Elementary Generalist Degree

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure


Keyano College offers a 4-year Bachelor of Education Elementary Generalist Degree in collaboration with the University of Alberta. You can complete the entire degree at our campus in Fort McMurray. If you already have an accredited 3- or 4-year Bachelor Degree, you may be eligible to complete the program in 2 years.

The Bachelor of Education Generalist Degree program prepares you to teach the following courses:

  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Although the program focuses on preparing you to teach in the K-6 system, upon graduation you'll be eligible to teach all grades from Kindergarten to grade 12.

Teacher certification

After you complete the Collaborative Bachelor of Education Generalist Degree program, you are eligible to apply for teacher certification and teach grades K-12.

Admission requirements 

High school diploma (or equivalent)

You must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 60% with no mark below 50% in:

  • English 30-1 or English 30
  • Three subjects from Group A or C
  • Subject from Group A, B or C
  • Note: We highly recommend one course from Group C be Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 because math is a prerequisite for required courses in the program.

Mature students

If you're a mature student who is 21 years or older and you have a high school diploma but have not completed all of the require courses, you can enter the program as a mature student.

Mature applicants must have a minimum average of 60% with no mark below 50% in:

  • English 30-1 or English 30
  • Subject from Group A or C

Note: We highly recommend that the course from Group C is Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 because math is a prerequisite for required courses in the program.

After Degree Students

Students with a three-year or four-year degree in Arts, Science, Commerce, or General Studies can complete their education degree in 2 years by entering the collaborative degree program in year 3. Additional requirements include the completion of the following courses:

6* in English Literature/ Composition

Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information regarding this option

English Language Proficiency

If English isn't your first language, you must show Written English Language Proficiency by having:

  • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum score of 86 with no score below 21
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 and no score below 5.0
  • CAEL with a minimum score of 70
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 85

You must also show Spoken English Language Proficiency by having:

  • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum of 26 on the speaking band
  • IELTS with a minimum of 7.5 on the speaking band

If you have six or more years of full-time English education (including elementary, secondary, and postsecondary) in a Canadian school, you meet this requirement.

See our Credit Calendar for other ways that you can meet the Written and Spoken English Language Proficiency requirements.

Tuition and fees

View the Keyano College Credit Calendar for this year's tuition and fees.

Program structure

You must have 120 credits of University level coursework to complete the Bachelor of Education Generalist Degree. Sixty credits of coursework must be completed before entering year 3. Students in the 4 year path must complete all of the courses listed in the Elementary Program Sheet before entering year 3. After degree students who possess 6 credits of English courses that transfer to the University of Alberta can start the program in year 3.

Years 1 and 2

Please view our Registration Guides here which includes the Elementary Program Advising Sheet to see the requirements for year 1 and 2.

Years 3 and 4

To be admitted to the third year of the program you must first apply to the University of Alberta directly. When applying be sure to choose Keyano College as your Collaborative Degree program.

This year's deadlines:

  • Application deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Supporting document deadline: June 15, 2019

Please note that you cannot use Spring Session 2019 course work for admission purposes.

Admission steps

After you submit your application, you'll receive an email with your new seven-digit University Alberta student ID number. Within two business days, you should receive an email with your Campus Computing ID (CCID) and password. Use this information to log into your UAlberta email account and check your email.

Bear Tracks

Use your CCID and password to log into Bear Tracks, the University Alberta's online student service system.

Once you've logged into Bear Tracks:

  1. Check your Application and Admissions Status
  2. Check your To-Do List

Make sure you submit all outstanding documentation by June 15th 2019 and check your University of Alberta email for your admission offer. You can accept your admission offer using Bear Tracks and pay the $500 tuition deposit by the deadline indicated.


The Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta reviews the courses offered at our campus for years 3 and 4 of the program annually.

In year three of the program, you'll complete a 5-week teaching practicum (Introductory Professional Field Experience). In year four, you'll complete a 9-week practicum (Advanced Professional Field Experience).

Transferring courses

Visit the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfers to learn more about course transfers.

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