MacEwan.ca/GettingStarted will help you prepare for your first term at MacEwan University and beyond. If you have any questions along the way, this guide will direct you to people throughout the university who have the answers. It includes information general to all MacEwan University students including details about using the student portal, accessing email, planning your finances or paying your fees. You will want to refer to it once you have been accepted into the program and throughout your studies.
There is a lot to know as a Bachelor of Physical Education transfer student. The information below will help you successfully navigate through your program.
Username and Password
After you apply, the Office of the University Registrar will send your Network ID to the email account listed on your application. This will be the username and password you use to log in to myPortal.MacEwan.ca, your university student portal. If you have not received yourNetwork ID within two weeks of your application, email admissions@MacEwan.ca.
The university's student portal is where you can find links to several online applications and tools for students, such as:
- Student email (Gmail)
- Blackboard: to access electronic materials for your classes
- Library access: to search for books, articles, and more
- Scholarships: to search for criteria on available scholarships, bursaries, and awards
- TechSupport: troubleshooting help
You are automatically assigned a student Gmail email account when you apply to the program. It is crucial that you check this account regularly. According to policy E3101, you must send all emails to MacEwan University faculty and staff from this MacEwan University student email account. Access your Gmail account through myPortal.MacEwan.ca.
To check your admission status, pay your tuition and fees, view your course history, and make changes to your term schedule, you will use the Student Centre on myStudentSystem. Access myStudentSystem through myPortal.MacEwan.ca.
Program Blackboard Site
All the printed materials we hand out at academic planning sessions are posted here, along with important documents. Access blackboard through myPortal.MacEwan.ca.
Students are advised to follow the prescribed order as closely as possible. The MacEwan courses are:
|ENGL 102||ENGL 103|
|PEDS 100||PEDS 109|
|PEDS 101||PACT course|
|PERL 105||PEDS 103|
|PSYC 104||PERL 104|
|PEDS 203||PEDS 200|
|PEDS 206||PEDS 201*|
|PERL 204||PEDS 207|
|PEDS 209||PERL 207|
|PEDS 240||PESS 195**|
*Transfers to University of Alberta as PEDS 401
**Transfers to University of Alberta as DANCE 200
Degree program concentrations
Students normally select from one of seven concentrations at the end of Year 2 of the program. See section 154.1.3 of the UAlberta calendar.
Admission into the B.Sc. (Kin) degree program at the University of Alberta from MacEwan University requires the high-school courses listed below.
- Biology 30
- Chemistry 30
- English 30-1
- Math 30 (Math 31 recommended)
- Physics 30
Students are advised to follow the prescribed order as closely as possible to ensure prerequisites are met. The MacEwan courses are:
|CHEM 101||MATH 113, 114, or 125|
|ENGL 102||ENGL 103|
|PEDS 100||PEDS 109|
|PEDS 101||PEDS 103|
|PERL 105||PERL 104|
|BIOL 107 (open option)||BICM 200|
|PEDS 209||PEDS 200|
|PERL 204||PERL 207|
|PEDS 240||HEED 220|
|PEDS 203||Open option|
- Note 1: No more than 6 credits of options are to be completed through PACT (or PAC/DAC at U of A) courses.
- Note 2: Students with an interest in biomechanics or motor control are strongly encouraged to complete CMPT 101 or 114 as one of their options.
- Note 3: In order to graduate with a B.Sc. (Kin) degree, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 96 laboratory hours of coursework, chosen from the following discipline areas: human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning/motor control, and psychology of physical activity.
During this five-year program, Physical Education courses and Education courses are studied concurrently. A total of 159 credits is required. Students are registered in the Physical Education faculty or transfer program for the first three years of the program. All qualified Year Three BPE/B.Ed. students are promoted to Year Four in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta if the minimum transferable AGPA of 2.0 has been achieved and a minimum of 99 credits applicable to the BPE/B.Ed. program has been successfully completed.
