Acadia University - Summer Learning Opportunities for Teachers


Acadia University has long been recognized as one of Canada’s premier undergraduate institutions. With its nationally and internationally recognized research initiatives, small class size and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development.

Founded in 1838, Acadia University is located in Wolfville at the east end of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, just an hour’s drive from Halifax.

Acadia’s small-town location and predominantly residential character encourage personal growth through close contact with fellow students and professors, participation in intramural and intercollegiate activities, and through a wide variety of cultural programs.

Its combination of outstanding academic programs and diversity of extra-curricular activities has established Acadia as a leading university in Canada. Over 100 courses are available through Open Acadia for part-time students studying for baccalaureate or professional degrees. Courses are offered on the Internet and at on/off site locations.

For more information about Acadia, visit our website at


Toll-free:               1-800-565-6568
Locally:                 902-585-1434
Fax:                       902-585-1068
Canada Post:       Open Acadia, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6


A completed application form, accompanied by a non-refundable application fee, résumé, and transcripts of previous academic work are required for admission. Those who have previously attended Acadia (but prior to the 2014/15 year) must complete an application form. These forms may be obtained from Acadia University’s website, or from the Registrar’s Office at 902-585-1222.

Students from other universities who wish to take classes at Acadia are reminded that if they wish to receive credit from their home university, they should receive a “letter of permission” from that institution before applying to Acadia.


Since many courses have limited enrolment, students are encouraged to register as early as possible. Payment of fees is due upon registration. Submit course registration forms to Open Acadia, Acadia University. Please consult the Open Acadia web site ( for further information on registration procedures.


Any course with low enrolment may be subject to cancellation.


For account information, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 902-585-1222.  Registration forms received without payment will not be processed until Open Acadia receives complete payment.

Application for Admission:

Graduate Education                                         $50.00

Tuition Fees:

Undergraduate 3 h (1/2 credit)                      $879.00
Graduate Education 3 h (5000 level)             $950.00

Please note: Start and end dates for individual courses may vary from this schedule.

Interpretation Key

EDUC 502 3 P 4
Subject Area Course # # of credit hours Location/section Semester
  300  3rd year 3 = 1/2 credit Q = Off campus 3 = Spring
  400 - 4th year 6 = 1 credit P = On campus 4 = Summer
  500 - graduate   N = Online 5 = Other
      X, Y = Second, Third Session  



EDUC 50C3 P4 - School Counselling Programs
Janice Graham-Migel, July 27 to Aug 12, Acadia

EDUC 50C3 Z4 - School Counselling Programs
Rola Abihanna, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 50D3 P4 - Professional Issues in Counselling
TBA, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 50H3 P4 / Z4 - Introduction to Disability Studies
Cynthia Bruce, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 50H3 P4 - Clinical Mental Health Counselling
Beth Robinson, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5033 P4 / Z4 - Theories of Counselling
John Sumarah, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5053 M4 - Problems in Education: Creativity Music Playshop
Jeffrey Agrell, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5053 P4 - Problems in Education: Mathematics for Middle School
Patsy Height-Lewis, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5053 R4 - Problems in Education: Capstone Project in Music Education
Dale Lonis, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5053 V4 - Problems in Education: The Principalship
Wallace MacAskill, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5053 Y4 - Problems in Education: Inclusive Physical Education
Roxanne Seaman, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5063 P4 - Foundations of Inclusive Education
TBA, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5123 P4 - Curriculum Practice for Students "At Risk"
Cindy Giffen, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5133 P4 - Counselling Skills
Sandy Fraser, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5133 Z4 - Counselling Skills
Stillman Jacquard, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5173 P4 - Assistive Technology: Access to Leisure and Technology
Barbara Welsford, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5233 P4 - Counselling Families
Carole MacInnis, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5303 P4 - Principles of Assessment: Mathematics Focus
Therese Forsythe, July 2 to July 10, Acadia

EDUC 5543 P4 - Work and Life Planning Counselling
Clarence DeSchiffart, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5553 P4 - Topics in Counselling: Addictions
Dale Gruchy, July 27 to Aug 12, Acadia

EDUC 5553 Z4 - Topics in Counselling: Indigenous Mental Health
Andrea Currie, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5633 N4 - Curriculum Foundations (for Health Interprofessionals)
Anna MacLeod, July 2 to July 31, Online

EDUC 5633 P4 - Curriculum Foundations
David Piper, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5643 N4 - Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies (for Health Interprofessionals)
Anna MacLeod, July 2 to July 31, Online

EDUC 5663 P4 - Curriculum Practice (for Music Educators)
Dale Lonis, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5663 Z4 - Curriculum Practice: Creative Strategies for Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Paul Syme, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

EDUC 5673 Q4 - Current Research and Theory in Curriculum: Mathematics
Susan Mahar, July 6 to July 17, Halifax

EDUC 5843 N4 - Instructional Design: Mathematics for Middle School
Therese Forsythe, July 17 to July 31, online

EDUC 5913 P4 - Theoretical perspectives on Leadership
Glynis Ross, July 7 to July 22, Acadia

NUTR 1333 P4 - Food Commodities 1 (for Family Studies teachers…)
Colleen Joice, July 7 to July 22, Acadia


