The Nova Scotia Department of Education has adopted guidelines for the conduct of pre-service teachers enrolled in Bachelor of Education program. Professional responsibilities of teacher candidates are outlined in the CBU Bachelor of Education Practicum Handbook and in the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Code of Ethics. Pre-service teachers are expected to adopt the core values of professionalism and the principles that define teachers’ moral and ethical obligations both individually and collectively. Such values and principles are expressed in the pre-service teacher’s attitude, behaviour and practice.
Elementary Education (P-6) Requirements:
Candidates for the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with a minimum of 90 credit hours and the following:
- Social Studies: six credits in university social studies from among history (with a preference for local and Canadian history), geography, political science, anthropology, sociology, economics, law, classics, African Canadian studies, Mi’kmaq studies, Acadian studies and/or philosophy
- Science: Six credits in university science coursework from any one or combination of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, geology/Earth sciences, Oceanography, Environmental Studies and MSIT
- Mathematics: Six credits in university mathematics coursework with a preference for a course in fundamental concepts
- English: Six credits in university English coursework
- Developmental Psychology: Six credits in university developmental psychology coursework.
Intermediate/Secondary Education (7-12) Requirements:
Candidates for the Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) must have successfully completed a university degree and the following:
- First Teachable Area: A concentration of at least thirty credit hours of university coursework in a single discipline selected from below.
- Second Teachable Area: A concentration of at least eighteen credit hours of university coursework in a second single discipline university coursework in a single discipline selected from below.
Intermediate/Secondary Teachables: English, math, French, fine arts, technology, science (biology, chemistry, physics, geology/Earth sciences, oceanography or environmental Studies) and social studies (history, geography, political science, anthropology, sociology, economics, African Canadian studies, or Mi’kmaq studies). (Please note that anthropology can be used as a second teachable area only.)
BEd Core Courses need to be completed before moving on to the BEd Elementary Additional Core Courses, which includes an Elementary School Practicum. BEd students must successfully complete the coursework from semester one and two prior to beginning the practicum. Students then take the Intermediate/Secondary Additional Core Courses and a Practicum in a Secondary School. Again, BEd students must successfully complete the coursework from semester one and two prior to beginning the practicum.
Aboriginal Education Concentration Requirements:
Students completing the BEd with the Aboriginal Education Concentration will complete all requirements as outlined in the Academic Calendar for the common core and secondary/elementary core. Additionally, students will complete 12 of their 15 credits of elective courses within the ‘Mi’kmaq Focus Electives’
For full program requirements please refer to the Academic Calendar under Bachelor of Education under School of Professional Studies.