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UNB Fredericton

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Education graduate certificates

The Faculty of Education Graduate Certificates provides enriching opportunities to optimize your academic experience. We currently offer one certificate consisting of five courses which may later be applied towards an MEd, the Certificate in Bilingual and Multilingual Education.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are the same as the MEd. Applicants are required to:

  • hold a relevant bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B, or its equivalent)
  • have at least one year of teaching or related professional experience

Application deadlines

These will vary depending on the certificate.

All documentation, including references and unofficial transcripts, must be submitted by the deadline date.

Statement of purpose

All applicants to any program must submit a statement with their application outlining:

  • professional development goals
  • specific ways in which graduate study can help them fulfil these goals


Three references are required.

  • Your three references should provide different perspectives on your relevant qualities.
  • One referee should comment on your relevant professional experience and at least one should comment specifically on your recent academic performance.
  • If you have not taken a course in over 10 years, an academic reference may not be necessary, though it is worth the effort to find a former professor or instructor who can comment on academic performance. If you cannot find an academic reference, it is recommended to find someone who can comment on things that are similar to academic work (writing reports, contributing to discussion, etc.).
  • References from friends or relatives are given less weight.
  • Tell your referees what experiences you want them to comment on (academic, professional, etc.).
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all references are submitted in a timely manner.

Applicants whose first language is not English

If your first language is not English, you must submit your results in a test of English as a foreign language.

The following minimum proficiency levels are accepted by the Faculty of Education for each type of test:

  • TOEFL 650 (280 computer-based)
  • IBT minimum score of 92
  • TWE minimum score of 5.5
  • IELTS minimum score of 7 in each category (reading, listening, writing and speaking)
  • MELAB minimum score of 85
  • CanTest minimum score of 4.5 in each category (reading, listening, writing and speaking)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) minimum score of 70