EDUC 50G3 NT Research Literacy
Heather Stephens

EDUC 5053 NT Problems in Education: Mentoring New Teachers
Heather Stephens

EDUC 5123 NT Curriculum Practice for Students ‘At Risk’
Lynne Healy

EDUC 5203 NT Introduction to Educational Technology
Fred Crouse

EDUC 5213 NT Organizational Theory and School Culture
Michael Phillips

EDUC 5273 NT Education and the Law
Michael Phillips

EDUC 5303 RT Principles of Assessment for Counselling
Carole MacInnis

EDUC 5303 NT Principles of Assessment: Education Focus
Heather Hemming

EDUC 5513 NT Research Design in Education
Debbie Toope

EDUC 5553 NT Special Topics in Counselling: Spirituality and Counselling
Michael Belgrave

EDUC 5563 NT Career Counselling
Clarence DeSchiffart

EDUC 5673 NT Current Research and Theory in Curriculum: Literacy
Heather Stephens

EDUC 5773 NT Community Perspectives on School and Society
Tony Kelly

EDUC 5843 NT Instructional Design – Multi-age Pedagogy
Marion Leier

Summer Institute - Certificate in French Proficiency  (July 6-17, 2015)

Acadia University’s Certificate of Proficiency in French (CFP) provides French language teachers and other interested individuals with the opportunity to improve their level of French language proficiency as part of their personal and professional development. Better skills in French can translate into better employment opportunities as well as more satisfactory and enjoyable experiences when travelling in francophone areas of the world. Participants will work toward a functional command of French by upgrading the four basic language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing.

The CFP is a 30-credit-hour program which is delivered mainly on the beautiful campus at Acadia University. Each summer Acadia offers a two week institute where students can complete two courses (6 credit-hours) towards their Certificate. A selection of courses is also available online for students who wish to accelerate their program.

Students entering the program are required to take a placement test to determine the appropriate level of entry. Students with little or no knowledge of French (true beginners) may be placed in French 1113 and 1123 (online courses) which will require 36 credit hours to complete the program. Students with an intermediate knowledge of French will start with either 1213 and 2153, or 1223 and 2163. Students with an advanced knowledge of French will start with French 2013 and 2713. The number of required and elective courses available to a participant will depend upon their level of French language proficiency at the outset of the program.

The final objective is to prepare participants to take the internationally recognized Test in French Proficiency (the TCF) which assesses the skill level achieved in oral comprehension, written comprehension and language structures using the standards set by the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate can qualify for an Advanced Teacher’s Certificate 1 (ATC 1) upon approval from the Department of Education.

French Proficiency Levels

Level 1:

French 1113 – 1123 Basic French

These courses are available online.

Students in these courses learn the French vocabulary and grammar structures which they will need to cope with every-day situations. They study a range of simple, authentic cultural documents such as menus, timetables, weather reports, recipes, maps, newspapers.


Level 2:

  • Français 1213 Intermediate French 1
  • Français 1223 Intermediate French 2
  • Français 2153 Compréhension et expression orales 1
  • Français 2163 Compréhension et expression orales 2

Students in these courses undertake a thorough review of French grammar and vocabulary. They read magazine articles, study short works of French literature, view short films and television shows in French. They listen to French songs and radio shows. Students participate in debates, skits, discussions and games. Students who complete these courses have communication skills sufficient to face situations requiring articulate and constructed expression of ideas and concepts as well as the capacity to adapt one’s language to one’s audience.

Level 3:

  • Français 2013  Français avancé, niveau 1
  • Français 2023  Français avancé, niveau 2
  • Français 2713 Compréhension et expression écrites

These courses introduce students to a systematic analysis of French syntax and translation from English to French. The purpose of these courses is to reinforce language skills, develop speech skills and acquire the conceptual tools necessary for textual analysis. Students learn vocabulary and expressions currently used in the media. Students who complete these courses can communicate well in professional contexts.

Level 4:

  • Français 3153 Expression orale avancée, niveau 3
  • Français 3213 Littérature Jeunesse
  • Français 3733 Expression écrite avancée
  • Français 4403 Méthodologie de l’enseignement du françaid langue seconde
  • Français 4413 Lectures dirigées 1 (online)
  • Français 3163 Expression orale avancée 4 (offered from time to time)
  • Français 3473 Compréhension écrite avancée (offered from time to time)

Courses at Level 4 allow students to master the subtleties of written and spoken French from the colloquial to the formal register. Students are introduced to a variety of writing styles, including works of non-fiction. Students will take part in debates, discussions and improvisations. A series of language skills strengthening drills will be used. This in turn enables students to better express and detect nuances in speech patterns and socio-linguistic contents.

Certificate in Math Teaching

Acadia University's Certificate in Math Teaching combines undergraduate math courses in topics central to curriculum with graduate courses in education focused on mathematics pedagogy.  The program was created to provide teachers with both the content area support and the specific pedagogical knowledge to bring into effect improvements in the teaching of mathematics in these grades.

In this part-time program, middle school teachers will develop a greater understanding of the math topics and concepts central to the provincial curriculum, including how to assess math learning and issues at these grades. The program is designed for grade 4-8 teachers who are currently teaching mathematics without a strong background in mathematics.  The program is not intended for Math majors and will not support certification at the high school level. Qualified and interested teachers will be welcome, of course, to take individual courses without enrolling in the full certificate.

Participants complete ten courses over two years, with courses offered during evenings and weekends during the school year, complimented by online work, and compressed, intensive format in the summers.

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