Certificates and Diplomas

Wocopsqoltine weci Spiqiqahtuweq/Weli'kwejik Elaqsultiek Program

The Faculty of Education offers Wocopsqoltine weci Spiqiqahtuweq/Weli'kwejik Elaqsultiek (growing from the roots, soaring together) Program for First Nations students who are preparing for admission to a UNB degree program. Applications for the program are welcome from:

  1. High school graduates.
  2. Students with Grade 11 who have been out of school for at least 3 years.
  3. Mature students as defined in the UNB undergraduate Calendar.

Admissions are competitive. Satisfaction of the minimum criteria will not guarantee acceptance. The deadline for applications is March 31. Late applications can be considered only if spaces remain unfilled.

Wocopsqoltine weci Spiqiqahtuweq/Weli'kwejik Elaqsultiek students register for four courses each term. Course schedules are individually planned in consultation with the Faculty in which the student plans to enrol the following year.

The maximum time permitted between the first registration and the completion of the Bridging Year in accordance with the regulations in effect at the time of first registration shall be two consecutive academic terms. Students who complete the Wocopsqoltine weci Spiqiqahtuweq/Weli'kwejik Elaqsultiek with a minimum of 24 ch or the equivalent of 8 term courses and with a GPA of 2.0 or higher in other courses will be guaranteed admission to the degree program for which the Bridging Year was designed. Refer to UNB academic regulations for students who do not succeed in meeting these requirements.

Certificate in Adult Education

The Faculty of Education offers degree credit courses leading to a Certificate in Adult Education. The certificate program is open to individuals who have met normal admission requirements for the BEd. The certificate requires a total of 36 ch. Consult the UNB Certificate Program Coordinator for a listing of appropriate courses.

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

The certificate is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to foster dynamic learning environments for young children. The Certificate in Early Childhood Education requires successful completion of: 

  1. Required:
    ED 5355 Literacy Learning the Early Years
  2. Three of: 
    ED 5102 Curriculum and Evaluation in the Early Years
    ED 5105 Connecting Home and School Literacies
    ED 5167 Interpreting Play for Curriculum Development 
    ED 5362 Symbolic Representation for Children's Play Pictures and Print
  3. A practicum in a K-2 setting (at least 50%)

Certificate in Teaching French as a Second Language (CTFSL)

This certificate is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective teachers of French as a Second Language (FSL). The CTFSL requires successful completion of:

  1. ED 5568, ED 5569,  ED 5575 (secondary stream)
    ED 5562, ED 5563, ED 5575 (elementary stream)
  2. A practicum in an FSL context (at least 50%)
  3. The New Brunswick Oral Proficiency Interview (Minimum of Advanced Plus for French immersion, and Advanced for all other FSL teaching contexts).


In order to be eligible to enroll in the CTFSL, candidates must be currently enrolled in a B.Ed. program and be completing a concentration in FSL.

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Program Description

This Certificate Program is designed to provide participants with knowledge and skills necessary to become effective teachers of English as a second language (ESL). The CTESL requires successful completion of:

  1. Three compulsory courses:
    • ED 5564 - Introduction to Second Language Education

    • ED 5565 - Advanced Studies in ESL Education

    • ED 5575 - Reflection on Second Language Theory and Practice

  2. One approved course in the area of language education, cultural studies or literacy, and

  3. Practicum in TESL (ED 5566 or equivalent)


In order to be eligible to enrol in the CTESL, candidates must either have completed an undergraduate degree or be currently enrolled in a BEd program.
Candidates whose first language is not English must also demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency as evidenced by:

  1. A score of 600 or better on the TOEFL
  2. And a score of 55 or better on the TSE (Test of Spoken English)
  3. And a score of 5.5 or better on the TWE (Test of Written English)

Equivalent tests may be considered.


Students pursuing the CTESL must successfully complete ED 5566 - Field Experience in TESL. This is a 3 credit hour practicum that involves approved short-term experience working in an ESL setting. Students enrolled in a BEd program may request that ED 5566 be waived if they have had equivalent practical experience in ESL education during their regular BEd teaching practicum. Recognition for any such equivalent experience must be approved in advance.
NOTE: Students wishing to obtain both the Certificate in Teaching French as a Second Language and the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language must take 12 ch of different courses. In other words, the same courses may not be applied to both certificates.
The Faculty of Education places students in school settings at the discretion of the public school system. Although the Faculty cannot guarantee a placement in that system, it will make its best effort to find an initial placement for any student eligible for the practicum (subject to approval by the University).

