Credits Awarded for Student Learning Outside of School

first_imgNova Scotia high school students may soon be eligible to earn academic credit for successfully learning a new language, developing skills to save lives, or by becoming better citizens through a leadership program. The Department of Education plans to introduce a policy next year that will recognize the value of student learning outside the public school system. Under the proposed External Credentialing Policy, high school students would have the opportunity to earn one elective high school credit from a number of high-quality, nationally recognized courses and programs that promote student leadership and achievement in languages and arts. “This is all about enhancing opportunity for our students,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The public school program offers many wonderful electives that meet the needs of our students, but we also recognize that there are other quality programs offered outside of schools that also provide students with great learning experiences.” Six provinces award one or more high school credits for courses and programs offered by external providers, in the areas of leadership, language instruction and arts. The list of programs and organizations that would be recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Education include: Leadership: Languages include: Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Lebanese, Mandarin, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Farsi. All external courses or programs would have to be approved and meet standards set out in the department’s Essential Graduation Learnings. External programs cannot replicate courses taught in school. The public is invited to offer input into the final policy. The draft, External Credentialing Policy Discussion Paper and questionnaire is available online at www.ednet.ns.ca . The deadline for written submissions is Friday, Feb. 8. The Company Program, Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Air Sea and Army Cadet programs, Canadian Cadet Organization 4-H Leadership Development Program, 4-H Nova Scotia Sport leadership programs, Sport Nova Scotia St. John Ambulance National Lifeguard Service Instrumental Music and Voice, Royal Conservatory of Music Ballet, modern, jazz and culture specific dance forms, Dance Nova Scotia Youth Performance Company, Neptune Theatre Arts:last_img read more