1 Acadia University Academic Calendar
2 This Calendar is printed several months before the academic year for which it is operative. Its contents are subject to continuous review and the University reserves the right to alter anything described herein without notice other than through the regular processes of the University. The University does not accept responsibility or liability to any person or persons who may suffer loss of who may be otherwise adversely affected by such changes. The University does not accept responsibility for any loss, damage, or interruption of classes, accommodation or meals suffered by any student as a result of circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the university. These circumstances include the suspension or termination of services by any group of university employees. Curriculum, course requirements and descriptions, academic regulations, and other academic matters, are established, modified, and approved by the Senate of Acadia University. In the interpretation of academic regulations, the University Senate is the final authority. The Registrar will assist students in interpreting academic regulations; however, it is the responsibility of students to see that their academic programs will meet university regulations. The Board of Governors has final authority on all financial matters. The financial policies will be enforced through Financial Services, under the direction of the Associate Vice- President Finance & Treasurer. Notwithstanding any other provision in this calendar Acadia University does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage suffered or incurred by any person, group or organization as a result of suspension or termination of services, courses or classes caused by reason of strikes, work stoppages, labour disagreements, slowdowns, lockouts, disputes, riots, weather, damage to university property, or for any other cause. The Academic Calendar takes precedence over all other publications. For further information please contact: The Registrar Acadia University Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6 Telephone: (902) Fax: (902)
3 TABLE OF CONTENTS Calendar Dates... 4 Campus Map... 7 About Acadia University... 8 Admission Undergraduate Bachelor of Education Graduate...20 Acadia Divinity College Open Acadia Procedures Scholarships and Financial Aid Residence Fees Records and Registration Student Academic Records Registration Procedures Changes and Withdrawals Co-Operative Education Open Acadia Advice and Information Academic Regulations Academic Standing Academic Integrity Evaluation Exams Degree Requirements Interpretations and Appeals Bachelor of Education Discipline Faculties and Programs of Study Faculty of Arts Faculty of Professional Studies Faculty of Pure and Applied Science Faculty of Theology Research and Graduate Studies Programs of Study (Undergraduate) Programs of Study (Graduate) Courses University Resources Faculty and Staff
4 4 CALENDAR DATES Monday 15 Wednesday 1 Friday 3 Monday 6 Friday 24 Wednesday 26 Friday 28 Saturday 29 Monday 31 Tuesday 1 Wednesday 2 Monday 7 Friday 11 Monday 21 Wednesday 30 Thursday 1 Tuesday 6 Monday 12 Tuesday 13 October Friday 30 Wednesday 11 Monday 30 JUNE 2015 Intersession Summer (6-week) and Summer 1 (3-week) courses begin. JULY Canada Day. No classes. Intersession Summer 1 examinations. Intersession Summer 2 (3-week) courses begin. Intersession Summer and Summer 2 examinations. AUGUST Residences open for new international students. Last day to apply to graduate at fall graduation. Last day to submit honours theses for fall graduation. Residences open for all new students. New Student Orientation activities begin. Residences open for returning students. SEPTEMBER Graduate student registration. Fall and fall/winter courses begin. Fee payment deadline. Labour Day. No classes. Last day to add/change any fall or fall/winter course sections (Please note: as classes that meet only once per week on Monday do not begin until September 14, students who wish to register for a course scheduled on Mondays (i.e. slots 21, 26, or 71) will be permitted to do so until Friday Sept. 18). Fall or Fall/Winter courses dropped after today will appear on the transcript with a W. Deadline for approved honours theses for fall graduation. Last day to receive grades for fall graduation. Last day to opt out of ASU health plan or add dependents. Last day to decrease meal plan for fall term. OCTOBER Final exam schedule posted for December examinations. Faculty meeting to approve fall graduates. Thanksgiving Day. No classes. Senate meeting to approve fall graduates. Fall study break. No classes. Last day to drop fall courses and receive a W. Any fall classes dropped after today will receive an F grade. NOVEMBER Remembrance Day. No classes. Last Day for undergraduate students to apply for spring convocation. DECEMBER Friday 4 Last Day of Classes. Schedule Pattern End Dates M/W/F, M/W, M December 4 (F) T/TH,T December 1 (T)
