Your Program and Registration

Your Program Sheet

Your Program Sheet outlines the requirements of your degree by listing each course/requirement you must complete in order to graduate. It is created especially for you, at the time of admission, by a Student Advisor in Undergraduate Student Services (USS).

Your Program Sheet includes personal information like your name and CCID as well as academic information like program route (elementary or secondary), type of program (Four-Year, After Degree, Combined), major and minor combination (for Secondary students only) and transfer credit (if applicable). As a result, it is extremely important that you follow the Program Sheet given to you by Undergraduate Student Services and use it as a guide when selecting courses and planning your program.

Throughout the program, you can obtain an updated copy of your Program Sheet by submitting a request for a Registration Check to USS. In response to your request, a Student Advisor will update your Program Sheet and send a copy to your @ualberta email.

Your Program Sheet is created using Adobe Acrobat and is saved as a PDF. The best way to view your Program Sheet is by using the newest version of Adobe Reader on a desktop or laptop computer, otherwise utilization of the interactive features that are important to reading and understanding your Program Sheet may not be available. 

If Adobe Reader is not downloaded to your computer, please download the latest version using the instructions below.

If you have Adobe Reader but are still experiencing issues with opening up the program sheet it could be that you may be running an older version of Adobe Reader on your computer. In order to update to the most recent version of Adobe Reader, you will want to select the appropriate link above and on the ‘Downloads’ page, you are able to scroll down to “Updates/Programs”, and select the most recent update listed.

Once the latest version of Adobe Reader is installed on your computer, please download and save a copy of your Program Sheet to your desktop. 

If Adobe Reader is not set up as your default viewer, you will want to right click on the PDF document and select “Open with”, then select “Adobe Acrobat Reader”. This will allow you to:

  • view your Program Sheet 
  • interact with the drop-down boxes and links. 

Please note that depending on the computer one may not be able to save any edits to the Program Sheet, but it can be used for program planning.  

Note that the default PDF viewer on Macintosh computers is Preview and will not display Program Sheets correctly. If the entire sheet is populated with completed courses and credits, it has likely opened in the wrong program.

 

If you transferred to the Faculty of Education from another faculty at the University of Alberta or another post-secondary institution, you may have received transfer credit for some or all of the courses you completed while in the other faculty or at the other institution. If this is the case, your transfer credit will be noted on your Program Sheet.

To receive transfer credit, courses must:

  1. Fulfill a requirement in your program
  2. Transfer to the University of Alberta (for external courses). NOTE: For most courses, the minimum grade accepted for transfer credit when it comes to external courses is a C- or 60%.

If you did not receive transfer credit for a course and you believe that it meets the requirements listed above, please submit a request for a Credit Check to Undergraduate Student Services. A Student Advisor will follow up with you upon reviewing your request.

Your Program Plan

General Overview

The Four-Year Elementary Program consists of 120 credits. Although the program is referred to as a four-year program you do not have to complete it in four years. The four-year model is based on the completion of 30 credits every Fall/Winter but you can set your own pace. Regardless of the pace at which you progress through the program, you will follow the general order of courses/requirements outlined below.

All of our degree programs are designed to be completed in the Fall/Winter terms, as this is when most courses are offered. There are limited course offerings in the Spring/Summer terms which make these terms ideal for taking one or two courses.

Years 1 and 2

During the first two years of the program, you will complete three introductory Education courses (EDU 100, EDU 210 and EDU 211) that are designed to increase your knowledge of and understanding about the field of education and teaching in Alberta, technology in the classroom and Aboriginal/Indigenous Education.

In addition, you will take courses related to the subject areas taught in elementary schools. These courses, referred to as the Non-Education Elements, related to the following areas: Aboriginal and Indigenous Histories and Culture, Fine Arts, Language/Literature, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physical and Health Education, and Social Science. The Non-Education Elements make up almost half of your program which means that the majority of your first two years will be dedicated to taking courses in these subject areas.

Years 3 and 4

During the last two years of your program you will complete several senior-level Education courses related to:

  • teaching the different subject areas in the elementary classroom
  • studying how children develop and learn
  • assessing student progress
  • adapting your teaching to meet the learning needs of all students
  • learning about the ethical and legal responsibilities of teachers

Within these last two years of your program, you will also complete two field experience components (one five weeks in length and the other nine weeks). The field experience part of the program provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a classroom setting while under the mentorship of a teacher. For more information about field experience, please refer to the Field Experiences’ website.

General Overview

The Four-Year Secondary Program consists of 120 credits. All students in Secondary follow a program specific to their major and minor subject areas. Although the program is referred to as a four-year program you do not have to complete it in four years. The four-year model is based on the completion of 30 credits every Fall/Winter but you can set your own pace. Regardless of the pace at which you progress through the program, you will follow the general order of courses/requirements outlined below.

