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Concurrent Education

Queen’s Concurrent Education prepares secondary school graduates to become educators.

  • A student wearing a Con.Ed. short with her hand painted the tri-colour.

    Con.Ed. style during orientation week.

  • Students meet under a tree during orientation week.

    Con.Ed. orientation to West Campus.

  • Con.Ed. students painting the Con.Ed. crest on a sidewalk.

    The crest painting tradition.

  • A student practices teaching.

    Con.Ed. students complete placements in schools in Years 1-3 and 5.

  • A class outside Duncan McArthur Hall.

    A Con.Ed. class outside Duncan McArthur Hall.

  • Student holding a camera between the stacks.

    A Con.Ed. student making a film in the Education Library.

  • Teacher candidates cheering for their team at BEWIC sports team.

    Con.Eds. participating in BEWIC Sports Days, a University tradition.

  • Teacher candidates with team t-shirts that say “Breakfast in B.Ed."

    More Con.Ed. team spirit at BEWIC.

  • Students at the Queen’s Conference on Education registration desk.

    The annual conference organized by Con.Ed. students.

  • Several students holding Queen’s Conference on Education folders.

    Queen’s Conference on Education participants.

  • A student wearing a Queen’s Con.Ed. jacket.

    Con.Ed. fashion on campus.

New Program for 2015

The Queen’s Faculty of Education has taken a unique approach to meeting the new Ministry of Education requirement that Bachelor of Education be expanded to four semesters of course work and include a minimum of 80 days of classroom teaching experience.

Our new Concurrent Education program will be 5 years with education requirements completed during years 1-4 and an additional summer term in the 5th year (ending in August). Most other faculties of education will offer their program in six years, with typical fall and winter semesters.

The advantage of the new Queen's program is that graduates are out into the job market one year early. The second factor that will make Queen's grads more marketable is that they will all graduate with a concentration.


  • Two degrees at the same time: Bachelor’s in Arts, Science, or Music and a Bachelor of Education.
  • From the Year 1, complete Education courses and in-school placements concurrently with courses in your four-year undergraduate degree. The entire fifth year of study is spent completing the Bachelor of Education in three successive terms, from September to August.
  • Approximately 225 students selected to the Queen's program annually.
  • For both Primary-Junior (JK-Grade 6) and Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7-12).
  • Students complete introductory teaching courses and placements in schools in both a Primary-Junior and in an Intermediate-Senior setting in Year 1, and then decide on their preferred option.
  • In addition to placements in Years 1, 2 and 3, candidates complete 17 weeks of placements in Year 5. This includes a three week alternative practicum that can be done outside a school setting and anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the program.
  • The Elliott/Upitis/Bamji/Hajee Travel Fellowships support education-related travel outside Canada such as for alternative practicum placements.
  • The program offers concentrations, such as Teaching in Business and Industry, Teaching At-Risk Youth, Educators Abroad, Exceptional Learners, Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor & Experiential Education, etc. Students can apply to the Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor Experiential Education programs for year 5.
  • Graduates are viewed favourably by prospective employers due to their additional experience in schools and exposure to issues and policies in education.

The Concurrent Education Major Map will help you navigate the program, and provides information about academics, extracurriculars, international opportunities and career development.  For information about program policies and course descriptions, see the Faculty of Education calendar. Program requirements and course descriptions for the 2015-16 program will be available in early 2015.

Note: Queen's-Trent Concurrent program admissions have been suspended as of 2015-16.

Teaching Subjects

Candidates in the Intermediate-Senior program option choose two of the following subjects:

  • Dramatic Arts
  • English
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music – Instrumental
  • Music – Vocal
  • Native Studies
  • Science – Biology
  • Science – Chemistry
  • Science – Physics
  • Visual Arts**

**not all requirements can be met by courses offered by Queen's, some must be taken at other institutions


Both Primary-Junior and Intermediate-Senior teacher candidates take courses such as:

  • Schools, teaching and curriculum
  • Planning for learning
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Professional teaching practice
  • Equity, inclusivity and special education
  • Psychology, philosophy and social justice

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.

Moreover, all students can select elective courses in their final year to tailor their program to their needs.

For 2014-15 course descriptions, see the Faculty of Education calendar. Program requirements and course descriptions for the 2015-16 program will be available on this site in winter 2015.

Experiences in Schools and Final Year Practica

One advantage of Concurrent Education is the Experiences in Schools placements that students complete in years 1, 2 and 3. These placements give students valuable practical experience working alongside other education professionals in classrooms.

Students explore options in year 1 with experiences in schools in both a Primary-Junior and in an Intermediate-Senior setting and then placements reflect a student’s preferred option for the remaining years of the program. Most students complete placements in summer, but they can be completed during any time when there are no scheduled classes (breaks, following exams).

In final year, regular practicum placements mean that you will work alongside other education professionals in classrooms for 17 weeks: two components in the fall (3 weeks each); one component in the winter term (4 weeks) followed by an alternative practicum (3 weeks); and one component in the second summer (4 weeks).

The three-week Alternative Practicum offers an opportunity to gain experience in a concentration and placements are typically completed outside the public school system. You can do the Alternative Practicum anywhere in the world as long as it is related to your program. We also provide travel fellowships that can help you get there.

International Opportunities

Many teacher candidates interested in teaching internationally take advantage of the opportunity to do the alternative practicum abroad. Previous candidates have acquired placements at, for instance, Kew Gardens in the UK, the DAH Theatre Research Centre in Belgrade, Marymount School in Paris, Canadian International School in Hong Kong, Graded School in Sao Paulo, and Hisar School in Turkey. Education Career Services has a large network of international schools and have been able to facilitate successful job searches for thousands of graduates.

Admission Requirements

Selection is based mainly on applicants' academic standing. Some consideration may be given, however, to the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE). Prerequisite courses are the same as those for entrance into the undergraduate degree program you are applying to at Queen’s. See:

Applications for the Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education and Outdoor and Experiential Education programs that may be taken in final year accepted in December of year 4. For additional information about admission requirements to these programs, see:

See How to Apply.

For information regarding admission, please contact Student Services.

Events and Extracurricular Activities

Events and extracurricular activities provide teacher candidates with further opportunities to initiate and experience projects and develop their professional network. For further information about annual Faculty events and activities, see News & Events.

Career Opportunities

The Director of Student and Support Services (Faculty registrar) will inform the Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers when a teacher candidate has successfully completed the program. Graduating teacher candidates who plan to teach in Ontario must formally register to become members of the College and be awarded the Certificate of Qualification and Registration as a teacher.

Given the different curriculum taught in each province, teacher candidates interested in teaching in other provinces need to ensure they have the requisite background to teach in that province.

Graduates are engaged in a variety of careers ranging from full-time classroom teaching to work in other areas. For further information, see Education Career Services and our Alumni Spotlights.

Contact Us

Student Services
Room A112
Tel (613) 533-6205