The sequence of courses does not allow for much flexibility throughout the five years. Students are advised to follow the prescribed order as closely as possible. The MacEwan University courses are:
Year 1 (33 credits)
|ENGL 102||ENGL 103|
|PEDS 100||EDIT 202**|
|PEDS 101||PERL 104|
|PERL 105||3-credit PACT course|
|EDUC 210*||PEDS 294|
|Up to 6 credits minor subject|
* EDUC 210 transfers to the University of Alberta as EDU 200
** EDIT 202 transfers to the University of Alberta as EDU 210
Year 2 (33 credits)
Year 2 Suggested Courses
|HEED 220||PEDS 200|
|PEDS 203||PEDS 245|
|PEDS 206||PERL 207|
|PERL 204||PESS 195*|
* PESS 195 transfers to the University of Alberta as DANCE 200
May take in either term:
- Up to 6 credits in minor subject
- 3-credit PACT course
Students are advised to follow the prescribed order as closely as possible. The MacEwan University courses are:
Year 1 (33 credits)
|ENGL 102||ENGL 103|
|PEDS 100||EDIT 202 or PEDS 293|
|PEDS 101||PERL 104|
|PERL 105||PACT course|
|EDFX 200||MATH or STATS|
Year 2 (33 credits)
|PEDS 205||PEDS 200|
|PEDS 203||PERL 207|
|PEDS 206||PEDS 245|
|PERL 204||HEED 220|
|3 credits Open Option or PACT||3 credits PACT|
Year 2 Either Term
Choose 2 of the following to make up the 33 credits in Year 2:
- 3 credits Mathematics (MATH 160)
- PEDS 240 (Fall) or PEDS 245 (Winter)
- EDPY 200
- EDFX 200 (Transfers to the University of Alberta as EDU 100)
You should first determine which courses you will need to fulfill requirements for your chosen degree route. Use the Plan Your Program sections above to help you. The information below will help you understand the basics about choosing courses.
Course descriptions provide you with a brief overview of what you will study in a course, the course name and number, the credit value, and the prerequisites. The course description legend breaks down the structure of a course description. Course descriptions are available in myStudentSystem, on the Course List page or at the back of the Academic Calendar.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
A prerequisite is a course that must be successfully completed with a grade of C- or better prior to attempting a subsequent course. The course description may also list co-requisites which are courses that must be taken along with another in the same term.
The Faculty of Health and Community Studies has the right to withdraw students from a course at any time if it is begun without the prerequisite or co-requisite or to withhold credit for that course.
Course Load refers to the number of credits taken in a term. When choosing how many courses you should take in a term, consider the following.
- Courses in the BPE transfer program are 3 credits
- To be a full-time student, you must enrol in 9 credits per term
- The maximum course load allowed in the BPE transfer program is 15 credits per term except for students who are following the BPE/B.Ed. combined route who may take six courses in their winter term to bring their credit limit to 33 per academic year. An Add/Drop form must be completed.
- If you are on a student loan, you must maintain enrolment in a minimum of 9 credits per term
- You must enrol in a minimum of 3 credits in an academic year to remain in the program
- You must enrol in a minimum of 3 credits in the first term you are accepted to the program
Junior and senior courses
Courses numbered 100-199 are considered junior-level
Courses numbered 200 and higher are considered senior-level
Minimum grade restrictions
The minimum passing grade at MacEwan University is D. However, to transfer a course to the U of A you must achieve a minimum grade of C-. Students transferring to the U of A may not repeat a course in which they have previously received a grade of C- or higher.
To be in good academic standing, you must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) each term. Please refer to the Academic Standing policy (C2070) or speak with the advisor for help understanding the policy.
You will enrol in courses using myStudentSystem. Check out the step by step instructions for using myStudentSystem for guidance on how to add or drop classes and confirm your final enrolment.
You can add and drop classes online until the add/drop deadline each term. You can withdraw from a course without academic penalty if you do so before the withdrawal deadline. Deadlines can be found in the Academic Schedule.
A section number corresponds to the specific time and days a course is being offered.