All of our degree programs are designed to be completed in the Fall/Winter terms, as this is when most courses are offered. There are limited course offerings in the Spring/Summer terms which make these terms ideal for taking one or two courses.

Years 1 and 2

During the first two years of the program you will complete three introductory Education courses (EDU 100, EDU 210 and EDU 211) that are designed to increase your knowledge of and understanding about the field of education and teaching in Alberta, technology in the classroom and Aboriginal/Indigenous Education.

In addition, you will take courses related to your major and minor subject areas. We recommend starting with the the introductory courses, such as 100-level (junior) courses, as these are often pre-requisites to senior-level (200 or higher) courses. Typically, students average about 1-3 courses per term in their major subject area and 1-2 courses per term in their minor. By the end of the program, you will have 36 credits (usually 12 courses) in your major and 18 credits (usually 6 courses) in your minor.

Years 3 and 4

During the last two years of your program you will complete several senior-level Education courses related to:

  • teaching your major and minor in a secondary school classroom
  • studying how adolescents development and learn
  • assessing student progress
  • adapting your teaching to meet the learning needs of all students
  • learning about the ethical and legal responsibilities of teachers

You will also complete any major or minor requirements that are still outstanding.

Within these last two years of your program, you will also complete two field experience components (one five weeks in length and the other nine weeks). The field experience part of the program provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a classroom setting while under the mentorship of a teacher. For more information about field experience, please refer to the Field Experiences’ website at www.fieldexperiences.ualberta.ca.

Registration

All students are assigned an enrollment date in Bear Tracks. This is the date that you are eligible to enroll in courses. Your enrollment date can be found in your Bear Tracks account on the right-hand side of the homepage.

Beartracks

Enrollment dates for the Fall/Winter are automatically assigned by the Office of the Registrar and are staggered based on year of program. This means that students going into the last year of their program are eligible to register first while students going into the first year of their program have a later enrollment date. All other students fall somewhere in between these two groups. The enrollment date for the Spring/Summer is the same for all students regardless of year of program.

Students who register in courses on their assigned enrollment date, or as close to it as possible, benefit from a wider range of choices when it comes to course selection and greater flexibility when it comes to their schedule.

Students at the University of Alberta register in courses through Bear Tracks. There are many resources including a user guide and video tutorials designed to help you navigate Bear Tracks.

There are two ways to track down these resources. The quickest is to type “Bear Tracks Resources” into the search bar on the main U of A website. The Bear Tracks resources should be the first item listed under your search results. You can also get to this information through the Office of the Registrar’s website.

The Faculty of Education also offers REG 101 workshops to new students. These workshops provide in-person assistance with navigating Bear Tracks for the purpose of course selection and registration. Please contact Undergraduate Student Services for more information about REG 101 workshops.

If you want a Student Advisor to check your registration to ensure that your course selections are accurate and you are on track with your program, submit a request for a Registration Check to Undergraduate Student Services. Upon receipt of your request for a Registration Check, a Student Advisor will check your registration in Bear Tracks and respond with feedback/advice to your @ualberta email. At this time, you will also receive an updated copy of your Program Sheet. NOTE: Student Advisors must be able to view your registration in Bear Tracks, which means that you must be enrolled in courses, to complete a Registration Check and update your program sheet.

We strongly recommend that you get regular Registration Checks done throughout your program. It is our experience that students who get regular Registration Checks are less likely to run into issues with graduation at the end of their program.

To meet the Education Elective requirement on the BEd program sheet, students may choose any 300 or 400-level undergraduate Faculty of Education course.

Please see Bear Tracks for Education courses offered in the following areas:

  • EDEL - Elementary Education
  • EDES - Elementary and Secondary Education (Dept of Elementary or Secondary)
  • EDSE - Secondary Education
  • EDCT - Career Technology Studies (Dept of Secondary)
  • EDPS - Educational Policy Studies
  • INT D 404 Global Citizenship: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives (Educational Policy Studies)
  • EDAE - Adult Education (Dept of Educational Policy Studies)
  • EDPY - Educational Psychology
  • EDIT - Instructional Technology (Dept of Educational Psychology)
  • EDFX - Field Experience

*Note: Some Education courses may not be available to students seeking Electives. Please refer to Bear Tracks for days, times, prerequisites, course restrictions, and availability.

Non-Education Options can be chosen from any course that is not offered by the Faculty of Education. You can find out which department offers a course by checking the Course Catalog in Bear Tracks.

An Open Option can be any course offered by the Faculty of Education or from another faculty at the U of A.

When selecting electives and options, you may wish to consider focusing on a specific topic by taking relevant courses to develop your capacity in that area. Please see additional information about selecting education electives and open options.

