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Bachelor of Education

Gain the foundation you need to build a meaningful and fulfilling career in the ever-changing teaching and learning environment. Our Bachelor of Education program includes three stream options so you can choose an age group specialty, and a wide variety of courses to help maximize your experience.

Our Bachelor of Education program includes three stream options so you can specialize your age group (early years, K-Grade 4; middle years, grades 5-8 and senior years, grades 9-12) and a wide variety of courses to help maximize your experience. Study areas include:

  • Indigenous knowledge and curriculum
  • inclusive education
  • cross-cultural education
  • technology
  • second-language education
  • education for sustainable development
  • curriculum areas in sciences, arts, social studies, languages, math, human ecology and physical education.

We also offer a variety of options for practicum school experience, including urban, rural, French immersion, northern and international settings.

How to obtain a Bachelor of Education degree

A Bachelor of Education at the University of Manitoba is a two-year program that follows completion of a bachelor’s degree. Your first university degree and the courses you have taken must meet the Bachelor of Education admissions requirements.

It takes two years of full-time study to complete the Bachelor of Education program. Students may complete their degree on a part-time basis; however, day-time attendance is required and the practicum requires full-time attendance.

Ensure your first university degree includes the required courses for admission

Complete the Bachelor of Education Admission Worksheet (PDF).

If you are a high school student applying for university entry, use the following resources to help you choose your first degree and courses:

If you are a university student pursuing your first degree or you hold a bachelor’s degree, use the following resources to see if your courses meet the admissions requirements:

Early and Middle Years breadth requirements

Early and Middle Years program applicants can take the following courses to meet the breadth requirements for Social Studies and Science.

Social Studies Breadth Courses

The following courses meet the Social Studies breadth requirement for admission to the Early Years or Middle Years After-Degree Bachelor of Education program. This breadth requirement can be fulfilled by any coursework offered by the departments of History or Geography.

In addition, the following courses (or their equivalent) offered by the departments of Canadian Studies, Classics, and Native Studies will fulfill this requirement:

CDN 1130 Introduction to Canadian Studies
CDN 3730 Canadian Identity: An Interdisciplinary Approach
CLAS 1270 Introduction to Ancient Greek Culture
CLAS 1280 Introduction to Ancient Roman Culture
CLAS 2140 Greek History: Pre-Classical Greece 1220479 BC
CLAS 2150 Greek History: Classical Greece 479-323 BC
CLAS 2160 Roman History: The Roman Republic, 753-30 BC
CLAS 2170 Roman History: The Roman Empire, 30 BC-AD 337
NATV 1200 (History) The Native Peoples of Canada
NATV 1220 (History) The Native Peoples of Canada, Part 1
NATV 1240 (History) The Native Peoples of Canada, Part 2
Science Breadth Courses

The following courses meet the Science breadth requirement for admission to the Early Years or Middle Years After-Degree Bachelor of Education program. This breadth requirement can be fulfilled by any coursework offered by the departments of Biology, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Botany, Chemistry, Ecology, Physics, Zoology, Environmental Science, and Geological Science.

In addition, the following courses offered by the departments of Plant, Animal, and Soil Science will fulfill this requirement:

ANSC 2510 Anatomy and Physiology 1: Control Systems
ANSC 2520 Anatomy and Physiology 2: Nutrient Utilization
ANSC 3500 Principles of Animal Genetics
ANSC 3520 Animal Reproduction
ANSC 4280 Applied Animal Genetics
PLNT 2520 Genetics
PLNT 3500 Plant Physiology
PLNT 4330 Intermediate Plant Genetics
PLNT 4550 Developmental Plant Biology
SOIL 3600 Soils and Landscapes in Our Environment
SOIL 4130 Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Anatomy, Chemistry, Physics and Genetics offered by the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry are also acceptable courses.

Developmental Studies Minor for Early or Middle Year Programs

Below is a list of courses that are acceptable towards a Minor in Developmental Studies for application to the B.Ed. Program (Early or Middle Years)

FMLY 1010 Human Development in the Family
FMLY 1020 Family Issues across the Lifespan
FMLY 2350 Multicultural Family Issues
FMLY 2400 Family Financial Health
FMLY 2600 Foundations of Childhood Developmental Health
FMLY 2900 Families, Housing and Community: A Development Perspective
FMLY 3220 Death and the Family
FMLY 3330 Parenting and Developmental Health
FMLY 3240 Families in Later Years
FMLY 3600 Adolescents in Families and Society
FMLY 3610 Developmental Health of Children and Youth
FMLY 3780 Introduction to the Development of Programs for Children and Families
FMLY 3800 Conflict Resolution in the Family
FMLY 4330 Management of Family Stress
FMLY 4600 Risk and Resilience in Behavioral and Social Development
FMLY 4470
FMLY 4800
As these are both "topics" courses, applicants are required to provide a course outline to verify the "developmental" component
PSYC 2290 Child Development
PSYC 2310 Adolescent Development
PSYC 2370 Developmental Psychology from Adolescence to Old Age
PSYC 2460 Dyadic Relations
PSYC 3580 Language and Thought
PSYC 3450 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 4600 This is a "topics" course. Applicants are required to program a course outline to verify the "developmental" component

Apply by the stated deadline

Online applications are available in November and the deadline to apply is Feb. 1. You must complete your first degree and requisite courses by the end of the Winter Term in the year of your application.

