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Bachelor of Education (University Transfer)

Bachelor of Education (University Transfer)

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Education (University Transfer) can apply for admission to the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) offered in partnership with the University of Alberta.

UnBQ was proud to host the ATEP cohort (2016-2018) and is excited to build a pathway from the Bachelor of Arts in Cree for language teachers.

Program Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Education (University Transfer) is to prepare teachers of the highest quality, who are grounded in Indigenous Knowledge, to serve First Nations and public schools in Alberta.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Transfer Program allows students to complete, at Blue Quills, up to 60 credits toward their degree in Elementary Education.  Students wishing to pursue the teaching profession and wanting to start on a path towards a career in education in an aboriginal supportive environment are encouraged to attend Blue Quills.

Students wishing to pursue a degree in Secondary Education may complete at least 27 credits at Blue Quills.

Students admitted to this transfer program are registered as Open Studies students with the University of Alberta.  After completing a minimum of 24 transferable credits, individuals can apply to the Faculty of Education to complete their Bachelor of Education Degree.

Admission Requirements

Students can be admitted to the Education Transfer program if:

  • they have met matriculation requirements, or
  • they are non-matriculation adult students.

Students who do not have matriculation requirements must:

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • possess some high school credits;*
  • pass the university skills appraisal tests in English and Mathematics.

Requirement for the first two years of the B.Ed. Degree is 60 credits of course work which includes the following:

  • 21 credits of required elements including English, Math and Science
  • 9 credits of Education
  • 3 credits of Computing Science
  • 3 credits of Educational Psychology
  • 3 credits in Aboriginal and Indigenous Histories and Culture
  • 9 credits in non Education Options
  • 6 credits in Social Sciences
  • 6 credits in Fine Arts

Upon completing their courses at Blue Quills, students must apply and be admitted to the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta (U of A). Admission to the Faculty is on a competitive basis; the minimum grade point average required for admission to the third year at the U of A depends upon the qualifications of applicants that particular year. In order to graduate with a B.Ed., a student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the most recent 60 credits completed at the U of A.

Blue Quills students can achieve University of Alberta transfer credit at Blue Quills by completing U of A, Blue Quills, or Athabasca University courses with a mark of at least 60%.

The B.Ed. Transfer Program is a full time program; students should expect to spend each day, from Monday to Friday engaged in these studies.

Depending on demand, among some of the courses offered at Blue Quills that are transferable to the University of Alberta and therefore could be used in your Bachelor of Education program are the following:

Blue Quills Transferable Courses to the Bachelor of Education University Transfer

Bachelor of Education Teaching Certification Requirements:

After completing the B.Ed. all students must apply to the Minister of Education for a teaching certificate. As part of the application process, students will be asked whether they possess a criminal conviction. A criminal conviction may result in being denied certification.

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For More Information about the B.Ed. Transfer Program  please contact:

Registrar’s Department

Tel:  780-645-4455 extension 174 or 121

Fax: 780-645-4730

To apply:

BQ Application Form (Fillable)

To use the fillable application form please click on the link, fill in the form and email to

B.Ed University Transfer Application Package (Printable)