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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

BA (Educational Studies) 4 Year Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies is a truly innovative hybrid program (online and in-person courses) designed to provide maximum flexibility and choice. Students will develop the knowledge and skills in the field of Educational Studies leading to potential careers as teachers, instructional designers, trainers, learning specialists and education consultants.

We offer a wide range of online courses focussing on foundations of learning, digital technologies, early childhood education, instructional design, and equity, diversity and inclusion.  Elective courses from other Ontario Tech faculties allow students to experience face-to-face learning while exploring other subjects of interest.

This hybrid undergraduate degree program prepares graduates to

  • enter a Bachler of Education program to teach K-12 
  • enter graduate school (Masters of Education)
  • provide leading-edge training for institutions and industries moving to hybrid or fully online frameworks in order to meet evolving learning challenges
As a graduate of our program, you will:
  • Develop a strong foundation in education, teaching and learning
  • Experience and design learning strategies that focus on authentic, meaningful activities
  • Analyze the social, psychological, and educational issues that shape teaching and  learning
  • Learn with, create and evaluate a wide range of leading-edge technologies to guide the future of education
  • Develop specialized knowledge and competency in the use of digital technology to support lifelong learning

The 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies 

  • Helps prepare for careers in teaching (K-12 and college), instructional design, training and professional development, and learning specialists and educational consultants
  • Focusses on skills that will help you succeed, thrive and lead in the workplace including creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving 
  • Provides you with exceptional technology-based skills to support teaching and learning - digital technology is one of our key strengths
  • Offers multiple courses online and in-person to provide you with maximum flexibility 
  • Offers high-quality online virtual classrooms to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building - we have been providing exceptional online classes for over a decade
  • Offers flexible scheduling allowing you to study from anywhere in the world and to pursue your studies full-time or part-time

Our 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies offers three key opportunities in education

  • K-12 Teacher - if you enrol in our concurrent program and meet the requirements, you will be automatically accepted into our 16-month Bachelor of Education Program to become a certified teacher in Ontario
  • Instructional Designer - Upon completing our program you will be well-qualified to lead in-person/online training and design digital learning modules
  • College Professor - If you maintain a B average, you will receive priority consideration for our Master of Education Program which will provide you with the credential to become a college professor
Other Career Opportunities
Can I take the entire degree online?

Yes, that is possible but partially depends on your course selections (see Program Maps).  You are able to choose courses from other faculties at Ontario Tech and they may or may not have online formats.  

How many courses are online?

You are required to take 22 (out of 40 courses) in the Faculty of Education - All of those courses are offered online in virtual classrooms.  The format of the remaining 18 courses is up to you - you can select in-person or online courses to fit your schedule and needs.

What is the online course structure?

The structure of online courses will vary across the university BUT online courses offered in the Faculty of Education are carefully drafted to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building.  A typical 36-hour (three-credit) course is 12 weeks long and includes:

  • Two to three video clips per week, each of them six to eight minutes long, and associated readings available online.
  • Online synchronous tutorials in virtual classrooms (60+ minutes) moderated by a teaching assistant or Instructor and drawing on the analysis and synthesis questions posed in the video clip as the starting point for discussion.
  • Online discussions in a learning management system such as Blackboard or other asynchronous tools.
  • Work on problem-based learning (PBL) with a collaborative team.

Each student is expected to actively participate in the tutorial sessions by using their webcam and microphone, since it is easier to understand the ideas communicated by others when their facial expressions and body language can be seen, rather than just listening to them.

 What technology do I need?

Students require access to a computer, preferably a laptop, with these minimum characteristics:

  • A combination headset/microphone (external speakers are not acceptable as they tend to cause feedback noise).
  • Good quality Internet access (download speed should be greater than 8 Mbps and upload speed should be greater than 2 Mbps).
  • Video capabilities with either a built-in or external compatible WebCam.
What software do I need?

Your courses will make use of open-source software packages as much as possible. Please consult our Technologies Webpage offering a list of key software that we use

The basic software required includes:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 or newer, or MacOS X 10.6x or newer.
  • Web browser: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge.
  • Office software: Microsoft Office, Open Office or Google Suite (presentation application, spreadsheet capability and word processing).
How do I participate in the online virtual classroom?