St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta offers a Certificate in Catholic Education to provide additional special qualifications in the area of Catholic elementary and secondary education. The courses required for the certificate may be able to be used in the Bachelor of Education as Open Options, Non-Education Options, or as Extra to Degree courses. Please see the St. Joseph’s College website for further information about the Certificate. 

Registration in the Introductory Professional Term (IPT) and Advanced Professional Term (APT) is a two-step process.

  1. Register in the appropriate courses in Bear Tracks (refer to your Program Sheet for a specific list of courses).
  2. At least 24 hours after you have registered in Bear Tracks, complete the online registration for the Field Experience found on the Field Experiences’ website at www.fieldexperiences.ualberta.ca.

The most common question we get from students related to the IPT and APT relates to how these terms work. Below is some information on the breakdown of each term.

Introductory Professional Term (IPT)

The IPT is divided into two parts. The first part includes coursework on campus and the second part includes your field experience in an elementary or secondary school. Although the two parts are related to one another they do not overlap.

On-Campus Coursework

For the first nine weeks of the term, you are in classes on campus. Within this 9-week period, you attend classes, participate in an on-campus seminar related to your field experience and complete three observation days in an elementary or secondary school. At the end of this nine week period, you write final exams for your courses.

The Field Experience

After your final exams, you will begin your Introductory Field Experience (IFX) which lasts a total of five weeks and takes place in an elementary or secondary school under the mentorship of a teacher. For more information about the IFX, please refer to the Field Experiences’ website at www.fieldexperiences.ualberta.ca.

Advanced Professional Term (APT)

The APT is divided into two parts. The first part includes coursework on campus and the second part includes your field experience in an elementary or secondary school. Although the two parts are related to one another they do not overlap.

On-Campus Coursework

For the first five weeks of the term, you are in classes on campus. At the end of five weeks, you write final exams.

The Field Experience

After your final exams, you will begin your Advanced Field Experience (AFX) which lasts a total of nine weeks and takes place in an elementary or secondary school under the mentorship of a teacher. For more information about the AFX, please refer to the Field Experiences’ website at www.fieldexperiences.ualberta.ca.

Below are some of the most common registration issues encountered by students. If you are having issues with registration, we recommend checking the following before contacting the teaching department.

  1. Do you have a valid enrollment date?
  2. Do you need to change your program in Bear Tracks?
  3. Does the course have a prerequisite?
  4. Is the course restricted to students in a specific program?
  5. Does the course have a special registration date?
  6. Is the course closed to web registration?
  7. How to find courses offered via internet?
  8. How to find courses offered in the evening or weekend?

Valid Enrollment Date

Check your enrollment date in Bear Tracks to ensure that you are eligible to enroll in courses. Enrollment dates are listed on the right-hand side of the page in Bear Tracks. This section of Bear Tracks will be updated for every Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

Beartracks

Change Program

If you have been newly admitted to the Faculty of Education for the Fall Term and you are transferring from another program or faculty at the University of Alberta, you must change your program to Education in Bear Tracks for the Fall and Winter Terms. You can do this by selecting ‘Change Program’ which is listed under ‘Enroll’ in the Academics tab. You will need to change your program for both the Fall and Winter terms which means you must complete this step twice (one for Fall and one for Winter).

Prerequisite

Some courses have one or more prerequisite(s). Prerequisites are determined by the department that teaches the course. Refer to the course description found in Bear Tracks to see if the class has a prerequisite. If you have any questions or concerns about prerequisites, contact the department that teaches the course.

Restrictions

Registration in some courses is restricted to students in specific programs and/or faculties. Refer to the class notes in Bear Tracks to see if the class has any restrictions (ex. some courses in the Faculty of Education have sections that are restricted to Elementary students and sections that are restricted to Secondary students).

Special Registration Dates

Some courses have special registration dates for groups of students based on program and/or faculty. Registration is set up this way so that students in a specific program/faculty have priority when it comes to registering in these courses. Check the class notes in Bear Tracks to see if the course has special registration dates (ex. courses offered by the Faculty of Physical Education, like PAC, PEDS, PERLS, often have special registration dates).

Closed to Web Registration

Some courses are closed to web registration to allow the department that teaches the course to control registration. In some cases, there will be a contact email address listed in the class notes. If not, you must contact the department that teaches the course for assistance.

Contacting the Teaching Department for Registration Assistance

If you find that you are getting the error message “restrictions not met” or some variation of this, please read the error message notes, as well as the notes on Bear Tracks. You may need to contact the department that is running the course.

You can find out which faculty and department offers a course by checking Course Listings in Bear Tracks. Below is the contact information for Education teaching departments. Contact information for non-ED teaching departments can be found at the main University of Alberta website in the Faculties & Programs tab.

