Dalhousie University. School of Education

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Corporate body (Dalhousie University)

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Dalhousie University. School of Education

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  • Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Science. Department of Education (1968-1988)

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Dalhousie School of Education had a short-lived existence, from 1989-1995. Classes in the history of education and educational philosophy were first offered in 1924, following the publication of a report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which advocated a closer relationship between the province's colleges and public schools. In 1926 the Nova Scotia Department of Education began to allow universities to offer teacher education/qualification programs, and Dalhousie established a five-course diploma program that could be taken following the attainment of a BA or BSc. In 1954 this was expanded to include a BEd degree, which was granted after the completion of a first degree, subsequent education classes, one year of teaching and a thesis. It wasn't until 1968 that the university calendar listed a Department of Education, which offered both a four-year integrated BEd/BA or BEd/BSc and a one-year sequential program taken after the completion of a first degree.

The Nova Scotia Council on Higher Education report on teacher education published in 1994 questioned the utility of nine institutions across the province offering teacher education; it made specific reference to Dalhousie and the limitations of its doctoral program and poor reputation with practicing public school teachers. Dalhousie's School of Education—along with the Nova Scotia Teacher's College and the education programs of five other universities—was closed the following year.


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Atlantic Institute of Education (1970-1982)

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1970 - 1982

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The Atlantic Institute of Education worked closely with the Dalhousie Department of Education, which preceded the School of Education.

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