5 5 Saturday-Sunday 5-6 Monday 7 Saturday 19 Sunday 20 Wednesday 6 Sunday 10 Monday 11 Tuesday 19 Friday 29 Monday 1 Monday 15 February Friday 4 Friday 25 W December 2 (W) TH November 26 (TH) F November 27 (F) Examinations study days. Examinations begin. Examinations end. Residences close at 12:00 noon. JANUARY 2016 Residences open for new students. Residences open for returning students. Fall/Winter courses resume. Winter courses begin. Fee payment deadline. Last day to add/change course sections for any winter course. Winter courses dropped after today will appear on the transcript with a W. Last day to drop fall/winter courses and receive a W. Any fall/winter classes dropped after today will receive an F grade. Last day to apply for spring convocation for graduate students. Last day for newly eligible winter term students to opt out of the ASU Health Plan or add dependents. Last day to decrease meal plan for winter term. FEBRUARY Final exam schedule posted for April examinations. Nova Scotia Heritage Day. No classes. Winter study break. No classes. MARCH Last day to drop winter courses and receive a W. Any winter classes dropped after today will receive an F grade. Good Friday No classes. APRIL Monday 11 Last Day of classes. Schedule Pattern End Dates M/W/F, F April 11 (M) T/TH,TH April 7 (TH) M/W, M April 6 (W) T April 5 (T) M April 4 (M) Tuesday 12 Exam study day. Wednesday 13 Examinations begin. Tuesday 19 Deadline for approved honours theses for spring convocation. Tuesday 26 Last day of examinations. Wednesday 27 Residences close at 12:00 noon.. Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Tuesday 10 Wednesday 11 Sunday 15 May Friday 20 MAY Intersession Spring (6-week) and Spring 1 (3-week) courses begin. Last day to receive grades for spring convocation Faculty meeting to approve spring graduates. Senate meeting to approve spring graduates. Baccalaureate Service. Spring convocation ceremonies. Intersession Spring 1 examinations.
6 6 Monday 23 Tuesday 24 Friday 3 Monday 6 Friday 10 Monday 13 Thursday 30 Friday 1 Monday 4 Friday 22 Victoria Day. No classes. Intersession Spring 2 (3-week) courses begin. JUNE Last day for 16-month BEd students to opt out of ASU Health Plan or add dependents. Last day to submit an appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee. Intersession Spring and Spring 2 examinations. Intersession Summer (6-week) and Summer 1 (3-week) courses begin. Intersession Summer 1 examinations. JULY Canada Day. No classes. Intersession Summer 2 (3-week) courses begin. Intersession Summer and Summer 2 examinations.
8 8 ABOUT ACADIA UNIVERSITY Acadia University is located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, a town of 4,200 people, located approximately one hundred kilometres northwest of Halifax. The University was founded in 1838 by the Baptist denomination. Although Acadia has been a non-sectarian institution since 1966, it maintains ties with the Baptist denomination through the appointment of certain members of the Board of Governors by the Convention of the Atlantic Baptist Churches and through its affiliation with the Acadia Divinity College, which is located on the campus. Acadia is a member of the Association of Atlantic Universities and of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The University has the authority to offer courses and to confer degrees in most branches of University work. More than two hundred different curriculum combinations are available leading to degrees, diplomas, and certificates in the disciplines comprising the Faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Theology. Although many of its programs offer professional training to meet the needs of society, Acadia University nevertheless remains firmly within the liberal education tradition. The University is situated on one hundred hectares overlooking the dyke meadows of the historic Evangeline country. The small-town ambience of Wolfville and the residential character of the university contribute to a strong sense of community. Participation in University and community life contributes to close contact between students and staff. The University has a bicameral governance system consisting of the Board of Governors and the Academic Senate. The Board of Governors is the senior governing body of the University whose role is to ensure that the best interests of the University are served and that Acadia s reputation for academic excellence is maintained. Senate is responsible for the educational policy of the University. The Acadia Students' Union and the Students' Representative Council are comprised of members who are elected from a broad crosssection of the student body to represent student interests in the University s governance. Of the approximately forty buildings on campus, 11 are residences. Acadia s residences have room for 1,365 students in combination of single and double rooms as well as selfcontained suites. A variety of meal-plan options are available. Central to the university is the Vaughan Memorial Library, which houses more than one million items and which is the repository of a number of special collections. The remaining buildings offer a wide range of academic, research, cultural, athletic, and administrative facilities, as well as a variety of student services.
