The Faculty of Education at Saint Mary’s University is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of education through an exploration and evaluation of education policy and practice, education alternatives and reforms, and perspectives and philosophies that underlie both policy and progress in education. The Faculty of Education offers courses which explore these themes at the local, regional, national and international levels. The Faculty’s courses and research focus on five strategic areas: the liberal study of education, university transition, education and international development, peace education, and professional development for teachers. Faculty of Education courses can be found under “Courses” at the right side bar. For current faculty, please see “Faculty” at the right side bar.
- Curriculum Electives
Students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science, and the Sobey School of Business can select Education courses as an elective in their degree programs, giving students an opportunity to understand both their own educational experiences and to examine education critically as a major cultural institution throughout the world. A number of education courses can not only be taken as general degree electives but can also satisfy specific requirements for majors and minors in degree programs. Please see your program undergraduate advisor for more details.
- University Transition
The Faculty of Education offers students who are new to university, or who are new to the Canadian university experience, a selection of unique 1000-level courses that provide an introduction to the nature, scope, and meaning of university education in a Canadian setting. These courses can be taken as electives, and will support students in their transition to their university studies.
- Professional Development for Teachers
Saint Mary’s University currently offers two Continuing Service Education certificates for teachers:
- Certificate in Linguistics
- Certificate in the Mathematical Sciences for Education
Teachers should note that while these programs have been generally approved for teacher certification upgrading purposes by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, they must seek approval of these programs from the Registrar of Teacher Certification at the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for specific teacher certification upgrades.
- Pre-professional Training
Students interested in pursuing a career in teaching in the public schools should visit the teacher certification website at the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for information on current academic content requirements. Undergraduate professional teacher education programs leading to teacher certification are offered at the following Nova Scotia universities – Acadia, Mount Saint Vincent, Cape Breton, St. Francis Xavier and Université Sainte Anne.
Students also have the opportunity of studying at the University of Maine at Presque Isle under the terms of an agreement between the universities that has been in place for almost two decades. Further information is available from the Education Advisor at Saint Mary’s or by contacting the Admissions Office at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
- Graduate Studies
The Faculty of Education offers a graduate program in the teaching of English as a second/additional language, an International Master of Teaching English (IMTE). Details on graduate courses can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar.