Admission From High School

High school applicants will be considered for admission based on the average of five subjects noted below:

Subject Requirements

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Three subjects from Group A and/or C (see the chart below).
  3. One additional subject from Group A, B, or C. Beginning for the Fall 2020 intake: Physical Education 30 (5 credits), or 30-level CTS (5 credits).

Additional Requirements

  1. All applicants applying to the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Alberta are required to complete the Casper test as part of their application. More information about the Casper test requirement can be found here
  2. Although not required for admission, it is strongly recommended that students entering Elementary Education possess Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 in order to meet the prerequisites for courses within the program.
  3. Please note that for some Secondary Education Major/Minor routes, students are required to present specific 30-level courses (or equivalent) in order to complete the requirements of each Major/Minor. These courses do not have to be presented for admission but are prerequisites for university course registration.
  4. The Faculty of Education accepts proficiency in an Aboriginal language recognized in Canada (e.g., Cree, Slavey, etc.) to meet a Group A admission requirement. Proficiency is measured either by a test, administered by the University if such can be arranged, or by boards of examiners appointed by the University. Candidates having passed the required test of an Aboriginal language have their averages calculated on the remaining four matriculation subjects.
  5. Applicants who do not present the high school requirements or the required admission average may be considered for admission if they successfully complete at an accredited post-secondary institution *24 credits or more (to a maximum of 60) of coursework transferable to the BEd program.
  6. All students are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency and Spoken English Proficiency in addition to meeting the admission requirements for their program of choice.

Admissions Chart

Classification of high school courses used for admission:

Grade 12 courses listed below are based on the Alberta Education curriculum. Prospective students from other provinces and territories should review the Grade 12 entry-level equivalents on the Office of the Registrar website. The acceptable Alberta academic Grade 12 courses, other than English Language Arts 30-1, have been placed in three groups below.


Group A
(Humanities/Social Sciences/
Languages other than English)
Group C

1. Social Studies 30-1
2. 30-level Language other than English (see Notes 1, 2, and 3)
3. Aboriginal Studies 30
4. History Americas 30 (IB)
5. Macro-Economics 30 and Micro-Economics 30

1. Biology 30
2. Chemistry 30
3. Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics 30-1
4. Mathematics 30-2 (Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 may be used for admission)
5. Mathematics 31
6. Physics 30
7. Science 30
8. Computing Science (CSE) Advanced Level-Career and Technology Studies (CTS) (5 credits)

Group B (Fine Arts)

1. Adv Tech-Print/Draw/Sculp (5Cr)
2. Applied Graphic Arts 35
3. Art 30 or 31
4. Audio 35
5. Ballet 35
6. Band 35
7. Band Music 35
8. Choir 35
9. Choral Music 30
10. Communication Tech Adv (CTS-5Cr)
11. Contemporary Dance 35
12. Dance 35
13. Dance Composition 35
14. Directing 35
15. Drama 30
16. Drawing (Adv Techn) 35 (CTS-5Cr)
17. Film & Media Arts 35 (CTS-5Cr)
18. Film Studies 35

19. General Music 30
20. Guitar 35
21. Instrumental Jazz 35
22. Instrumental Music 30
23. Jazz Dance 35
24. Music 35
25. Musical Theatre 35
26. Painting (Adv Techn) 35
27. Performing Arts 35A
28. Portfolio Art 35
29. Pottery/Ceramics (Adv Techn) 35
30. Sculpting (Adv Techn) 35
31. Shooting the Screenplay 35
32. Tap Dance 35
33. Technical Theatre 35 (5Cr)
34. Technical Theatre EPS 35
35. Theatre Arts 35
36. Vocal Jazz 35

Additional Fine Arts courses may be considered. For more information, contact the Admissions Division, Office of the Registrar.

For direct-entry applicants only, beginning for the Fall 2020 intake: Physical Education 30 or a 30-level CTS course (5 credits) may be used in place of a Group B course.


  1. Any one French 30 (3 year or 9 year), French 31A, 31B, 31C; French Language Arts 20-1, 30-1, 30-2; Français 20-1, 30-1, 30-2 may be used as a 30-level Language course for admission purposes. In the case of French Language Arts 30-1, Français 30-1, and French 31A, 31B, or 31C, advanced placement may be granted upon application. Applicants to Faculté Saint-Jean must present one of French 30 (3 year)*, French 30 (9 year), French 31A, 31B, 31C; French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2; Français 30-1, 30-2, to meet the French requirement for admission purposes. French 30 (3 year)* may be used for admission based on a successful French language placement test. Contact the Faculté Saint-Jean for more information.
  2. Blackfoot Language and Culture 30; Cree Language and Culture 30; Chinese Language Arts 20, 30; Chinese Language and Culture 30; German Language Arts 20, 30; German Language and Culture 30; Italian Language and Culture 30; Japanese Language and Culture 30; Latin 30; Spanish Language Arts 20, 30; Spanish Language and Culture 30; Ukrainian Language Arts 20, 30; and Ukrainian Language and Culture 30 may be used as 30-level Language courses for admission. There are a number of 35-level, locally developed language courses which may also be used for admission. Applicants wishing to present a 35-level Language course should contact the Admissions Division, Office of the Registrar.
  3. Applicants wishing to present a language other than one of those presented at the Grade 12 level in Alberta should contact the Admissions Division, Office of the Registrar.
  4. Equivalents of Music 30: Conservatory Canada, Grade 8 Practical and Grade IV Theory; Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Grade 8 Practical, Grade II Theory, Mount Royal University, Grade 8 Practical and Grade II Theory. Documents must be presented to Alberta Education for evaluation.
  5. Mathematics 30-2 will be accepted as a Group C admission subject to some programs. For further information, please see Faculty admission requirements for each program of study.

* The number of new students admitted to any particular program or year of a program may vary depending on the number of available places and the promotion, departure, or graduation of continuing students. While the minimum admission average is 70% for high school applicants, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 for postsecondary applicants, all admissions are competitive and the actual admission averages may be higher than the minimum.

For additional admissions information, consult the University of Alberta calendar: