Second degree

The bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a second degree has recently been revised. The new program is a 72-75 credit hour program designed to prepare teachers of kindergarten through grade six. It is intended for candidates who have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree. This full-time program, which extends over 2 years with a summer break, includes early field experiences and a one-semester internship placement.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates teach in schools worldwide, where they enjoy considerable success in their chosen profession. The skills developed during this program will open up many other career paths. Our graduates also occupy leadership positions in other educational (non-school), business and industry settings.


NOTES

  • The Grenfell campus offering of this program is currently under review. The Faculty of Education has suspended admission to the Corner Brook B.Ed. primary/elementary cohort for at least a year during this review process. For further information please contact the Office of Academic Programs.

  • A 75 credit hour French as a Second Language option is available only at the St. John’s campus.

Admission Deadlines

The primary/elementary as a second degree program commences in the fall semester. The deadline for submission of application is Jan.15.

Admission Requirements

Consideration will be given to the courses for which students are registered at the time of application. Students attending institutions other than Memorial University of Newfoundland must supply transcripts indicating fall semester grades by Feb. 1.

To be considered for admission, individuals must have:

  1. been awarded a bachelor’s degree, or approved (prior to program start up) 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 per cent or an average of at least 65 per cent on the last attempted 30 credit hours;
  3. completed a minimum of:

a. six credit hours in English (ESL courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement);
b. six credit hours in mathematics or 3 credit hours in calculus;
c. six credit hours in psychology;
d. the former Science 1150 and 1151; or 9 credit hours from 3 separate Science areas, 6 credit hours of which must have a laboratory component. Chemistry 1900 may be used to satisfy 3 credit hours of the laboratory requirement. The science areas are: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Ocean Sciences, Physics; or a Focus Area in Science;
e. six credit hours in any combination to be chosen from: anthropology, archaeology, economics, folklore, geography, history, linguistics, political science, religious studies, or
sociology;
f. 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. *Please note that high school French immersion is not acceptable to meet the second language requirement.; and
g. 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

An applicant with French as a Focus Area must have written the DELF Tout Public (Level B2) and achieved an overall grade of at least 70%, with no less than 60% in any one skill area of the exam. 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.

An applicant with French as a focus area must apply to the French as a Second Language option and must have completed a major in French of at least 36 credit hours or equivalent and achieved at least an average of 65% in the 36 credit hours. Applicants must also have completed at least 8 weeks at an approved Francophone institution in a French speaking area or have acquired equivalent work experience in a Francophone environment and must have written the DELF Tout Public (Level B2) and achieved an overall grade of at least 70%, with no less than 60% in any one skill area of the exam.


Application Assessment

In assessing applications to the bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a second degree program, consideration will be given to students’ overall academic performance, personal statement and references as outlined on the application to the faculty.

Supporting documents 
  • Academic Reference: To be completed by an individual who has taught or supervised you and is familiar with your academic abilities.
  • Non-Academic Reference: To be completed by an individual who is familiar with your contribution to work/volunteer activities.
    • Referees' names and email addresses will be requested and collected electronically by the Office of the Registrar during the online application process. Referrees will be contacted automatically by the Office of the Registrar shortly after submission of your online application for admission.
  • Personal Statement: Prepare a detailed statement in essay format (1 page) indicating why you feel you would be a good teacher. Focus on your experience working with or teaching children, including volunteer work; any training relevant to the field of education, including awards or certificates earned; and your personal qualities, skills and interests which you feel make you a good candidate for admission to the program. (This information is collected electronically during the online application process.)
  • Official transcripts from institutions other than Memorial University are to be submitted at the time of application indicating courses in progress and courses completed. Official transcripts are to be sent directly from the awarding Institution to The Office of the Registrar, Memorial University. Your final transcript indicating the award of your first Bachelor’s Degree and/or Winter Semester grades must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than June 15.
Sample courses

ED 3273 - Science in the Primary/Elementary Grades
ED 3951 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Primary/Elementary School I
ED 4425 - Introduction to Educational Administration

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Contact

Faculty of Education

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000