Admission Requirements


In order to be considered for the GCES program, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. A four-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized university with a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 credits of course work

  2. Two years of teaching experience

  3. English Language Proficiency (see How to Apply)

Admission FAQs

Will I receive Alberta Teacher Certification through this program?

No. This program will enhance your skills and understanding of Early Childhood Education, but it is not a path to certification.

The University of Alberta offers the Internationally Educated Teachers Bridging Program for educators who have earned their teaching qualifications in a country other than Canada and are interested in acquiring certification to teach in Alberta.

How will a break in my studies affect my fees? My graduation date?
You must be enrolled in one course within a school year (September-August) in order to keep your program active or your program will lapse. If you intend to interrupt your program, please contact the GCES Graduate Administrator at gcesinfo@ualberta.ca immediately so that we can work out any registration considerations to ensure that your program status remains active.
What grading system does the program use?
The program uses the University of Alberta's 4-point scale grading system. For more information about the University of Alberta grading system, see the grading system at the Office of the Registrar.
What if I don't quite meet all of the requirements?
Please contact the GCES Graduate Administrator at gcesinfo@ualberta.ca to discuss your options.
What if I have already completed some graduate level courses?
You may receive advanced standing for one of the prescribed GCES courses. Please contact the GCES Graduate Administrator at gcesinfo@ualberta.ca  for more information.