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Applied Commerce Education

Spark entrepreneurial interest and help equip the leaders of tomorrow.

Build or upgrade your teaching skills to help youth pursue careers in business and technology.

The Applied Commerce Education degree is a joint program offered by Red River College Polytechnic and the University of Winnipeg. Graduates will be eligible to certify as a K-12 teacher with the Province of Manitoba.

Through the Applied Commerce Education program, you will build the technical knowledge and teaching skills you need to deliver applied commerce and technology courses in high schools across Manitoba.

In this program, you’ll develop important collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills, and learn to plan and deliver applied commerce lessons using Manitoba’s high school curriculum. You’ll also explore business, finance, accounting, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, management, information technology, digital media and data analytics through a series of applied-learning experiences.

Before graduating, you will complete a series of student teaching practicums to meet potential employers, expand your professional network and build practical work experience with increasing independence.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
    In-person hybrid
  • In-person Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    1-3-5 years
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $6,100 – $21,200
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Joint post-secondary admission
  • Application Deadline
    June 1
  • Work-Integrated Learning
    Gain hands-on experience with real work opportunities

Choose Your Path

Graduate From One of Our Specialization Programs

The Applied Commerce Education program offers three different specialty programs, giving you the flexibility to find learning that fits your experience and advances your career goals.

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5-Year Integrated Program

Credentials: Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts or Science

In this joint program, offered by RRC Polytech and the University of Winnipeg, you’ll complete education courses alongside arts and sciences courses related to your teachable major, Applied Commerce Education (ACE), and a teachable minor.

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3-Year After-Degree Program

Credential: Bachelor of Education

In this joint program, offered by RRC Polytech and the University of Winnipeg, you’ll build on your undergraduate degree and complete education courses in your teachable major (ACE) and a teachable minor.

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1-Year Accelerated Program

Credential: Diploma

In this RRC Polytech program, you will build on your Bachelor of Education and gain the expertise, practical skills and credentials you need to teach Applied Commerce Education courses in Manitoba.

Experience a Polytechnic Education


In this program, you will develop an applied-learning and student-centred approach to education and build the advanced skills needed to teach Manitoba’s Applied Commerce Education curriculum.

Integrated Year 1

Build foundational skills in business, accounting, finance, business technology and arts/sciences while completing your first teaching practicum.

Integrated Year 2

Explore marketing, information technology and digital media while studying Manitoba’s Applied Commerce Education curriculum and completing your second teaching practicum.

Integrated Year 3

Continue developing your applied commerce knowledge and teaching skills. Complete your third teaching practicum with more independence and new responsibilities.

Integrated Year 4

Learn to manage classroom facilities, develop courses and plan assessments while taking on full teaching responsibilities in your fourth teaching practicum experience.

Integrated Year 5

Sharpen your teaching skills and complete a final practicum in your minor subject area while exploring emerging topics and completing a capstone project.


In this program, you will develop the business, technology and education skills you need to prepare to teach Manitoba’s Applied Commerce Education curriculum.

AFter-Degree Year 1

Build foundational applied commerce skills, explore teaching methodologies in Manitoba’s Applied Commerce Education curriculum and complete your first teaching practicum.

AFter-Degree Year 2

Develop advanced applied commerce and teaching skills and build experience as an independent teacher in your second teaching practicum.

AFter-Degree Year 3

Sharpen your teaching skills and complete a final practicum in your minor subject area.


In this program, you will build the practical applied commerce knowledge and technology skills you need to enhance your potential as a certified teacher. You’ll also develop your expertise by exploring teaching methods and educational theory.

Accelerated Year 1

Build crucial technology skills, explore advanced applied commerce courses and study Manitoba’s Applied Commerce Education curriculum.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Applied commerce education teacher
  • Kindergarten – Grade 12 teacher


What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

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Combine technical knowledge with teaching skills and learn to deliver engaging lessons in a wide variety of Applied Commerce Education courses.
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Keep your students ahead of the curve and learn to implement emerging technologies in a meaningful way.
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Take advantage of small classes to collaborate with your peers, build expertise, share diverse perspectives and confidently prepare for your career.
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Build practical field experience, confidence and professional connections through our student teaching practicum program.
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Explore Manitoba’s Applied Commerce Education curriculum firsthand through a variety of classes, workshops and applied-learning experiences.

Graduate Success

Applied Commerce Education graduates find success teaching high school programs throughout Manitoba and around the globe. Thanks to RRC Polytech’s practical, career-focused courses and guided practicums, you’ll enter the field with first-hand experience, using the same standards and techniques as education experts.

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Achieve your career goals

At RRC Polytech, your success is our priority. In addition to our practical applied-learning experiences and expert instructors, we provide you with various resources dedicated to helping you meet employers, build your network and find your first teaching job.

Grow your career Potential

The versatile knowledge, skills and experience you build at RRC Polytech are the perfect foundation for further advancement and specialization. Many graduates can enhance their career potential with administration and counselling training or a post-baccalaureate or master’s degree.

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Support student success

By combining an education degree and teaching certification, you’ll have the skills to work with a wide range of students across the K-12 school system. No matter where your work takes you, you’ll support future leaders in building essential skills, academic success and career readiness.

“The RRC Polytech [Applied Commerce] Education program was the most helpful by far. I was able to learn a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods that allowed me to build a successful applied commerce program.”

Sean Hopps – Applied Commerce Education Teacher
St. James Collegiate

“I was able to make such amazing connections with so many different educators, administrators and peers before I even graduated thanks to the instructors and program administrators.”

Kaleigh Henrikson – Applied Commerce Teacher and Guidance Counsellor
Steinbach Regional Secondary School

“This program is great at helping students prepare for the teaching world. Small class sizes allow you to have more one-on-one time with your instructors to better help learn the material and micro-teach.”

Colton Gryba – Applied Commerce Department Head
Linden Christian School

“RRC Polytech allowed a smooth transition from one career to another. I enjoyed my time in the program and recommend it to anyone looking for a career in education.”

Judy Chan – Teacher
Maples Collegiate

“RRC Polytech offers its students the opportunity to learn hands-on in an authentic learning environment while providing them with the academic rigour needed to be a successful educator.”

Ryan Poirier – Applied Commerce, Phys-Ed and Health Teacher
Seven Oaks School Division

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As an Applied Commerce Education student, you enjoy learning new skills, helping others and guiding youth to success. You encourage diverse perspectives, use your empathy to understand others and work well with groups while catering to the needs of individuals. You’re also highly organized, a confident public speaker and manage multiple priorities effectively.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Creative
  • Independent
  • Planner
  • Talkative


  • Lifelong learner
  • Multi-tasking
  • Problem solving
  • Self-confidence
  • Time management


  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Educational technology
  • Digital media design
  • Accounting
  • Personal finance

All the Information You Need


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Begin Your Journey

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Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

Funding Your Education

Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and scholarships to help tackle your financial needs.

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