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Concurrent Education

Queen’s and Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education are 5-year programs that prepare secondary school graduates to become educators. Queen’s-Trent students study at Trent University in years 1-4, and they spend their final year as teacher candidates at Queen’s.

  • A student wearing a Queen’s ConEd jacket.

    ConEd fashion on campus.

  • ConEd students painting the ConEd crest on a sidewalk.

    The crest painting tradition.

  • A class at Trent.

    A ConEd class at Trent University.

  • A class outside Duncan McArthur Hall.

    A ConEd class outside Duncan McArthur Hall.

  • A teacher candidate practices teaching.

    Experiences in Schools.

  • Student holding a camera between the stacks.

    A ConEd student making a film for incoming ConEd students in the Education Library.

  • Students meet under a tree during orientation week.

    ConEd Orientation to West Campus.

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

    More ConEd style during orientation week.

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

    BEWIC Sports Days, a University tradition.

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

    More ConEd team spirit at BEWIC.

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

    The Queen’s Conference on Education, organized annually by ConEds.

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

    The Queen’s Conference on Education participants.


  • Two degrees at the same time: Bachelor’s in Arts, Science, or Music (Queen's) or Bachelor’s in Arts or Science (Trent) a Bachelor of Education (Queen’s).
  • Students who are in year one in 2015-16 will complete the extended program in their final year in 2019-20, which consists of one extra summer term at the end of the BEd year.
  • Approximately 225 students selected to the Queen's program annually.
  • For both Primary-Junior (K - 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 13 weeks of placements in year 5. This includes an 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 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.

For all information about program policies and course descriptions, see the Faculty of Education calendar.

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.

Brief descriptions of the courses offered in the Concurrent program can be found in the Faculty of Education calendar.

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 19 weeks: one component in the first summer (3 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 (3 weeks). The Practicum is longer at Queen's than the minimum amount required by the Ontario College of Teachers.

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 funding opportunities that can help you get there through travel fellowships.

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 B232
Tel (613) 533-6205