Early Childhood Education Diploma to Bachelor Degree with Concurrent Education Transfer Program

Program Information

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education is a unique and innovative Faculty that works to prepare prospective teachers, to develop the abilities of professional educators, and to create novel knowledge through research. By collaborating with our passionate faculty, you will have the opportunity to begin a rewarding career as a teacher; to advance your professional abilities and add additional qualifications to your teaching certificate; and to explore Education through original research.

Our Concurrent Bachelor Degree programs allow you to earn a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) as well as a Bachelor degree in a partnering discipline. This degree combination will help you to develop your teaching knowledge, skills, and attitudes as well as your subject-matter expertise to teach learners well and to address the requirements of the Ontario curriculum.

Our Concurrent Bachelor Degree programs can prepare you to teach in the Primary/Junior (P/J) or Intermediate/Senior (I/S) division. Once you complete a Concurrent Bachelor Degree program, you will receive a Bachelor degree, a BEd, and we will recommend you to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) for certification to teach in Ontario.

We offer the following Concurrent Bachelor Degree programs with a P/J Specialization in the following areas: 

  • Earth Science (BSc) (Thunder Bay Campus only)
  • History (BA) (Orillia Campus only)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (BASc) (Orillia Campus only)
  • Mathematics (BSc) (Thunder Bay Campus only)
  • Natural Science (BSc) (Thunder Bay Campus only)
  • Visual Arts (BA) (Thunder Bay Campus only)
  • Women's Studies (BA) (Thunder Bay Campus only)

We offer the following Concurrent Bachelor Degree programs with an I/S Specialization in the following areas at the Thunder Bay Campus only: 

  • Earth Science (BSc)
  • Mathematics (BSc)

Lastly, we offer numerous Concurrent Honours Degree programs with many more majors. Learn more about our Concurrent Honours Degree programs.

How the Transfer Program Works

We will review your transcript and determine what transfer credits you will receive towards your degree program. In most cases, admits tend to receive 5 full course equivalents, which equates to approximately one year of university study. As a result, you may be able to complete your Concurrent Bachelor Degree program in as little as 4 years. To see the courses that are part of the program, refer to our Academic Calendar and select:

  1. Programs & Faculties from the menu,
  2. Undergraduate Programs from the Faculty of Education section, 
  3. Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education at the bottom of the page,
  4. Five- and Six-Year Concurrent Bachelor Degree Programs from the list of programs,
  5. Select your specialization of choice (P/J or I/S), and
  6. Select your program of choice.

Admission Requirements

To be consider for admission, you must:

  • Complete a two-year Early Childhood Education Diploma (ECE) from an accredited Ontario college, and
  • Achieve an overall average of at least 75%.

Some of the Concurrent Bachelor Degree programs have additional program-specific prerequisites (refer to the drop-down menu) that you will need to satisfy in order to gain admission. Your ECE diploma satisfies the requirements for the following programs:

  • History (Orillia Campus only)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Orillia Campus only)
  • Visual Arts (Thunder Bay Campus only) - no portfolio required!

Application Process

To apply, please:

  1. Use the OUAC Undergraduate Application. You may need to create an account first, if you have never applied using the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) before. 
  2. Select either Education (Primary/​Junior - Teach Kinder­garten to Grades 6) (Thunder Bay & Orillia) or Education (Interm­ediate/​Senior - Teach Grades 7 to 12) (Thunder Bay Campus only). The OUAC program codes are AK and AL, respectively.
  3. Select your program and campus of choice using the Subject of Major Interest drop-down menu. Focus on the majors that have "(5 Year)" in the title.  
  4. As you proceed through the application process, use the Online Transcript Request to have your transcript(s) sent to us, if applicable: 
    1. We require all of your post-secondary transcripts (i.e. from all colleges and universities attended).
    2. We do not require your high school transcript.
    3. Some colleges do not add in progress courses to their transcripts. If you are currently completing courses, you are encouraged to upload a screenshot of your upcoming winter term courses to your myInfo account. You will receive your myInfo login credentials in an acknowledgement email from us upon receipt of your application (which can take a few days after you apply using the OUAC). 

Who Can I Contact If I Need Assistance?

If you have questions about the transfer program, and/or your application statuscontact Student Central.  

If you encounter issues with the application and/or requesting online transcripts, contact the OUAC

If you cannot access myInfo (our student information portal), try to recover your account first. If that does not work, contact Student Central.  


Learn more about the fees (e.g. application, transcript, document evaluation, etc.) that the OUAC charges

Learn more about the tuition & student fees for your transfer program. Keep in mind that the upcoming school year's fees are not available until June. Before June, you will most likely see last year's amounts. Refer to the Academic Year field if you are unsure.  

To help fund your education, learn more about our scholarships, bursaries and awards

If you are interested in applying for the Ontario Student Assistance Program, learn more about the program and its criteria

Other Important Information

Take a look at our College & University Transfer Guide

Check out our campus. You can take a virtual tour, or you can book a campus tour

We also host numerous events throughout the year. We encourage you to attend one of our events to learn more about the transfer program.