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 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 résumé 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 Educational Foundations elective
(selected from the following)
- EDUC 5325 0.5 unit
- EDUC 5326 0.5 unit
- EDUC 5328 0.5 unit
- EDUC 5329 0.5 unit
- EDUC 5334 0.5 unit
- EDUC 5421 0.5 unit
- EDUC 5425 0.5 unit
- EDUC 5426 0.5 unit
❏ 1.0 unit of EDUC elective at the 5000 level
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 B.Ed. 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.
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.