Welcome to Western’s Bachelor of Education!
This BEd New Student Checklist covers the steps that admitted students must complete before the BEd courses start in September. For more details, watch our Webinar for Admitted Students (March 2021).
All communications from the Teacher Education Office will be sent in one of two ways:
- Emails to your UWO address for essential and action-required information – check daily or set-up mail forwarding, and create a BEd Update folder to keep records. Access this at mail.uwo.ca – for support, contact Western Technology Services.
- Posts to various sections of TheTeacherCandidate.com for reminders and helpful information – scroll to the bottom of this page to “follow” the blog and receive email updates.
A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit must be received by June 1, 2021 to confirm your place in the program. Please note:
- It can take up to 5 business days for payment to reach us so be sure to submit your payment well before the June 1 deadline.
- Late payments will not be accepted.
- Failure to have your payment received by the June 1 deadline will result in program withdrawal.
Follow our payment instructions to pay your deposit online. (This amount owing does not show in your Student Center; however, once it is paid, it will show as a credit balance (-500.00) and will be credited to your tuition fees.)
(In 2019-2020 the first tuition installment was due August 15, 2019 and the second installment was due December 2, 2019. Tuition fees were $9225.42 for Year 1 and $9195.42 for Year 2; a slight increase can be expected each year.)
Proof of Identity
Proof of Identity must be provided to the Teacher Education Office before September 1, 2021. Email firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of:
- your birth certificate (if born in Canada), or
- your Canadian passport (if born in Canada), or
- your Canadian citizenship/landed immigrant status documentation (if born outside of Canada), and/or
- proof of name change, ex. marriage certificate (if your current name differs from your proof of identity
Housing & Parking
Western’s Housing Office offers residence options for professional students and helps facilitate off-campus housing options.
The Faculty of Education building has it’s own Student Parking Lot. To learn more about purchasing a permit, see the Parking Office.
Police Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
In the Spring before Year 1, request a Vulnerable Sector Screening through your local police detachment. We recommend that you begin this process around June 1, to ensure that your completed check is valid for at least 6 months of the program (some school boards require a new police check every 6 months; some require one once/year).
The specific process to obtain a VSS police check can vary; we strongly advise that you contact your local service to confirm their process before visiting in person. In some cases, you will need to obtain a letter/form from us and can do so by emailing us at email@example.com
Email a photo/scan of your original police check to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 21, 2021.
A recent, valid Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required by each school board before you can begin practicum. If information appears on your police record check that is unacceptable to school boards you will not be able to be placed for a practicum and will be required to withdraw from the program.
Health & Safety Training
All teacher candidates must complete the Worker Health and Safety Awareness eLearning module before the first day of class. Email your Certificate of Completion (dated May 1 2021 or later) to email@example.com by September 1, 2021.
Teacher Candidates who are new to Western University will be able to request their Western ONECard online starting June 1. More information is available here.
If you already have a Western ONECard you can continue to use this during your BEd.
We will be scheduling a Virtual Town Hall for incoming teacher candidates – details will be emailed to you in July.
A BEd Orientation will be scheduled for late-Aug or early-Sept before classes start. Details will be shared by email in August.
Bachelor of Education At-A-Glance
Please note that this arrangement is subject to change.
For the full Academic Calendar, visit Course Outlines
Each teacher candidate will specialize in one of eight areas of need in the teaching profession. Specialty areas will be confirmed by Western email later in the summer.
Visit the Course Schedules page to see the program overview and scheduling timeline.
In August, the Teacher Education Office will enroll teacher candidates in their required courses. You will be emailed once your schedule is complete.
As of September 2020, our BEd program became pass/fail. We are very excited about this initiative which will allow teacher candidates to “focus…on developing the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies needed to seamlessly enter the profession and become capable professionals”. See our media release for more details.
Practicum placements are made by the Teacher Education Office in partnership with the school boards. The Teacher Education Office will arrange your placements to fulfill your program requirements and certification by the Ontario College of Teachers. Teacher candidates are invited to identify their preferred school board prior to each practicum placement but should be prepared to commute up to 90 minutes. Additional practicum policies are available here.
While there have been uncertainties around practicum during the pandemic, we have been able to arrange onsite placements in most cases. We also understand that you may be less certain about your Practicum board choice in light of the uncertainty. We really wish we had more concrete answers! We will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Teacher candidates must meet all of the school board’s pre-placement requirements before they are eligible to begin practicum.