Program Requirements – Bachelor of Education

2020-2021 Academic Year

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Dean Antony Card, EdD (University of Southampton)

Director of Teacher Education

Cornelia Schneider, PhD (Université Paris Descartes – Sorbonne), Associate Professor

Mount Saint Vincent University offers comprehensive Bachelor of Education programs at the elementary and secondary levels. Admission to the programs is determined conjointly by the Admissions Office and the Faculty of Education. The University reserves the right: a) to require an extended program (pre-education courses) for candidates whose preliminary scholastic record is deemed inadequate, and b) to refuse admission to candidates lacking the necessary academic and/or personal qualifications for the teaching profession.

Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty of Education encourages applications from candidates who are from groups traditionally under-represented in the school system.

Fellowships and Assistantships
Some assistantships are offered to students in the Bachelor of Education program each year. Contact the Faculty of Education for details.

Elementary Education

Admission Requirements
Decisions regarding admissibility are based on the following evidence provided by the applicant.

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
    Mount undergraduate students in a BA program involving either a major or a concentration in French are eligible to apply for an early, conditional acceptance into the Bachelor of Education program if they have successfully completed 5.0 units of coursework and are enrolled in French courses at the 2000 level or higher. Final acceptance would be conditional upon the student meeting the basic admissibility requirements and completing a BA with a minimum of 6.0 units of French. Eligible students are encouraged to contact the Chair of Modern Languages or the Director of Teacher Education for details on early, conditional admission into the Bachelor of Education program.
  • Candidates should have completed:
      • 1.0 unit in university social studies coursework from any one or combination of the following disciplines – History (with a preference for local and Canadian History), Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Law, Classics, African Canadian Studies, Mi’kmaw Studies, Acadian Studies and/or Philosophy
      • 1.0 unit in university science coursework from any one or combination of the following disciplines – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology/Earth Sciences, Oceanography, interdisciplinary study in science and Environmental Studies
      • 1.0 unit in university Mathematics coursework with a preference for a course in fundamental concepts
      • 1.0 unit in university English coursework if undergraduate degree is delivered in English or 1.0 unit in university French coursework if undergraduate degree is delivered in French
      • a maximum of 1.0 unit of cognate coursework may be recognized in fulfilment of the individual subject field requirements identified above.
    • Candidates must have completed a minimum of 0.5 unit in developmental psychology, child psychology, or educational psychology (EDUC 3452).
      These requirements include current Nova Scotia teacher certification requirements. Students missing some components may be considered for admission but these courses must be completed prior to graduation.
    • Candidates must normally have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 10.0 units of undergraduate coursework relevant to admission.
    • Candidates should have demonstrable competence in educational technologies such as word processing, e-mail and the Internet.
    • Candidates should have experience working with children in schools or other public, institutional or group settings.
    • Candidates must complete an application form, and must also include official transcripts of all previous university courses, three letters of reference, a résume including a statement of relevant experiences, and a two-page (500 word) essay written by the applicant in response to a set question. This documentation must be forwarded to the Admissions Office.
    • Selected candidates may be invited for an interview with members of the Faculty of Education.

Program Requirements (10.0 units)

Required Courses (6.0 units)
EDUC 5002/NSCAD EDAR 5050 0.5 unit
EDUC 5321 0.5 unit
EDUC 5327 0.5 unit
EDUC 5441 0.5 unit
EDUC 5444 0.5 unit
EDUC 5451 0.5 unit
EDUC 5452 0.5 unit
EDUC 5461 0.5 unit
EDUC 5462 0.5 unit
EDUC 5471 0.5 unit
EDUC 5472 0.5 unit
EDUC 5481 0.5 unit
0.5 unit of Education Foundations elective
(selected from the following)
0.5 unit
EDUC 5325
EDUC 5326
EDUC 5329
EDUC 5334
EDUC 5421
EDUC 5424
EDUC 5425
EDUC 5426
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit selected from the following: 0.5 unit
EDUC 5404
EDUC 5412
EDUC 5413
EDUC 5414
EDUC 5415
EDUC 5427
EDUC 5429
EDUC 5432
EDUC 5442
EDUC 5454
or other approved elective
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit

Practicum and Associated Seminars (required 3.0 units)
EDUC 5490 1.0 unit
EDUC 5491 0.5 unit
EDUC 5492 1.5 units


Continuation of Study

A BEd student who receives a final grade of “F” in any practicum course (EDUC 5390, EDUC 5393, EDUC 5490, EDUC 5492, EDUC 5504, EDUC 5505, EDUC 5604, or EDUC 5605) will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Practicum Placement
Registration in a practicum course does not guarantee a school placement. Good standing in all academic coursework is a prerequisite to any practicum experience. Students who have not successfully completed prior academic coursework may experience a delay or be denied a practicum placement.

