Specialized Programs

Teacher candidates in the Concurrent BEd program can specialize in the following areas:

Technological Education

York’s Faculty of Education offers an opportunity to pursue a teaching career in Technological Education. The Bachelor of Education in Technological Education is open to individuals  who have an approved college/university  degree or are currently pursuing a degree.

The Consecutive BEd in Technological Education is open to individuals who have a degree in a related technology field that aligns with the Technological Education curriculum and have 2 years of work related experience or  those who have a college/university degree not aligned with the one of the ten areas of Technological Education but have 5 years of related work experience. The BEd curriculum is delivered over two years.  Applicants must apply to the Intermediate/Senior certification level on the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre  (TEAS)

The Concurrent BEd in Technological Education is open to individuals enrolled in their third or fourth year in a technological education related degree offered at York University. The curriculum is delivered over two years to ensure completion of requirements for both the Bachelor of Education and the related degree.  Students can choose to enter the BEd Technological Education program after their 3rd year of study, complete the first of two years  in the BEd program, then return to their York program; final year is their capstone year in the BEd Technological Education program.

Note: In order to become an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), two years of related work experience must be completed. Up to one year of this can be Cooperative education in your program.

Applicants will be certified to teach at the Intermediate/Senior (grades 9 to 12) certification level for one of the following technological subjects:

  • Communication Technology
  • Computer Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Green Industries
  • Hairstyling & Aesthetics
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality Services
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Technological Design
  • Transportation Technology

To apply to the Consecutive (BEd) use the OUAC TEAS application.  Deadline to apply is June 1.   York students wishing to be considered for the Concurrent BEd in Technological Education log into York U MyFile and submit the online supplementary form which includes an experience hours/summary, personal statement and two online letters of reference.


This specialization prepares teacher candidates to teach in French immersion, Core and Extended French classrooms at all certification levels.  The teaching subject for Junior/Intermediate and one of the two teaching subjects for Intermediate/Senior must be French as a Second Language.  Students in this option must be pursuing a Glendon BA degree. Emphasis is placed on ensuring excellent French language proficiency and a deep understanding of francophone cultures with a significant portion of the practicum being done in Ontario French Immersion schools. To satisfy the Francophone cultural component (see approved Francophone culture courses) of the program, teacher candidates can participate in a one-year study program in a Francophone context while on a stop out from the Faculty of Education, or enrol in two full course equivalents (12 credits) in Francophone culture courses.

Download the BEd French Immersion degree requirements (PDF).

Jewish Teacher Education

This specialization prepares teacher candidates to teach in both public schools and Jewish Day Schools at all grade levels.  The program is jointly offered with the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies in cooperation with the Toronto Board of Jewish Education.  Students in this program must complete Modern Hebrew 3000 and a practicum placement.  The program includes a series of courses in educational methodology and Jewish Studies as well as a practicum in Hebrew Day Schools.  Many students include a year’s study in an Israeli university as a part of their program.

Indigenous Teacher Education

This option prepares teacher candidates to teach at all certification levels and to meet the needs of teaching indigenous material in respectful ways to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.  An emphasis is placed on Indigenous language skills and an understanding of Native Canadian cultures.

International Education

Students registered in York University’s Concurrent Education program can now participate in a Specialization Option in International Education as a part of their Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. They will demonstrate their preparation for teaching both in Ontario and internationally!