9 9 ACADIA S MISSION The mission of Acadia University is to provide a personalized and rigorous liberal education; promote a robust and respectful scholarly community; and inspire a diversity of students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and responsible global leaders. AN ACADIA EDUCATION 1. Is rigorous and liberal and requires students to gain knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines. 2. Focuses on the whole student and fosters healthy academic, social, and residential experiences to develop well-rounded critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and lifelong learners. To accomplish this, an Acadia education: 1. Is personalized in that students and faculty build close educational relationships that foster critical thinking, deep understanding, and attitudes of lifelong learning. 2. Encompasses a variety of curricular and extracurricular experiences that develop engagement with community and society on the principles of modern citizenship, ethical decision-making, and accountability. 3. Emphasizes the importance of understanding all facets of the environment. 4. Promotes students participation in research and creative endeavours in order to enhance their critical thinking and analytical reasoning, and to foster their understanding of the importance of these activities. ACADIA S TECHNOLOGY-RICH ENVIRONMENT Course material is delivered in class by faculty using their notebook computers and stateof-the-art networking software. Students use their computers to complete coursework, assignments and research. They are encouraged to make full use of the latest technology to browse websites and databases for information that will enhance their studies and broaden their perspectives.
10 10 Acadia classrooms contain ergonomically designed chairs, large screen data projectors and power and data connections at their seats. Beyond the classroom, the Acadia campus is fully wired and as more wireless nodes are added, networking will be available anywhere at any time. Students will be able to their professors and participate in group discussions from virtually anywhere on campus whenever their schedules demand. Acadia s on-campus residence rooms all have network connections. In addition, each residence room has a telephone equipped with voic and a one-button, 24-hour direct connection to the Safety and Security Office. Telephones are provided free of charge to students who need only pay long distance charges. Cable television service can be purchased for each room, but students must bring their own TV sets. DEFINITIONS The following words which appear throughout the calendar are defined here to help clarify understanding of the provisions contained in the calendar. Academic Year: The 8-month period from September to April (i.e. the Fall and Winter terms). Admissions Office: The office responsible for responding to inquiries on the university s programs and admission requirements. The admissions office determines acceptances to university programs and provides information on admissions procedures. Antirequisite: Courses that are considered so similar in content that a student may not receive credit for more than one of them. Audit Student: Any person permitted to attend a lecture-type course but who may not write papers or examinations, have access to equipment, technology, or supplies, or receive course credit. No record is kept of audits. Graduate students are not permitted to audit courses. Online courses may not be audited. Continuing fee: The fee charged to graduate students to maintain enrolment in a graduate program. This does not apply to MEd students. Continuing Graduate Student: Any person who, subsequent to completing the maximum one or two years of a residency requirement, or its equivalent, registers annually to maintain eligibility to complete degree requirements, or any part-time graduate student who in a twelve-month September to August period takes no graduate level courses other than the thesis, but registers in order to maintain eligibility to complete degree requirements. Co-operative Education (Co-Op): An academic program that formally integrates academic studies with discipline-specific, paid work experience. Corequisite: A course which must be taken concurrently with another course. Course: Unit of academic instruction for which 0-9h of credit is awarded. Credit Hour: The standard unit by which the course work offered by universities is normally measured. One credit hour (1h) is assigned to a class that meets fifty minutes per week in class instruction, exclusive of laboratory, tutorial, and examination requirements, over a period of one term, or for equivalent class hours at intersession.
11 11 Department: A division of a faculty under the direction of a head. Each department offers one or more major programs of study. Dismissed Student: Any person required to withdraw from studies for lack of sufficient academic performance. The words "may not register" appear on the official transcripts of such students. Exchange student: Any student attending Acadia University through a formal agreement of exchange with another educational institution. Faculty: A grouping of associated subject areas under the direction of a dean. There are four faculties at Acadia: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Theology. Full-time Undergraduate Student: 1) Any person registered for at least nine hours (9h) of instruction in either the fall term or the winter term is a full-time student for that term. 2) Any person registered for a total of eighteen hours (18h) of instruction in the fall and winter terms may be defined as full-time for the period September-April. 3) Any person registered for six hours (6h) of instruction over a six-week period during intersession is a full-time student for that period. Please note: courses taken through Open Acadia normally will not count towards the calculation of full-time status. Full-time Graduate Student: Any graduate student in the first or second year of a program of studies leading to a master s degree, or in the first, second or third year of a doctorate, and who makes a demand upon the university's resources by enrolling in courses or engaging in research requiring supervision. Graduated Student: Any person who has completed a program of study and received a degree, diploma, or certificate. The word "graduated" appears on the official transcripts of such students. Independent Student: Any person permitted to take courses for credit, but who is not enrolled in any degree or diploma program. International Student: Any person who has entered Canada on a study permit for the purpose of attending this or another educational institution. Major: A formally recognized area of concentration for which students must complete specific courses. Minor: A secondary area of concentration. All BA and BSc students must have a minor. Open Acadia: The division supporting academic units at Acadia University in order to offer flexible programming and learning opportunities to both Acadia students and the community beyond. Part-time Graduate Student: Any person registered for graduate courses that form a part of the course requirements of a graduate degree program but who does not fulfill the definition of a full-time graduate student. Part-time Undergraduate Student: Any student registered in undergraduate courses who does not meet definition of a full-time student. Prerequisite: A course which must be completed before registering in an advanced-level course in the same or related discipline.
