Bachelor of Education

Competition for admission is keen and enrollment is limited. Minimum academic requirements are often far exceeded by a majority of the applicants and a strong academic record by itself is not enough to ensure acceptance.

 

Evidence of professional suitability, substantiated by letters of reference, is considered on an equal basis with your academic record. Most students who are admitted to the program have considerable experience in leadership roles working with young people.

Application Deadline: January 15.

To be considered for admission to the program, you must satisfy three minimum academic requirements:

  1. You must hold a four-year (minimum 120 credit hours) bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or be a candidate for the degree in May.

  2. Your academic record must show evidence of above-average ability. Your cumulative grade-point average, calculated on your most recent 60 credit hours attempted, must be at least 2.7 on a scale where 4.3 is the highest mark attainable. (This is roughly equivalent to an average of B- or 70 per cent in other grading systems.)

  3. You must be eligible for level 5 teacher certification with the New Brunswick Department of Education. This will require a four-year undergraduate degree of 120 credit hours. Applications must have either 30 credit hours as a major in a teachable subject area, or 24 credit hours in one major teachable subject area and 18 credit hours in another teachable subject area. Teachable majors and minors are listed at Required Teachables. They are required for New Brunswick teacher certification eligibility.

Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum requirements are not considered further in the selection process.

Candidates who satisfy these minimum academic requirements will be assessed on the basis of professional suitability and academic preparation. Academic records, letters of intent and reference letters will be reviewed for evidence of academic strength, teaching-related experience, and those qualities likely to contribute to teaching success. Prior to final acceptance, candidates may be interviewed either in person or by telephone.

Please note that an applicant's grade point average must be maintained or acceptance will be revoked.

To strengthen your application, you may consider taking steps to improve both your cumulative grade point average and your experience profile. For example, volunteer experience in schools will strengthen an application. You should also select your referees judiciously. For advice on the application process, contact the St. Thomas University Admissions Office or the Education Department.

Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum requirements are not considered further in the selection process.

Application Process


Following are the documents requires to complete an application:

  1. a completed application form available here

  2. a non-refundable application fee of $55 ($40 for applicants from New Brunswick)

  3. a letter of intent and your teaching preference see Guidelines for Letter of Intent

  4. three letters of reference which assess your suitability for the teaching profession in terms of personal qualities and your ability to work with young people (referees who can attest directly about your ability to work with children are preferred). Please refer your references to the Guidelines for Referees section below. 

  5. official transcripts of marks from all post-secondary institutions you have attended (if you’re currently enroled in university, please ensure that a transcript of your mid-year grades reaches the admissions office by January 15 and that you make arrangements to have your final transcript of marks forwarded after graduation).  It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the application is completely submitted on time.

  6. International applicants:  applicants to the Bachelor of Education program whose primary language is not English must submit an official English language proficiency score.  Minimum score requirements for this program are as follows:

    TOEFL 89 (Internet-based)
    TOEFL 573 (Paper-based)
    IELTS 6.5
    CAEL 60
    Cambridge English Qualifications C or higher (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)

Guidelines for Letter of Intent


Your letter of intent should outline your reasons for applying to the Bachelor of Education. We would like to accept all qualified candidates who are seeking the kind of professional program we offer, but we cannot. For this reason, it is important that you provide us with enough information to adequately evaluate your application. Your letter of intent is an important factor in the admissions decision-making process, and provides us with the reasons why you should be one of our successful applicants.

Write about your strengths and experiences which you feel will have a positive impact on your potential to be a teacher. Outline your relevant experiences as a learner and a volunteer or teacher. The most valuable experiences would be connected in some way to teaching. Your written communication skills are also an important consideration in your letter.

Your letter of intent should be 800-1000 words in length, word processed and double spaced in a standard font (12 pitch).

Please attach an up to date resume (approximately 1-2 pages) which includes recent education, work and volunteer history.

Guidelines for Referees


Thank you for agreeing to serve as a referee for an applicant to the St. Thomas University’s Bachelor of Education Program. Our Admissions Committee will consider your comments carefully. Professional suitability is weighted heavily in our selection process.

Please indicate your affiliation/relationship with the applicant. Were you a Supervisor, Employer, Mentor, Volunteer Supervisor, or Professor? It is important to indicate this to us. While a Professor may see academic skills, a Supervisor or teacher or coach may be able to identify work habits and suitability for working with young people. Your reference to the attributes and qualities of the applicant’s potential as a classroom teacher are of particular interest to us.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers have compiled a list of attributes to be considered in the selection of applicants. These are excellent points to address:

  • ability to communicate
  • self-confidence
  • initiative
  • energy level
  • flexibility
  • strong work ethic
  • goal achievement
  • tactfulness
  • intelligence
  • willingness to accept responsibility
  • leadership
  • creativity
  • interpersonal skills
  • ability to handle conflict
  • strategic planning skills
  • analytical skills
  • common sense

Following are eight intangibles which are important when evaluating teaching applicants:

  • empathy
  • practical intelligence
  • divergent, abstract thinking style
  • high level of commitment
  • the ability to be a self starter
  • high energy level
  • recognition that excellence is a journey, not a destination
  • potential ability to lead

Please Note:

 

Your letter of reference should include your full contact information (i.e., telephone and fax numbers, including appropriate area code, as well as your e-mail address) for reference verification. Please ensure that you identify the applicant by both first and last names, as well as indicating the nature of your association with them.  The letter should be on letterhead (if applicable) and must be signed. Please be sure to seal the envelope and sign the flap. Reference letters must be returned to the applicants so they can include them in their application packages. The application deadline is January 15.   If these guidelines are not followed, your reference letter may not be considered.

 

For further information, please contact STU Admissions Office at (506) 452-0532 or email admissions@stu.ca 

Application Deadline


The deadline for submitting an application is January 15. References submitted by mail should be sent to: 

Admissions Office
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5G3

For further information, please contact the STU Admissions Office at (506) 452-0532 or email admissions@stu.ca.