Welcome to the College of Education! We are thrilled to have you joining our B.Ed. programs. I understand that this is a challenging time for many as we deal with the uncertainty posed by COVID-19 here on our USask campus and throughout Saskatchewan, Canada and the world. For updates on how the university is supporting learning during these challenging times, please visit updates.usask.ca.
The work of a teacher is rooted in service to students and families, and vast in its reach across communities. Our primary work involves dedication in preparing you to not only meet but exceed Saskatchewan Ministry of Education competencies through the rich program of studies we offer. Our program extends beyond the University of Saskatchewan campus into partnering communities, supporting and being supported by provincial and First Nation schools. We are dedicated to training you in the most noble of professions – that of the educator.
In addition to teacher preparation, we are also committed to high quality graduate education at the masters and doctoral levels, endeavouring to influence a variety of fields locally and globally. Our faculty have excellent records in teaching, research, scholarly and artistic work, and public service, as well as in-depth knowledge of the discipline and related areas of specialization, and are committed to student engagement at all levels.
Saskatoon has a rich history of Teacher Education and we are proud of our roots in teacher training and development, boasting upwards of 34,000 alumni in our 93 year history. We are grateful to the many partnerships that have supported our students, and look forward to continuing to grow as a culturally diverse, robust and innovative center for teacher training in Saskatchewan.
Teaching Areas 1 and 2 are often thought of as your major and minor. As a student in the College of Education, you are required to complete a specific number of credit units in two Teaching Areas that are aligned with Saskatchewan K-12 curriculum areas.
- Video: Understanding Terms of Study and Credit Units
- Video: Understanding Course Descriptions and "University Jargon"
Course and Program Catalogue
Your Teaching Areas will determine your course selection and your progression through the Bachelor of Education program.
Teaching area options and program requirements are listed by program route under:
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) – Early/Middle Years Program
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) – Secondary Program
- Bachelor of Science Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education Combined Program
The Bachelor of Education program is highly structured. Be sure to review the requirements for Years 1 and 2 and balance your interests with program requirements.
- Video: Course and Program Catalogue
- Video: Teaching Areas
- Video: Early/Middle Years Program Route
- Video: Secondary Program Route
- Video: Kinesiology/Education Combined Program Route
- Video: Differences Between Program Routes
Degree Works Profile
Degree Works is a tool to assist you with determining your B.Ed. program requirements and course selection.
- Log into PAWS
- Go to Academics (you may use the search bar and type in "Academics")
- Click on the Degree Works button
- Go to Academics (you may use the search bar and type in "Academics")
- Search for course offerings in PAWS > Academics > Registration. Classes will be available for viewing at the beginning of May.
- Use a Class Schedule Worksheet to plan your schedule.
- Record the unique CRN for each class (A CRN is a 5-digit number that differentiates specific sections of every class).
- Be sure to include additional tutorials or labs into your schedule.
- Helpful information and tutorial videos are available on the Classes and Registration
It's a good idea to have a Plan B or back-up schedule in case the classes you plan to take fill up before you're able to register.
- A registration date will be listed in PAWS by mid-May.
- Registration opens in June. Put this date in your calendar! The best practice is to register for classes immediately when your registration window opens.
- You are able to make changes to your course registration up to the registration and withdrawal deadlines. Deadlines are posted on the Classes and registration page.
All first- and second-year Bachelor of Education students are expected to register for an Education Learning Community (EDLC) in both the Fall and Winter Terms.
- Year 1 students: Register for EDLC 101.0 and EDLC 102.0
- Year 2 students: Register for EDLC 201.0 and EDLC 202.0
You will choose and register for your EDLCs at the same time as you choose and register for your other classes.
Essential Skills for Teacher Candidates
A candidate for a B.Ed. degree must demonstrate the following:
1. Cognitive Skills
A teacher candidate must demonstrate the memory necessary to recall, integrate and synthesize information. In addition, the teacher candidate must display both critical and creative thinking skills, with the latter involving fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration in terms of developing and adapting student programs.
