Secondary Focus

Secondary Education teachers are prepared to teach at least two subject fields normally taught in the public secondary schools of Nova Scotia (English, French, Social Studies, Diverse Cultures, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education/Health Education, Gaelic).

Secondary requirements for entrance into the Bachelor of Education program at StFX

First Degree
You must have earned a university degree with a minimum of 90 credit hours of course work
Major Subject Field
You must have a concentration of at least 30 credit hours of university coursework in one discipline of a subject field taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined below in table 2. (e.g. 30 credits of history which is one discipline of the recognized subject field of Social Studies). A maximum of 6 credit hours of cognate* university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement.
Minor Subject Field
You must have a concentration of at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in one discipline in a second subject field taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools as outlined below in table 2. (e.g. 18 credits of biology which is one discipline of the recognized subject field of Science). A maximum of 6 credit hours of cognate* university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement.

Recognized Public School Subject Fields and their Related University Disciplines

English - English
French - French
Social Studies - History, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Law, Classics, African Canadian Studies, Mi’kmaq, Anthropology, Acadian Studies Please note that Anthropology can only be accepted as a minor related discipline.
Diverse Cultures - Sociology, African Canadian Studies, Mi’kmaq, Anthropology, Acadian Studies Please note that Anthropology can only be accepted as a minor related discipline.
Mathematics - Mathematics
Science - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology/Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Environmental Studies
Physical Education - Human Kinetics, Kinesiology
Fine Arts - Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Drama
Gaelic - Celtic Studies, Gaelic
Business - Business Administration, Commerce
Family Studies - Human Nutrition, Family Studies, Family Science

* cognate coursework refers to coursework in a course in which the content is consistent with the content in the discipline for which credit is being allocated, for example Classics as History, Communications as English, etc. Please note that final decisions on cognates are determined by the Faculty of Education in consultation with the N.S. Department of Teacher Certification.

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