12 12 Seminar: A course, usually at the advanced level, where classes are normally small and where the focus is generally on independent research shared with other students through the presentation of papers. Registered Student: Any person admitted to a university program, or accepted as an independent student who has enrolled in a course, or for thesis research, by completing registration accurately and at the required time, who has had it approved as necessary, and by the Registrar, and who has paid the required fees to the Student Accounts Office. Registrar s Office: The office responsible for overseeing the academic life of all students currently taking classes at the university. The registrar records courses and grades on transcripts, advises students, schedules exams and classes and generally provides information on academic procedures and regulations. Returning student: Any person who has registered for courses in the previous twelvemonth period, and who has neither graduated nor been dismissed. In the latter cases, students must have applied for re-admission and been accepted. School: A division within a faculty which offers a professional program led by a director. Sessions: The approved periods within which courses are scheduled to begin and end, and subsequent to which grade reports and transcripts are issued. Sessions include the Fall term (Sept-Dec), Winter term (Jan-Apr), Intersession (May-Aug) and online openentry. Tutorial: Instruction given to students individually or in small groups. Transcript: A document prepared by the Registrar s Office recording a student s entire official academic history including courses taken and grades assigned. Visiting Student: Any person permitted to take courses for transfer of credit to another college or university. NOTES TO STUDENTS Authority of the Calendar Some departments, schools, or faculties provide students with documents descriptive of their individual offerings or requirements. In case of inconsistency, the regulations contained in this calendar prevail. Interpretation of regulations or requirements is made by a Dean or the Registrar and is open to written appeal to the Admissions and Academic Standing Appeals Committee. Responsibility of Students It is expected that each student who registers at Acadia University will be familiar with the contents of this Calendar. By registering at Acadia, students accept responsibility for meeting all curriculum requirements and for complying with published dates and deadlines. Students also accept responsibility for being familiar with University regulations pertaining to financial matters. If you are unsure of the meaning of any of the regulations or if you need help in determining how you can meet the requirements to graduate in your program, please contact the Registrar's Office for assistance. We will be happy to help you in any way we can.
13 Communication Policy All students are expected to activate an Acadia address upon course registration. The address assigned to a student by the University will be the only address used by Acadia for official communication with students for academic and administrative purposes. Students are responsible for checking their Acadia account regularly so as to remain current with administrative and academic notifications. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that is read, and acted upon (if necessary) in a timely fashion. If a student chooses to forward University to another address, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the alternate account is active 13
14 14 PART I: ADMISSION In keeping with the form and intent of the original Act of Incorporation, Acadia University admits academically qualified students of any age, sex, gender race, religion, creed, colour or ethnic or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, colour, religion, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, an irrational fear of contracting an illness or disease, ethnic, national or aboriginal origin, family status, marital status, source of income, political belief, affiliation or activity in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other university administered programs. Admission Requirements A) ADMISSION TO UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS i. ADMISSION FROM HIGH SCHOOL When planning their secondary school programs, students should note that a number of courses taken in the first university year have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects. Only academic (university preparatory) high school courses are acceptable for admission. The University reserves the right to exclude inappropriate courses from among those presented. All programs require senior high school completion for admission, although exceptions may be made for very capable students to enter following their penultimate high school year (except from Quebec). All programs require four years of study except the Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) and the Bachelor of Applied Science. The CAS is a prerequisite to the Bachelor of Engineering program at Dalhousie University or The University of New Brunswick. Applications for will be screened at a minimum 70% average for all programs. All students must present a penultimate (NS grade 11 or equivalent) high school year course in mathematics. From Nova Scotia Grade 12: Only academic, university preparatory courses at the senior (NS Grade 12 or equivalent) high school level will be used to determine admissibility. Required courses: 1. English Four additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced courses Additional Grade 12 courses necessary for specific programs Applied Science: Precalculus 12. Chemistry 12 is required for the Certificate program. Physics 12 recommended. Biology: Academic or Advanced Math 12 and Chemistry 12 Business: English 12 with a minimum 70% and Academic or Advanced Math 12 Chemistry: Precalculus 12 and Chemistry 12 Community Development Computer Science: Precalculus 12 Academic of Advanced Math 12
