Officials at Memorial University’s Faculty of Education have announced that they will continue to offer its Bachelor of Education to applicants from Nova Scotia. Dalhousie University was prepared to undertake a partnership with Memorial which would see the Memorial education program offered at its Halifax campus, but officials at Dalhousie suspended its plans at the request of the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
Now the Faculty of Education at Memorial is making arrangements to accommodate the students from Nova Scotia who have applied to the program. “We are in the process of contacting all students who applied and expressed an interest in doing our education program, “said Dr. Alice Collins, dean, Faculty Education. “We’ll advise that they can be considered for admission to the program on the St. John’s campus and at Cape Breton University.”
Dr. Collins also noted that there are more applicants to the program than can be accommodated, and that her faculty has received many more inquiries. “We want students and parents of prospective students in Nova Scotia to know that we will do our best to accommodate those who have a passion for pursuing teacher education but are unable to do so because of provincial restrictions,” she said. “A larger pool of graduates provides a better pool from which to hire, and that can only be beneficial to school districts.”
Dr. Collins also noted that the Report on Teacher Education in Nova Scotia recommended the consecutive route for the education degree which is what Memorial is able to offer. Memorial also has been addressing the shortage in undersubscribed areas such as science and mathematics. “It is therefore puzzling that our presence would not be very welcome. This is not about oversupply,” she said.
“It is unfortunate that all these students cannot undertake the degree in their home province. However, we look forward to welcoming them to St. John’s and we look forward to having them with us for the year. They will join an already large group of Nova Scotia students who undertake their education program at Memorial.”