Education Policy Studies (EDPS, EDU 211) edpsugrd@ualberta.ca
Educational Psychology (EDPY, EDU 210) edpyugrg@ualberta.ca
Elementary Education (EDEL, EDES) elem.info@ualberta.ca
Secondary Education (EDSE, EDCT, EDES, EDU 100, EDU 300) educ.sec@ualberta.ca

Email from your ualberta email account with:
First and Last Name
ID #
Degree Program
Section
Course #
Term (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer)
*It is recommended to attach a copy of your Program Sheet

If you find that you are still unable to register in courses required for your degree, contact Undergraduate Student Services.

Internet Courses

Some courses are offered via internet instead of in-person. To find out details on how a particular intenet course is instructed, contact the teaching department that offers the course.
Go to Bear Tracks https://www.beartracks.ualberta.ca 
1. Click in as a guest or log in as a student. 
2. Go to ‘Search for Classes. 
3. Pick the term you want to search in.
4. Click on ‘Additional Search Criteria’. 
5. Go to ‘Mode of Instruction’ drop down box and click on ‘Internet’. 
6. Type in just the 'Subject' ,or, the 'Subject' and 'Catalog Number' of the class you are looking for (All the courses available at the U of A can also be found in 'Course Listings' in the 'Course and Class Information' menu) or leave 'Subject' and 'Catalog Number' blank to see ALL Internet courses at the U of A. 
7. Click on ‘Search’. 
‘INTERNET’ COURSES IN THAT TERM WILL BE DISPLAYED. If no courses are displayed, no courses that match your selections are available. 

Evening or Weekend Courses

To find courses that are offered in the evening or weekend, or at a specific day or time:
Go to Bear Tracks https://www.beartracks.ualberta.ca 
1. Click in as a guest or log in as a student. 
2. Go to ‘Course and Class Information’. 
3. Go to ‘View Schedule of Classes’. 
4. Pick the term you want to search in. 
5. Click on ‘Advanced Search’. 
6. Go to 'Class Days' and/or 'Start Times' and 'End Times' and click on or type in the days and times you would like to attend classes. 
7. Type in just the 'Subject' ,or, the 'Subject' and 'Catalog Number' of the class you are looking for (All the courses available at the U of A can also be found in 'Course Listings' in the 'Course and Class Information' menu) or leave 'Subject' and 'Catalog Number' blank to see ALL courses at the U of A offered at those days and times. 
8. Click on ‘Search’. 
COURSES IN THAT TERM THAT FIT WITHIN THOSE DAYS/TIMES WILL BE DISPLAYED.

Awards

There are numerous scholarships and awards available to students in the Faculty of Education.  Many are offered by the Faculty of Education, while others are offered either by the University of Alberta or by external sources.  Several scholarships and awards go unclaimed each year due to lack of applications, so students are encouraged to apply.  To find out more and to see if you are eligible to apply, please use the links listed below.

Faculty of Education Awards

Departmental and School Awards

University of Alberta Awards

External Awards

 

FAQ

How can I get into a class?
If the class is full: keep checking Bear Tracks right up to the add/drop deadline. Space may open in a class even up until the add/drop registration deadline for the term.

If you are unable to register in a class and it is not full please ensure that you:

  • Check your enrollment date in Bear Tracks to ensure you are eligible to register
  • If you are a new admission from another Faculty, please ensure that you have changed your program in Bear Tracks for both Fall and Winter terms
  • Check to make sure the section that you are trying to register in is correct (Elementary/Secondary, Major/Minor)
  • Check the notes in Bear Tracks to see if there are any enrollment restrictions.

If you are still unable to enroll in the class contact the department that offers the course for registration assistance. You can find out which faculty and department offers a course by checking Course Listings in Bear Tracks or the Course Listings in the U of A Calendar.

What if I cannot get into a class that I need for my major/minor?
Please email your student advisor with the details of the situation, including the course and section, and any error message you received if applicable. Your student advisor will refer you to the appropriate contact, as necessary.

How can I get help with program planning?
For many general questions the receptionist in Undergraduate Student Services may be able to assist you; please bring a copy of your program sheet.

For more specific questions you can request an appointment with your Student Advisor, who would be happy to assist you with program planning.

If you would like to have your registration checked, please fill out a Registration Check form, available in the Forms section of the website, and submit it to Undergraduate Student Services for your advisor to complete.

Where can I get a copy of my program sheet?
When you were admitted to the Faculty of Education, you were provided with a copy of your program sheet.  If you have misplaced your program sheet, you can contact Undergraduate Student Services to obtain another copy. 

How do I register in a Field Experience (IFX or AFX)?
Please follow the instructions as outlined on the field experience website: http://www.fieldexperiences.ualberta.ca/