15 15 Economics: Academic or Advanced Math 12 Environmental Science: Academic or Advanced Math 12 and Chemistry 12 Geology: Academic or Advanced Math 12 and Chemistry 12 Environmental Geoscience: Academic or Advanced Math 12 and Chemistry 12 Kinesiology: Academic or Advanced Math 12 Mathematics: Precalculus 12 with a minimum 70% Music: Grade VIII Applied (Bachelor of Music); Grade VI Applied (BA in Music, B. Music Education, Bachelor of Music Therapy) Nutrition: Academic or Advanced Math 12 and Chemistry 12 Physics: Psychology: Precalculus 12. Physics 12 recommended Academic or Advanced Math 11. Academic or Advanced Math 12 recommended Equivalent certificates from other provinces For admission purposes, the senior high school university preparatory program in all provinces except Quebec is considered equivalent to Nova Scotia Grade 12. Exceptions may be made for very capable Quebec Secondary V applicants. Normally, one year of CEGEP study is considered equivalent to Nova Scotia Grade 12. Students who complete the two-year CEGEP program with a 70% average and receive the DEC will be admitted to the second year of a four-year program. A list of specific guidelines by province is available on our website. From the American system of education Applicants who have completed a United States high school university preparatory program with an average mark equivalent to the college recommending mark in 16 academic subjects, including four courses in English and three in mathematics, will be considered for admission to a four-year degree program. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation by the school principal or guidance officer. From the British system of education Normally two General Certificate of Education "A" level examinations, or equivalent, at the grade "C" level or above are required for admission to any program. However, an applicant who has completed one year of study beyond GCE "O" level will be considered on an individual basis. Credit for appropriate 'A' level courses may be given if completed with grades of A, B, or C. Admission from the International Baccalaureate Program Students will be considered for admission using the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum score of 24. Students admitted to Acadia University with a score of 30 or higher on the IB Diploma will receive 30 hours of university credit. Students who have completed IB courses but do not possess the diploma will be considered based on their coursework. Acadia gives individual credit for IB courses completed at the higher level with grades of 5, 6, or 7. IB final and predicted results may be used to consider applicants for both early fall and regular admission, as well as entrance scholarship.
16 16 Admission with Advanced Placement (AP) Tests All AP students will receive advanced credit in approved courses as indicated below. An official AP transcript is required as part of the evaluation process. A maximum of 30 credit hours will be awarded. AP Course AP Grade Acadia Equiv. Credit Art 3,4,5 ART 1113, h Biology 3,4,5 BIOL 1113, h Business Management 3,4,5 BUSI 1703, h Chemistry 3,4,5 CHEM 1013, h Computer Science A 3,4,5 COMP h Computer Science A/B 3,4,5 COMP 1113, h Economics/Micro 3,4,5 ECON h Economics/Macro 3,4,5 ECON h English Language/Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 1213, h English Literature/Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 1413/1423 6h Environmental Science 3,4,5 ENVS 1013, h French/Language 3,4,5 FRAN 1213, h French/Literature 3,4,5 FRAN 2113, h German Language 4,5 GERM h Government & Politics/ American or Comparative 3,4,5 POLS 1303, h History/European 4,5 HIST 1413, h History/US 4,5 HIST h Human Geography 3,4,5 SOCI 1113/1023 6h Latin 3,4,5 LANG h Mathematics/Calculus A/B 3,4,5 MATH h Mathematics/Calculus B/C 4,5 MATH 1013, h Mathematics/Calculus B/C 3 MATH h Music 3,4,5 MUSI h Physics 1 3,4,5 PHYS h Physics 2 3, 4, 5 PHYS h Physics C 3,4,5 PHYS 1013, h Psychology 3,4,5 PSYC 1013, h Spanish Language 3,4,5 SPAN 1013, h Statistics 4,5 MATH h
17 17 ii. ADMISSION FROM OTHER THAN HIGH SCHOOL Admission by transfer from another university Applicants for admission from another university must have an official transcript sent direct or provided to you in an envelope sealed by the institution for evaluation. Transfer credit normally will be given for individual courses which are applicable to the intended undergraduate degree program of study. A maximum of 60 credit hours can be transferred to a four-year degree program. Admission by Letter of Permission Students now attending another university and who wish to take a course or courses at Acadia University for transfer credit to their home institution must apply on the regular Acadia Application for Admission form and have the Registrar of their university forward a letter of permission and an official transcript to the Admissions Office at Acadia University. Admission of Mature Students Persons who wish to study on a full-time basis, who have been out of high school for a minimum of four years, and who do not meet the published academic admission requirements may be considered for admission on a mature student basis. The mature