you have a big and important job ahead. We will help you succeed with leading-edge programs that are relevant to the classroom and beyond. Primary, elementary and high school teacher education, offered by the Faculty of Education, is committed to:

  • Diversity, equity and social justice;
  • Engagement in local and global classrooms and communities;
  • Teaching practices that are responsive to the needs of diverse learners; and
  • Engagement in professional discourse within the teaching profession.

It is a dynamic and a growing Faculty that enjoys positive relations with school boards and its professional constituencies, as well as with other academic disciplines at the University.

We offer two teacher education programs (concurrent and consecutive) both leading to a Bachelor of Education (BEd), as well as specialized and additional qualification options.

    Concurrent Education (Direct-Entry)

    In this program, students work to simultaneously complete an undergraduate degree and professional teaching degree. Two years are added to your undergraduate studies. You will enter the concurrent program directly from high school (Pre-Education Direct Entry). Participating Faculties include: Faculty of Education (Educational Studies), School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design; Environmental Studies; Glendon (offering English and French BEd options); Health; Lassonde School of Engineering; Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; and Science.

    Selection is based on:

    • academic achievement;
    • personal characteristics relevant to the teaching profession;
    • letters of reference.

    Consecutive Education (Degree required)

    The full-time consecutive program is a two-year program. You enter the full-time consecutive undergraduate program if you already hold an undergraduate degree.

    Selection is based on:

    • education-related experience;
    • academic achievement;
    • personal characteristics relevant to the teaching profession;
    • letters of reference.
    Possible Career Paths: 
    • Teacher
    • Principal
    • Education policy

    You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

    • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
    • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

    In the absence of final grades in courses:

    • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
    • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
    You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

    We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.