Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Education (2011/2012)
2.11 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary)

The Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) degree program is designed to prepare teachers for kindergarten through grade six. The program is available both as a First Degree and as a Second Degree.

2.11.1 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree

The Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree is a 150 credit hour program. All students will attend full time during the Professional Year which involves both a specific set of courses and a field experience. The Professional Year is followed by a one semester teaching internship and a subsequent semester of study intended to allow students to build on strengths and remedy weaknesses that may have become apparent during the internship. Basic computer keyboarding skills will be expected during the first semester of this program.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree is offered in two delivery formats:

  1. Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Integrated Delivery Program

  2. Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Consecutive Delivery Program

Refer to the Application Deadline Dates table for application deadlines.

2.11.1.1 Admission
  1. Applications for admission for both Integrated and Consecutive Delivery are considered together. Consideration will be given to the courses for which students are registered at the time of assessment of applications. Applicants for Integrated Delivery who have completed all requirements for admission by the end of the Spring semester of the year that admission is being sought will be considered as time and resources permit.

  2. To be considered for admission, students must have successfully completed 60 credit hours as outlined in Clauses a. - h. below with a cumulative average of at least 65% or an average of at least 65% on the last attempted 30 credit hours. Students applying to the Consecutive delivery option must have completed a total of 78 credit hours including a completed Focus Area. The 60 credit hours are:

    1. twelve credit hours in English including at least 6 credit hours at the 2000 level or above - ESL courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement;

    2. six credit hours in Mathematics or 3 credit hours in Calculus;

    3. six credit hours in Psychology;

    4. Science 1150 and 1151; or 9 credit hours from 3 separate Science areas. The science areas are: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, or Physics; or a Focus Area in Science;

    5. six credit hours chosen in any combination from Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Folklore, Geography, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology;

    6. six credit hours in French (recommended) or 6 credit hours in a single language other than English, or demonstration of equivalent competency in a second language;

    7. fifteen credit hours as part of a Focus Area; and

    8. additional credit hours from areas other than Education.

  3. In assessing applications to the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree program, consideration will be given to student's:

    1. overall academic performance; and

    2. personal statement and references as outlined on the application to the Faculty.

2.11.1.2 Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree
  1. Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree will be required to complete a minimum of 150 credit hours in accordance with Table 1 or Table 2 below. Including the courses required for admission and completion of the focus area, a minimum of 75 of these credit hours will be in non-Education courses. Students:

    1. will normally follow the appropriate Program Plan as outlined below;

    2. must enrol full-time during the Professional Year; and

    3. may enrol in the Internship only after successful completion of the Professional Year.

    Students will normally complete the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree in the academic terms, sequence and course load as set out in either Table 1, Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Integrated Delivery Program Plan or in Table 2, Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Consecutive Delivery Program Plan.

2.11.1.3 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Integrated Delivery Program Plan

To complete the 150 credit hour Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) Integrated Delivery Program, students must have 75 credit hours from areas other than Education, including a completed focus area, plus the 75 credit hours in Education specified in Table 1 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Integrated Delivery Program Plan.

Table 1 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Integrated Delivery Program Plan
  • Education Semester One - Fall
  • Education 3618
  • Education 3951
  • HKR 2001
  • 6 credit hours in non-Education Electives
  • Education Semester Four - Winter (Professional Year Semester Two
  • Four additional Education courses from 3120, 3131, 3273, 3322, 3543, 3940, 3962 (to be determined by the Office of Undergraduate Student Services)
  • One of Education 2050, 2194, 2530*, 3050, 4205, 4240 or 4242
  • *Required for students completing a music focus area
  • Non-credit Field Experience (five days)
  • Education Semester Two - Winter
  • Education 3484
  • Education 3619
  • Education 3952
  • 6 credit hours in non-Education Electives
  • Education Semester Five - Fall
  • Education 401X: Undergraduate Teaching Internship (15 credit hours)
  • Education Semester Three - Fall (Professional Year Semester One)
  • Four Education courses from 3120, 3131, 3273, 3312, 3322, 3940, 3962 (to be determined by the Office of Undergraduate Student Services)
  • One of Education 2050, 2194, 2530*, 3050, 4205, 4240 or 4242
  • *Required for students completing a music focus area
  • Non-credit Field Experience (five days)
  • Education Semester Six* - Winter
  • Education 4240 (or an Education elective if Education 4240 has been completed previously)
  • Education 4362
  • Education 4383
  • Education 4425
  • 3 credit hours in an Education Elective
  • *Students have the option of completing Education Semester Six courses in the Spring semester following the Professional Year.
2.11.1.4 French Immersion Option

The French Immersion Option is only available in the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) Integrated Delivery Program.