applicant is required to submit transcripts of all academic work completed, two letters of reference from employers, an outline of future plans, and to be present for interviews if required. The mature applicant may be encouraged to take up to 18h specified courses as an independent part-time student. If grades of C- or better are obtained in each and a minimum CGPA achieved of 2.00 or better, admission will be granted to a degree program and credit for these courses will be allowed towards it. Re-admission of former students All students who have been absent from the university for two academic years or longer, or who have graduated from the program of studies to which they were admitted, or who were subject to academic dismissal, and who wish to return for further studies, must apply for re-admission and complete the required application form. English Language Competency Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, candidates must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing, and may be required to present the result of the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The minimum acceptable score is 550 (computer-based score of 213, internet-based score of 80). Preference will be given to candidates with a score of 580 or higher (CBT 237, IBT 93). Students not having sufficient communication skills in the English language may be required to enroll in remedial programs (e.g. English as a Second Language course, tutorials) at their own expense. Acadia University offers an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) second language program for students who may be academically admissible but who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement. B) ADMISSION TO THE BACHELOR OF EDUCATION PROGRAM In keeping with our commitment to acknowledging the diversity of the school population, we encourage applications from racial, ethnic, cultural or other communities that are underrepresented in the teaching profession. Applicants will be carefully selected after examination of all relevant information. Not all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will be admitted. The university reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.
18 18 Bachelor of Education Admission Requirements: 1. A recognized bachelor s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.67 (70%) in the last three years (90 credit hours) of undergraduate study. 2. Three reference forms one academic reference and two references that speak to teaching potential. 3. An interview may be required. 4. Experience working with children and/or adolescents, for example, as a coach, counselor, parent, tutor, etc. 5. Provincial regulations require BEd students to pass a child abuse registry and criminal record check. This will be required prior to the program start date. Note: The School of Education recognizes that certain extenuating circumstances may have prevented some applicants from meeting the 2.67 GPA requirement, that those who completed their undergraduate studies some time ago may not be able to obtain useful academic references, and that not everyone has equal opportunities to engage in employment or volunteer activities with children or adolescents. Our application package allows applicants to identify details of their individual circumstances that may have prevented them from meeting some requirements, and we urge applicants to disclose all relevant information. Academic Background The Bachelor of Education program is divided into two streams: Elementary and Secondary. These streams have additional admissions requirements related to candidates academic background. Academic Background Requirements: Elementary Stream 1. Six (6) credit hours in university social studies coursework from any one or combination of the disciplines: History (with a preference for local and Canadian History), Geography, Economics, Politics, Anthropology Sociology, Law, Classics, African Canadian Studies, Mi kmaq Studies, Acadian Studies, and/or Philosophy. 2. Six (6) credit hours in university Science coursework from any one or combination of the disciplines as listed under the Subject Fields/Recognized Discipline Chart. 3. Six (6) credit hours in University Math coursework with a preference for a course in fundamental concepts. Comment Most institutions have a mathematics course designed for those who intend to become elementary school teachers. Math 1533, Mathematical Concepts I, and Math 1543, Mathematical Concepts II, are available online from Acadia, or any Fundamental Concepts in Mathematics course would be acceptable. Please note: Effective August 2014, the Nova Scotia Department of Education will increase the undergraduate credit hour requirement for Mathematics from 3 credit hours to 6 credit hours. This change affects all incoming Elementary education students. 4. Six (6) credit hours in university English coursework if undergraduate degree is delivered in English or six (6) credit hours if university French coursework if undergraduate degree is delivered in French. With permission of the Director, School of Education, a maximum of three (3) credit hours of the Elementary Education Prerequisites identified above may be completed in the first year of the B.Ed. This is considered upon review of the application to the program. With permission of the Director, School of Education, a maximum of six (6) credit hours of cognate coursework may be recognized in fulfillment of the individual subject field requirements identified above as Elementary Education Prerequisites. This is considered upon review of the application to the program.
