Primary/Elementary as a Second Degree Conjoint with Certificate in STEM Education

The new bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a second degree conjoint with a certificate in STEM Education is a 85 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 four phases (two years) includes on-going extensive school and community field experiences.

Innovative in design.

This new primary/elementary teacher education program offers an integrated and responsive approach to teaching and learning. A distinctive feature of each of the four phases is a core multi-credit course organized around key concepts and professional skills. Weekly learning structures include a minimum of two days per week in schools and will promote reflective and collaborative learning.

Rich in Experiential Learning.

Not only will students be deeply connected with K-6 schools from the first week of classes, the program offers a unique opportunity to engage in teaching and learning experiences beyond the campus classroom. Students may be learning about climate change alongside a marine biologist, learning about being an artist alongside a local artisan, or learning about rural life in a Labrador community exploring indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Grounded in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Students will have many and varied ongoing opportunities to engage in STEM learning experiences, enabling them to become confident and capable primary/elementary classroom teachers. Numerous inquiry based learning experiences will help students to foster creativity and curiosity in children.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission students must have

  • been awarded a bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by Memorial University;
  • 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;
  • and completed a minimum of:
    • Six credit hours in English. (English as a Second Language courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.)
    • Six credit hours in mathematics or three credit hours in calculus.
    • Six credit hours in psychology.
    • 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;Six credit hours in any combination to be chosen from: anthropology, archeology, economics, folklore, geography, history, linguistics, political science, religious studies or sociology.
    • Six credit hours in French (recommended) or six 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.
    • the equivalent of a focus area as per Table 7 Focus Area for Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a First Degree or the completion of a major or minor within the initial Bachelor’s degree program in a subject area classified as a focus area.

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. An applicant must have also 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.

  • In assessing applications to the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree Conjoint with a Certificate in STEM Education program, consideration will be given to the following:
    • overall academic performance;
    • personal statement and references as outlined in application to the faculty; and
    • admission interview (selected candidates).

*Please note that high school French immersion is not acceptable to meet the second language requirement for admission to the above programs.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree Conjoint with Certificate in STEM Education program commences in fall semester. The deadline for submission of application is January 15.

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.

Career Opportunities

In the context of an increasing global focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, graduates will be highly competitive in their pursuit of educational positions in provincial, national and international settings. The knowledge and skills developed during this program will enable graduates to explore career paths in other educational (non-school), business and industry settings.

STEM Program Website

Year 1 Program Handbook

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Faculty of Education

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Tel: (709) 864-8000