Concurrent Education at Queen’s is a five-year program that prepares secondary school graduates who are passionate about teaching and learning to become educators who are caring, critically reflective and dedicated to inclusivity, social justice, collaboration and leadership. Our Con-Ed graduates are in high demand by school boards.
With Queen’s Con-Ed, you will be working on two degrees at the same time: an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science, Music or Computing and a Bachelor of Education degree – both right from day one. This qualifies you to apply for teacher certification both in Canada and around the world.
Along with your studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, you will take courses on:
These courses will expand your perception of education as you know it, introduce you to new ideas and practices and ask you to critically reflect on how you will practice as an educator.
Queen’s Con-Ed offers programs that lead to certification in: Primary-Junior (Kindergarten – Grade 6) Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7-12)
You won’t have to make that choice until second year. Your first year of Queen’s Con-Ed is all about exploring options.
You will take the same introductory teaching courses and complete placements in a Primary-Junior and in an Intermediate setting before deciding on your preferred division. You also have the flexibility offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science so you can explore diverse fields of learning to take to the classroom.
As a Queen’s Con-Ed student, you will complete in-school practicum placements, working in classrooms alongside other education professionals. These placements occur in years 1, 2 and 3. Most students complete these in May immediately following the academic year.
Thinking of going on exchange? Why not teach while you’re there? During your undergraduate studies, you can opt to do one of your practica in a school outside of Ontario and even outside Canada. So if you’re looking to have an experience in another province or in another country, Queen’s Con-Ed offers that flexibility.
The Con-Ed program at Queen’s admits 175 students each year.
Just because it’s small, though, doesn’t mean the opportunities are limited. From working with Queen’s Health Outreach on public health initiatives in Africa, South America and Northern Canada to volunteering with local schools, Con-Ed students are always a visible part of the Queen’s community.
As well, you will benefit from being surrounded by friends and peers who are all passionate about teaching and learning. We provide our Con-Ed graduates many opportunities for professional development through workshops and the Queen’s Conference on Education.