For example, ENGL 102 is a course. There are many different classes of this course running during each term. The section number tells you which class you are enrolling in on specific days and at a specific time.
|Course||Section||Days and Times|
|ENGL 102||AS02||MWF 1 - 2|
|ENGL 102||AS47||TR 12:30 - 2|
Courses available to PhysEd students
Physical Education students can only enrol in courses that fulfill degree requirements. If you are not following the BPE degree route, you will need to enrol in courses offered outside the Phys Ed program. Physical Education students who are following the B.Sc.(Kin) route or BPE/B.Ed. combined route can enrol online in AS, GS, EX, or OP sections of the following courses:
- BICM 200, BIOL 107
- CHEM 101, CHEM 261
- MATH 113 (or MATH 114)
- EDFX 200, EDIT 202, EDPY 200.
Any Bachelor of Physical Education transfer program student can enrol in AS, GS, EX, or OP sections for ENGL 102, ENGL 103 and PSYC 104. For all other required Physical Education courses, you must choose a BP section (e.g., PEDS 100 BP01).
Any other non-PhysEd courses required for your degree (e.g., minor teaching subject for students in the BPE/B.Ed. route) requires permission from the department. Contact the university advisor if you require further information.
Integration seminar: INSE 0098 (1st year) and INSE 0099 (2nd year)
Students entering the Bachelor of Physical Education transfer program must register in two 1-credit seminars scheduled during their first year (INSE 0098) and the winter term of their second year (INSE 0099). These seminars carry no academic credit towards a degree. They consist of visits from academic areas of study like Rehabilitation Medicine, professionals from a variety of areas, information sessions on applying to the University of Alberta, and academic planning sessions for students returning to the program.
Labs and seminars
Certain courses have a lecture and a lab component or a separate seminar component. You must enrol in all components of a course.
To find out if a course has a lab or a seminar component, check the course description. The legend of a course description will show you where in the description you can find this information.
Prerequisite checking in myStudentSystem
When you enrol, myStudentSystem will check for post-secondary prerequisites. If you have the prerequisite but myStudentSystem is preventing you from enrolling, contact your university advisor immediately.
High school prerequsites will be checked during the first month of the term. The Faculty of Health and Community Studies has the right to withdraw students from a course at any time if it is begun without the prerequisite or co-requisite or to withhold credit for that course.
You may enrol in a course in the winter term and complete the prerequisite course in the fall term. However, if you withdraw or fail to achieve a grade of C- in the prerequisite course, you must remove yourself from the winter term course immediately.
Prerequisites from another post-secondary institution
If you met a prerequisite by completing a course at another post-secondary institution, it is your responsibility to contact your university advisor prior to enrolment.
You are responsible for checking and adhering to all posted dates/deadlines and university policies.
Dates and deadlines
The Academic Schedule lists all the important dates and deadlines for the coming academic year including when classes start, tuition deadlines, add/drop deadlines, withdrawal deadlines, and exam periods.
The authoritative source for official course descriptions and the rules and regulations that apply to MacEwan University students is the Academic Calendar.
You are also strongly encouraged to familiarize yourself with the University of Alberta calendar or the calendar of the institution from which you intend to graduate. Reference copies of post-secondary calendars are available from the Student Resource Centre.
Find out what you owe
Tuition and fees are updated overnight. If you adjust your enrolment, make sure you check myStudentSystem the next day to verify the amount you owe.
Make a payment
You can make a secure payment on your account through myStudentSystem. If you prefer not to pay online, there are several other ways to make a payment.
Help with student loans, scholarships, and other funding
There are a number of ways to finance your education, but it is important to plan and apply early. If you need help finding the funds to pay for university, contact a financial advisor. They assist students with everything from finding funding to planning a student budget. If you need information about student loans, or accessing RESPs or scholarships, awards and bursaries, visit Fees and Financial Information.
The MacEwan Card Photo ID
The MacEwan Card is the official student identification and library card. Get your card from the library before classes start.
Pick up your U-Pass sticker
The U-Pass is provided by the Students' Association of MacEwan University (SAMU). It gives you access to Edmonton, Strathcona County and St. Albert transit services for every term you are registered in classes. Contact SAMU to find out where and when U-Pass stickers are available.
