The general purpose of the program is to prepare educators for careers in a variety of educational institutions, including K to 12 schools, where they will work to advance the intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual development of all learners and provide leadership in incorporating diversity and inclusion in the development of educational communities. In order to support province-wide enthusiasm for teacher candidates in School Division contexts as well as schools in First Nations communities, the College of Education has developed partnership opportunities in diverse locations and looks forward to the learning these opportunities provide, as well as the energy and innovation our teacher candidates will extend.
The program is designed to prepare candidates to appreciate the highest aspirations for teaching and learning that educational theory has to offer and to begin to develop candidates’ capacities to discern and to express those aspirations in applying educational theory and ethical values into practice, policy, and research. Specifically, the program is designed to prepare educators who strive to recognize learning as valuing and constructing, affirm dignity and respect for individuals, support communities, build emancipatory action for social and ecological justice, engage in education as transformative praxis, and consider educational possibilities from multiple philosophical perspectives.
These objectives are accomplished by exposing candidates to integrated on-campus and field study opportunities designed to enhance understanding of the theory-practice continuum and to develop competencies in working with children and youth. In particular, the program aligns with the Teacher Certification Competencies (TCC) that are requirements of the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB) in four categories: professional/personal, knowledge, instruction, and curriculum. Candidates will engage in community-based activities, self-directed learning, critical reflection, and inquiry projects to deepen their awareness of the roles of educators as teacher-scholars.
The College of Education ensures that coursework aligns with the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB)’s certification requirements, including the Teacher Certification Competencies (TCC).
To earn the Bachelor of Education - Sequential Music degree, all teacher candidates must have completed the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and 60 credit units of Education course work that includes both academic and field study components.
Note: All teacher candidates must complete a criminal record check (CRC) with vulnerable sector check before they can participate in any field experience. Field experiences may occur anywhere in Saskatchewan and due to limited Saskatoon placement opportunities, a local practicum may not be possible on request.
Pre-extended practicum field experience involves exploratory, practical experience in a partner school. Teacher candidates will be expected to carry out course assignments in their assigned school, engage in volunteer in-school activities wherever possible, observe, teach small and large groups and facilitate learning activities under the guidance of collaborating teachers, faculty members, and field experience coordinators. Teacher candidates are placed with teachers holding a Saskatchewan Teaching Certificate in a school using provincial curricula and organized under the Education Act. Teacher candidates will be assigned a partner school within commuting distance of Saskatoon, and must complete pre-extended practicum field study experiences by June 30 prior to the extended practicum commencing the fall of that same year.
The extended practicum involves one term of teaching experience, approximately 16 weeks in length. Teacher candidates must register in EXPR 422.15.
Teacher candidates have the option of participating in the alternative practicum instead of the traditional extended practicum. The alternative practicum involves 10 weeks of teaching in a Saskatchewan school followed by six weeks in an adult learning, community based, or international setting. Teacher candidates participating in the alternative practicum must register in EXPR 425.12 and one of EXPR 423.3 or EXPR 424.3. Contact the Field Experiences Coordinator for more information about the alternative practicum options.
The extended practicum may be required of teacher candidates in centers not within commuting distance of Saskatoon. During the extended practicum, teacher candidates are placed with teachers holding a Saskatchewan Teaching Certificate in a school using the provincial curriculum and organized under the Education Act. A limited number of special requests are considered each year related to rural or urban placements that relate to exceptional circumstances (with financial responsibilities not considered as criteria for requests). Outside of these circumstances, placement preferences related to location are not guaranteed.
Before extended practicum registration, teacher candidates must have obtained an Education Weighted Average and an External Weighted Average of 60%. In addition, teacher candidates in the Secondary option must have a minimum average of 60% in each of Teaching Areas I and II.
To be eligible for the extended practicum, teacher candidates must have completed all external courses, all Education pre-extended practicum courses and the field experiences by June 30 prior to the extended practicum commencement.
Specific dates are posted in the online Course Offerings.
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) – Sequential Music - Early/Middle Years Program
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) – Sequential Music - Secondary Program