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Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

The Minor in Education is designed to provide students with a supplemental course of study focusing on schooling and education.

Students may be wondering about teaching as or within a career. Or, students may simply be looking for elective courses to round out their programs. Skills endemic to teaching are transferable to a huge number and variety of settings.

The ability to critically analyze practices and issues in education will greatly enhance the ability to:

  • Decide if teaching is an option students wish to pursue; and
  • Enter a BEd program with a sound foundation.

The Teaching Option is designed to provide you with a variety of courses and hands-on learning opportunities to prepare you for K-12 teaching. You will have the chance to explore foundational teaching-skill courses to get a glimpse of your future teaching career and prepare yourself for further studies – especially if you want to pursue a Bachelor of Education.

Minor Requirements

Note: The courses in the minor do not count toward the Bachelor of Education (BEd) nor does taking these courses guarantee preferential treatment in applying toward a BEd at any other Faculty of Education. 

A Minor in Education consists of 3.0 credits: four core half-credit courses offered through the Faculty of Education, plus two elective half-credit courses from an approved list. Students can only count a maximum of two electives from the same field of study outside of Education towards the minor.

Students have the opportunity to bundle elective courses within their current programs of study into a Minor in Education. Students should check with their individual programs to confirm eligibility. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met prerequisites for elective courses taken in other faculties.

For graduation with a Minor in Education, students must have a minimum GPA of 6.0 computed on all 3.0 credits in the minor. Other courses may be considered for inclusion as part of the Minor in Education requirements with the permission, in advance, of the associate dean of the Faculty of Education.

The three core courses provide an intriguing and broad-based introduction to the field of education, while the electives provide an opportunity to examine educational issues from a wide variety of perspectives.

Note: Register for UW courses using the UW cross-registration form.

Teaching Option Requirements

Note: The courses in the option do not count toward the Bachelor of Education (BEd) nor does taking these courses guarantee preferential treatment in applying toward a BEd at any other Faculty of Education. However, preference will be given in admission to the Bachelor of Education program at Laurier to students achieving a cumulative GPA of 10.0 for the Teaching Option core courses, along with meeting the requirements of admission for the Bachelor of Education.

A Teaching Option consists of 4.0 credits: five core half-credit courses offered through the Faculty of Education, plus three elective half-credit courses from an approved list. The option is designed to provide students with a foundational course of study focusing on teaching.

For graduation with a Teaching Option, students must have a minimum GPA of 6.0 computed on all 4.0 credits in the minor, as well as a minimum GPA of 10.0 in the required content courses.