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Earn your Education degree as an after-degree at King's

Make a difference in the lives of students. Be the reason they learn to love learning by helping them succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

The kind of a difference you are able to make in a student's life can be affected by the quality of your teacher preparation program. Our world needs educators who have developed authentic connections between their faith and teaching practices. That's why King's innovative curriculum blends theory, reflective practices, lectures from highly qualified professors and an extended 17-week teaching practicum to ensure graduates leave with highly practical and current teaching approaches.

Students of King's Elementary and Secondary Education programs acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes required of teachers educating in the complex modern school environment. Graduates qualify for teacher certification in Alberta, across Canada, and abroad.

Education Program Highlights

  • Learn to teach in elementary or secondary classrooms and in a variety of school settings
  • Become an educator who cares deeply about students and their growth
  • Join King's education graduates who are recognized as some of the best-prepared teachers in Alberta
  • Discover a program that inspires you to teach from the heart and out of who you are as a person
  • Learn from classroom master teachers and a 12-week final practicum that provides you with real school experience
  • Develop connections between your faith and teaching practices as you prepare for employment in private, Catholic, public and alternative schools
  • Explore the kind of teacher you want to be as you learn from professors who teach out of experience and a practical understanding of what makes classrooms work
  • Study in a close, tight-knit cohort where classmates become friends and future colleagues

Practicum

Field experience is an important part of King's education program. It's where an aspiring teacher begins to understand what it means to make a difference in the life of a student. At King's, Education students spend a total of 18 weeks in the classroom across two separate practicums! Each student meets personally with the Education Field Services Manager who assists students in finding the right practicum and school setting for them.

All practicums take place under the supervision of certified classroom mentor teachers and King’s faculty supervisors.

Students also have options to work one-on-one with struggling students, attend literacy events or participate in classroom observation sessions depending on whether they are enrolled in the Elementary or Secondary program.

Ellen Mikhail, B.Ed. Elementary '22

Ellen Mikhail

Being an educator has always been a dream and passion of mine. From a young age, I would always volunteer in other classrooms in my school. I taught rhythmic gymnastics for over 15 years to all ages. I even taught a Grade 2 class in the Middle East. I always find myself in leadership roles where I am teaching and supporting those around me. When COVID first happened, I had been working in the travel industry for 10 years. Like most, I started to re-evaluate my professional aspirations. Teaching…

Josh Pires, B.Ed. Secondary '22

Josh Pires

I had great teachers in high school and from the get-go I said: ‘Teaching, that’s what I want to do.’ King’s advertised at my school a lot. It was always on my mind, so I checked it out. My grad class was me and five other people, but I really came to appreciate that because I found that’s the best kind of learning that you can get. That’s how you make the best friends. So when I came to King’s and I saw that it was very much like that, very small classes…

Rayanne VandenBrink, B. Ed. Secondary '22

Rayanne VandenBrink

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved learning and helping others get to that "ah-ha" moment. I would invite my little cousins over and coerce them into playing school, which was not as fun for them as it was for me. So, I decided to go to university to become a teacher.  I finished my undergraduate degree at Concordia in 2016, and then decided to take a break for four years because I was losing confidence in my abilities. Luckily, a random conversation at a party with a young lady renewed…

Abigael Nsonga, B.Ed Elementary ‘22

Abigael Nsonga

I want to become the enticing, inspiring, energetic, confident, loving, black teacher I wish I had when I was younger. Growing up in Canada, I rarely saw teachers that looked like me: with dark skin, curly hair, and plumped lips, who embraced their black heritage and culture. This made me feel uncomfortable and insecure in the classroom. I would like to make a difference by traveling, teaching, and inspiring students all over the world, bringing some “spice and flavour” to education,…

Caleb Vetter, B.Ed. Elementary '22

Caleb Vetter

My favourite part of being a student at King's is the unique professor-student relationship. I have the tradition of beginning each term by arranging a short chat with many different faculty members. They help me contextualize my life experience and provide so much encouragement and warmth. The availability of King's professors is unmatched in my opinion and enriches my learning. I chose the Elementary Education program at King's because I am passionate about early education. As a father to three…

Julia Slomp, B.Ed. Elementary '22

Julia Slomp

Having earned my undergraduate degree at King's in 2020, working towards my after degree in elementary education has been a perfect next step. The most important thing that I have learned from my time at King's, and what I hope to bring into my final practicum placement, is how important it is to lead with compassion. Whether I am creating a lesson plan, implementing classroom management, or working to help students succeed, the right actions are always the ones that put love first. My time at King's…

Matthew Martin, B.Ed. Secondary '22

Matthew Martin

It is my dream to become a teacher and to work with children and help them learn and develop into responsible humans. Since the first time I started coaching and teaching young children, it has been a huge driving force in my life. I think it is important to do the things you love in life and have passion for and that is the reason why I chose the Education Program.  Being able to teach physical education and be involved with physical activity and sports is who I am and it offers valuable life…

Juliana Middel, B.Ed. Secondary ‘22

Juliana Middel

The Education Program at King's does not only teach you how to teach students; the professors address overarching questions of worldview and what it means to be human. These questions are crucial for connecting with and engaging students, to make the content relevant and exciting so my future students can learn more than just the curriculum. As part of my interest in teaching social studies, a central element of my focus is on Indigenous rights; as I completed my undergrad at King’s, I developed…

Kyla Dykema, Elementary Teacher

Kyla Dykema

The neighbourhood that my school is located in means the majority of my students come into my classroom with behavioural issues, difficult home lives, cognitive delays, autism, or are refugees just beginning to learn the English language. "My time at King's uniquely prepared me for a challenging classroom environment from day one and I am determined to make a difference in the lives of my students." Working in a setting where children are struggling with anything from challenging home lives to mental…

Dr. Margie Patrick, Religion in Canadian Classrooms

Dr. Margie Patrick

In a previous career, I served as a high school social studies teacher; a subject in which, among other things, students study how and why people and societies live as they do, how the past, present and future interact, and how power is managed. Religion is central to each of these elements as religious beliefs and practices animate many individual and collective lives, not to mention peoples' views of power, the purpose and role of government, environmental sustainability, etc. Currently there…

Joy Pruden, Teacher

Joy Pruden

My experience at King's was life giving during a very vulnerable time in my life. Although I did not have the terminology at the time, I arrived at King's when I was just beginning to discover the struggles of and begin dealing with the results of a high number of adverse childhood experiences. My professors were professional and had high standards, but they were also compassionate and supportive. "I loved feeling like I was part of a family, exploring new ideas in a safe place, and feeling challenged…

Travis Chabot, B.Ed. Secondary '22

Travis Chabot

I chose King's because I wanted to learn in a school where my faith and relationship with God can be an active part of everything I do. This includes not only my education in the classroom, my assignments, and interaction with staff and faculty, but also with other students. Not only is this true at King’s, but I actually feel encouraged to dive deeper into my Catholic tradition and how it informs the way I educate. "Instead of pretending that I'm neutral, I'm learning at King's how to integrate…