19 19 Academic Background Requirements: Secondary Stream 1. A concentration of at least thirty (30) credit hours of university coursework in a discipline as listed under the Subject Fields/Recognized Discipline (see below); not to include Canadian Studies or Anthropology, a maximum of six (6) credit hours of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement with permission of the Director, School of Education. 2. A concentration of at least eighteen (18) credit hours of university coursework in a second discipline preferably but not necessarily different subject field than the thirty (30) credit hour concentration as listed under Subject Field/Recognized Discipline (not to include Canadian Studies), a maximum of six (6) credit hours of cognate university coursework may be included in fulfillment of this requirement with permission of the Director, School of Education. With permission of the Director, School of Education, a maximum of three (3) credit hours of the Secondary Education Prerequisites identified above may be completed in the first year of the B.Ed. This is considered upon review of the application to the program. Two distinct disciplines from two different subject fields are preferred although not required. Subject Fields/Recognized Discipline Chart NOTE: The Acadia School of Education provides coursework towards teacher certification in the following subject fields. Subject fields English French Mathematics Science Social Studies Physical Education Music * Technology Education Recognized Disciplines English French Mathematics Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology/Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Oceanography Studies African-Canadian Studies, History, Geography, Politics, Sociology, Economics, Mi kmaq Studies, Law, Classics, Anthropology (second teachable only) Physical Education, Kinesiology Music Technology Education, Computer Science * Music may only be used as a second teachable with special consideration. Teacher Certification The Nova Scotia Education Act requires that any person employed as a public school teacher hold a teacher s certificate issued by the provincial Department of Education. Sole authority to issue such teaching certificates rests with the Department of Education. A degree or a transcript of credit from a university is not a certificate or authority to teach in Nova Scotia. The Acadia Bachelor of Education degree normally results in the awarding of an Initial Teaching Certificate by the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Other programs lead to certification advancement in accordance with Department of Education regulations. Some certification requirements refer to academic work done prior to beginning the B.Ed. program. For the most up-to-date requirements consult the Registrar of Teacher Certification at the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
20 20 BEd programs cannot be taken through part-time study and must be completed within three years of initial registration. C) ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAMS Admission to graduate programs is coordinated by the Graduate Studies Office. Enquiries concerning details of specific graduate programs should be addressed to the Graduate Studies Officer by ing If you are interested in pursuing an MA/MSc degree on a part-time basis, please consult with the department/school in question to see if they can accommodate your request. MINIMUM GRADUATE ADMISSION REGUALTIONS Admission to graduate programs is competitive and possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Some departments and schools have additional requirements. Please consult the individual discipline entries in this calendar. Candidates for admission to the graduate programs of Acadia University must possess an Honours degree, or a four-year bachelor s degree, or its equivalent, from an approved university. Those candidates possessing a major in a field other than that of their graduate program will normally be required to take sufficient undergraduate courses to make up the equivalent of an Acadia undergraduate major. Special consideration may be given to those candidates wishing to change from one undergraduate field to a related graduate one. Candidates must have at least a B- average (70%) in the courses taken in the major field in the last two undergraduate years. APPLICATION DEADLINES Master of Arts (MA) Master of Science (MSc) Master of Education English Feb. 1* Political Science Feb. 1* Social and Political Thought Feb. 1* Sociology Feb. 1* Applied Geomatics Biology Feb. 1* Chemistry Feb. 1* Computer Science Geology Feb. 1* Mathematics and Statistics Feb. 1* Psychology Jan. 15* Curriculum Studies March 15 Counselling Dec. 1 Inclusive Education March 15 Leadership March 15 contact department September start: May 1 January start: Sept 1 Master of Recreation Management Feb. 1* Doctor of Educational Studies (PhD) Nov. 15 for July 1 entry * February 1 is the deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for funding. Other applications will be considered as received.