Currently, we use Zoom for most of our classes and Google Meet for group and individual meetings among students. 

What computer skills do I need?

Some comfort with technology is needed for this program, but just as important is a growth mindset toward learning new digital technologies.  If a specific tool is new to you, use the situation as the basis for an independent problem-based learning opportunity to try to figure it out for yourself or work collaboratively with your peers. Peers and instructors are great supports for learning technology.

You can also find many helpful resources on the Internet including our Student Support Web Page.

What teaching approach do you use?

Faculty of Education classes are highly interactive and collaborative incorporating an inquiry or problem-based approach where "students, working in small teams, examine a problem, situation and, through this exploration, are expected to locate the gaps in their own knowledge and skills in order to decide what information they need to acquire in order to resolve or manage the situation".

Integral to our courses will be the application of foundational educational principles to workplace/K-12/community-specific contexts and problems to ensure depth and breadth of understanding. Understanding is further enhanced through exposure to contexts beyond students' own intended work/life environments.

What courses do you offer?

Check out the "Courses" tab to explore our rich course selection.

How do I apply to the BA Educational Studies program?

Please go to our Ontario Tech University's Application site to apply.

Faculty of Education Courses (Online)
The following are courses that we offer in the faculty of education. 
  • For specific course descriptions, click here.
  • To review courses from other faculties, please go to the Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.
  • Finally, you can select online courses (needs to be approved) from outside the university at Contact North (Ontario Online Learning Portal)
Core Courses

EDST 1000U - Foundations of Learning
EDST 1100U - Problem and Inquiry-Based Learning
EDST 1130U - Writing & Digital Literacy
EDST 1230U - Design Thinking and Visual Design for Educational Contexts
EDST 2500U - Foundations of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
EDST 2150U - Teaching Strategies 
EDST 2110U - Assessment for Learning 
EDST 2140U - Creating Digital Tools
EDST 4110U - Instructional Design

Digital Technologies

EDST 1120U – Foundations of Digital Teaching and Learning Technologies
EDST 1160U – Digital Communication Technologies
EDST 1170U – Psychological Foundations and Digital Technologies
EDST 2120U – Culture and Digital Technologies
EDST 2160U – Online Learning: Theory and Research
EDST 3110U – Information Literacy
EDST 4120U – Gaming and Simulations

Early Childhood Studies

EDST 2170U – Designing Inclusive Learning Environments
EDST 3160U – Developing Literacy
EDST 3170U – Developing Numeracy
EDST 4150U – Holistic Learning in Early Childhood

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

EDST 2500U – Foundations of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Education
EDST 2170U – Designing Inclusive Learning Environments
EDST 3500U – Unlearning and the Inclusive Curriculum
EDST 4510U – Enabling Learning through Technology
EDST 4530U – Social Justice Issues in Education

Lifelong Learning with Technology

EDST 1110U – Foundations of Adult Learning
EDST 1120U – Foundations of Digital Teaching and Learning Technologies
EDST 3120U – Workplace Learning
EDST 3130U – Financial Management of Online Learning

Additional Options

EDST 3999U – Special Topics Courses (varies from year to year)
EDST 4200U – Thesis I
EDST 4201U – Thesis II
EDST 4300U – Engaged Educator Project I
EDST 4301U – Engaged Educator Project II
EDST 4980UWork Integrated Learning I
EDST 4981UWork Integrated Learning II
EDST 4999U – Directed Studies (design your own course with a professor)

We offer several program maps to help you customize our program to your specific needs.  

  • General Program Map
  • Primary School Teacher (K-6) - Program Map
  • Secondary School Teacher (7-12) - Program Map
  • Instructional Designer Program Map
  • 4-year BA in Educational Studies - Brochure
  • 4-year BA in Educational Studies  - Postcard (quick summaries)
  • 4-year BA in Educational Studies - Course Descriptions

Please go to Ontario Tech University's Application site to apply. At this site, you will find

  • What type of applicant you are
  • Admission Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Important Dates
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Transfer Credits
  • Useful Links

For general inquiries, contact

Susan Snelling
Senior Academic Advisor
905.721.8668 ext. 2703

Diane Tepylo, PhD
Program Director
905.721.8668 ext. 3763