In addition to meeting the Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) Degree Program, students applying for this option must have French as a Focus Area. Admitted students will spend the two semesters of the Professional year in a French milieu.

These students must meet all requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) Integrated Delivery Program except as modified in Clauses 1.-3. below:

Students must successfully complete:

  1. prior to the beginning of the Professional Year

    1. at least 27 credit hours in French, including French 3100 and 3101,

    2. either high school French Immersion including Francais 3202 or at least four weeks of study in a French milieu,

  2. the Professional Year in a French milieu, including the equivalent of Education 4155 and Education 3050, and

  3. the internship in a French Immersion setting.

Students who are interested in the French Immersion Option should contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Services, Faculty of Education, at their earliest opportunity.

2.11.1.5 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Consecutive Delivery Program Plan

To complete the 150 credit hour Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) Consecutive Delivery Program students must have at least 75 credit hours from areas other than Education and the 69 credit hours in Education specified in Table 2 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Consecutive Delivery Program Plan. The additional 6 credit hours required for the degree may be either Education or non Education credits.

Table 2 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Consecutive Delivery Program Plan
  • Professional Year Semester I - Spring
  • Education 3120
  • Education 3273
  • Education 3312
  • Education 3618
  • Education 3951
  • Education 3962
  • Semester III - Winter
  • Education 401X
  • Education 4425
  • Professional Year Semester II - Fall
  • Education 3322
  • Education 3484
  • Education 3543
  • Education 3619
  • Education 3940
  • Education 4240
  • Non-credit Field Experience (ten days)
  • Semester IV - Spring
  • Education 3131
  • Education 3952
  • Education 4362
  • Education 4383
  • 3 credit hours in an Education Elective
  • HKR 2001

Note:

Due to the nature of the French Immersion option of the primary/elementary program, the Consecutive Delivery Program is not available to applicants preparing to be French Immersion teachers.

2.11.1.6 Focus Areas:

English (24 credit hours):

  1. Six credit hours at the 1000 level

  2. English 2390 or 3395

  3. Three credit hours chosen from English 2000, 2001, 2005-2007, 3200, 3201, 3205

  4. Three credit hours chosen from English 2002-2004, 2010 or 2020, 2350, 2351

  5. Six credit hours chosen from English 2146, 2150, 2151, 2155, 2156, 2160, 3145, 3147-3149, 3152, 3155-3158

  6. Three additional credit hours in English at the 2000 level or above

Folklore (24 credit hours):

  1. Folklore 1000 or 2000

  2. Folklore 2100, 2300, 2401, 2500

  3. Three credit hours chosen from Folklore 3450 or 3930

  4. Six credit hours in Folklore chosen from the 3000 or 4000 level

French (18 credit hours):

A maximum of 6 credit hours at the 1000 level

  1. French 2100 or equivalent

  2. French 2101 or equivalent

  3. French 2300 or equivalent

  4. French 3100 or equivalent

  5. At least four weeks at an approved francophone institution in a French-speaking area or have acquired equivalent work experience in a francophone environment.

It is recommended that students complete at least one of French 2900, 3650, 3651, 3652, or 3653

Note:

Students may wish to select the French Immersion option listed at the end of Program Plan: Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary).

Geography (18 credit hours):

  1. Geography 1050, 2001, 2102, 2195, 2302, and 2425; or

  2. Geography 1000 and 1001, or 1010 and 1011, and 12 credit hours in courses chosen from Geography 2001, 2102, 2195, 2302, 2425

History (18 credit hours):

  1. Three credit hours chosen from History 1010-1015, 1100, 1101

  2. Nine credit hours in History at the 2000 level

  3. History 3110, 3120

Linguistics (18 credit hours):

  1. Linguistics 1100 or 2100

  2. Linguistics 1103 or 2103

  3. Linguistics 1104 or 2104

  4. Linguistics 2210

  5. Six credit hours chosen from Linguistics 3000, 3100, 3104, 3105, 3150, 3155, 3201, 3210, 3212, 3500, 3850

  • Mathematics (18 credit hours including):
  • No more than 6 credit hours at the 1000 level and at least 3 credit hours at the 3000 level.

