Executive Director


Associate Executive Director (Division of Open Learning)

Whalen, D.M., Dip.A.A. C.T.T., B.Voc.Ed., M.B.A. Memorial; Associate Executive Director

Associate Director (Centre for Academic and Media Services)

Hyde, R., B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. Memorial

Associate Director (Educational Development and Marketing)


Administrative Staff

Mahon, P.; Secretary to Executive Director

Porter, C.; Administrative Staff Specialist

The School of Continuing Education is dedicated to providing open and accessible learning opportunities in conformity with the university's strategic outreach education and its dedication to providing a superior learning environment through responsive and innovative teaching as outlined in the document "Launch Forth".

Specifically, the School of Continuing Education is responsible for meeting the needs of part-time and distance education students. These needs are met by the production and administration of courses and programmes originating in other faculties or schools and through certificate and diploma programmes originating in the School of Continuing Education. In addition, the School of Continuing Education serves the continuing education and lifelong learning needs of the general public through presentation of personal and professional development courses on selected topics. The School is mandated to provide continuing education opportunities for students, faculty and staff within the university through the provision of various academic support services.

Distance Education Programme

Regional College First-Year University Programme

Certificate Programmes

Diploma Programme

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Admission Requirements

Academic and Media Services


Memorial's distance education program enables the delivery of degree and non-degree credit courses and programs to its non-traditional students round the province and across the world. In the fall, winter and spring semesters, there are 10,000 single-course registrations in some 250 courses.

The School of Continuing Education provides logistical support on behalf of the academic units toward the management and development of Memorial's distance education program. Specifically, the Schools acts as ombudsman to part-time and distance education students, serves as a point of contact for students, and provides a student services office for distance education students.

A print component is basic to all distance education courses. The print component is usually augmented with home study instructional resources as well as teleconferencing sessions. The precise combination of educational media employed varies with each course. Some courses are offered via the world-wide web or use various aspects of the Internet.

Distance education courses provide a standard of instruction equal to on-campus courses. Students receive full university credit for distance education courses (excluding non-degree courses of the certificate programmes in Criminology, Municipal, Library Studies, and Records and Information Management.


The School of Continuing Education coordinates the first-year university programme offered at the Burin, Carbonear, Grand Falls-Windsor and Labrador West campuses of the College of the North Atlantic. Approximately half the first-year university courses offered are delivered at a distance.


The following certificate programmes are available through the School of Continuing Education. These programmes are offered by and are under the academic control of the appropriate faculties and schools.


A Memorial University certificate is awarded to students who complete certificate programme requirements.

Upon nearing completion of the last course in their programmes, students must apply for their certificate on the appropriate form to the Division of Continuing Studies office serving their region not later than dates specified in the university's academic diary. The application form is available from any office of the Division of Continuing Studies.

Memorial University certificates are not awarded for attendance or for single courses in the programmes. Proof of course completion is available on request for students who wish to have documentation.


1. Every candidate for a certificate shall comply with all the course requirements governing the award of that certificate.

2. Candidates shall complete at this University a minimum of nine credit hours of the total number of credit hours required for a certificate.

3. No candidate will be awarded a certificate unless s/he has obtained an average of 1 point or better on the total number of credit hours required for the certificate.


Students who have completed a certificate programme and wish to complete a second certificate must:

1. comply with all course requirements governing the award of that certificate;

2. complete at least nine credit hours beyond those required for the first certificate. The courses which comprise these credit hours must be applicable to the certificate sought.


A Diploma in Information Technology is designed to provide individuals already possessing a post-secondary degree or diploma in any field with the knowledge and skills required to work in today's high technology environment. The program will benefit individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including business, education, technical and administrative. The program consists of two consecutive full-time semesters (or nine consecutive part-time semesters. The Diploma in Information Technology consists of a set curriculum of 20 courses, specifically designed for the Diploma in Information Technology only, and are not applicable towards any other existing degree, diploma or certificate program. A programme fee will be determined in advance of each academic year.


The School offers more than 300 credit hours/seminars/workshops per semester in personal and professional development. These offerings are non-credit in nature. There are no formal admission requirements for personal and professional development courses programmes. Programme areas include personal computing, languages, culture and heritage, personal effectiveness, as well as courses in the visual and performing arts. Instructors are drawn from the community and are usually recognized for their achievements in their fields of instruction.

This programme is an excellent continuing education service for individuals seeking "one time" training. It also serves as valuable introduction to the university setting for persons interested in pursuing degree credit or non-degree studies. Personal and professional development courses are generally offered on-campus, evenings during the fall and winter semesters. A reduced programme is offered in the spring.

The unit also works closely with the School's certificate programmes and with the academic departments of the university, to provide programme development services (in staff training and development) to business, industry and public sector agencies.


Degree Credit Courses

Students who wish to apply for Certificate programmes requiring degree credit courses must be admitted to the University as undergraduate students and comply with the general regulations for undergraduates.

Non-degree Courses

Non-degree courses are specially designed courses relating to specific areas of study for which no equivalent degree credit course exists and are not applicable towards an existing diploma or degree programme. In order to register in non-degree courses, students must be admitted to the university as undergraduate students and comply with the general regulations for undergraduates.

Diploma Courses

Applicants to the Diploma in Information Technology must have successfully completed a degree or diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution. Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Application must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office on the appropriate form and must include an official transcript of post-secondary marks. Admission is normally considered for the fall semester.

Non-credit Courses

No formal admission requirements.

For information on courses or programmes administered by the School of Continuing Education, please call or write:

School of Continuing Education
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NF
A1B 3X8
Tel.: 737-8700, 737-7979
Fax: 737-7941, 737-8486


The School is mandated to encourage and support faculty instructional innovation in improved teaching practices and the use of instructional technologies. Resources will be focused on providing pedagogical and technical support for teaching at Memorial.

The School offers advanced, high-end production services in video, audio, graphics, computer animation, and the World Wide Web. Video services include broadcast quality shooting, non-linear editing, digitization, standards conversation, satellite distribution, and tape duplication.

The School provides a small library of resource material for the improvement of instruction and the use of media in teaching, consisting of books, journals, newsletters and video programs. The School produces a newsletter for faculty which deals with all aspects of university teaching and learning, both on campus and at a distance. Student evaluations of teaching may be arranged. Periodic seminars and workshops are offered to faculty, including an orientation session new faculty at the start of each academic year.

Last modified on October 8, 1997 by MaryJane Puxley

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