You can search for your textbooks online. To find the correct text books, you must know the courses and sections you are enrolled in. You can see which sections you are enrolled in on myStudentSystem.
A syllabus is distributed in the first class of each course. It is an official outline of what you can expect to learn in the course and what is expected of you. It will outline deadlines for assignments and required readings. Refer to your syllabus throughout the term.
Lockers are available to full-time students. Remember to register and pay for your locker.
Health and dental plan
The Students' Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) offers a Student Health and Dental Plan. You can also add a family member or opt-out of the plan if you already have comparable health coverage.
Get set up for success!
MacEwan University has many resources to help you succeed in your academic career. Don't wait until you are having problems to take advantage of these resources.
- Writing and Learning Services
- Student Success Program
- Math and Statistics Help Centre
- Chemistry Resource Centre
- The Library and Subject Librarians
Talk to your Instructor
Talking to your instructors often about assignments or course content is a smart way to succeed in your courses. They are the experts on the content and will be marking your assignments. Don’t be shy! Your instructors’ office hours are listed on your course syllabus.
Exam schedules with locations are posted on campus outside the bookstore and online shortly before exams begin. The exam schedule can change during the term. You should consult your instructors as well as the posted exam schedule prior to the exam period for any changes. It is your responsibility to know when and where your final examinations are scheduled and to arrive on time.
Final exam deferrals
Requests for deferred final exams are considered only when you miss final examinations due to acceptable extenuating circumstances such as illness accompanied by a signed note from a doctor, death in the family, serious family crisis, accident, etc. You must request a deferred exam no later than 2 business days after the missed examination. Permission to defer a final exam is not automatically granted by submitting a request.
- If you are requesting a deferred exam for an Arts course, request the deferral from the Chair of the appropriate department.
- If you are requesting a deferred exam for Science, Engineering or PhysEd courses, present the request to the administrative assistant of the appropriate department. They will forward the deferral request to the Chair of the program.
If you need to request a deferral for a midterm exam or assignment, talk to your instructor.
GPA & Academic Standing
The academic standing of all students is evaluated at the end of each term. You must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to be considered in Good Academic Standing. Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 may either be placed on Academic Probation or be Required to Withdraw. For more information, refer to the Academic Standing policy (C2070) or talk to your university advisor.
Review your program planning
To get help with your program planning, complete your planning sheets and book an appointment with the university advisor to review them. For questions relating to Years 1 and 2, please contact the university advisor.
For questions relating to transfer or Years 3 and beyond, please contact the University of Alberta advisors at the Undergraduate Student Services Office at 780-492-5604.
There is an articulated transfer agreement in place covering the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree (BKin):
- Students in the program who have achieved a GPA of 2.5 on their most recent 24 credits and who have successfully completed a minimum of 45 university transferable credits are guaranteed entrance to the Bachelor of Physical Education degree at the University of Alberta.
- Students who have completed a minimum of 45 credits with a GPA below 2.5 on their most recent 24 credits may be offered admission on a space available basis and admission will be competitive.
Students transferring into B.Sc., KIN or BKin/B.Ed. must:
- Successfully complete the five required matriculation subjects (B.Sc. (Kin) students must see an advisor).
- Meet all other admission criteria established by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (including presenting the competitive admission average on the most recent 24 credits). The University of Alberta retains the right to impose quota restrictions on any faculty and possession of all the minimum requirements may not guarantee admission.
In all cases:
- You will only get transfer credit for courses with a grade of C- or better.
- You can transfer up to maximum of 60 credits (66 credits for students in the Combined BPE/B.Ed. stream).
Apply to the University of Alberta's Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation before the application deadline.
Once you have applied to the U of A, you must contact the Office of the Registrar at the U of A for information regarding your application and registration.
This information is provided as an aid to enrollment and is not an official publication. The authoritative source for official course descriptions and the rules and regulations that apply to students is the Academic Calendar.