Learn how to lead. Experience the classroom and beyond. Create an educated community of the future. Be the inspiration for tomorrow’s children. These opportunities and more are available when you choose the Elementary/Middle Years or Secondary Sequential program at the University of Saskatchewan.
“I really believe that the success I had in my internship was due to
the teamwork with my cooperating teacher and college supervisor. They
both pushed me to excel in teaching and to attempt new and inventive
- Darcie Eschyschyn
After completing 60 credit units of Arts & Science classes, students are ready to apply to become teacher candidates in the College of Education with one of two specializations Elementary/Middle Years or Secondary. As an Elementary/Middle years teacher candidate the focus of the program is of a generalist nature. The Secondary teacher will have two teaching areas that they will spend time learning to teach. With a Bachelor of Education students are eligible for certification and can teach Kindergarten through Grade12.
The 60 credit units of pre-requisite Arts and Science courses are necessary to ensure that students will have the adequate background knowledge their profession will require. The Secondary program, in particular, lends itself to the completion of a second degree with an additional year of study.
Field experiences are an integral part of the education program at the University of Saskatchewan, and will enable teacher candidates to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching as they observe students and work with individuals and small groups as well as whole classes. The faculty team and field experience coordinators will engage with teacher candidates in practical field experiences, to provide opportunities for discussion about what is learned, and to understand in depth the role of schools and teaching in Canadian society.
The field experiences offered will not simply be a chance to practice ideas learned in university classes, but will support the developing understanding of what it means to be a teaching professional. Teacher candidates will learn from many teachers and support staff in school settings, from the members of a faculty team, and from peers. Teacher candidates will also be encouraged to undertake a range of teaching and learning activities in the field throughout the program, but especially in student teaching and the internship.
Student teaching will take a variety of forms from short school visits on a weekly basis to three week long teaching periods depending on the program chosen. Internship occurs in the final year of the program, is sixteen weeks in length and allows for deep exploration and involvement in classroom and school activities, under the mentorship and support of both an experienced teacher and college supervisor.
Beginning in their third year of study, students are paired with a partner school where assignments can be completed in an active learning environment. At the start of a teacher candidate’s fourth year they are completely submerged in an extensive field experience for a supervised 16 week period - full-time teaching for two of those weeks.
Admission requirements differ for each program.:
The deadline to apply is December 15 for the following admission year and the application form is available online.
The deadline for completing pre-requisite courses is April 30 of the admission year.
Applicants pay a $75 non-refundable fee and admission is based on your grade point average on the 60 credit units of pre-requisite courses.
Submit applications to the Programs Office in the College of Education.
Are you a first-year Arts & Science student working towards fulfilling prerequisites for the College of Education?
If so join one of the First-Year Learning Communities geared towards Education!
At the University of Saskatchewan, a Learning Community (LC) is a small group of students who share common interests, ideas, and/or classes. The common classes are ones that can be used towards the Education admission requirements such as native studies and English. LC students gather in a weekly LC Hour, guided by two student Peer Mentors, and together explore the dynamic potential of their local and global communities. Each year there are new groups that are formed. Find out more information through the University Learning Centre website: http://www.usask.ca/ulc/lc/