2. Communication Skills
A teacher candidate must speak and hear (independently or through successful use of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) and interact with students in order to effectively and efficiently deliver and assess lessons. In addition, clear oral and written communication skills are required related to family engagement as well as working relationships with colleagues.
3. Emotional and Physical Health
A teacher candidate must successfully navigate through the emotional and physical expectations of a school day related to field experiences and demonstrate attendance and participation as required and/or negotiated in College and field settings.
4. Language Skills
A teacher candidate must demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction (oral and written).
5. Research/Information Processing Skills
A teacher candidate must demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete the collection of data related to students and curricula, effectively demonstrating analysis, considering implications, keeping records, and displaying information.
6. Social Skills
A teacher candidate must be able to ethically and sensitively build working relationships with all members of a school team. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills and internal motivation are all personal qualities that successful teachers demonstrate and are attributes expected of students in the College of Education.
Students, staff, faculty, and instructors in the College of Education aspire to the high standards of professionalism associated with the teaching profession.
As members of the College of Education community, our activities demonstrate our professionalism in the manner in which we:
- develop knowledge and skills to the best of our abilities;
- recognize and work toward the betterment of our communities through our professional work;
- cooperate and work collaboratively with our professional colleagues for the betterment of our professions;
- fully participate and engage in our continued education and development as professionals;
- exercise positive judgment and decision making with respect to our professional roles; and
- work toward high standards of professional practice and ethical conduct guided by the College’s core principles of respect, inclusivity, integrity and responsibility.
Given the College's responsibility to the teaching profession, we encourage:
- Sustained positive engagement;
- Dedication and follow-through in all responsibilities; and
- Awareness of the impact of personal actions (positive and negative) within a community of learners.
To aid in the actualization of professional standards, clear, direct, and continuing communication among all parties is critical.
For further information on professional codes for teachers, please consult the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation codes and standards and the the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board conduct.
To be promoted to the next year of the program, you must have an Education average of 60 per cent, computed on the basis of all the Education course work applicable to the program. If you need to make up deficiencies in the external (academic) component of your program your average in the external courses credited to your B.Ed. degree must not fall below 60 per cent. In addition, Secondary students must maintain a 60 per cent average in both their first and second teaching areas. The external component of the program must be completed by June 30, prior to the Extended Practicum in Term 1 of Year 4.
Visit the the course and program catalogue for more information on promotion and graduation standards for the College of Education (listed under Academic Information & Policies).
Imagine the culmination of your B.Ed program where you could open a portfolio that holds exemplary assignments stored from years of teacher education.
As you lean forward, you are able to see completed unit and lesson plans, reflective essays, photographs of field experiences, and even video footage of demonstrations, as well as other evidence-based growth related to your professional learning journey. This kind of contemplation of learning over time is a part of reflective teaching and a hallmark of effective practice.
Your portfolio of competencies expands into sections that address particular topics related to Saskatchewan Teacher Education competencies: professonal/personal outcomes, knowledge outcomes, instructional outcomes, and curricular outcomes.
This is the vision for the ePortfolio in the College of Education - a tool that will support teacher candidates in reflective learning, towards a successful career path.
Education Students' Society (ESS)
- The Education Students’ Society represents, enhances and promotes the academic and non-academic interests of all Education students in the College through unified, accountable, and effective leadership.
- The Education Students’ Society seeks to enhance the experience of Education students by providing both professional and extra-curricular opportunities for growth.
- The ESS office is located in Room 1009, Education Building.
ITEP Student Council
- The ITEP Student Council is a group of students representing the views of the students enrolled in the ITEP program.
- The ITEP Student Council office is located in Room 1010, Education Building.
- ITEP Student Council
SUNTEP Student Representative Council (SUNTEP SRC)
- The SUNTEP Student Representative Council is a group of students representing the views of the students enrolled in the SUNTEP program.
- The SUNTEP SRC office is located in Room 1011, Education Building.