Faculty of Education
Section 2: The Faculty of Education and the Teaching Profession
The educational objective of the Faculty of Education is to prepare students for a career in the teaching profession. Attaining the B.Ed. degree leads to professional certification by Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth and the opportunity to attain initial employment as a classroom teacher in Manitoba and elsewhere. Those desiring other roles in education can achieve the professional requirements via the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education (PBDE) or graduate degrees in education (M.Ed. or Ph.D.).
Teacher education in Manitoba dates to 1882, but the Faculty of Education was not created until 1935. Initially charged with offering programs that led to secondary school teaching certificates and Master of Education degrees, in 1965, through amalgamation with the Manitoba Teacher's College, the faculty had its mandate enlarged to include the elementary certification programs. From 1986 to 1998, the four year Bachelor of Education was the prerequisite degree for professional certification; however, effective May, 2003, all future Manitoba teachers must graduate from 150 credit hour teacher education programs and hold two degrees, one of them a B.Ed. The faculty has, therefore, introduced a two-year Bachelor of Education degree which is completed following the awarding of an initial degree from another faculty or university.