Child Abuse Register and Vulnerable Sector Check
In accordance with government and school board/district requirements, students admitted to the B.Ed. program must undergo a Criminal Records Check (with Vulnerable Sector Search) and a Child Abuse Register Search as and when directed by the Faculty of Education in preparation for the field experience courses. Students who do not produce the required documentation will not be permitted to proceed with the field placement courses. Students who obtain unfavourable search results may not be permitted to proceed with the field experiences courses.

Secondary Education

Admission Requirements
Decisions regarding admissibility are based on the following evidence provided by the applicant.

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a concentration (5.0 units minimum) in a discipline, taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined in the Public School Program; a maximum of 1.0 unit of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfilment of this requirement.
    Mount undergraduate students in a BA program involving either a major or a concentration in French are eligible to apply for an early, conditional acceptance into the Bachelor of Education program if they have successfully completed 5.0 units of coursework and are enrolled in French courses at the 2000 level or higher. Final acceptance would be conditional upon the student meeting the basic admissibility requirements and completing a BA with a minimum of 6.0 units of French. Eligible students are encouraged to contact the Chair of Modern Languages or the Director of Teacher Education for details on early, conditional admission into the Bachelor of Education program.
  • Candidates must have a concentration of at least 3.0 units of university coursework in a second discipline, taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined in the Public School Program; a maximum of 1.0 unit of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfilment of this requirement.
    * Cognate coursework refers to work in a credited course that is significantly similar, or analogous, in its content to the discipline for which credit is allocated; for example, Classics as History, Communications as English, etc. Cognate courses must meet the approval of the Registrar-Teacher Certification.
    These requirements include current Nova Scotia teacher certification requirements. Students missing some components may be considered for admission but these courses must be completed prior to graduation.
  • Candidates must normally have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in either their major area of study or in the last 10.0 units of undergraduate coursework relevant to admission.
  • Candidates should have demonstrable competence in educational technologies such as word processing, e-mail and the Internet.
  • Candidates should have experience working with adolescents in schools or other public, institutional or group settings.
  • Candidates must complete an application form, and must also include official transcripts of all previous university courses, three letters of reference, a résume including a statement of relevant experiences, and a two page (500 word) essay written by the applicant in response to a set question. This documentation must be forwarded to the Admissions Office.
  • Selected candidates may be invited for an interview with members of the Faculty of Education.

Background for Teachable Subjects
All students in the program take methods courses in two teaching areas which normally correspond to their major and minor disciplines. Adequate background in a subject area is an essential component of teacher preparation. Major and minor methods courses include business education, English, family studies, French, mathematics, science, social studies, and visual arts.

Program Requirements (10 .0 units)

Curriculum Practices (2.5 units)
Major methods area 1.0 unit
Minor methods area 1.0 unit
Advanced Curriculum Practice 0.5 unit
Required Courses (3.0 units)
EDUC 5321 0.5 unit
EDUC 5327 0.5 unit
EDUC 5350 0.5 unit
EDUC 5352 0.5 unit
EDUC 5354 0.5 unit
EDUC 5355 0.5 unit
0.5 unit of Education Foundations elective
(selected from the following)
0.5 unit
EDUC 5325
EDUC 5326
EDUC 5328
EDUC 5329
EDUC 5334
EDUC 5421
EDUC 5425
EDUC 5426
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
1.0 unit of EDUC elective at the 5000 level or above
1.0 unit
Practicum and Practicum Seminars (required 3.0 units)
EDUC 5390 1.0 unit
EDUC 5392 0.5 unit
EDUC 5393 1.5 units


Continuation of Study

A BEd student who receives a final grade of “F” in any practicum course (EDUC 5390, EDUC 5393, EDUC 5490, EDUC 5492, EDUC 5504, EDUC 5505, EDUC 5604, or EDUC 5605) will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Practicum Placement
Registration in a practicum course does not guarantee a school placement. Good standing in all academic coursework is a prerequisite to any practicum experience. Students who have not successfully completed prior academic coursework may experience a delay or be denied a practicum placement.

Child Abuse Register and Vulnerable Sector Check
In accordance with government and school board/district requirements, students admitted to the B.Ed. program must undergo a Criminal Records Check (with Vulnerable Sector Search) and a Child Abuse Register Search as and when directed by the Faculty of Education in preparation for the field experience courses. Students who do not produce the required documentation will not be permitted to proceed with the field placement courses. Students who obtain unfavourable search results may not be permitted to proceed with the field experiences courses.

Bachelor of Education in Association with Nova Scotia Teachers College

This program is available to graduates of the Nova Scotia Teachers College who have the three-year Associate of Education or its equivalent as affirmed by the college.

Program Requirements (5.0 units)

This program consists of 5.0 units:
3.0 units of arts and science courses at the 2000 level or above
2.0 units of electives at any level

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year which runs from September 01, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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