Students interested in becoming music educators have the option of doing the dual degree in Music and Education or completing the B.Ed degree once they have obtained their B.Mus or B.A. 

For students who have already completed an undergraduate degree, the Faculty of Education offers elementary and secondary education options.

 

 

Elementary Education

Overview

  • General Elementary General Program & FAQs information.
  • Program options: 12-month; and, French 12-month. During an Elementary Education B.Ed. program it is not possible to specialize in Music Education (Note: It is possible in a Secondary Music Education B.Ed. degree).
  • To enroll in this program: A 3-year Bachelor of Arts or Science degree (UBC 90 credits equivalent) or acceptable equivalent, from an accredited university. Prerequisite course work is also required. Note: A Bachelor of Music is accepted.
  • Pre-Admission Academic Self-Assessment Worksheet (12-month option).
  • Elementary Acceptable Courses Guide
  • APPLY HERE

Volunteer Experience Requirement

  • Work (volunteer or employed) with school-aged children and/or youth is an important component of your application, and experience in group settings is preferred - possibly being a classroom volunteer in an elementary school or, other volunteer or employed work, with a group of children once or twice a week for more than 75 hours. (Experience with instrument or voice instruction on an individual basis is not usually sufficient.) The number of volunteer hours suggested varies depending on the setting. Volunteer experience only as a high school student or only with university-aged students is much less desirable.
  • Important information 

Important Notes

  • Deadline to apply is January 31 every year for entry to begin the program the following September.
  • A minimum average of 65% (2.5 on a four-point scale) from the best 30 credits taken wtihin the most recently completed 60 credits.
  • In order to be eligible for entrance into the program, all performance, composition and GMUS majors must meet the B.Ed. pre-requisite requirements, even if such coursework is not part of your B.Mus. degree. Some required courses may be in process at the time you apply for the B.Ed. program, but they must be completed by the end of the term preceding the start of the B.Ed. program.
  • It is possible to maintain a part-time performance career while working in music education; however, this is not recommended for students while they are completing the 12-month degree program as it is an intensive program (12 month program = 24 month program condensed into 12 months).
  • This is a cohort program -- meaning you would go through most classes with the same team of students.
  • Completion of music media coursework during your B.Mus. or B.Ed. degree may increase your employability upon graduation from the B.Ed. program, as school districts are increasingly seeking teachers with background in this area.
  • A few scholarships are awarded (based on merit) upon completion of B.Ed. program coursework; therefore, if won, such scholarships retroactively assist with program costs.

Admission information (incl. pre-requisite questions)

 

 

Secondary Education

Overview

Volunteer Experience Requirement

  • Work (volunteer or employed) with school-aged children and/or youth is an important component of your application, and experience in group settings is preferred - possibly being a classroom volunteer in an elementary school or, other volunteer or employed work, with a group of children once or twice a week for more than 75 hours. (Experience with instrument or voice instruction on an individual basis is not usually sufficient.) The number of volunteer hours suggested varies depending on the setting. Volunteer experience only as a high school student or only with university-aged students is much less desirable.
  • Important information   

Important Notes

  • Deadline to apply is January 31 every year for entry to begin the program the following September.
  • Students typically make application for entrance to the B.Ed. program in Secondary Music Education during their final year of B.Mus. degree studies.
  • A minimum grade average of 65% is required. An applicant normally needs higher than 70% to gain admission to the program. The average is calculated on 30 credits of music courses relevant to admission, including first/second and third/fourth year level.
  • In order to be eligible for entrance into the program, all performance, composition and GMUS majors must meet the B.Ed. pre-requisite requirements, even if such coursework is not part of your B.Mus. degree.  Some required courses may be in process at the time you apply for the B.Ed. program, but they must be completed by the end of the term preceding the start of the B.Ed. program.
  • To have a second teachable area in addition to music, 18 credits at the 3rd and 4th year level are required in the second teachable area; the only exception is English, which requires 24 credits of upper-level course work.
  • It is possible to maintain a part-time performance career while working in music education; however, this is not recommended for students while they are completing the 12-month degree program as it is an intensive program (12 month program = 24 month program condensed into 12 months).
  • This is a cohort program, meaning that students go through most classes with the same group of fellow students.
  • Completion of music media coursework during your B.Mus. or B.Ed. degree may increase your employability upon graduation from the B.Ed. program, as school districts are increasingly seeking teachers with background in this area.
  • Recent graduates of this program have had great success obtaining music teaching positions in the Lower Mainland and beyond. Note, however, that public school districts in the greater Vancouver area do not usually hire recent graduates right away into full-time continuing teaching positions.  More typically, recent graduates begin in local school districts as teachers-on-call (i.e., substitute teachers), gain experience and a good reputation, and then are eligible for full-time music teaching positions when they are posted.  By contrast, graduates who seek to teach in local private schools, elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, or beyond are more frequently hired into full-time continuing positions immediately upon graduation.
  • If you are a piano major, it is recommended that you obtain large ensemble experience singing in choirs and possibly playing in other ensembles as part of your B.Mus. degree.
  • A few scholarships are awarded (based on merit) upon completion of B.Ed. program coursework; therefore, if won, such scholarships retroactively assist with program costs.

Admission information (incl. pre-requisite questions)

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