International Baccalaureate in Teaching and Learning Certificate - UNB IB-recognized university

In partnership with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), we are pleased to be an IB-recognized university offering courses that lead to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning. For details see the faculty website: https://www.unb.ca/fredericton/education/undergrad/certificates.html#ib

Certificate in First Nations Governance and Leadership

The First Nations Governance and Leadership Certificate was formed after many conversations with Elders and community members representing various communities throughout Wabanaki territory. These conversations identified leadership and administrative skills as high-priority objectives, together with deep and practical knowledge of the laws, policies, and practices governing the operations of First Nations and the Canadian state. The themes that emerged focused on First Nations content, theory, and practice. 
1. First Nations history, government, politics, business economics
2. Relations with Canada: law, Indian Act, services treaties, land claims
3. Negotiation practices and procedures
4. Development and maintenance of healthy workplace relationships
5. Practical experience in one or more work placements
6. Expert instruction, with First Nations instructors when possible
7. Use of distance education technology and on-site course delivery
8. Research and proposal writing
9. Continuing community input into the degree program
UNB responded to these identified themes by developing a two-year, 60 credit hour, certificate program that offered courses in these content areas, enriched with Wabanaki knowledge, culture and understanding of leadership. The certificate also requires students to complete language and culture courses, as a knowledge of language and culture has been identified as being vital to the leaders of tomorrow. This Certificate provides a foundation of knowledge for future First Nations leaders and administrators. Students are required to complete the twenty courses listed for the Certificate, which includes 6 ch in First Nations language courses. (See table 1: FNGL course schedule).
The program is delivered in a blended format, with some courses being taught remotely through UNB's online platform, Desire2Learn, and some being taught on location within Wabanaki communities. Courses also incorporate land-based and experiential learning opportunities. 

Table 1: FNGL course schedule

Year 1
Credits Earned: 30
ENGL 1103
Fundamentals of Clear Writing
ABRG 3056
Practicing Leadership in First Nations Community Projects
ABRG 3114
Introduction to Workplace Learning
ABRG 3686
Introductory Wolastoqey Language
ABRG 3696
Intermediate Wolastoqey Language
ECON 1014
Principles of Microeconomics: Critical Perspectives
ABRG 4665
First Nations Perspectives & Organizational Behaviour
ADM 1192
Business Planning and Entrepreneurship
ABRG 1411
Introduction to Finite Math
ENGL 1104
Fundamentals of Effective Writing
Year 2
Credits Earned: 30
And Certificate Complete
ABRG 3055
First Nations Leadership Foundations
ABRG 3621 
Current Topics in Self-Governance
ABRG 3922
Technology in Governance and Leadership
ABRG 4194
First Nations Land Claims
ABRG 3684
Aspects of Wolastoqey and Mi'kmaq Culture
SOCI 3635
Conflict Resolution
ADM 1213
Financial Accounting
ADM 2223
Managerial Accounting
Certificate Complete
ECON 1023
Principles of Macroeconomics
ADM 1513
Organizational Behaviour

Diploma in Advanced Undergraduate Study (DAUS) 

The DAUS is a 36 credit hour program designed for students with a degree in Education who wish to gain additional teaching qualifications. Students may choose a general pattern (Professional Growth) or a specific area of specialization from the following:

  1. Professional Growth
  2. Early Childhood
  3. Elementary Education
  4. School Counselling and Special Education
  5. Literacy Education
  6. French Immersion Education
  7. French Second Language Education
  8. Mathematics and Literacy Education
  9. Science Education
  10. Social Studies Education

Consult the Faculty for course requirements.

Regulations for DAUS Not Covered by General University Regulations
1. Admission
Students who hold a BEd degree or the equivalent (e.g., certified teachers with a BA or BT) are eligible for admission to the DAUS.
2. Student Standing
a. A grade of D shall meet the prerequisite requirements for DAUS courses unless otherwise stated in the Calendar.
b. In course offerings of other Faculties/Departments, students must meet the prerequisite requirements of that Faculty/Department.
c. A grade of C shall be the minimum acceptable grade in courses for the DAUS.
d. No course can be credited without prior approval of a faculty advisor.
3. Residency Requirements 
Students must normally complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of work for the DAUS on campus as full or part-time students.
4. Transfer Credits
Students may not transfer more than 12 credit hours of work from another university for credit toward the DAUS. No surplus credits from the BEd other than extra courses taken in the final year may be transferred in for credit. No courses taken prior to enrolment in the BEd may be transferred in for credit. When applying for the DAUS, students may transfer only 12 ch taken prior to admission to the program.
5. Time Limit
In accordance with the regulations in effect at the time of registration, the maximum time permitted between the first registration and completion of the DAUS will be six years.