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Education certificates and diplomas

We offer six education certificates and diplomas to maximize your academic experience.


Certificate in Early Childhood Education

The certificate is designed to provide BEd (School Years) students 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 in Early Years
  2. Three of:
  3. A practicum in a K-3 setting (at least 50%)


Certificate in Teaching French as a Second Language (CTFSL)

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

  1. ED 5568, ED 5569, ED 5561 (secondary stream) OR ED 5562, ED 5563, ED 5561 (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).
  4. ED 5575 (Reflections on Second Language Theory and Practice) is not required but it is highly recommended


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


Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

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


In order to be eligible to enroll in the CTESL, candidates must either have completed an undergraduate degree or be currently enrolled in a BEd program.

In addition, candidates whose first language is not English must also demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency as evidenced by:

  1. TOEFL iBT overall 101 with a minimum of 23 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in speaking and 27 in writing.
  2. IELTS Academic overall 7 with minimum of 7 on each skill area
  3. Minimum of Advanced on the NB Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
  4. Minimum of B2 on the CEFR scale (as measured by Cambridge tests or other CEFR validated tests)

Equivalent tests may be considered.


Students pursuing the CTESL must successfully complete ED 5566 - Field Experience in TESL. This is a three-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.


International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning

In partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB), UNB is pleased to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning. As of Fall 2021, students entering the BEd (School Years) program will have the opportunity to earn this certificate while completing their degree.

The number of IB schools worldwide is growing at an unprecedented rate in both public and independent schools and school systems. The demand for qualified IB educators is high, giving teachers who hold this certificate a significant advantage in finding work after graduation, both locally and abroad.

Students will complete IB-specific certificate requirements in addition to the regular requirements of the BEd program. These include:

  1. Two IB related courses
  2. Regular engagement with IB professional communities of practice including practicing IB teachers, mentors, IB Educator Certificate students and more.
  3. IB practicum:minimum 7 weeks
  4. Capping Inquiry/Summer Showcase:As part of the BEd program, all students are required to complete a summer showcase project. Evidence of an IB theme is required for IB Educator Certificate students.
  5. Participation in post-practicum debrief session in summer session.


The IB Educator Certificate is open to BEd students across three program areas: Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma (high school) Program (DP). Applicants interested in pursuing this certificate, must indicate so on their application to the BEd program to be considered. Currently this certificate is only available to full-time BEd students at UNB Fredericton.


In addition to regular BEd program admission requirements, applicants interested in pursuing the IB certificate will be required to submit a brief statement (300 – 500 words) that outlines previous experience, if any, with the International Baccalaureate and describes the applicant’s reasons for applying to this particular certificate program.

Note: This opportunity will be offered to a maximum of 30 students per year across the three IB program areas (PYP, MYP, DP).


All BEd students are required to complete several practicum experiences throughout their degree. IB Educator Certificate students will be required to complete a minimum of 7-weeks of practicum at an IB World School.

Students enrolled in the IB Educator Certificate program in the middle/young adult secondary stream will have opportunities to complete this practicum at a local, Canadian or international school. There are currently no IB elementary or middle schools in New Brunswick, meaning certificate students enrolled in the elementary/early years or middle years streams will be required to complete their practicum out of province or internationally.


Certificate in Adult Education

The Faculty of Education offers degree credit courses leading to a Certificate in Adult Education.

This program is designed to provide participants with a stand-alone certificate or the first step towards a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education degree. You will learn to be an adult teacher, trainer or counsellor by learning techniques, methods and philosophy of 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 Fredericton Faculty of Education coordinator of student programs ( for advising and course selection.

More information and how to apply


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 choose courses in a variety of areas:

  • Professional growth
  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary education
  • School counselling
  • Exceptionalities
  • Literacy education
  • French immersion education
  • French as a second language education
  • Mathematics education
  • Science education
  • Social studies education
  • Visual art education

Consult the faculty for course requirements.


Students who hold a BEd degree or the equivalent (certified teachers with a BA or BT) are eligible for admission to the DAUS.

Student standing

  • A grade of D shall meet the prerequisite requirements for DAUS courses unless otherwise stated in the calendar
  • In course offerings of other faculties/departments, students must meet the prerequisite requirements of that faculty/department.
  • A grade of C shall be the minimum acceptable grade in courses for the DAUS.
  • No course can be credited without prior approval of a faculty advisor.

Transfer credits

Students may not transfer more than 12 credit hours from UNB or another university for credit toward the DAUS.

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.