Education (EDUC)

Education (EDUC)

Undergraduate Courses

Saint Mary's University offers a number of undergraduate courses in education. These courses are available to Saint Mary’s students enrolled in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce, and as pre-service teacher education courses for teachers holding a Bridging Teacher’s Certificate. Some of the Education courses are cross-listed with Arts, and can be taken for credit toward some of the Majors and Minors in the B.A. degree programs. For detailed information, please contact the Dean of Arts at Teachers interested in using courses for teacher certification purposes are advised to obtain prior approval of the Registrar of Teacher Certification at The Nova Scotia Department of Education, PO Box 578, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2S9.

Access to Pre-service Teacher Education Programs Saint Mary’s University provides a number of degree programs in which students can prepare for admission to degrees in Education both within Nova Scotia and in other provinces and countries. Subject to degree requirements, students may include some education courses in their degree as a foundation for future studies in this field.

In Nova Scotia, pre-service teacher education programs are offered by Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Francis Xavier University and Université Saint Anne.

Saint Mary’s students can opt to take advantage of our Articulation Agreement with the University of Maine at Presque Isle. This agreement provides several benefits including international experience and certification as a teacher in both Maine and Nova Scotia. To qualify, students must complete an undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s of at least ninety (90) credit hours in arts and science courses, which must include the undergraduate courses required for teacher certification in both Maine and Nova Scotia for the level and subject the student wishes to teach. During their final year, students must apply to enter the Education program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Students must also complete the Praxis I exam and include the results in their application for admission.. At Presque Isle, students will complete two semesters and a summer school of Education courses. Students will then complete one semester of Practice Teaching. Documents describing this program are available from BA Advising Centre, McNally Main 218.

For certification as a teacher, Nova Scotia regulations require students to complete a minimum of three years of undergraduate arts and science courses plus two years of education courses, one semester of which is practice teaching. For more detailed information concerning Nova
Scotia’s undergraduate studies requirements, please visit their web-site at

Continuing Teacher Education Certificate Programs for Teachers

Saint Mary’s offers the following two Certificate Programs which have received general approval for the upgrading of Nova Scotia Teacher’s Certificates:

1. The Certificate in the Mathematical Sciences for Education is described in the Mathematics entry, Section 4 of this Calendar.
2. The Certificate in Linguistics is described in the Linguistics entry, Section 4 of this Calendar.

Teachers interested in completing a certificate program for purposes of upgrading their teacher certification classification, are advised to obtain approval of their proposed program of study from the Registrar of Teacher Certification, Nova Scotia Department of Education, PO Box 578, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2S9 prior to enrolment in the certificate program.

Master of Education (TESL)

A Master of Education degree in the teaching of English as a second or foreign language is offered by Mount Saint Vincent University in cooperation with Saint Mary’s. The courses in this program taught at Saint Mary’s provide an introduction to the principles and practices of second or foreign language teaching. For details, see the Graduate Academic Calendar.