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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) College to University Pathway


The faculty of Education offers a college-to-university pathway program leading to a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies with 5 options for specialization including

  1. General - No Specialization
  2. Digital Technologies
  3. Early Childhood Studies
  4. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  5. Lifelong Learning with Technology

This fully online pathway program is designed for students who have completed a two-year Ontario college diploma or equivalent.  Our unique online format uses virtual classrooms to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building. You may pursue this program on a part-time or full-time basis.   We invite you to explore our rich collection of courses. 

As a graduate of our program, you will 

  • be eligible to apply for our 16-month Bachelor of Education Program to become a K-6 teacher
  • receive priority status to enter our Master of Education Program
  • develop specialized knowledge and competency in the use of digital technology to support lifelong learning
  • apply theoretical and practical knowledge of educational planning, delivery and assessment
  • design learning strategies that focus on authentic, meaningful and workplace-applicable activities
  • analyze the social and psychological issues that shape learning in a digital era
The BA in Educational Studies 

  • allows you to convert your two or three-year diploma into a four-year university degree
  • is conducted fully online, using virtual classrooms to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building
  • offers flexible scheduling allowing you to study from anywhere in the world and to pursue your studies part-time or full-time
  • prepares graduates for a wide range of future careers in administration, management education and technology
  • offers the option to transfer  to our 16-month Bachelor of Education Program to become a K-6 teacher
  • offers you priority status to enter our Master of Education Program

Below is a list of future careers that are possible with a BA-Educational Studies Degree. 

What is the online course structure?

The Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies offers fully online using virtual classrooms to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building. In each semester, one of the required courses will be offered. A typical 36-hour (three-credit) course is 12 weeks long and typically 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 Zoom or Google Meet (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 Canvas (a learning management system) 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.

How many courses do I need to complete the program?

If you are granted 60 credits from your previous diploma program, you will need to complete an additional 60 credits (20 courses) to obtain your Bachelor of Arts Degree. You may complete these courses on a part- or full-time basis. Courses are scheduled to allow students to work and pursue their degrees.

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 20 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. Each course instructor may also require the use of course-speaker software.

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 or Google Workspace (presentation, spreadsheet and word processing applications).
How do I participate in the online virtual classroom?

You will use video conferencing software (e.g., Zoom, or Google Meet). These programs allow you to actively participate, in a real-time virtual classroom.

What computer skills do I need?

Students must possess a minimum technical skill set that allows them to use the necessary technology used in their courses. All students should be comfortable with the use of a computer and the basic software listed above.

Adopting a growth mindset toward digital technologies is highly important for this program. If a specific tool is new to you, use the situation as an independent problem-based learning opportunity to try to figure it out for yourself or work collaboratively with your peers.

You should also be able to find many helpful resources on the Internet including our Student Support Webpage.

What teaching approach do you use?

Classes are highly interactive, collaborative and use 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 in Educational Studies program?

Please go to our College-to-University Transfer Application site to apply.

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Educational Studies, students typically complete 20 courses (60 credits).
  • 9 core courses (required)
  • 11 courses selected from the specializations and optional courses listed below
    (4 courses from a specific specialization, if you wish to have a specific area of focus)
Course Descriptions

Click here for course descriptions

Core Courses - Required

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 4140U - Instructional Design

Digital Technologies Specialization

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 Specialization

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

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Specialization

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 Specialization

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 4980U – Work Integrated Learning I
EDST 4981U – Work Integrated Learning II
EDST 4999U – Directed Studies (design your own course with a professor)

Student Awards and Financial Aid

They will support you with any questions regarding funding and can assist you in person, over the phone or via email.
Find our office hours and additional information

Phone: 905-721-3190

  • Include your full name and student ID number with your message. We will not be able to respond to your email without this information.
  • Please only email once. It will be placed in our work queue and answered in sequential order. Multiple emails may result in a delayed response.
  • A member of our team will respond to you within 3 to 5 business days.

OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)

The amount of money you can get depends on your education expenses, course load and personal financial situation.


  • Immigration StatusCanadian residence, permanent resident or Convention Refugee or protected person.
  • Ontario Residency You are an Ontario resident. (You may also qualify if your spouse or parents are Ontario residents)
  • IncomeYou can only be eligible for OSAP if you don’t have enough money from other sources to cover your college or university expenses.

Check out the OSAP estimator to see how much OSAP you may be eligible for. 

Bursaries and Grants through OSAP

Internal Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Apply for internal awards, bursaries and scholarships through My Ontario Tech. There are many options available with different eligibility!

General Bursary Full-Time Domestic
  • For domestic students who are paying full-time tuition fees.
  • Available to students in all years of study who have a demonstrated financial need.
  • must be in good academic standing
  • Be an Ontario Tech Student who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour.
  • Full-time, part-time, international and/or domestic students are eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Submit a one-page written statement or a one-to-two minute video demonstrating how they foster diversity, equity and inclusion to help drive cultural change.
Ontario Remembrance Scholarship
  • Be studying at the undergraduate level at Ontario Tech.Full-time, part-time, international and/or domestic
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Exhibit strong academic achievement with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • High participation in community service or volunteering activities.
Indigenous Student Bursary
  • Self-identify as being an Indigenous person in Canada.
    • For the purposes of this bursary, an Indigenous person in Canada is anyone who reported being an Aboriginal person, that is, First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit).
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).
  • Demonstrate financial need.
Dermarkar Indigenous Leaders Award
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student in any faculty and year of study.
  • Self-declared as Indigenous.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have demonstrated themselves to be shining stars – students who are and will continue to be change-makers and leaders for the future.
  • Exhibit leadership that will serve as an inspiration to others, either in the broader community and/or the indigenous community.
How to Apply:
  1. Go to MyOntarioTech and select the Current students box.
  2. Navigate to the Student Awards and Financial Aid box, and select Apply for student aid/University Works.
  3. Select the appropriate aid year and aid period.
  4. Select the appropriate award application and follow the steps provided.

University Works Workstudy Program 

An employment program designed to help full-time undergraduate students gain useful career-related experience. There are positions on-campus as well as remote.

Click here to apply


  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.International students must be able to obtain a Social Insurance Number.
  • Be registered in full-time undergraduate studies in the current academic year (September to April).Students registered with Student Accessibility Services must be registered in at least a 40% course load (2 classes per semester).
  • Be returning to full-time studies in the fall semester, if following the summer employment term. 
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher from your last full-time semester of study.

External Awards & Bursaries 

Provincial and Territorial Financial Aid

  • BA - Educational Studies (College to University Pathway) - Brochure
  • BA - Educational Studies (College to University Pathway) - Course Descriptions
College to University Applications Site

Please go to the College-to-University Transfer Application site for information about

  • Admission Requirements 
  • How to Apply (Short Video on how to apply through OUAC website)
  • Important Dates
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Transfer Credits
  • Useful Links
Applications Deadlines
  • Winter (Jan): Nov 15th for application; Dec 1st transcripts must be received
  • Spring/Summer (May): March 15th for application; April 1st transcripts  must be received
  • Fall (Sept): June 30th for application; Aug 1st transcripts  must be received

For general inquiries, contact

Susan Snelling
Senior Academic Advisor
905.721.8668 ext. 2703 

Diane Tepylo, PhD
Program Director