Western launches new Bachelor of Education program to address system needs, prepare global educators

Western’s Faculty of Education is proud to announce the launch of its new two-year Bachelor of Education program, a reimagined degree designed to address current needs in education and prepare graduates to become educational leaders on a global scale.

The new program provides teacher candidates with a combination of on-campus education and practical field experience, as well as the opportunity to customize their learning to suit their own individual interests.

“We’ve designed a program that will enable students to specialize in one of seven identified areas of need in education,” said Margaret McNay, associate dean of Teacher Education. “This opportunity to specialize will help make our graduates highly employable, and help them make a real difference in the lives of their students, as well as lasting contributions to the profession.”

Western Teacher Candidates will gain real world experience through a combination of alternative practica and field placements which will see them spending as much time working in the field as studying on Western’s campus.

The new BEd program not only offers teacher candidates the chance to specialize, but also enables them to apply this expertise towards advanced standing in the Faculty of Education’s Master of Professional Education (MPEd) degree.

“We have seen an increasing trend where students are interested in pursuing studies at the graduate level,” said Vicki Schwean, dean of the Faculty of Education. “Teacher Candidates can now move seamlessly from their BEd degree directly into the Masters program, where they can continue their specialized studies and further their academic and professional careers.”

The B.Ed. program is informed by an international perspective and specialized studies that will leave graduates prepared to become leaders in education, anywhere in the world.

Offers of admission to the first year of the program were sent to a select group of highly qualified applicants today.

For more information, please visit: https://www.edu.uwo.ca/programs/preservice-education/index.html

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