Music (18 credit hours):

  1. Music 1120

  2. Six credit hours chosen from Music 2011, 2012, 2014, 3014 or 3015, 3016

  3. Six credit hours chosen from Music 3017, 3018, 4440

  4. Three credit hours chosen from Music 2021, 2022, 2023, 2611 or 2614

Physical Education (HKR) (18 credit hours):

  1. Human Kinetics and Recreation 1000, 2210, 2300

  2. Nine credit hours chosen from Human Kinetics and Recreation 2310, 2320, 3330, 3340, 2601

Religious Studies (18 credit hours including):

  1. Religious Studies 1000

  2. Three credit hours from Religious Studies 2013, 2130, 2140, 2330, 2340

  3. Three credit hours from Religious Studies 2400, 2410, 2420, 2425, 2430

  4. Three credit hours from Religious Studies 2350, 2610, 2810, 2811, 2812, 2820, 2830

  5. Six credit hours in Religious Studies at the 3000 level or above

  • Science (18 credit hours including):
  • At least 6 credit hours in each of two subject areas selected from Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, or Physics.
  • Theatre Arts (18 credit hours)
  • For information on the Theatre Arts Focus Area contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Faculty of Education.
  • Visual Arts (18 credit hours)
  • Courses in Art History may be used to satisfy this requirement in whole or in part. For information on the Visual Arts Focus Area contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Faculty of Education.
2.11.2 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree

The Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree is a 72 credit hour program. It is intended for candidates who have completed an appropriate Bachelor’s degree.

2.11.2.1 Admission
  1. Refer to the Application Deadline Dates table for application deadlines. Consideration will be given to the courses for which students are registered at the time of assessment of applications. Students attending institutions other than Memorial University of Newfoundland must supply transcripts indicating Fall semester grades by February 1.

  2. To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree program, individuals must have:

    1. been awarded a Bachelor’s Degree, or approved (prior to program startup) for the award of a Bachelor’s Degree from a university recognized by Memorial University of Newfoundland;

    2. achieved a cumulative average of at least 65% or an average of at least 65% on the last attempted 30 credit hours;

    3. completed a minimum of:

      1. six credit hours in English - ESL courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement;

      2. six credit hours in Mathematics or 3 credit hours in Calculus;

      3. six credit hours in Psychology;

      4. Science 1150 and 1151 or 6 credit hours in science in any combination to be chosen from: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science and Physics;

      5. six credit hours in any combination to be chosen from: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Folklore, Geography, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology;

      6. six credit hours in French (recommended) or 6 credit hours in a single language other than English, or demonstration of equivalent competency in a second language; and

      7. the equivalent of a completed focus area as per the Faculty of Education Focus Areas or the completion of a major or minor within the initial Bachelor's degree program in a subject area classified as a focus area.

        Notes:

        1. It is recommended that students have 9 credit hours in science.

        2. Applicants with French as a focus area must also have completed at least 4 weeks at an approved francophone institution in a French-speaking area or have acquired equivalent work experience in a Francophone environment.

  3. In assessing applications to the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree program, consideration will be given to the following:

    1. overall academic performance; and

    2. personal statement and references as outlined on the application to the Faculty.

2.11.2.2 Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree
  1. In addition to meeting these regulations, students must also meet UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) - Second Degree.

  2. To obtain the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree, students will be required to complete a minimum of 72 credit hours. The 72 credit hours are the same as those outlined in Table 2 Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree Consecutive Delivery Program Plan.

  3. Students will normally attend full-time and complete the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) Second Degree program in the academic terms, sequence, and course load as set out in Table 2.

2.11.3 Waiver Guidelines for Education 401X
  1. Education 401X may, in special circumstances and upon individual request, be waived by the Office of Undergraduate Student Services in accordance with the guidelines listed below. Students requesting waiver should apply in writing and submit evidence of the following:

    1. Permanent certification and tenure.

    2. A minimum of five years teaching experience (or equivalent) in an environment appropriate to the degree sought.

    3. Recommendation from an individual in an administrative position i.e. School Principal or Superintendent, attesting to the satisfactory quality of the teaching experience.

  2. Students whose requests for waiver of the internship are approved must substitute in it place 15 appropriate credit hours in Education. These replacement credit hours will be determined by the Office of the Undergraduate Student Services on an individual basis and must be approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.