Students leave our programs highly equipped with the tools and skills needed to elevate the teaching profession. One-to-one interactions with faculty and staff create an experience that is both professional and personal. With extensive in-class teaching time, collaborative opportunities and unique alternative field experience placements, students will enter the education profession with a breadth of knowledge that is richer than many other education experiences.
What program best suits me?
Consecutive B.Ed. Program
This program prepares students to teach in either the Primary/Junior (Kindergarten - Grade 6) or Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7-12) divisions. This program, as with all Faculties of Education in Ontario, is delivered throughout 4 semesters spread over a 2-year period.
Indigenous B.Ed. Program
This program is geared towards students who identify as Indigenous, looking to become part of the educational field. As a 5 year concurrent program, students will complete 3 years of their undergraduate and 2 years of the professional B.Ed. program.
Masters in Educational Studies
The M.Ed. program will encourage and enable students to develop specialized and advanced knowledge in the field of education and will teach the skills necessary to access, critique and implement research, policy and related initiatives. Students will develop the ability to contribute professionally in their future positions, to acquire skills that will enable them to contribute to knowledge creation and mobilization, and to think across disciplinary bounds.
Teacher Education Stream
The Teacher Education Stream is designed for students planning a career in teaching. The program provides the academic and non-academic foundations for entrance into a Consecutive Teacher Education program and ultimately, the teaching profession. Each year, a number of spaces in Trent’s Consecutive Bachelor of Education program will be reserved for graduates of this program.
Emphasis in Education
The Emphasis in Teacher Education is available to students in a Single or Joint Honours Program at Trent who are preparing to teach at the Elementary or Secondary level, and who plan to apply to a Consecutive Teacher Education program upon completion of their Honours degree.
Trent University's School of Education and Professional Learning is an exciting place to teach and learn through our Consecutive B.Ed., Masters in Educational Studies, Emphasis in Teacher Education, soon to be Indigenous B.Ed. and through our Professional Learning program opportunities for in-service teachers. Faculty and staff deeply value partnerships within and across the University. Faculty are involved in collaborative research and teaching activities with Arts & Science colleagues both at undergraduate and graduate levels. District School Boards and Teacher Federations are true partners in education.
Collaborative delivery of professional learning occurs throughout the B.Ed. program, providing workshops for Associate Teachers, School Teacher Education Coordinators, and Teacher Candidates alike. Support of Associate Teachers includes close contact with Faculty Advisors throughout the year and public acknowledgement of the key role Associate Teachers play in teacher preparation. Faculty in the School of Education are committed to excellence in teaching.
Cutting edge research of the faculty involves issues of society and environmental sustainability through education and teacher education. A common thread across the faculty is the construction of identity - of learners and teachers - through policy, discourse, and practice. The framework for this research is a deep commitment to education for social justice and environmental well being.
At one of the first faculty meetings in July, a faculty member said that one reason she chose to come to Trent was because we 'do things differently here'. Trent University has always been a unique place to learn, committed to ensuring the success of every individual and promoting educational leadership. We plan to carry on this tradition in the best possible way.