Diversity admissions policy

The Faculty of Education's Diversity Admissions Policy aims to ensure that graduates of the UM Bachelor of Education program help to create a more diverse teaching force in the province, representing the “cultural, ethnic, regional and social diversity of Manitoba.”

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education

Learning is a way of life in the field of education. Growing as an educator means adapting to a rapidly changing world, honing your skills and opening your mind to new perspectives, experiences and knowledge.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education is designed to respond to the needs of teachers, school divisions, and educational authorities, by tailoring cohorts, course offerings, and course content to meet their needs. Interesting courses are offered yearly and are designed to address contemporary issues in the classroom. 

The program is flexible, designed for teachers and other educational professionals with busy schedules. Participants will focus on professional development through exploring advances in curriculum and methods of practice.

In addition, PBDE students can choose a focused approach to their studies through a variety of Summer Institutes that address the needs of educators.  There are also opportunities for travel study in the summer in countries like India, Ethiopia and Thailand.

Career advancement and certification

A valid Manitoba teaching certificate must be held in order to be employed as professional school personnel in Manitoba. You must apply for professional certification from the province.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education is recognized by Manitoba Education for salary classification purposes. The program also provides the opportunity for teachers to follow courses of study leading to:

  • School leadership certificate
  • Special education certificate
  • School counsellor certificate
  • Partial fulfillment of the requirements of the school administrators’ (Level 1)
  • Principals’ (Level 2) certificate

These certificates are issued by Manitoba Education & Advanced Learning. For information regarding specialist certificates, contact:

Professional Certification Unit
Manitoba Education
Box 700, Russell, Manitoba R0J 1W0
1-800-667-2378 or 1-204-773-2998

Course selection

Post-Baccalaureate students can design their own program of study tailored to their areas of interest. Courses can be selected from the Faculty of Education as well as other UM faculties or other approved institutions.

A wide selection of courses are available through the University of Manitoba, including Summer Session, Distance Education, online courses, and Summer Institutes. Courses are available in:

  • Aboriginal education
  • Adult and post-secondary education
  • Expressive arts (art, drama, music)
  • Educational technology
  • Counselling
  • Cross-cultural education
  • Early years education
  • Educational administration
  • Inclusive special education
  • Mathematics education
  • Reading/language arts
  • Science education
  • Second language education
  • Social studies education
  • Technical/vocational education

To see a complete list of courses and course names offered by the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education program, see the "Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education" section of the Academic Calendar. Please note that some of these courses are not regularly offered.

Getting your PBDE Diploma

The PBDE Program consists of 30 credit hours of course work, subject to the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken in the Faculty of Education at the 5000- level;
  • A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in the Faculty of Education below the 5000-level;
  • A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken outside the Faculty of Education at the introductory or higher level of which six credit hours may be taken at the 1000-level. In the case of language study other than English or French, a maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken at the 1000-level provided both are in the same language;
  • A maximum of six credit hours may be earned through approved external field-led courses. These courses are Faculty-approved courses offered by approved partner organizations. Prior approval through the ‘Application for Letter of Permission’ will be required before taking courses and only students enrolled in the PBDE may take these courses;
  • PBDE students are not permitted to take graduate courses

Subject to approval by the faculty, up to 12 credit hours of courses may be transferred into the PBDE program from approved institutions other than the University of Manitoba.

The maximum time allowed for completing the PBDE program is six*years from the time of admission. In addition, a student will not be permitted to count toward the diploma any course completed more than six* years prior to the time of admission.

A minimum grade of C is required for each course that is to be included in the PBDE program.

Student Advising, Admissions and Registration Inquiries

Undergraduate Programs Office
Room 203, Education Building,
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Ph: (204) 474-9004
Toll Free (MB): 1-800-432-1960 ext. 9004
Fax: (204) 474-7551

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information and Application


Master of Education

The UM Faculty of Education is an advanced educational research institute, providing graduate students the chance to study and work with faculty members actively engaged in research.

Our specializations are flexible and offer students the opportunity to complete their Master of Education (Med) on a part-time basis with numerous courses available in the evening and during the summer months.


Select any of the MEd areas of specialization below for detailed information, admission deadlines and documents, and a list of graduate program advisors.

Completing a Master of Education program at the University of Manitoba does not qualify you for teacher certification. To obtain a Manitoba teaching certificate, you must normally be a graduate of a Bachelor of Education program in Manitoba, and your credentials are then assessed by the Professional Certification branch.

PhD in Education

The Education PhD program educates teaching professionals as researchers; the program consists of coursework and a substantial research component. By gaining an in-depth understanding of theories within the field of education our graduates work to enhance understanding and improve professional practice.

Upcoming graduate courses

Not all PhD courses listed in the Academic Calendar are offered every year. Please consult the information below for current and planned future courses.

Where your degree or diploma can take you

Your teaching degree can be applied across many areas of employment, though additional training may be required for some positions. The following links will help you explore some of your options:

Visit Career Services to get help with career planning.

Supports and opportunities

Contact Us

Faculty of Education Dean's office
Room 225 Education Building, 71 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada