General Admission Requirements:

 Please select Elementary or Secondary for requirements specific to that program.

  1. A recognized Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.67 (70%) GPA in the last three years (90 credit hours) of undergraduate study.
  2. In addition to the above, applications are also evaluated to assess Nova Scotia Teacher Certification academic prerequisites. Sole authority to issue teaching certificates rests with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. 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 the ITC (Initial Teaching Certificate) by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which is transferable across Canada and internationally.
  3. Provincial regulations require successful candidates to pass a child abuse registry and criminal record check before their first practicum placement.

Application Process

  1. Upon completion of the GPA assessment by the Acadia Admissions Office, complete applications are forwarded to the School of Education for evaluation by faculty. Complete applications would include the following:
    a)   Application for Admission form
    b)   Processing fee
    c)   Transcripts. ONE official copy from every post secondary institution attended, except Acadia University transcripts. High School transcripts are not required.
    NOTE: Prior to applying, all international transcripts must be assessed by the School of Education.
    d)   Supplementary Forms. Essay (Part A), Experience Profile (Part B), Academic/ Teacher Certification Requirements (Part C), Three References (Part D).
    *Please see the Guidelines for Completing the Supplementary Forms for detailed information on each part of the Supplementary Forms. This information is available after submission of the initial Application for Admission form.
  2. Due to the volume of applications received, the School of Education is not able to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful candidates. Should you wish to reapply consider enhancing your application in the following areas: GPA, variety of teachable courses, references, personal statement, and your experience profile.
  3. Applicants will be carefully selected after examination of all relevant information. The number of applicants that can be admitted in any one year is restricted. Not all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will be interviewed/ admitted. The university reserves the right to refuse admission to any candidate.
  4. For specific academic advising please contact
  5. An interview may be required.

NOTE:  The School of Education recognizes that certain extenuating circumstances may have prevented some applicants from meeting the 2.67 (70%) GPA requirement and that not everyone has equal opportunities to engage in employment or volunteer activities with children or adolescents. We urge applicants to identify details of their extenuating circumstances for consideration.


How to apply

How to Access an Application Package:

You may apply online via the undergraduate application form. Please use the documents specifically for the 'Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program'. If you have questions regarding the online application documents, please contact the Admissions Office, or 902-585-1016.

For further information please contact the School of Education through email at or by phone at 1-902-585-1759.