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University Terminology

PAWS, your Personalized Access to Web Services at USask, is where you access email, class registration, tuition and fees, scholarships and bursaries, textbook information, and more!  

Email is the university’s official means of communication. You are expected to check your university email regularly for class updates and announcements. You are also expected to use your university email when corresponding about university-related matters. 

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


All students new to Education are encouraged to attend a U-Start session. U-Start is a pre-orientation to help new USask students prepare for university life. Sessions will be offered in May and June. When available, details will be posted on the U-Start webpage 

At U-Start, you will learn how to: 

  • find your registration date 
  • search for classes 
  • build a schedule


Teaching Area Options and Program Requirements

Education students must complete a specific number of credit units in two teaching areas that align with Saskatchewan PreK to Grade 12 curriculum areas. Your teaching areas will determine your course selection. Teaching Areas 1 and 2 are often thought of as a major and minor for your degree program. 

Teaching area options and program requirements are listed by program route under: 

The Bachelor of Education program is highly structured. Be sure to review the requirements for Years 1 and 2. Try to balance your interests with program requirements. 

Build a Schedule

  • Search for course offerings in PAWS > Academics > Registration > Register for Classes > Browse Classes. Classes will be available for viewing at the beginning of May.
  • Save draft class schedules using the Plan Ahead tool
  • And/or 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 webpage. 

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. 

Academic Advising

After you have attended a U-Start session, reviewed the New to Education webpage, and attempted to build a course schedule, you may set up an appointment with an academic advisor


A registration date will be listed in PAWS by the end of May. Registration opens in June. Put this date in your calendar as the best practice is to register for classes as early as possible.

Using your PAWS account, enter the CRNs for the courses, labs, and tutorials you've selected. For more information on how to register, visit the Classes and Registration page.

All first- and second-year Bachelor of Education students are expected to enroll in an Education Learning Community (EDLC) in both the Fall and Winter Terms. You will choose and register in EDLCs and courses at the same time. Learning Communities do not have tuition attached. Instead, a $30 materials fee is required. 

  • Year 1 students: Register for EDLC 101.0 (Fall Term) and EDLC 102.0 (Winter Term) 
  • Year 2 students: Register for EDLC 201.0 (Fall Term) and EDLC 202.0 (Winter Term) 

Attend Orientation!


Plan to attend Orientation in Fall 2023! For details, watch your PAWS email.