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 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, professional program, which extends over four consecutive semesters, includes school visit days and a one-semester internship placement.

This program is available at both the St. John’s and Grenfell campus. A French immersion option is available only at the St. John’s Campus.

This program is currently under review and the program's timeline is subject to change including a possible fall commencement in the 2019-20 academic year.


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a second degree program, students must have been awarded an approved bachelor’s degree or been approved (prior to the program start) for the award of 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.
  • Nine credit hours from three separate science areas, six credit hours of which must have a laboratory component. Chemistry 1900 may be used to satisfy three 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, archaeology, 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.
  • The equivalent of a completed focus area as outlined in the University Calendar or 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.

Note: French immersion option has separate admission requirements.


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


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.


Program Information

Faculty of Education


  • St. John's
  • Grenfell

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



16 months (4 consecutive semesters)


Spring semester

Application Deadline:

January 15

Supplementary Application:



Tuition InformationWebsite


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