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Durham Greater Toronto Area

Teacher Education Stream (B.A. or B.Sc.)

This program provides students with a strong foundation for application to a consecutive B.Ed. teacher education program, and ultimately the teaching profession. In this program, you will have the unique opportunity to design your B.A. or B.Sc. degree according to your interests and gain practical and theoretical knowledge through coursework and placements. In addition to your degree requirements, the Teacher Education Stream involves taking 3.5 credits in Education over the course of the four years of an Honours B.A. or B.Sc. degree. The Teacher Education Stream is recommended as the best pathway to take at Trent for those undergraduate students who know they want to become teachers. 

For more information about the Teacher Education Stream, please contact:

Durham Campus Enrolment Advisor, Tawny Flude 905-435-5102 ext 5003
Durham Campus Rm. 101.2


Students apply for this program directly from high school through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. Application codes for the Peterborough campus are RTA for the Arts Stream, and RTS for the Science Stream. Application codes for the Oshawa campus are ROQ for the Arts Stream, and ROZ for the Science Stream. Transfer students from other Universities or colleges may also be eligible for consideration.   Admission is based on an equal weighting of an applicant’s academic average (a minimum of 75% is required on courses considered for admission) and an Applicant Profile.  Students will follow the admission requirements of their major for specific prerequisite courses.  

Applicant Profile

All applicants to the Teacher Education Stream Program must submit an Applicant Profile within two weeks of applying. Once applicants apply through OUAC they will be given access to the Applicant Profile through their myTrent portal. The Applicant Profile can be found under the Academics tab in the portal.

Program Overview

Students complete an Honours Bachelor of Arts or an Honours Bachelor of Science with an Emphasis in Teacher Education.  Students will enrol in the Emphasis in Teacher Education during their first year of study at Trent and update registration for each subsequent year.  In the Emphasis students gain the academic background for a career in education through curriculum and foundational courses.

Teacher Education Stream students engage in experience-based learning to develop skills for education in a variety of settings.  Students are required to complete 75 hours of experience-based learning over the course of their Honours degree.  Students arrange these learning opportunities with coordinator approval.

Students also participate in workshops throughout their Honours degree that address current issues in education.  Students are required to participate in a minimum of two workshops in each of the four years of their Honours degree.

Course requirements for this program vary by teaching division.  Please see the academic calendar for course descriptions at (descriptions are listed under the department offering the course).  Students must meet the requirements for their teaching division as well as the requirements for their chosen Honours degree.  Requirements for all degrees are listed on pg 41 of the academic calendar.  Students benefit from an ongoing academic review by the program coordinator.

Elementary Stream

Students in the Elementary stream take 5.0 credits in Curriculum and Foundational Studies as part of their Honours degree.  For Curriculum Studies, students need 1.0 credit in Math or Science and 1.0 credit in Visual or Performing Arts.  The Math or Science credit may consist of any course from Math, Biology, Environmental & Resource Science. Students will take MATH 2080Y which is designed for students intending to teach at the elementary level who lack a mathematics background.

Secondary Stream

Students in the secondary stream must complete the requirements for 2 teaching subjects recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers.  The teaching subjects available in the Trent Consecutive Bachelor of Education are Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Dramatic Arts, English, French (Second Language), Geography, Health & Physical Education, History, Native Studies, Mathematics, Physics and Visual Arts.  Students need to complete 5.0 credits in their first teaching subject and 3.0 credits in their second teaching subject (please note that students wishing to have French as a second teaching subject must complete 4.0 credits).

Students in the secondary stream must also complete 2.0 credits in foundational studies from the list above as well as EDEM 4000Y (which includes working in a school with students with special needs for a half-day per week and course work focused on literacy) or one additional credit in foundational studies from the list above.

Entrance to a Consecutive Bachelor of Education

In order to be eligible for consideration for a reserved space in the Trent Bachelor of Education program students must meet the following conditions:

  • Application to the Trent Consecutive B. Ed. program and submission of all required documents by the posted deadline.

  • Successful completion of the requirements for an Honours Bachelor of Arts or Science by the May preceding enrolment in the B.Ed. program (please refer to p. 41 of the Academic Calendar for requirements which apply to all undergraduate degree programs).

  • Minimum 80% average or better at Trent University on the most recent 10.0 credits at the time of application.

  • Completion of the Emphasis in Teacher Education (students must enrol in their first year and update registration each subsequent year).

  • Participation in workshops and completion of 75 hours of experience-based learning, approved and monitored by the School of Education.

Students who are not offered a reserved space will be considered for admission based on the general requirements for the Bachelor of Education program.  

Bachelor of Education admissions requirements.

Career Paths:

  • Teacher
  • Child Care Worker
  •  Educational Author
  •  Publisher
  •  Curriculum Developer
  •  Educational Researcher
  • Outdoor Educator

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